Cindy Ervin Huff
- Title: Secrets & Charades
- Author: Cindy Ervin Huff
- ISBN: 9781946016140
- Page: 417
- Format: Paperback
Jake Marcum s busy ranch leaves him no time for courting, and his wounded heart has no place for love When battlefield nightmares disturb his peace and his tomboy niece, Juliet, needs taming, somehow a mail order bride seems like a logical solution Dr Evangeline Olson has no idea her niece is writing to a rancher on her behalf, and she sure isn t interested in abandoniJake Marcum s busy ranch leaves him no time for courting, and his wounded heart has no place for love When battlefield nightmares disturb his peace and his tomboy niece, Juliet, needs taming, somehow a mail order bride seems like a logical solution Dr Evangeline Olson has no idea her niece is writing to a rancher on her behalf, and she sure isn t interested in abandoning her medical practice for a stranger But when an inheritance threatens to reveal a long buried secret, she travels west to become Jake s wife Jake soon realizes Evangeline is than he bargained for, especially when her arrival causes a stir in the community As the two try to find their way in a marriage of convenience, their fragile relationship is further tested by cattle rustling and kidnapping Can their hearts overcome past hurts to create a real marriage
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I loved writing this novel. The characters became family. Hope you enjoy reading it.
It wasn’t for love that physician Evangeline Olson left her home in Missouri in 1873. There were few options left to keep her fading medical practice alive and she had nothing left to lose by accepting a mail order bride request from a cattle rancher in Texas. But the emotional baggage from her past weighed more heavily on her than the numerous trunks containing her wordly goods.Rancher Jake Marcum wasn’t seeking love but a mother for his orphaned niece. The bride who arrived on the train fr [...]
I enjoyed this novel. There are some good things here. I think the most solid aspect was the characters. They are fun and well done with solid development.There’s lots of Christian elements. They are unabashed and strong. Fair warning to anyone who doesn’t like characters praying and talking about Jesus. They do it A LOT.This is pretty darn squeaky clean. It deals with rape, violence, prostitution, and drug/alcohol use. But its barely descriptive about any of it.I would say the plot flow is [...]
Cindy is a fresh, new voice in Christian Historical Romance. Her setting resonates with the type of vibrancy that comes from an author who did her research. Her characters are real and charming. Her story is engrossing. Stellar!
This was a new to me author. The book was quite good. I enjoyed it very much. The plot was good, the characters believable with great secondary characters. It was well written also, with a firmly built foundation. I look forward to more from this author.
Great clean book full of suspense and love"Secrets and Charades" is a book with words of love and forgiveness. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. The setting is the early west on the American frontier of a cattle ranch. Characters are varied. Enclosed is a story of the hardships that confront a ranch owner who is striving to provide for his niece. He is a civil war survivor with PTSD who runs a cattle ranch with many employees and is expecting a mail order bride to help raise his orphaned [...]
A easy read of a mail-order bride with a twist. AS so many of them are, they have some of the same elements. However, this one had a couple of twists and turns that I found interesting. Cattle Rustling, women dressed up as men and other content that you would assume to find in a western style mail order bride story are all present and accounted for. A secret female doctor was a new twist, as well as a few other things that I will not spoil for you. If you like mail order bride stories, you will [...]
A great story!!! Lot of threads, so not just about two people, but those around them, went from mystery, surprise, heart touching, touched by what was happening, and a stand alone story, no loose ends, not cliff hangers Clean in every way. Hard to put down, when I had other things to do. Listened at times until wee hours of morning, rather than sleep.
PhenomenalThis was an amazing, touch it, and very inspirational book. I highly recommend for people to read this book and I look forwards to new books.
Excellent writer!Wonderful story of God's plan for our lives! Evangeline bravely seeks God's will as she supports and helps those in need.
Good historicalI love mail order bride stories but some are just plain boring and others suck you in and do not spit you back out until the end. That's how this story went. There is adventure, action, romance, suspense and just all around goodness. I enjoyed this story very much and recommend to those who like clean mail order bride historical.
GreatThis was a great historical western book about a mail order bride with a contemporary flair. It was a great read with romance, mystery and compassion. A few things were left hanging but not enough to distract from the story.
