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A Bride for All Seasons

This charming collection of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalog prospects in the year 1870, all eager for second chances and hungry for happiness. In A Bride for All Seasons, through four stories by four authors, they’ll learn that love o... Read More

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This charming collection of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalog prospects in the year 1870, all eager for second chances and hungry for happiness. In A Bride for All Seasons, through four stories by four authors, they’ll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.

And then Came Spring by Margaret Brownley
Mary-Jo has traveled halfway across the country to meet her match, arriving just in time for his funeral. Returning home seems like her only option until her would-be brother-in-law proposes a more daring idea.

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?

Product Details:
Page Count: 400
Released: 06/2013
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jun 18, 2013
  • UPC: 9781401688530
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 390
  • Publish Date: Jun 25, 2013
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 1401688535

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delightfully easy, light summer read by Vera on 7/19/2013

The concept of a mail order bride is basically foreign and totally unacceptable to the American woman of today who has for many years been pretty much in control of whom she will engage socially, much less whom she will marry. She now sees, gets to know, decides if she wants to live her life with the man. However, historically that has not always been the case for women in general. During the 1800s when the frontier of America was being discovered and settled - by men, there was a dearth of women from whom helpmeets or wives could be sought. Therefore, the mail order bride catalog or advertisement took root. It drew women from the East to the West. Most often these women were destitute, without means of livelihood, no home of their own, no family, etc. So that leads us to A Bride for All Seasons.

This collection of novellas by four stand-out successful authors is a delightfully easy, summer read. A light romance in each (no surprises here) situation ends happily with the lady and the gentleman loving each other. There is no connectivity to the stories other than the fact that they were all the result of the "Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue" business.

I occasionally enjoy reading the shorter novellas rather than the full-length novels. They are usually quick reads and lighter in nature. These were no exception. I do prefer some connectivity to a collection of novellas and some overlap of characters which this collection does not have. All-in-all, though these are enjoyable stories, light reads, perfect for no-brainer summer reads.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy for the purpose of review.

Mail Order Bride Catalogue by Maureen on 7/15/2013

A Bride For All Seasons is a compilation of four authors. All stories are based on the services of The Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue and its editor Melvin Hitchcock. Now Melvin had the habit of changing words in his applicants letters, quite often he did a lot of embellishing. The four novels are all based on Melvin's plotting, but maybe God had more of a hand in these couples lives than Melvin??
Can you imagine, arriving and meeting your Fiancé, and learning he is dying, and needs you to be a mother to his children? Or how about arriving and finding he isn't there to meet you, and they are having his funeral?? Or maybe you arrive and he is so happy and can't believe your luck, beautiful woman, but what are those? Children?? No Children!! Then their is a sweet fellow who lost his wife in childbirth, and he never wants that pain again. He needs a mother for his darling little girl, but definitely wants no "Love"!
Travel along with these wonderful, can't put down till the end stories. I loved this collection, only wished there were more!!

I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours and was not required to give a positive review.

Entertaining and Inspirational by Homesteading on 6/17/2013

A Bride for All Seasons is a collection of four novellas, all set in four different midwestern and western towns during 1870. Melvin Hitchcock is the owner and editor of The Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue. As such, he feels he has the right to read the letters going back and forth between his clients. You know, just in case he needs to “fix” what he feels might not be presenting them in their best light. After all, he wants these guys and gals to get hitched. The ensuing embellishments cause all kinds of misunderstandings and distorted communications leading to some humorous moments between the mail order brides and grooms-to-be.

Each author has done an excellent job in this collection. The stories are fast-paced with plenty of sparkling repartee that kept me positively engaged. The character development is good and there are some precious moments between the brides and bridegrooms.

Introducing us to the ramifications of Melvin's meddling is author Margaret Brownley's And Then Came Spring. With her trademark wit, Margaret blends feelings of fear, abandonment, and grief into a work of fiction that is both funny and sweet, while showing how God works his perfect will in life. Lots of chuckles and oh no's, along with some serious head shaking made my family look askance at me a few times while I read this novella.

Mary-Jo Parker arrives in Colton, Kansas expecting her groom to meet her at the train station. The agreement was they would get “hitched up” right away but after a few hours of waiting, he doesn't show so she goes looking for him. Of course, being such a highly superstitious person, she has to be extremely careful. Margaret managed to introduce me to all kinds of superstitions people have that I wasn't aware of. Thanks to Sheriff Tom Garrett and his steadfast faith in the Lord, Mary-Jo learns that there's no need to live in fear of stepping in the wrong place, spilling salt or any of that other nonsense. God is the one in control! And you'll meet Eddie, a little boy who has firmly planted himself in my heart and I hope gets a grownup story of his own someday.

I highly recommend this collection of novellas to all Historical Fiction fans!

I received an ARC of the book from the author in exchange for my review. No other compensation was received.

…to look after orphans and widows in their distress. James 1:27
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