Friday, July 19, 2013

A Bride for All Seasons....

What happens when you combine women willing to travel to wed, 
men needing helpmeets in a male dominated pioneer world, 
The Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalog, 
and four talented romance writers? 

Sometimes gently comedic, sometimes sweetly romantic, 
 dealing with life and love at their most quixotic, 
this collection can be called "Terrific!" 

If you have read any books or stories by Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher, or 
Maragaret Brownley, you will want to add this four novella volume to your bookshelf. 
If you haven't, like I haven't, then this is a great place to start. 

Mail Order Brides have captured imaginations for decades, 
in this collection we get to watch them capture hearts.
In a unique twist, these ladies have all been advertised through a certain catalog, a catalog owned by an ambitious matchmaker determined to put the best foot forward for his aspiring brides, even if it means rewording their qualifications and rewriting their correspondence! 

Naturally, the consequences of this conniving leads to surprises for both the brides and grooms! 

In And then Came Spring, Mary-Jo is a gambler's daughter, trained to trust in luck and to 
always throw spilled salt over her shoulder. 
Her superstitions are born out of fear... she is afraid that someone she loves will die again. 
And it happens... she steps off the train and into her intended's funeral. 
His death leaves her alone in a town she doesn't know with her fiancee's son who was never mentioned in any of the letters! 
And her intended's brother, the Sheriff, is here in town too.
 As a godly man, he is troubled by Mary-Jo's habit of carrying a pack of lucky cards and knocking on wood all the time. Why would his brother agree to marry a woman like this? 
As a good man trying to raise his nephew, Mary-Jo admires and respects Garrett, but he has a dangerous job, and she can't bear to lose someone again. 

In An Ever After Summer, Ellie is a spunky girl who carries a heap of blame for her loved one's deaths. An old aunt continually told her she was worthless and it was all her fault, and Ellie almost believed it. She knows that Jesus loves her, and she finds comfort in His word, clinging to His promises. That is what she was doing when her groom-to-be spotted her at the station,
holding her Bible to her chest. 
Maybe her loving care for his daughter and her grit and determination in their new life
 will help her be a living testimony and witness to the man she has married. 

In Autumn's Angel, Luvena answers the mail order bride ad having clearly stated that she has three children to bring with her, two nieces and a nephew: Elsie, Ethan and Merry. 
How can Mr. Birch claim he never knew there would be children?! 
And is this town really too rugged for her and the children to stay... 
or can Luvena help bring Clay Birch's dream to bear? 
Can they revitalize the theater and build a family at the same time? 

In Winter Wedding Bells, Megan comes to marry David Laramie and mother his two sons. 
What she finds is a man who is convinced that he is dying, 
and he is equally convinced that he made that perfectly clear in his letters to her! 
Can she convince him that love and life itself are still his? 

Thank you to the authors through Thomas Nelson and Litfuse Publicity for my copy of 

**Margaret Brownley is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author and has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. @margaretbrownley 
**Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christy and RITA award-winning author. Her books often appear on bestseller lists. @robinleehatcher 
**Mary Connealy is a Carol Award winner, an a RITA, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. @MaryConnealy 
**Debra Clopton is an award winning author of sweet, heartfelt, western romance that face life with a smile. With over 2 million books in print, Debra has her first book coming as a movie starring LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton

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