Monday, June 17, 2013

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

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 Mathew 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?

A Bride For All Seasons was an enjoyable novel that had me laughing and sympathizing with the characters in each of the four novellas. The novellas were each written by a different author, but they were connected beautifully through the  Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue and the thoroughly irrepressible and scheming editor, Mr, Hitchcock. Each of the novels is set in one of the four seasons, and each author's own flair and romantic style is revealed nicely in their separate novella. I found myself able to connect to each of the main characters in some way, and I liked how each couple was faced with a different set of problems as they faced the true character of who Mr. Hitchcock had set them up with. While the focus of each novella was (of course) romance, I loved how each author wove suspense or conflict or danger into the background of their novella. Not only that, but each novella revealed a different truth about love, faith, and the nature of God and His will for His children. Because each novella was unique and enjoyable in its own way, I have trouble choosing which was my favorite. However, my favorite was probably Debra Clopton's An Ever After Summer. I enjoyed the interactions between Ellie and Mathew and how Mathew was drawn to this 'practical bride' against his "better judgment". Another novella that I liked a lot was Winter's Wedding Bells. Megan was such a strong and motivated character and was not about to give up on the sickly but sweet man that she married. Overall, I found A Bride for All Seasons to be a sweet and humorous collection, and I would highly recommend it to any reader looking for an enjoyable yet quick Western, romantic read.

I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson and in exchange for an honest review.

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