Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: A Bride for All Seasons by Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Debra Clopton, & Mary Connealy

A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection
Thomas Nelson / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About of the book:

1800s mail-order bride catalogs facilitated many happy marriages. Here are the stories of four couples who owe their wedded bliss to creative editing by The Hitching Post publisher.

“And Then Came Spring”—Margaret Brownley

Sheriff Tom Garrett wants vengeance on his brother’s murderers, but he must think of his orphaned nephew. Then Mary-Jo shows up, swearing she married Tom’s brother by proxy and he’d neglected to mention a son.

“An Ever-After Summer”—Debra Clopton

Widower Matt McConnell wrote his ad with no room for misunderstanding—Bible believers need not apply. But Bible-thumping Ellie shows up on his doorstep. Matt’s so desperate for her help that he accepts.

“Autumn’s Angel”—Robin Lee Hatcher

Luvena Abbott is a singing sensation in New York. But as guardian to her brother’s children, she has few options to provide a home. Clay Birch won an abandoned theater in a poker game. The Hitching Post editor thinks they’ll make a perfect match.

“Winter Wedding Bells”—Mary Connealy


David Laramie is looking for a woman to care for his children. In exchange he’ll make her financially comfortable for life. But no woman wants to marry a dying man. Then Megan responds to his ad. It seems his “edited” letter contained no mention of him dying.

My rating:
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My thoughts:

I'm typically not a huge fan of novellas, but this collection of four "Mail-Order Bride" novellas was great! The first two, "And Then Came Spring" by Margaret Brownley and "An Ever-After Summer" by Debra Clopton, were very good and had me laughing a lot. "Autumn's Angel" was my least favorite of the four, probably because it felt way too short and rushed (especially towards the end). My favorite was the last one, "Winter Wedding Bells" by Mary Connealy - it was just so good!

Melvin, The Hitching Post publisher, and his interference in the couples' lives/letters added such a neat element to A Bride for All Seasons. I just couldn't help shaking my head (and sometimes laughing out loud) at some of his antics! Oh, and I loved the glossary of terms at the end of Margaret Brownley's novella - too funny!

Overall, I enjoyed reading all of the novellas and loved three of them. I definitely recommend A Bride for All Seasons - it had great characters, romance, and humor! If you enjoy historical reads (especially mail-order bride ones), I think you will like A Bride for All Seasons.

*I received this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

Four novellas, four brides, and four stories to fall in love with. 

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Enter the world of mail-order brides with four of your favorite authors: Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher, Debra Clopton, and Margaret Brownley. In A Bride for All Seasons (Thomas Nelson) each of the prospective brides is hopeful for a second chance at love—and that second chance always seems to come in an unexpected package.
 
The authors are celebrating with a fun 12 Days of Unexpected Packages Giveaway! Between July 12-23 visit the authors' Facebook Page to enter to win a new giveaway each day. Winners will be announced at the Facebook Author Chat party on July 23rd! Such fun!

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