"A delightful Americana"
In 1894 Colin McBride returns to Denver after a long
absence to see his friends, Trev and Kate, while his leg
still heals from the mining accident three months ago.
There are a few extra children since he last saw the
Trevelyans. Even more shocking is to see how grown up the
two youngsters he remembered giving piggyback rides to but
especially twenty years old Kate, who is now a beautiful
young lady instead of the four year old he remembers.
Annie and her father have argued over her future as she
wants to be an actress and has turned down several marriage
proposals while Trev feels the stage is not a place for a
wholesome woman. Her parents have decided to send Annie to
a finishing school in San Francisco and appoint Colin as
her escort since he is heading to California to start a
ranch. On the journey west, Annie plans to seduce Trev
into what she wants, but one thing leads to another and
soon adult love blossoms between these two unlikely
HIS UNEXPECTED WIFE is an engaging Americana romance
due to the gender battle between the dynamic lead couple.
The support ensemble provides depth that brings alive the
gay nineties in several western locales while showing off
author Maureen McKade's ability to draw convincing, in-
depth characters. Though the pace seems slower than a
nineteenth century Oregon Trail wagon trip because of an
unnecessary element of suspense, the war between Annie and
Trev makes for an enjoyable reading experience.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 18, 2001