Sunday, July 7, 2013

Review of "A Bride for All Seasons"

Rating: 3.5 Stars
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Review:  "A Bride For All Seasons" is a collection of four novellas that will take readers on a journey filled with a mixture of quirky humor, obstacles, and romance.  Margaret Brownley begins with the tale of Mary-Jo who has faced her share of heartache and is eager to find love and her place in the world.  After arriving in town, she soon discovers that she must adjust and take a different path than she expected.  Like Mary-Jo, the remaining three brides also face challenges as they meet their potential husbands and unravel some misunderstandings caused by a meddlesome matchmaker at the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalog.

These misconceptions create conflict for each of the plots and opportunities for the authors to incorporate humor in each of the stories.  Because each story is a novella,  the plot moves quickly and the relationship between the two characters develop more quickly.  As a reader, I can sometimes feel less connected to one or both of the characters in novellas because the authors have less time to convey the characters' past and feelings.  While reading "A Bride For All Seasons," I discovered that I liked each novella a little more than the previous.  Mary Connealy's 'Winter Wedding Bells" is a sweet love story that especially captures the emotions of both David and Megan and pulled me in as a reader as well.

"A Bride For All Seasons" is a charming quartet of novellas that are perfect for a summer afternoon or any season.  

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Summary from Thomas Nelson Publishers:
It All Started with an Ad in a Mail Order Bride Catalogue…Melvin Hitchcock of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalog isn’t dishonest—not exactly. If he tweaks his clients’ applications a bit, it’s because he’s looking out for their best interests.
This charming bouquet of novellas introduces four Hitching Post prospects in the year 1870, each one 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 been unlucky all her life. But who would guess she’d travel halfway across the country to meet her match . . . only to find him dead!
An Ever-After Summer by Debra Clopton
Ellie had no idea she’s not what Matthew 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. The 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?

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