Monday, August 12, 2013

A Bride For All Seasons by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Robn Lee Hatcher and Mary Connealy

About the Book:

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. The 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 Thoughts:

I'm not a big historical fan, and I'm not crazy about romantic fiction either.  But I do love stories by Margaret Brownley, so when I saw she wrote for this collaboration I had to have a copy.  This was fun, light reading that didn't disappoint.

Naturally, my favorite story was "And Then Came Spring", but all of the novellas were entertaining.  Each story tied together with the mail order bride catalogue and a comedy of errors, but you could easily recognize the unique flavor of each author as you went from story to story.

Had I placed an ad in that magazine, I would have strung that proprietor up by his toes!  Still, the stories demonstrate a Biblical truth, that God works all things for good on behalf of those who love Him.

And the stories wouldn't have been nearly as much fun without the well intentioned 'editing' of each letter!

If you are searching for some light-hearted reading that is pure of heart and stuffed full of romance, look no more, reading buddies.  This is the collection for you.  I'm giving "A Bride for All Seasons" four out of five stars, and hoping these fabulous authors do this again sometime soon.

Happy Reading!



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