Thursday, February 9, 2012

Book review: Matthew (The Circle Eight Series book 1) by Emma Lang


A man learns to hold what is his…

It is a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas, the ranch their parents fought for … and died for. To the eight Graham siblings, no matter how much hard work or hard love it takes, life is unthinkable without family…

In the wake of his parents’ murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty days, or risk losing it all. Plain but practical, Hannah Foley seems the perfect bride for him . . . until after the wedding night.

Their marriage may make all the sense in the world, but neither one anticipates the jealousies that will result, the treacherous danger they’re walking into, or the wildfire of attraction that will sweep over them, changing their lives forever.

This is the first historical western I have read in a long time so i was really excited to have the opportunity to read this book. I have never read a Emma Lang book before but i have seen them and have wanted to read them. Her covers always look so good that they peak my interest. Someone is definitely doing a good job there with Matthew's cover. This series starts out when the oldest Graham sibling Matthew at age 27 suddenly finds himself as a parent to 6 of his younger siblings with the baby of the family missing when his parents are murdered. In order to claim some land he finds out he needs a wife. A Wife named Hannah. Now all he has to do is find her. lol Hannah on the other hand is a only child. Her parents died when she was 7 and so it's been her and her grandmother every since.  She's had no one but her grandmother and the boarding house they run together. She has always longed for a big family, any family. She runs into Matthew's brother literally at the general store and Matthew tries to apologize to her but she runs off. That's when the store keep tell him that her name is Hannah and Matthew decides he's just met his wife! This was a really good book with a lot going on. Matthew has to learn to run things without his parents and be the boss of everything. He struggles with his feelings for Hannah and how he needs to do things. Hannah has to learn how to be a wife and a be in a big family especially when one member is quite hostile towards her. Then there is the missing Graham sibling and who killed Matthew's parents. You have your love, lust, passion and danger all rolled into this great introduction to the Circle eight series.  If your in the market for a historical western this is a great place to start. The writing is great. The dialogue has lots of funny bits that WILL make you laugh out loud and the interaction between Matthew and Hannah runs from sweet to HOT! Both Matthew and Hannah grow throughout the book. From being unsure of who they are to being take charge people. It was so much fun to watch. Hannah is so meek in the beginning and you hardly recognize her by the end. To me this was a really great love story within a much longer story that is yet to come in the books that follow this one.  I'm ready to see what happens next! 5 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick stars.

Read more about this book and check out a excerpt here
Note: Emma Lang is also known as Beth Williamson

As a bonus you can also read a excerpt to the next book in the Circle eight series "Brody" You meet him in the above book and this is Olivia Graham's book.

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