Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Bride for All Seasons

Book Description:  "It all started with an ad in a mail-order bride catalogue . . .
This charming bouquet of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue prospects in the year 1870, all eager for second chances . . . and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they'll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.
"And then Came Spring" by Margaret Brownley
Mary-Jo has traveled halfway across the country to meet her match, arriving just in time for his funeral. Returning home seems like her only option until her would-be brother-in-law proposes a more daring idea.
"An Ever After Summer" by Debra Clopton
Ellie had no idea she's not what Matthew ordered. And what's wrong with being a "Bible thumper" anyway? She's determined to show him she's tougher than she looks-and just the girl he needs.
"Autumn's Angel" by Robin Lee Hatcher
Luvena would be perfect for Clay if she didn't come with kids. But kids are a deal breaker, especially in a rough-and-trouble mining town. ­ e trouble is, there's no money to send them back . . .
"Winter Wedding Bells" by Mary Connealy
David's convinced he's not long for the world. He needs someone to mother his boys when he's gone-nothing more. Can plucky Irish Megan convince him to work at living instead of dying?"
My Review:  I enjoyed reading each of these short stories.  All four stories were about mail-order brides, each with an unusual twist.  I have enjoyed other books by each of these authors, and these short stories were no exception. All four authors were able to draw me into their stories and have me turning pages quickly to see what would happen next.  I was disappointed as each story came to a close, but was instantly pulled into the next story.  The only problem with these short stories was that they were...well, short!  The authors did a good job developing their stories, but inevitably they cannot develop the plot as well as they could have in a regular novel.  I would love to read a "longer" version of these stories.  Great read, however, if you need some light reading while at the beach.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze Blogger Program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.   

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Melissa. I wanted to tell more story, too. thanks for the review. :)