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MARRIAGE ON DEMAND
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MARRIAGE ON DEMAND
Rena’s father has demanded that Rena marry Ford and leave home. She is at a loss for words. Her father, a Texan ranch owner, has never forgiven her for her mother’s death in childbirth. She’s always felt unloved. His land gripped by a drought, Ford, the owner of a neighboring ranch, has offered to buy a fertile piece of her father’s land. Her father agrees, but on one condition—Ford must marry Rena. To be a pawn in her father’s plans doesn’t sit right with her. She can’t even imagine marrying under such circumstances…but perhaps Ford can stoke her imagination!
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- JAB 05/31/2018 2 people found the following review helpful
I know who's not getting the father of the year award and it's the heroine's father in this tale. The man has basically made his daughter a condition in a business between another man ( the hero) that the only way to get a piece of his land that has a big watering hole is to marry his daughter. So, basically, he's throwing the heroine (his daughter) out of house and ranch that she's been working on since she was a kid in order to get her father sparing attention and marry this guy. The heroine is so lacking in confidence that this will go well not just because her father made her look like a pawn but the fact that he's hardly ever given her any attention or love since her mother died in childbirth. The man can't say a kind word, in fact here's one of his sentences, "He must be real desperate.....to marry a tomboy like you,". This is TEXAS, bring out a frying pan or something to knock that pig off his chair!! The hero and the heroine meet but it ends on a sad note because the hero just wants to take care his ranch but the heroine is depressed the fact she has to leave the ranch and everyone she has come to care for. The cowboys working on her dad's farm are saddened with the news of her departure but they don't know about the marriage bit. It's easy to see here who has been showing love and attention to the heroine, the cowboys have given her more love in the last week then her father ever did in the 24 years of the heroine's life. The heroine has it in her head that since she's not loved by her father that she'll never be loved by anyone. She can't even tell that the hero's flirting with her but she is touched when he puts another condition in the agreement that the heroine is to inherit the property after the father is dead. He holds strong against the buzzard's rants and sees how the heroine is treated in that house. He takes her to his house, where she's treated with care by everyone. The hero tells the heroine that he'll be patient with her and wants to gain her trust, which she agrees to do. The two of them get married without the father (no surprise there.) The heroine enjoys the reception because her friends from high school who she wasn't allowed to see after graduation by orders of the father were there. The hero doesn't take her on their wedding night because he wants her to be ready on her own. The problem is she thinks that he doesn't want her. The next morning is wonderful, he asks for the heroine's opinion on working on the ranch and everything. He's giving her an opportunity to work on the ranch as an equal business and she feels touched. Unfortunately, the feeling doesn't last long when the ranch hands from the father's ranch call and tell the heroine that something wrong. She goes back to find the inside of the house totally destroyed and the father suffering hallucinations. His last words were, "I brought her up," This leads the heroine to find out her mother didn't die in childbirth but left with the heroine when she was a baby when the father's domineering antics became too much. Sadly, the father found them and took back the baby heroine. The mother tried to get the heroine back but with the father's power, she couldn't fight in court. So, she wrote countless letters to the father, begging him to let her see the heroine until she died in a car accident. And for the record, the father didn't bring her up because if you brought her up then you would have shown her love and affection. He was just using her as a carrot to lure the mother back to the ranch as his wife. The heroine closes herself off from the hero who tries to help and be supportive. She starts cleaning up the ranch house and misses one of the day she was supposed to be at home. This causes a fight between the two and the hero walks away with the heroine realizing too late that he was giving her the one thing she thought she could never have: love. A ranch hand tries to justify the father's last actions as a sign of care but that is a boatload of bologna. Now, the heroine thinks her dad might have actually loved her and while, I find it untrue, she realizes that she may not have had the love from her father but she was receiving love from everyone on the ranch. She realizes the hurt she caused the hero and makes a decision to go back and apologize. However, he runs after her first after receiving a call from the ranch hands on her recent behavior. The two of them talk things out and reconcile with one another. It was a nice read with an insecure heroine and a very kind and patient hero.
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