Sunday, January 15, 2012

Toni's Review of Matthew: The Circle Eight by Emma Lang ***4.5 Stars***



Scheduled for release January 31, 2012

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.


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Matthew just painted himself into a corner and needs a wife in thirty days.  It’s time to get busy on the Circle Eight.

Matthew is the eldest of the eight Graham children, and after the murder of his parents and his youngest brother going missing, he is in no way ready for a wife.  But life goes on.  He has six other siblings he needs to take care of and that includes expanding their holdings for the future.  Problem is, when he went to sign papers on a land grant his father was securing before his death, Matthew ended up lying and stating he had a wife.  One would think, “Oh, no problem”, but it was…Matthew actually named his wife Hannah.  Now his time is ticking to find a woman named Hannah, or lose out on the land grant. 

At twenty-three, Hannah Foley feels like her life is slipping away.  In her small town, being “sturdy” and plain was not a selling point.  Though in her heart, she desired something she would never have, a large family.  She knew that it was always going to be just a daydream.  But fate has a funny way of screwing up one’s life.  Forgotten turnips and a touch, change her life forever.  She may have found her large family, but will she ever find love?

A marriage of convenience is all either of them expected, but in their hearts they desired more.  Matthew marrying Hannah for her name only and Hannah marrying Matthew because she felt it was her only chance for a husband and a family.  Things change for both of them after their wedding night.  Both feel the attraction, but they don’t know how to get past the obstacles that keep getting in their way.

I fell in love with the whole Graham family.  My heart went out to them when they lost their parents and youngest brother.  I was also right there with them during all their troubles and tribulations.  Ms. Lang had a way of drawing me in, never giving me the chance to step away from this engaging family.  I felt their joys and frustrations and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

I’m not sure how far this series will go, considering the age gaps between all the children, but I do know I’m extremely excited about the next story, Olivia’s.

Matthew was a perfectly flawed cowboy and Hannah, was a delightfully strong woman.  I have never read Ms. Lang’s stories, but I do believe I’ll be checking out her other novels.  If her other books have even a smidgen of the quality of writing that I experienced in Matthew: The Circle Eight, then I will be enamored by them too.

So if you like your cowboys hot and your women spunky, pick up Matthew: The Circle Eight.  Filled with second chances, high emotions, and suspense; it is a wonderful story and shouldn’t be missed.  

Thanks for reading!! - Toni

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