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1890s Texas Marietta Hawkins has been in love with ranch foreman Daniel Barrett since she came home from school three years ago. Unfortunately, her father's rule about hands not fraternizing with his daughter has kept him out of reach. She believed patience would prove a virtue in winning him over--until now. He is leaving. Starting up his own spread. To have any hope of ma 1890s Texas Marietta Hawkins has been in love with ranch foreman Daniel Barrett since she came home from school three years ago. Unfortunately, her father's rule about hands not fraternizing with his daughter has kept him out of reach. She believed patience would prove a virtue in winning him over--until now. He is leaving. Starting up his own spread. To have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or lose him forever. Fans of A Worthy Pursuit will enjoy seeing these characters again!

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1890s Texas Marietta Hawkins has been in love with ranch foreman Daniel Barrett since she came home from school three years ago. Unfortunately, her father's rule about hands not fraternizing with his daughter has kept him out of reach. She believed patience would prove a virtue in winning him over--until now. He is leaving. Starting up his own spread. To have any hope of ma 1890s Texas Marietta Hawkins has been in love with ranch foreman Daniel Barrett since she came home from school three years ago. Unfortunately, her father's rule about hands not fraternizing with his daughter has kept him out of reach. She believed patience would prove a virtue in winning him over--until now. He is leaving. Starting up his own spread. To have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or lose him forever. Fans of A Worthy Pursuit will enjoy seeing these characters again!

30 review for The Husband Maneuver

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was a fun short story. It was a stand alone short book that took about an hour to read. It was a sweet little romance that had all the good elements and wrapped up nicely. Lots of good chemistry between these two. That is something Whitemeyer knows how to do is get the sparks going:} This is a clean read. I love a good short story:}

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Johnson

    Another sweet story! I love these novellas by Karen Whitemayer!!! Well, her novels as well! This one was sweet and humorous and a quick easy read!!! Loved that Daniel got his own happy ending!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Cooper

    So cute and fast! I loved it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Monzon

    Super cute!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Short and sweet with characters from A Worthy Pursuit.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ASC Book Reviews

    LOVE IT! As always Karen spins out a tale that I didn't want to put down and I don't want to end! :) Her style of writing never ceases to drag me into the story and not let me go until the last page! I'm SO happy that Dan and Marietta get their story told and boy howdy is it a GREAT story! I laughed, I sat at the edge of my seat, there may have been a tiny bit of swooning at times! LOL! Seriously though I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this story and would read it again and again! I especially love t LOVE IT! As always Karen spins out a tale that I didn't want to put down and I don't want to end! :) Her style of writing never ceases to drag me into the story and not let me go until the last page! I'm SO happy that Dan and Marietta get their story told and boy howdy is it a GREAT story! I laughed, I sat at the edge of my seat, there may have been a tiny bit of swooning at times! LOL! Seriously though I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this story and would read it again and again! I especially love the format Karen uses for this novella, by starting each chapter with a Dime Novel chapter! So not only was I hooked on one story I was hooked on two at the same time! :D Song: "God Gave Me You" by Dave Barnes Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC Isaiah 29:11 ~ASC *I requested and received this book in a collection from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Husband Maneuver. ~ASC

