Wednesday, July 30, 2014

4 Weddings and a Kiss by Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher, Debra Clopton, and Margaret Brownley

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.
This was my favorite of the novellas in the set. I really liked both Maizy and Rylan, especially Maizy's tomboy nature as she reminded me of myself. The two also had a really funny relationship as they fought over their differences in opinion. I also appreciated Maizy's desire to be loved for who she was not for how she could be different.

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.
This novella was a sweet read as Molly finally found someone (against her will) that appreciated her for her intelligence, wit, and character instead of those who disagreed with her 'unladylike' attributes.I also liked Jack because he was willing to sacrifice some of his own dreams in exchange for love. And what he found instead was that the greatest adventure he could have was with the person he loved.

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?
This novella was both sweet and sad as both Katie and Treb had hidden secrets that threatened to ruin both their lives and their relationship. Katie struggled to return to living under shelter after being trapped in her house after a tornado destroys her house. Treb is still being eaten up by the loss of his family a few years earlier. I enjoyed how each began to change and trust one another and God as they grew to know each other better. 

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.
 This novella was a great ending story because Grace really did have the worst luck with keeping men alive, and it was sweet to see her finally pick the right one. Brock was a man haunted by past mistakes but willing to try again in order to save a life. I loved how he was willing to sacrifice it all to save Grace and her son. I also really liked Grace's son; his determination and perseverance were admirable.

Overall, I liked the style and set up of this novella set, and I really enjoyed the plot line of all of the novellas. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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