Saturday, August 31, 2013

Book Review: A Bride for All Seasons by Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, and Debra Clopton Published by Thomas Nelson

The last 2 books I read that were made up of short stories/novellas compiled into one book had characters that were the same between the stories.  This one, however, didn't have any characters in common between the stories.  It did have the common factor of the "Hitching Post Mail-Order-Bride Catalogue" and how with a few "innocent" changes, the letters don't always reach their recipient the same way that they left the sender...


Book Description from the publisher:

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?
I really enjoyed reading this book and finding out how the characters allowed God to work out the difficulties that they encounter.  Being novellas/short stories, they were easy to read in one setting.   I enjoyed the historical aspect of the stories, too, being set in 1870.  

Included with the book are a "Reading Group Guide" with questions to discuss, and "An Interview with the Authors".
I would recommend this book to others who, like me, enjoy inspirational love stories.  
Paperback                  $15.99   available here
Length400 Pages
Publication DateJune 18, 2013
  • Thomas Nelson

I received a free ebook copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I did not receive any other form of compensation.

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