  7. 5 out of 5

    Johnette

    I cannot say enough about Karen Witemeyer's books. She pens a story that traps you within minutes. The Husband Maneuver is no different. This one does have more of a romance feel. I generally like historical and not romance..but love Karen's books. Marietta Hawkins is in love with her daddy's ranch hand, Daniel Barrett. Daniel is older by 12 years and has lived a different lifestyle. He let go of his old bounty hunter ways and has become the foreman and Hawk's Haven Ranch. Like most men, they are I cannot say enough about Karen Witemeyer's books. She pens a story that traps you within minutes. The Husband Maneuver is no different. This one does have more of a romance feel. I generally like historical and not romance..but love Karen's books. Marietta Hawkins is in love with her daddy's ranch hand, Daniel Barrett. Daniel is older by 12 years and has lived a different lifestyle. He let go of his old bounty hunter ways and has become the foreman and Hawk's Haven Ranch. Like most men, they are clueless when a woman is in love with them. Marietta forms a plan to make Daniel hers. Meanwhile, Daniel has done everything to keep his feelings in check. As long as he works for her father, he cannot tell her how he feels. What a great story! I really enjoyed it. I wish Karen's stories never ended. I love the way her characters are and how they interact. I loved the excerpts from the Dead-eye Dan dime novel too. Especially the revision :) Pick up any one of Karen's books. I promise you won't be disappointed..you will be hooked!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    This was just a delightful little novella from Karen Witemeyer. Both participants love each other, but don't know how to tell each other. So they set out to maneuver the other one into confessing their love. Wonderful Christian fiction!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    I am not a fan of Westerns. Even reading one written by one of my favorite authors last year couldn't cause me to enjoy them, so I decided to give up the genre entirely. However, upon further consideration of my decision, it did seem a bit close-minded to discount such a huge percentage of clean romance after only trying it once. So I decided to be brave and try again. The Husband Maneuver seemed like a good choice. The plot sounded cute and it's written by an author whom I know is well known in I am not a fan of Westerns. Even reading one written by one of my favorite authors last year couldn't cause me to enjoy them, so I decided to give up the genre entirely. However, upon further consideration of my decision, it did seem a bit close-minded to discount such a huge percentage of clean romance after only trying it once. So I decided to be brave and try again. The Husband Maneuver seemed like a good choice. The plot sounded cute and it's written by an author whom I know is well known in the genre, not to mention it's a novella, so if I didn't like it I could breeze through it quickly and at least get the experience over with sooner. Well, I didn't really like it. The plot itself was cute just like I suspected, but the story's style... Nope, not for me. It's just so... Western, which I suppose is the point, but it was too much for me. The setting, the awful way the characters talked, the cowboyish hero, the excerpts from a classic Western story at the beginning of every chapter... ugh. It all really marred the cute forbidden romance about a girl trying to win over the man she loves. I'm just not a fan. Thankfully, there are plenty of other clean historic romances that aren't Westerns that I shouldn't need to force myself to keep giving this particular genre I'm just not fond of another try. This is definitely an example of: “It’s me, not you.”

  10. 5 out of 5

    BlueJeansAndTeacups

    Freestone County, TX Spring 1892 All the feels. Not a catch phrase I've ever used with a book before, but I really enjoyed this novella, particularly when it made my heart lurch frequently when things got dangerous or intense between Marietta & Daniel. The jumps back & forth between the story and the dime novel about Dead-Eye Dan she was reading were fun as well. Tea moment ch 6. page 57, "After that, he went in search of the tea box. Women liked tea. He was sniffing the different pouches Freestone County, TX Spring 1892 All the feels. Not a catch phrase I've ever used with a book before, but I really enjoyed this novella, particularly when it made my heart lurch frequently when things got dangerous or intense between Marietta & Daniel. The jumps back & forth between the story and the dime novel about Dead-Eye Dan she was reading were fun as well. Tea moment ch 6. page 57, "After that, he went in search of the tea box. Women liked tea. He was sniffing the different pouches, trying to decide which bag of dried leaves he should choose, when a creak from the staircase brought his head around." Originally released in the book With THIS Ring? – A Historical Romance 4 Novella Collection but also available as a separate download. Gifted by a friend. My opinion is my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    A quick, fun read with good main characters. It also starts out in an interesting, different kind of way. At first I thought I was reading the actual story when Dead-Eye Dan was introduced. But it was a story within the real story. That was nicely done and continues in a good way throughout the book. Marietta (or Etta as she is sometimes called) does start trying to move fast when it comes to Daniel. But nothing seems to be working.... Daniel is a man of honor who has given a vow to Etta's father A quick, fun read with good main characters. It also starts out in an interesting, different kind of way. At first I thought I was reading the actual story when Dead-Eye Dan was introduced. But it was a story within the real story. That was nicely done and continues in a good way throughout the book. Marietta (or Etta as she is sometimes called) does start trying to move fast when it comes to Daniel. But nothing seems to be working.... Daniel is a man of honor who has given a vow to Etta's father and he's a man who keeps his word. He's not going to flirt, encourage or make any move on her while in her father's employ. But then he's not even sure she feels anything for him when it comes to the love department. Well, things are going to get a lot tougher for him about that. Sweet H.E.A. ending.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Maxwell

