Lawfully Betrothed

Lawfully Betrothed

Book Cover: Lawfully Betrothed

by Ginny Sterling

Once upon a time…
That was how fairy tales were supposed to begin, except in the case of young Faye Miller. When a dark-haired boy sneaks into her favorite hiding spot, she isn’t sure if this was the beginning of a fairy tale, a blessing, or an evil curse. Captivated by the sincerity and earnestness in his kind eyes, she’s convinced that this boy was an angel sent from the heavens to show her life would be okay someday. When he pledges to marry her and gives her a ring made of grass… how could she ever say no?

Now, two decades later…Faye is still waiting for her grey-eyed angel to return to her.

Gabriel Reardon remembered that long-ago day fondly. That memory of an innocent pledge between children got him through the last twenty years of upheaval. He’d been coldly abandoned by his father, struggling for a chance at life and love. Now, he’s returned home as a Ranger and a widower. He is intent on subduing the cattle rustlers in the area and hoping to rekindle a childhood dream.

Could it be that the two of them have missed their opportunity at happiness? Is the fairy tale over… or is this the very beginning of something beautiful?

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Reviews:Redrabbitt on Amazon wrote:

I enjoyed this story that is part of a new series, A Texas Lawkeeper Romance, by a group of talented authors. Each story in the series will read as a stand-alone and can be read in any order. The stories will all feature law enforcement heroes and the women who love them. The stories are sweet, clean based stories where the lawman finds his woman. Each will read as a stand-alone book.

Once upon a time, two children will meet and make a pack, it is March 1841 in Bright Star, Texas. They only know first names, but a commitment is made between an eleven-year-old boy, Gabriel, and almost seven-year-old, Faye. The repercussions of their parents will alter their destiny. While families will tear them apart, and only memories remain—until twenty years later, and now it is October 1861—and fate will join them back together.

“Miss Faye, I know it seems quite silly to say so, but I think we were meant to meet—I think us meeting today was destiny—Miss Faye, will you be my fairy bride? We’ll make our own adventure together?” –Gabriel
“Does this mean we are betrothed like real grown-ups?”—Faye
“Yes, I think so. You’ve my ring, and I’ve your heart.” --Gabriel
“Then yes, I’ll marry you.” –Faye

The plot of the story will have two children met and torn apart that same day, and both will fondly think of the other, he will give her a ring he weaves and she a heart stone she found. Both raised in homes that did not have a loving nature and yet left each with a memory of the past. What will happen when twenty years later they met again? One has held to the promise in hopes of a future—the other hadn’t but was given a gift that is precious.

Faye’s parents are gone, but she inherited the home place. She is the town’s school teacher, considered a spinster, and must live and abide by strict guidelines. Meeting new student, Titania will forge a friendship with this sweet motherless child, understand what it is like as a girl without a mother. Not knowing who her father is, his identity will leave her disheartened and even feeling betrayed. Meeting up with the man she has pined for the past two decades will comes as a shock.

“I waited for you,” she whispered painfully, staring at him. “You asked me to wait and said you’d come. I was steadfast because you said you’d return. I believed you.”

“He’d not forgotten her but simply lost his way. This was the reason she’d waited for him. This was the boy she remembered with the devotion so crisp and intense in his eyes. We’ll write our own story and start our life together.”

The story is a tale that has sadness and joy and also shows how people can be—especially ones who claim to be Christians but don’t act like it. When Gabriel makes a public declaration for her in front of the church, people start gossiping and saying cruel things about her character—even dismissing her from her teaching position on site. Faye will take care of Titania while Ranger Gabriel Reardon is out protecting the town and ranchers who are losing cattle to rustlers. But when he returns, he won’t waste another day to make her his—even if that promise took twenty years.

“I will be patient, for us, but I am never leaving again. I meant it that day, and I will have my little fairy bride to wife.

Queen Esther on Amazon wrote:

I love reading a clean novel that has a good plot and is well-written. Two kids meet and say some things to each other that no kids I know would say. They both lived sad lives, but that is not really a part of the story, just background material. I thought the coincidence of the two kids getting back together so easily was not very believable, except by the grace of God, and that was not really made a point. Back then they would not have used the expression, "beyond unreal.' That is a modern-day saying among the young. Also, a teacher would not have said, "Where is he at?" and "hiding out at?" Also, the whole book was written in the past tense, then in chapter 8, one paragraph is suddenly is in the present tense. The book just needed a good editor.

Jessy Shields on Amazon wrote:

Wow! A wonderful story right from the very beginning. I love how descriptive Ginny was in this book. It made me feel like I could see exactly what she was writing. To have the story book/fairy included just added to the story. I really enjoyed Faye, Gabriel and Tatiana's story. There was a touch of suspense and gossip along with whimsical and inspirational. If you are looking for a clean, sweet book then you will definitely enjoy this book. And while you are enjoying this one !make sure you read more of Ginny Sterling's books and definitely more of the Lawskeepers series. I know I will be of both. But you have to begin somewhere and most highly recommend here.

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