Sunday, August 4, 2013

Book review: A Bride for All Seasons

Disclosure: I received an e copy of this book to review, thanks to Booksneeze. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

It's summer here (finally) and my favorite way to spend my evenings after the kids have gone to bed is relaxing on my balcony with a good book.  And I'm of the firm opinion that books to be read on summer evenings should be fun, interesting, fast-moving books.  Fortunately for me, I recently had the chance to review a new book called A Bride For All Seasons, which fit my criteria nicely. Here's a bit about this book, from the publisher's website:

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?

Even though the stories were all short, the authors managed to fit in a good amount of character development and fill the pages with interesting and romantic stories.  I enjoyed reading about these brave women who left everything behind to seek out a new life on the frontier, and the men that were waiting for them.  The stories kept me turning the pages to see what would happen, and I was honestly sad to finish the book.

If you are a fan of historical Christian romance novels, and like a fun, fast read, definitely take a look at A Bride For All Seasons