    I so loved everything about this cute little novella. It is one of the few I have read that I found I could have read again when I was finished. The presentation style of excerpts from the book our heroine was reading at the beginning of each chapter was a unique and creative touch. There was nothing about this book I didn't like. The characters... the setting... the plotline... it all wove together nicely. Probably my favorite so far from Karen Witemeyer. We will see if any others from this ser I so loved everything about this cute little novella. It is one of the few I have read that I found I could have read again when I was finished. The presentation style of excerpts from the book our heroine was reading at the beginning of each chapter was a unique and creative touch. There was nothing about this book I didn't like. The characters... the setting... the plotline... it all wove together nicely. Probably my favorite so far from Karen Witemeyer. We will see if any others from this series knock it from top spot.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anneliese Dalaba

    Marietta is in love with Daniel, her father's foreman. She's pretty certain he's interested in her too, but he's never spoken a word about it to her. She knew her father had forbidden any of his ranch hands from showing any romantic interest in his daughter or they would be fired. Marietta tries to take matters into her own hands, but Daniel promised her father he'd abide by his rules. Daniel is not a man to go back on a promise. This is a fun read. I enjoy this author. She writes great character Marietta is in love with Daniel, her father's foreman. She's pretty certain he's interested in her too, but he's never spoken a word about it to her. She knew her father had forbidden any of his ranch hands from showing any romantic interest in his daughter or they would be fired. Marietta tries to take matters into her own hands, but Daniel promised her father he'd abide by his rules. Daniel is not a man to go back on a promise. This is a fun read. I enjoy this author. She writes great characters and great stories.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diane K. Peterson

    A sweet, charming historical Western story. Daniel Barrett, the ranch foreman, has fallen for the ranch owner's daughter, but he can't tell her because a condition of his employment was that he not flirt or court the daughter. Marietta Hawkins is head over heels for the ex-bounty hunter that even has a dime-novel series modeled after him. When Etta's father takes off on a cattle drive she engineers circumstances to show Daniel how she feels. Can she get past his honorable nature?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Mingerink

    This was a fun little novella that wrapped up a storyline introduced in the novel A Worthy Pursuit. This is Dan and Marietta's story. I really enjoyed it. It was fun, light-hearted, and the perfect ending to Dead Eye Dan's story. ;)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    I had to read this as soon as I finished A Worthy Pursuit! I knew there had to be a book with Dead Eye Dan and Marietta! And it did not disappoint. Even though it was short it was AMAZING! I loved seeing them get their happily ever after!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ottenhoff

    Hooray for Dead eye Dan! This action packed novella has been the perfect read on this rainy day. The amazing plots in this story had me turning pages at a great amount of speed. Dead eye Dan and Daniel met every challenge with grace and speed. I highly recommend this story!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    These novellas are just too short for my liking! I need more! But... It was short, sweet and to the point!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Sands

    A short, light read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maggi Andersen

    Not much substance, but a fun read for a short novella. A little steamier than Witemeyer's other works, which I didn't find to be such a bad thing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    Wonderful novella! Fans of Karen Witemeyer won't be disappointed by this novella, unless it's that it's too short! I loved it. Highly recommended.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Bickerstaff

    It's been too long since I've read a Karen Witemeyer book, and I thoroughly enjoyed The Husband Maneuver. I will not wait so long to read the next one.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hanna Steele

    Thought it was a cute sweet story! Love all Karen Witemeyer’s book. If your looking for cute clean romances...these are great!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amy R.

    Loved how she included snippets from the Dead-eye Dan book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Gibson

    Great book Very good romance story. The two main people were true to their word and just to stubborn tovafmit they live each other.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julynn

    LOVE Ms. Witemeyer's writing style, characters and fun shenanigans! This was a fun and humorous tale that I enjoyed thoroughly. Well done!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Smith

    Good novella. Worth your time

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    A cute little novella. Good for when you're in a cowboy mood but don't want to wait for an entire book to take shape because you're impatient like me.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Megan Lewis

    As if you didn’t know the ending before you began... Predictable. Guilty pleasure. Fluffy. Clean.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Johnson

    This novella was super short, but despite its length, I really liked the story. There were plenty of tension-filled moments, and to me, that is what makes a story. There was a storm, so that added excitement, another good thing to keep the plot moving along. The characters were pretty well developed and it makes me want to read more books by Karen Witemeyer.

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