While I do not want to reread every book, many of the connected stories written by Julie Garwood are ones which bring enjoyment regardless of the number of times I revisit her wonderful characters. The stories about the Claybornes and the people important to them is definitely a series I always find engaging, causing laughs and plenty of smiles during the humorous scenes, while touching me when emotions are in conflict. I fell in love with these likable characters many years ago, and their appeal is just as great now. This romantic story about one of the Clayborne brothers and the woman who catches his attention may be a novella, but it is filled with reading pleasure. ONE PINK ROSE is delightfully enchanting.
Though Travis Clayborne is not related to the people with whom he lives on a ranch in the Montana Territory, he is very close to each one. The three men and one younger woman are his siblings in every way, and the individual called Mama Rose is the only mother who now matters. So, when the older woman asks him to accompany a woman from one town to another in order for her to marry, there is no way he would deny her request. But when Travis meets the energetic Emily Finnegan, he just knows the short time they will spend together is going to be quite a unique experience.
After a discouraging incidence back in Boston, it did not take Emily long to come up with a plan that will hopefully improve her bleak life. Marrying a stranger in Montana may not sound like a good idea, but she will try to make the best of whatever happens. However, before she reaches the location where her future husband awaits, Emily starts to wonder if her hasty decision to be a mail-order bride will bring her lasting happiness.
Honest emotions and quick-wit can be found all throughout ONE PINK ROSE. Julie Garwood has a way with conversations that makes the most of every word spoken, resulting in discussions filled with hilarity to insightful declarations. The intelligent banter between Emily and Travis caused me to smile a lot, and I always wanted to discover who had the last word. Emily is all alone in a land where she does not know anyone, and her way of coping with all the circumstances she had to face was sometimes comical but could turn serious in an instant. Travis has many thoughts about the spirited woman that he is escorting, and how they contradicted with what he actually said let me know his real inner thoughts.
A relationship is certainly not on the minds of Travis or Emily when they begin their journey, but then personal revelations start to draw them toward one another. Julie Garwood does not make it easy for them to be together, and I never knew what their reactions would be during several decisive situations. At the beginning of the story, it was a treat to watch all the brothers along with their brother-in-law have a chat, as their comments were totally hilarious. I am really looking forward to reconnecting with another fascinating Clayborne soon. ONE PINK ROSE is amusing, stirring, and even unexpectedly surprising.
Copy received from publisher
Series: Clayborne Brides – Book 1
Publisher: Pocket Star
Releases: May 9, 2016
Author website: http://juliegarwood.com/
Rating: 4 Stars