To Love a Stranger by Colleen Coble is the newest Christian love story to be published. In this western love story Ms Coble takes the reader back in time to pioneer Utah and Arizona territory in the days of the mail order brides. Jasper Mendenhall desperately wants a bride to share his life with in Arizona territory and so has been corresponding with Bessie or at least he thought it was Bessie. In reality Bessie's beautiful but spoiled little sister, Lenore who is just seeking a little excitement has been writing back and forth with him. They have even exchanged pictures but Lenore who is already engaged to another has been corresponding with her picture and Bessie's name. Of course as with most lies Bessie finds out. Bessie is mortified but somehow Lenore convinces her to marry him and then afterwards to go out to the post and meet him and live with him. Lenore of course doesn't tell Bessie about the picture exchange and she doesn't tell Jasper about the sister exchange. Jasper of course is shocked when the very plain Bessie is who arrives on the train from Boston as is the rest of his family. Bessie agrees to go with Jasper from Utah to settle in Arizona at the new fort. This is the story of how Bessie and Jasper not only learn to live together but fall in love with each other.
I loved this story. It proves that though the looks of the person does matter it is also possible to love the looks of a person because you love them. This book tells of the hardships of settling the west but that many loved the life and stayed to settle the new country. This tells of the importance of faith when the hardships close in on you. And the importance of honesty when you think that the other person will never except the reality of what really is.
This book was provided by Booksneeze for this review.