The Borrowed Bride

Hey, everybody, my new book, THE BORROWED BRIDE is out.  I’m so excited I wanted to share the news.  You’ve already seen the cover but here’s a peek at the the story.

     Young Hannah Gustavson is devastated when her childhood sweetheart, Quint Seavers, sets out for the Klondike to seek his fortune.  He promises to write and to marry her on his return, but as the weeks pass neither Hannah nor Quint’s wealthy, widowed mother receive any word from him.  Things get even worse when Hannah discovers she’s pregnant, and Quint can’t be reached.  What will she do?  Her large, poor farm family doesn’t need another mouth to feed, to say nothing of the scandal.

     Quint’s older brother Judd comes to her rescue.  Newly returned from the Spanish American War and still suffering its effects, Judd offers to marry Hannah in Quint’s place.  The marriage would be in name only.  They would draw up divorce papers that could be signed on Quint’s return, leaving Hannah free to marry the father of her baby. 

     The quiet, brooding Judd is a near-stranger to Hannah, but, seeing no other way, she agrees. The marriage catapults Hannah into a new life.  The big house on the Seavers Ranch is like a palace, ruled by Quint’s bitter, antagonistic mother.  Judd, her new husband, is brusque and remote.  But something in his haunted eyes cries out for Hannah’s understanding.  What will happen when she finds herself falling in love with the husband who’s vowed to treat her as a sister?

     I’ll leave the rest of the story for you to guess.  But just so you’ll know, the brother who loses Hannah gets his own story in my next book, HIS SUBSTITUTE BRIDE.  You’ll be able to read it in April.  I’d tell you more but I don’t want to spoil THE BORROWED BRIDE for you. 

Here’s what some very nice reviewers are saying:

     THE BORROWED BRIDE is another breathtaking, romantic story by Elizabeth Lane. With Mrs. Lane’s masterful penmanship the characters come alive weaving a flawless story the reader won’t be able to put down. I admired Hannah for the way she put her own feeling aside and did what she had to for her baby, even putting up with Judd’s mother Edna. Judd was a true hero, fighting his feeling for Hannah, his loyalty to his brother and his scars from the past; everything he did was for their happiness even at the expense of his own. THE BORROWED BRIDE is a heart-warming story that I would highly recommend to any romance fan.  —Romance Junkies 

     5 Spurs!  With well crafted characters and a difficult dilemma, this story will keep you turningthe page as it captures your heart.  —Love Western Romances. 

      If you have never read one of Elizabeth Lane’s books before prepare yourself for a poignant emotional attack. I am always amazed by the impact her books have on me. Without fail, she finds the perfect words to convey a complete picture. You feel the force of not only the emotions of her characters but their setting as well. Ms. Lane has the rare talent of transporting her readers to her protagonist’s world. In The Borrowed Bride, Judd and Hannah are forced together by circumstances practically strangers. As respect and friendship grows between them, after a few rough spots, it becomes harder to fight against the desire each feels, which, of course, causes the feelings of guilt and betrayal to blossom. Ms. Lane doesn’t hold anything back. I could not wait to discover how the whole situation would be resolved. I find myself bursting with thoughts I would love to share about The Borrowed Bride and its fantastic characters but then this would be one heck of a spoiler review! You will just have to read this page turner for yourself to experience an excellent read.  —Writers Unlimited 

 

     Aw, shucks, I’m blushing.  You can order from Amazon by clicking on one of the small books below.  Or you can enter my contest by adding your comment to this blog.  The winner I draw will receive an autographed copy of THE BORROWED BRIDE.

      

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I'm an internationally published romance author, coming up on 40 novels and novellas. Most of my stories have been Westerns for Harlequin Historicals, but I set stories in other times and places as well. I'll also be writing contemporary stories for Harlequin Desire, with the first release in January 2013. You can learn more on my web site.

59 thoughts on “The Borrowed Bride”

  1. It’s always the quiet ones that have the inner strenght, the hidden emotions, that come through in the clutch! I’m definitely going to look for these two brothers stories!

  2. That sounds like a wonderful story and leaves me hoping the “right” brother ends up with her!

    Makes me think of Susan Slade, a movie I love with Connie Stevens and Troy Donahue. 😀

  3. Elizabeth, I just love marriage of convenience stories! I can’t wait to read your novella in our upcoming Christmas anthology–the premise is awesome!

    Congrats on the release of The Borrowed Bride–and all those fab reviews!

  4. Wow you ladies are up early! Thanks for your comments, tami, Lauri and Taryn. You are entered.

    I tend to like quiet heroes, too, Laurie. But these two brothers are very different and I ended up liking Quint and Judd equally–which is why they both deserved their own stories.

    Taryn, I remember that movie. And I also remember it as a story in one of the women’s magazines my mother subscribed to. It was called “The Sin of Susan Slade.” Pretty shocking for its time. Maybe something subconcious was at work when I wrote “Bride”.
    🙂

  5. Thanks, Pam. This is a very classic story, but there’s a reason Marriage of Convenience plots are so popular. Can’t wait to see our 2009 Christmas Anthology–and read your story. You haven’t told me what it’s about but it’s bound to be wonderful.

  6. This sounds like a wonderful story. I’d like to be entered in the drawing. I’m definitely adding these books to my wish list!

  7. Sounds like a roll for Sam Elliot.
    Connie Stevens & Troy Donahue – they go back a few years. Kind of dates some of us.

  8. Elizabeth,

    I can’t wait for this book, especially after you teased us today with tidbits about the story! You should be ashamed for titilating my curiosity. It sounds like one of those old gothic-type romances that features a dark gloomy house and cold distant occupants. I love those types of stories where nothing is really as it seems!

    Wishing you lots of luck with book sales! 🙂

  9. Beautiful cover, Elizabeth.

    I’m a sucker for Marriage of Convenience stories and you’ve piqued my interest with your post. I am sooo interested in this story.

    And there’s a sequel you say? Yippeee!!!

  10. Hi Elizabeth, this sounds like a fascinating story and I am with Sue a great roll for Sam Elliot. I would love to read this book. The excerpt has got me hooked, also love the cover. Keep up the good work.

  11. Congratulations Elizabeth on your new book and those wonderful reviews. It definitely sounds like a great story.

  12. Thanks for your comments, Karen, Anita Mae, Quilt Lady, Maureen and Minna. You are all entered in the drawing. Maybe I’ll give away two books.
    Sam Elliot…hmmmmm

    And thanks to you, too Kate and Charlene, for this chance to toot my own horn.
    🙂

  13. Finding love where you never expected in books is my favourite kind of read, I hope I am lucky to win your book.

  14. This sounds fabulous, Elizabeth! Congrats on your latest–I’ve always liked this set-up, and this sounds like a great read! Congrats also on the positive buzz! Very exciting! What are you doing to celebrate?

  15. Thanks, Ladies! I’m about to leave for a few hours, but I’ll try to get everyone who posts before midnight (MST) in on the drawing. I’ll post the winning name(s) tomorrow morning.
    Thanks again for your posts, and good luck. Since there are so many of you there will be more than one winner.
    Elizabeth

  16. Elizabeth I can’t wait to read your new book. Please put me in for this one. Sorry I am late not a good day at work today computers were down all day.

  17. Wonderful reviews! That’s another book added to
    my to-be-purchased list! Can’t wait to find out which brother wins out!!

    Pat Cochran

  18. Elizabeth,
    I loved your book and couldn’t put it now until I was finished. I hope that you do a story on Quint next…Mmm, maybe he’ll find love with Annie.
    Love all your books!!!

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