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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite
A Bride for the Sheriff by Jewell Tweedt is part of the Nebraska Brides series. In a gentle historical romance, Claire Secord finds herself in Omaha, Nebraska, after the death of her beloved uncle. Having lost both parents to the American Civil War, Miss Secord is hardly expecting to arrive and find her aunt has also succumbed to death not long after she beseeched her niece to join her. Claire is left to run the family mercantile, a job she finds challenging at first, but later grows to enjoy. Sheriff Thomas Maxwell takes an interest in her and the two hit it off, leading Claire to believe she belongs in this town and finally has a home. Happy times are not to last as the couple are challenged by trials and an old love. Will they make it through to their happily-ever-after?
Miss Tweedt’s book began beautifully. I enjoyed the scenery and the attention paid to historical detail, especially about the American Civil War battles. There were some interesting scenes and I felt drawn to the characters. The town life was quaint and I liked how women were beginning to come into their own, as they would after being left in charge during the war. Claire was a very strong character. I felt the ending was rushed though, and it left me dissatisfied as a reader. I do hope Miss Tweedt plans to wrap up the story in some way so we get a sense of conclusion to Claire’s tale. A Bride for the Sheriff is a sweet novel and good for an easy weekend read.