The Texan's Wager (The Wife Lottery #1) (Mass Market)

By Jodi Thomas

Berkley, 9780515134001, 336pp.

Publication Date: October 29, 2002

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Mass Market Paperback (8/17/2011)

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New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas takes readers to the Old West, where an emotionally wounded man and woman discover the true nature of love and marriage in the first romance in the Wife Lottery series.

Thrown off a wagon train with two other women and trying to avoid jail for a murder they committed, Bailee Moore agrees to enter a “Wife Lottery”—a ploy concocted by the Cedar Point sheriff to secure wives for the men in the small Texas town.

For the sensible Bailee, however, marrying Carter McKoy is like exchanging one life sentence for another—especially since her new husband hasn’t even seen fit to utter a single word in her presence. But still, she can’t help thinking that something about this strong, silent farmer could be the key to leaving her troubled past behind...and making a worthy wager with her heart.

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas is a fifth-generation Texan who sets many of her stories in her home state, where her grandmother was born in a covered wagon. She is a certified marriage and family counselor, a Texas Tech graduate and writer-in-residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives with her husband in Amarillo, Texas.

Praise For The Texan's Wager (The Wife Lottery #1)

Praise for The Texan's Wager

“The genuine characters, realistic emotions and true aura of the West propel Jodi Thomas’s books out of the ordinary and straight into readers’ hearts...No reader will be immune to the emotional power and heart-warming story of The Texan's Wager, as a tortured hero learns to give of himself through the love of a unique heroine. You will truly feel for the characters and be eagerly anticipating the next story in this marvelously begun trilogy.”—RT Book Reviews

“Thomas’s crisp prose, sprightly dialogue and homespun characters will charm.”—Publishers Weekly

“A poignant, heartwarming tale...[if] you love Texas, its exciting history, and a sweet romance, don't miss The Texan’s Wager. It’s one terrific book.”—Romance Reviews Today

“A great western read!...touching and romantic...It is a testament to the author Jodi Thomas’ skills!”—The Best Reviews

“One of the most unusual heroes I have ever come across…A most enjoyable beginning of what promises to be an entertaining trilogy.”—The Romance Reader 

More Praise for Jodi Thomas

“Jodi draws the reader into her stories from the first page...She’s one of my favorites.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

“Jodi Thomas is a masterful storyteller. She grabs your attention on the first page, captures your heart, and then makes you sad when it's time to bid her wonderful characters farewell. You can count on Jodi Thomas to give you a satisfying and memorable read.”—New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson

“Her stories are engaging, genuine, and difficult to put down.”—The Romance Reader