New Historical Fiction Series: Blue Moon Promise (Under Texas Stars, Book 1) by Colleen Coble

Blue Moon Promise (Under Texas Stars, Book 1)
by Colleen Coble
Copyright 2012
Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN: 9781595549150
About the Book:
“Tell me, Miss Marsh, are you a Christian?”

“Why, yes sir, I am.”

“I thought as much. God has led me here for a purpose… I have a proposition for you.”

Lucy Marsh’s worldly resources are running out, but she’s fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father’s recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Wichita Falls, Texas, where the man she came to marry seems surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to provide for.

Nate Stanton always hoped he’d marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh—a city girl—on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate realizes he’d give anything to protect Lucy and the children he’s grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.

Blue Moon Promise is a story of hope, romance and suspense…immersing the reader in a rich historical tale set under Texas stars.

My Thoughts:
Blue Moon Promise is a re-write of an old favorite of mine, a Heartsong Presents novel, The Cattle Baron's Bride unfortunately I didn't think the new version was as good.

There were a few things I didn't like. I didn't care for Henry Stanton at all in this version. Nate's dad seemed so controlling and deceitful. Granted he was a little controlling when it came to his son's life in the original story but he wasn't completely unlikable. He went from being a sweet old grandpa at the beginning of this story to a greedy scoundrel by the end. If you like romance this version wasn't quite as romantic even though the story was expanded, maybe because the story was a bit more drawn out and focused on people and events other than Nate and Lucy.

At times the dialogue was a bit modern but it's worth reading if you like westerns even though this one doesn't have a whole lot of suspense like most of Ms. Coble's novels. I absolutely loved the original version of Red River Bride so I'm still planning on reading book two in this series, the re-write entitled Safe in His Arms. If you like Colleen's stories I say give this book a chance but if you're just being introduced to her work maybe try the Mercy Falls series first as they are a lot more interesting and well written.

To learn more about the author visit her website HERE.

~ My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ~

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.* 

Happy Reading!


  1. Must agree with you, Renee - I didn't read the prior version of this but I also didn't care for this novel much. It just didn't read well. Usually I think Colleen is a superb author but this I blamed on being one of her early works plus a re-write. :-D

  2. Thanks for reading my review! I'm sorry you didn't like this one either but I definitely agree that she is a great writer!

    xoxo~ Renee C.


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