Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review - A Bride For All Seasons: The Mail-Order Bride Collection

A Bride For All Seasons: The Mail-Order Bride Collection
By Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pub. Date: June 18, 2013
ISBN: 978-1401688530
Pages: 400
Buy Link: Paperback
Blog Tour Link: http://litfusegroup.com/author/BrideSeasons

I've been trying to cutback on my reading and focus more on my writings, but I became interested in this anthology when I learned Mary Connealy and Robin Lee Hatcher were two of the authors, which I received a free copy from Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest review.

The year is 1870 and four women, Mary-Jo, Ellie, Luvena, and IMegan, are looking for a second chance at life by becoming a mail-order bride, which the ads are placed in the Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue.

In Margaret Brownley's And Then Came Spring, Mary-Jo Parker travels from Georgia to Kansas to marry a successful attorney, Daniel Garrett, only to arrive in time for his funeral. Here is another shocker; Daniel has a son, which he never mentioned in his letters to Mary-Jo. Her hope of getting married may not be over as the sheriff, who happens to be Daniel's brother, offers to marry her.

In Debra Clopton's An Ever-After Summer, widower Mathew McConnell is looking forward to meeting his future wife, which is until he learns Ellie Smith is a "Bible thumper" instead of a practical woman he had envisioned.

In Robin Lee Hatcher's Autumn's Angel, Clay had ordered a mail-order bride, so he would have someone to help run the opera house, but he is in for a shock when his bride-to-be, Luvena, arrives with her young nieces and nephew. Clay ordered a wife, not an entire family.

In Mary Connealy's Winter Wedding Bells, David is convinced that he is soon-to-die and orders a mail-order bride, Megan, so there would someone to raise his son after his passing.

I have read a few other mail-order bride historical romances, but A Bride For All Seasons is now my favorite, thanks to four great writers who have each woven together great characters and creative plots. I can't choose a favorite between them as they are all well-written. Overall, A Bride For All Seasons is a wonderful read and I recommend it other readers.

About the Authors:

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

1 comment:

  1. I think I might put this one on my reading list - I'm not a big romance fan, but I am definitely interested in the mail order bride aspect of this. :)


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