Book: Cora’s Pride (Wilderness Brides #1)
Author: Peggy L. Henderson
Published: March 15, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance (Western)
Cora Miller is fiercely independent and stubborn to a fault. Betrayed more than once by men she thought she could trust, she’s learned to rely only on herself. As the oldest of four siblings, she feels responsible for leading her family safely on the Oregon Trail for a new start.
Nathaniel Wilder is no stranger to the hardships and dangers of the wilderness. Raised with his brothers by a trapper in the remote mountains, he left behind the mistakes he’s made in the past. He’s been called reckless and irresponsible, but won’t hesitate to help someone in need.
A foolhardy mishap puts Nathaniel in the direct path of a stubborn, yet beautiful woman with fire in her eyes. Despite her refusal of help, he is determined to prove she can depend on him. When her pride puts her and her family in peril, Cora accepts that she can’t do it on her own. If misgivings can turn to trust, or even love, both Cora and Nathaniel could come out stronger in the end. (Goodreads)
My rating: 3 stars
It was okay. Recommend to some.
Sometimes you just need a fun, fluffy read. Cora’s Pride is an enjoyable romance to make the daily commute more bearable.
When my husband travels for work, I commute alone. And that’s when I often download a couple of romance novels to listen to while I drive. I’ve always loved historical fiction set during the gold rush/settling of the west days. From Little House on the Prairies and such, I eventually found my way to western romances like Cora’s Pride.
Cora’s Pride was an addicting read. I didn’t want to put it down.
I didn’t stop listening when I parked the car. I popped in my headphones and listened while I walked the rest of the way to my office, while I ate my lunch, and while I made dinner and tidied my house before bed.
While a little predictable and full of the slightly cheesy confessions of love that you expect and want in a romance, this book was definitely a fun listen. It had a lot of my favourite things – the enemies to lovers trope, solid female friendships, jerks that needed to learn a lesson and get it handed to them by the good guy, and, of course, the empowerment of teenage girls. While most of it was fairly predictable, there were a few unexpected twists, some definite adventure and action, and many sweet moments.
Serious in some moments, Cora’s Pride is also full of humour, misunderstandings, and the occasional laugh-out-loud scene.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the Peggy L. Henderson books that I’ve read. They are quick, fun reads that you can’t help but smile through.
The only real downsides to this book were the cover (not my style) and that rape was used as a plot device to spur the story. It wasn’t necessary and, along with many other women, I’m getting tired of seeing it used as the reason for the plot moving forward.