WonderfulThey both needed new starts. She is a mail order bride and owns a ranch and ius raising his niece. They have to find their ways.
I enjoyed Cindy Ervin Huff’s characters so much, that I didn’t want to see the last page! Each chapter of Secrets and Charades revealed more of Huff’s characters. I could almost taste Evangeline’s cake, smell the mustiness of the old soddy, and feel the silky coat of Sage, her faithful horse.I loved the way Huff added Biblical wisdom to her book. Evangeline says, “She realized she’d painted her future with the same black brush of her past.” Which one of us hasn’t done the same at [...]
Delightful story with colorful characters and enough action to keep the reader turning the pages. Evangeline Olsen is a strong woman, a lady doctor with a painful past. Jake Marcum wants a wife to help him raise his niece. The two come together with a bit of help from some friends and family, but can they stay together when the going get rough? When the secrets are revealed?No spoiler, you'll have to read it to find out!
Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin HuffLocation: Majority of the book was set in Charleton, TXTimeframe: 1873Main Characters:Evangeline Olson, 28 year old doctor (single)Jake Marcum, cattle rancher and guardian to his niece, JulietSelena, cookThomas Farley, Ranch owner close by/bad guyNormally I'm not into mail-order-bride stories anymore, but this one caught my attention because of all the 5-star ratings, and that the "bride" was a doctor sounded like she might be a strong character. And in [...]
Excellent Plot with Mystery, romance, forgiveness and faith!A truly delightful book with so many facets to the plot. It includes women's rights and struggles for equality and safety, crimes and criminals, love and trust and interwoven through it all is the Christian faith and trust in God and His love, forgiveness and provision for His children. There wax plenty of action and adventure also. It was clean, wholesome and thoroughly enjoyable. I will definitely read more from this author. Bravo Ms [...]
Cindy Ervin Huff’s Secrets and Charades is an engaging, sweet historical romance with a strong Christian message. Huff’s vast knowledge of post-civil War Texas is noteworthy. Rancher, Jake Marcum sends for a mail-order bride, Doctor Evangeline Olson. Again, Huff has a finger on the pulse of the time period and the struggles a female doctor would have faced in 1873. The multifaceted plot keeps the reader turning pages, and plot twists set a quick pace. Secrets and Charades is well-written and [...]
Lost a star because.A good story and strong characters. Provided a back story of the living wounded veterans of the Civil War and of the effects of their experiences on their psyche. Showed me that society's prejudices pertaining to gender and ethnic groups have not changed much. This book lost a star because it still needs another round of editing. The Spanish also in need of editingenty of errors, too that have nothing to do with the regional version of Mexican dialect.
A Wester Romance that’s a winnerI read this book on an e-reader. There would be times that several weeks would pass before I picked it up again. Despite the reading gaps, every time I had no trouble picking up the story where I left it. For me, that meant the writing was top quality. Engaging characters and their growth. A plot that kept building. A deep reverence for God that never becomes preachy. This is one enjoyable book.
Clean Christian historical novelI loved the story and was easily connected to the characters. There was a lot of drama about living in the west, but the major characters loved the Lord and served him. I hate having a end to their lives but want to say I recommend the book and the author and I am grateful that you allowed the Lord first place.
Many RevelationsEvangeline arrived to meet her groom to be and they got married. They made a long home to his beautiful ranch and from there the adventures begin. Because they both loved the Lord and believed in much prayer God brought them through many trials. A great story
I don't typically read westerns, but I was intrigued by this story. It's a mail-order-bride tale with a slightly different spin. The story has well-developed characters an is full of romance. It also has plenty of twists to keep the reader engaged. I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.
It was one of the better books on Kindle Unlimited. At least it took more than 1/2 hr to read. Was different than most Mail Order Bride offerings. I would highly recommend. You won't be disappointed.
Reading and reviewing books This was a really good read. I was intrigued by the way things happen in the west. And this was done very well.
Wonderful love as storyLoved the interaction between the Evangeline and Jake. There was lots of things going on all the time. I recommend this book. Great read.
Intrigue, excitement and fun! This was a great read! Very exciting and intense but still fun with engaging characters and plenty of plot twists.
3 1/2 stars.This was an enjoyable, cozy read.
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