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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Friday, July 19, 2013

A Bride for All Seasons- Love Year Round in 4 Charming Novellas

My Thoughts:

A Bride for All Seasons is four delightfully romantic novellas brought together in one book.  Each story details a journey of the heart- a mail-order bride traveling to meet her intended husband.  What does the future hold for them at the end of their travels?  After all, In 1870, love is a luxury and finding a wife is often more like hiring an employee... 
This is where Melvin Hitchcock, owner and editor of The Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue, steps in.:)  He makes it his business to edit the letters to "assist" his clients.  They have no idea their letters are being altered and the results are frustrating, to say the least!  God uses all this for His purpose, though, and we discover that love truly can conquer all.

A Bride for All Seasons features the writings of four gifted authors: Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, & Robin Lee Hatcher.  Their stories will make you will laugh, cry, and ultimately swoon!  I truly enjoyed how they wove history into their story lines.  The 1870's were beyond difficult (I never would have survived!) with people traveling West to find land, indians, outlaws, complications in childbirth, and disease.  Yet, everyone needs a home and wants to be loved.  A Bride for All Seasons is sweet romance combined with the raw elements of outlaws, sickness, bitter cold weather and heartache.  I could almost feel the desperation of the characters as they struggled with matters of the heart.  

I loved all the stories, but my personal favorite was Winter Wedding Bells.  I really enjoyed the characters of David and Megan and watching them grow as a couple. David is deathly ill when they marry, but Megan doesn't discover this until after the wedding.  After the initial shock, she promises to stay with him and is determined to do all she can for David and his little boys.  I'll admit I cried more than a few tears while turning the pages!

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?

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!
*I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*


Robin Beck said...

I was just looking for a summer book to read (cause summer just started here in Seattle) ! !!! So glad you posted this little sister!

Tristan said...

so all of the books are in this one?? or is this the 5th book..haha..i am confused! but i think i would like to read those..but where do i start?!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Robin- I think you'd really enjoy this book, SIs!:) Lori

mysteryhistorymom said...

Tristan- A Bride for All Seasons is one book with 4 different novellas (stories) in it. Wonderful with a glass of sweet tea while sitting on the front porch.;) Lori

Tristan said...

ohhh...haha..yes! i think so too!

Robin Beck said...

Thanks Lori! I've really been looking around for a decent read! ❤