Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble.
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Summery:Lucy Marsh is in a fix. Since her father died in a buggy "accident" three months ago she has taken care of her step siblings. Their mother left almost immediately after their father's death. But now they are being evicted, Lucy has lost her job and she is running out of options. Then Henry Stanton shows up, a friend of her father's, with a marriage proposal for his son by proxy for her. She is a little shocked, but still considering it. Mr. Stanton says Nate is a Christian man...and what else could bring Eileen, Jed and herself safety? When there is a break in at their home with a man asking for something she has no knowledge of she quickly decides. She's nervous going out to meet Nate. But what she is greeted with isn't at all what she expected, a stony man who doesn't want anything to do with her. And just happens to think she can't handle the rural life. Well, she'll show him!
Romance:A couple kisses, holding/touching, liking/loving someone, thinking/talking about someone, flirting, attraction, talk/implication of marriage bed and the husband's rights (they don't become husband and wife until the end really and it's not "shown" or talked about really).
Violence:Shooting, branding, a rattlesnake bite, dogs fighting, threats, a break in, attack, couple of punches thrown, attempted arson, yelling/arguments.
Other:Mention of a character being in a bar, possibly being drunk, stealing, hiding something/lying.
Time Period:1900s area
My Thoughts:Lucy is a bit like all of us, she wants to be in control, hates spiders and loves her family. Plus she's stubborn and a good shot. And a lot of the other characters I really liked as well. This is a great, enjoyable western. And a good romance :) I would recommend (along with any of the author's other books) this book to girls YA+