His Substitute Wife by Dorothy Clark ~ Review

His Substitute Wife (Mills & Boon Love Inspired Historical) (Stand-In Brides, Book 1)
Lucie's Review:

Audrey Prescott takes the train from New York to Whisper Creek, WY, to help Blake Latherop save his store. Blake and Audrey are friends, who got to know each other when Blake came over to court Audrey's sister, Linda. Before going west, he asked Linda to marry him, but it was Audrey who wrote back to him in Linda's name, while Linda married another man.

Blake could lose his store if he isn't a married man, so he agrees to Audrey's plan, though it is hard for him to hide his disappointment that he is marrying Audrey and not her vivacious sister.

Will Audrey be able to win him over?

I loved how Audrey has a big heart, and fits in to Whisper Creek, quickly making new friends and helping Blake. Audrey comes full of ideas, such display changes and tempting ladies off of the passing trains to shop.

Blake and Audrey are awkward at first, because they are faking their relationship, but Audrey's uncomplaining acceptance, willingness to help, and determination to succeed, help to soften Blake surliness. It doesn't hurt that Audrey is a great cook, and Blake decides that he should be kinder to her, and try to reconnect with her, and recapture their easy friendship.

Overall this was a great read with a plausible story line, great pace, interesting side characters, and plenty of surprises.  I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, and I thought it had an amazing ending! Great read!

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