Married by Midnight by Christine Sterling

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A woman fighting to keep her family’s farm. A man hiding from the guilt that consumes him. The two angels determined to show each of them the power of forgiveness.

Sarah Abrahams hears the whispers around town and knows that no man would consider marrying her. Alone after her family’s death, she is now in danger of losing the farm and the only life she has known in Creede, Colorado. The bank won’t negotiate with her unless she is married, and she knows that no man would consider marrying her without expecting something in return. What she didn’t count on was the stranger from the North East that appeared on a rainy night and how a simple kindness could be repaid in a big way.

Ian Poole has been branded a coward and is on the run from the memories that plague him. He leaves his old life behind and heads West to find healing. Injured en route, he seeks refuge at a farm. When Ian finds out Sarah needs help, can this be the opportunity to redeem himself?

Married by Midnight is the 48th title in the multi-author series, Cowboys and Angels   For a complete list of titles and authors in this series please visit the Cowboys and Angels page.

(Now that the Cowboys and Angels series has ended with the 49th title – I need to binge read to catch up – be sure to look for the spin-off The Matchmaker’s Ball series)

Title:  Married by Midnight
Series:  Cowboys and Angels #48
Author:  Christine Sterling
Genre:  Western Historical Romance
Published:  October 2, 2019
Publisher:
My Rating:  4 stars

Married by Midnight is the 48th title in the Cowboys and Angels series and reunites us, just a bit, with characters we met in Beauty and the Baker (#39 – Georgina & Charlie) as well as that matchmaking guardian angel couple, the Pennyworths.

Ian is Charlie’s friend and went through most of the horrible terrors with Charlie back East.  Now he’s free and traveling the rails as a train jumper heading West when he is encouraged to make a side trip to Creede, Colorado by his (as yet unbelieved) guardian angel, Mr. Pennyworth.  A storm is raging and the creeks are rising the night Ian jumped and while making his way to a safe haven he slipped down a bank hitting his head on a rock in the creek – he may be seriously injured for the moment but he’s about to meet his future.

Sarah is mourning the death of her sister and parents even as she must deal with the bank and an unscrupulous bidder who wants her farm on the cheap since her father had owed taxes that she has no hope of finding the money to pay.  She has no idea that the answer to a prayer is as near as the injured man her farmhands bring to her for help.  Or that her own mischievous, and determined guardian angel, Mrs. Pennyworth is about to get involved to set Sarah on a path that will eventually lead to a very happy future.

I enjoyed Sarah and Ian’s story very much – although at times Sarah could be very stubborn and very curt to the point of near rudeness.  She’s got a lot on her plate, and unfortunate memories as well as mourning her family so she got a pass – but she was very stubborn.  It was fun to wrap up another journey to Creede with a good story and hard to believe there is only one more story in this series.

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