The good news about this series is each book could be it's own stand alone. However, if you want to get to know the characters a bit better I suggest starting with the first book.
Being a country girl at heart, I do love myself a fun western every now and then. A Moment in Time picks up right where A Sensible Arrangement left off. Although Marty has a bit of a role in this book, especially earlier on in the story. Mainly this book is about Alice, this is her love story.
Alice was the orphan, who was cut and left for dead when robbers came to attack her and her father. Taking his life, and then leaving her with nothing. While she recovered in the hospital others took care of her fathers affairs, even selling their home, which really did leave her with nothing.
With no where to go, Marty and Jake took her in, and when hard times hit them financially during Denver's financial crisis in the 1890's. Marty kept Alice living with them because the two were more friends than homeowner and servant.
Times are tough and when Jake takes off for Texas to find work and a new way of life for them. Marty and Alice stay behind, living and helping out at a small Denver orphanage.
Alice is still being haunted and stalked by the man who sliced her face long ago. She can't seem to get rid of him, even though she doesn't have the Gold bonds he thinks her father left her. With worry and suspicion around every corner it is a welcome relief when Jake sends money for the two women to travel by train to Texas to live with him and Marty's sister Hannah.
Alice had decided she would always be single, seeing as she couldn't see how any man could see past the ugly scar that ran down the side of her face. But Robert Barnett, Marty's nephew doesn't see a scar at all, instead he's falling in love with the woman she really is. Alice always having been a city girl, discovers she loves the life of a Texan and a rancher, this is where she feels she is truly meant to be. She also finds herself quickly falling in love with a handsome rancher named Robert. The only problem is everyone is telling her Robert is engaged to a beautiful girl that lives a few ranches away.
However, life isn't all it appears, and nothing ever comes easy for Alice. After a few discoveries Alice's world is thrown into something she can't even of ever fathomed. Secrets come out, and discoveries about her family and some dark secrets they harbor come to light. It isn't long before Alice is left to make serious decisions, at the same time hoping that she can keep hidden and avoid the clutches of the man who attacked and scarred her face for life.
If you enjoy a great clean western, with lovable characters and a fast paced storyline. Then you will love the Lone Star Brides Series. Tracie Peterson takes you back in time, to a harder life but also a more peaceful time in the old west. If you're like me, you'll fall in love with the characters and the heart that was put into A Moment in Time.
Disclosure: I was provided a complementary copy of this book for my review by Bethany House. I was not asked to write a positive review, all thoughts and opinions above are my own.