Tuesday, September 24, 2013

*Hint of Passion* A Bride For All Seasons by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Mary Connealy


A Bride for All Seasons


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's to Marry 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 Opinion:

This is my first time reading a book that is actually 4 short stories put into one. I was a little hesitant because I figured the romance would be rushed and that it would feel fake and forced. Well, of course the romance is going to be a little forced, I mean come on, these people were willing to marry complete strangers! I thought that I wouldn't be able to see any real love start to flourish however. That was my main concern.

"And Then Came Spring"- Margaret Brownley
This was the first book by Margaret Brownley that I have ever read and I loved it! The pace was so well done and everything was well written. I liked that she had some really good plotting that she was easily able to sum up and fix the situation to. Even though I knew that the two main characters were going to end up together I still had questions of 'When' and 'How', because as we obviously know, somethings got to happen to disrupt the the characters plans. I look forward to reading more books by her in the future!:)

Rating: 5 Stars

"An Ever-After Summer" by Debra Clopton
Again, this is the first book I have read by Debra Clopton. I saw that this was her very first historical fiction writing and she did an amazing job! It was just as good as many other historical books I have read, and those other authors have been writing in that genre for quite some time. She had a great story plot! I feel like she rushed in the end to get everything sorted out a little bit, but it's still worth reading. If you ever need a short little read to give you a quick laugh, An Ever-After Summer would be perfect!

Rating: 4 Stars

"Autumn's Angel" By Robin Lee Hatcher
This was the one with the least romance. It focused, in my opinion, more with Clay accepting being a step-father. The story was written very well and had a nice story. I liked the parts when Clay was hanging out with the children and building a relationship with them, and then seeing how that tugged on Luvena's heart strings. Altogether, an adorable read.

Rating: 4 Stars

"Winter Wedding Bells" by Mary Connealy

I had once, awhile back, tried to read a book by Mary called Out of Control. I normally try to finish books even if I don't like them, but I really didn't like the way that one was written and I would get confused about what was going on. So, I had to give up on it and I honestly hadn't picked up a book by Mary since... Until Now. Winter Wedding Bells was great! I believe that it was written differently and the sentences ran a lot smoother. Everything was understandable and enjoyable. I love the characters and how they were built up. One thing I would of like would have been for for David to need to re-face his past.

Rating: 4 Stars

*** One thing I have to say is that I did enjoy these short stories, but I am having a hard time with how fast these characters are falling in love. I don't really believe in love at first sight, except for when it comes to God. These characters also would be thinking that it would never work out between them, then all the sudden, they are wanting to be together. That aspect of these books was just a little unrealistic to me. 

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