Forever Mine

Hopelessly in love with this angelic beauty who is fated to live beside him at the isolated lighthouse as the wife of another man,
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Bartholomew and Ariah are too innocent people who meet at the train station in Portland in 1891. He is there to pick up his nephew's mail order bride and she is the bride. Ariah has come from Cincinnati to find love. Bartholomew has a seven year loveless marriage to a manipulative shrew. What transpires between the two main characters over the next 300 pages is a ride well worth catching. Their story is heartfelt and truthful for the setting. This is not 'Fifty Shades of Gray' in a earlier setting, but a more realistic glimpse at people of a time and place we don't see anymore. The setting is not so uncommon for the times, mail order brides in the West, especially at an off the map, remote place as a light house on the Oregon coast. They each come from different directions, but they both want to find love, they didn't know at first that love had found them. The back stories of Bartholomew and Ariah are complex and this is the core to keep you reading. Charlene Raddon is a masterful story teller. Her characters are flawed and complex. They each want more out of life than they've been given. The late 1800s was a time where honor, integrity, and commitment were not just words, but ideals to live by. Each chapter has tension and conflict between the two main characters, but also between everyone else in the novel. Bartholomew and Ariah want to do the right thing, but the hazards which are placed in front of them makes their individual goals seemingly unattainable. Raddon weaves in plausible, realistic obstacles to make the setting and characters real. A great read, back to a time and place where people were not caught up in themselves, but where people wanted to live a life where they had integrity, honor, and commitment. The physical connections the characters experience is the best sex I've read in a long time. Natural, real emotion, and meaningful, I was caught up in the learning curve the innocent characters went through to master what two people should feel when love takes them past the edge. The best western romance I've read in years.

-- Michael Nails
Book Description:

A mail-order bride from Cincinnati, Ariah Scott traveled all the way to Oregon to marry one man, only to lose her heart to another. What will become of her now? Ever since her father died at the hands of a vengeful relative, Ariah’s life has been shadowed by dark secrets. And now her forbidden desire for Bartholomew Noon fills her with uncertainty — and a secret longing that can never be fulfilled.

And forbidden . . .

From the moment Bartholomew saw Ariah standing alone at the Portland train station. The keeper of the Cape Meares Light was lost. Hopelessly in love with this angelic beauty who is fated to live beside him at the isolated lighthouse as the wife of another man, Bartholomew never dreams that destiny will someday bring them together. Is Ariah truly the woman he can cherish . . . forever?

Charlene Raddon (Author)
Hello and welcome to my author page. Let me tell you a little about myself, as that seems to be the main purpose of this profile. Believe it or not, I began my fiction career in the third grade when I told my class that a little sister I never had died of a black widow bite. I also wrote books through my teen years, always about a girl whose mother mistreated her by making her wash dishes, sweep the floor… you get the idea. Never finished any of those stories. Many years later, a particularly vivid dream drove me to drag out a portable typewriter and go to work on my first novel. In 1990 my second completed book, Tender Touch, brought me a first place win in a writing contest and the following year became a Golden Heart Finalist. I have five romance novels set in the American West, published by Kensington, one, The Scent of Roses, under the pseudonym Rachel Summers. My books have placed or won other contests and one, Forever Mine, received a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award nomination. I’ve always loved the Old West and I believe my novels reflect that emotion through their depth and vividness. These days I am seeing my books re-edited and published as e-books, as well as working on a new story. I hope you try my books and love them.
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