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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Bride for All Seasons

Looking for a great collection of historical romance stories compiled by some best selling authors surrounding mail-order brides? Then look no further than A Bride For All Seasons, the mail-order bride collection by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher. Each of these talented authors showcases their own unique spin on the mail-order brides set in the late 1800's with a seasonal flair. All of these stories takes place at different times of the year and responds to correspondence related to ads placed in the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue.

And Then Came Spring starts out this charming collection by Margaret Brownley, a first time experience with this author for me, but definitely not the last for sure. Mary Jo Parker arrives in Colton, Kansas hoping to meet her soon-to-be husband Daniel Garrett at the train station. However when she arrives, he is no where to be seen. After waiting for well over two hours, Mary Jo goes searching for the husband that has apparently forgotten about her, but when she rushes into the local church, she soon realizes that the reason Daniel is late is he is now dead and she has just found herself at his funeral. With no funds available, Mary Jo hopes she can find a way to put her talents as a seamstress to work to earn enough money to return home. Will love find her in Kansas instead?

An Ever After Summer is showcased by author Debra Clopton, another first time author experience for me. I actually loved this one the best because of the tall, dark, stranger that Ellie Smith meets as she exits the train hoping to find a man in need of a wife and someone to care for his now orphaned daughter. She is more than horrified to learn that the ad she answered was leaving a few key points out, the biggest being no "Bible-thumpers" need apply. Well Mathew McConnell has another thing coming if he thinks he can simply put her back on the train when she is determined to make this marriage work in Honey Springs, Texas.

Autumn's Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher introduces us to Luvena Abbott who comes to Nebraska in search of a husband and father for her nieces and nephews. Only thing is that Clay Birch was adamant to make sure that his mail order bride was a single woman with no children. Just how is he supposed to bring a ready made family to Grand Coeur, a place that is certainly no place for children with all the saloons in town. Only how can Clay send Luvena packing when she has no way to pay for train fare not only for herself but for the children as well. Can she find a way to reach Clay's heart to open wide enough to accept them all?

And lastly Winter Wedding Bells by Mary Connealy, one of my favorite historical authors rounds out the collection taking us to Wyoming to aid a dying man with the hopes of finding a mother for his young boys before he time is up? How will he be able to get anyone to answer his ad when the prospects she must has will be for a lifetime of love and his time is just about up? Can Megan McBride show David Laramie that the only one who can tell him when his time is up in God?

Each of these wonderful historical romances are short enough to get through when you have a little time but want the effect of a full length novel. These introduce the reader wonderfully to the historical romance authors that are showcased in this collection. There is something off on the ads that each recipient answers and the truth is bound to be discovered sooner or later. In each of these, ultimately it takes time and patience to show that God has plans in everything in our lives whether we know it or not.

I received A Bride for All Seasons compliments of Thomas Nelson Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. I rate this one hands down a full 5 out of 5 stars just based on the different perspectives you gain from each author taking their turn at a common topic, in this case, mail order brides and can't wait for the next collection coming soon, Four Weddings and A Kiss. This is such a wonderful idea and I love reading collections like this one. It really feels like you are getting four novels in one.

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Margaret Brownley
Debra Clopton
Robin Lee Hatcher
Mary Conneally

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