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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
"In 1885 five western preachers sit around a campfire talking about unlikely couples they've seen God bring together.
Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy
Maizy Place is an unruly tomboy. When she causes an accident, injuring neighbor Rylan Carstens, she becomes his unlikely caregiver. Rylan has never noticed how pretty his infuriating neighbor is, and he never expected to fall in love.
Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher
Molly Everton is the outspoken daughter of the town newspaper's owner. When her father brings in an outsider to be editor, she tries to drive him out of town. But Jack Ludgrove is not intimidated. He’s resolved to change Molly's mind about him—as an editor and as a man.
A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton
Katie Pearl is uninterested in men and love. But she needs help on her ranch and hires Treb Rayburn, a wandering cowboy looking to make a buck. Will Treb change Katie’s mind?
Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley
Grace Davenport is either the unluckiest woman alive—or a killer. When her third husband is found dead, Grace is arrested. Attorney Brock Daniels isn't interested in the case—until he meets Grace. Only a miracle will prove her innocence, but the joining of two lonely hearts may be their saving grace."
My review: If you have never read books by some of these authors, these novellas are a great way to find out what you think of them. The beginning gives a bit of an introduction to the stories that will follow, and I thought it very appropriate and engaging. I loved Maizy in Spitfire Sweetheart. She kept me laughing and guessing what would happen to her next. In Love Letter to the Editor, I appreciated Jack and his attitude toward Molly. A Cowboy for Katie was my favorite. Debra Clopton did an excellent job making Katie weak and strong at the same time. Katie's physical issues were portrayed in such a way that the reader understood what she was going through. Courting Trouble I have to say was my least favorite. I think because the story-line just didn't ring true to me. It was fun to read, but it just wasn't real. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
A voyageur and a young woman swept up in a time of upheaval and danger
discover firsthand the high price of freedom.
The British Army has taken control of Michilimackinac Island and its fort, forcing the Americans to swear an oath of loyalty to the crown in order to retain their land. Pierre Durant is a fur trader who returns after being away from the island for years, only to find the family farm a shambles and those he cares about starving and at the mercy of British invaders.
Torn between the adventurous life of fur trading and guilt over neglecting his defenseless mother, Pierre is drawn deeper into the fight against the British--and into a relationship with Angelique MacKenzie, a childhood friend who's grown into a beautiful woman. She now finds herself trapped by the circumstances of war and poverty, and the cruelty of her guardian, Ebenezer Whiley.
As tensions mount and the violence rages on, Pierre and Angelique must decide where their loyalties rest and how much they'll risk for love."
My review: I love getting a glimpse of history in historical novels. Captured by Love is a book full of adventure that is centered around historical events. Judy Hedlund does an excellent job developing her characters and drawing the reader into the story. Danger, unexpected twists, and romance make this is a book that you won't want to put down. The characters are real with real struggles and fears, and they also have placed their trust in a God that is real. I appreciate the message of faith and trust in God that is found in the pages of this book. I look forward to reading more by this author. I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.