With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone AwryKaren Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Melissa Jagears, Regina Jennings
Romance isn't always a fairy tale---and doesn't always go quite the way couples intend it to! In this collection, you'll discover four charming novellas that explore how even the best-planned proposals go awry. Will the power of love prove triumphant? Includes: The Husband M... Read More
Page Count: 368
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jan 5, 2016
- UPC: 9780764217722
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 368
- Publish Date: Jan 5, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764217720
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- A Novella Collection Worth Reading! by BookJunkie on 1/2/2017
I have to say beforehand that I’ve never done a review for a book of novellas, therefore this is my first and I hope everyone enjoys it! A common thing I loved about these stories is that I recognized some to most of the characters from the author's previous books. However, even if you have not read those books, you still can understand the stories. The first story “The Husband Maneuver” by Karen Witemeyer was one of my favorites earning 5 stars from me! I think one of the reasons I loved it so much is because I remembered them from “A Worthy Pursuit” and there wasn’t ever a conclusion to Daniel and Marietta’s love story like I wanted and I finally got it. It was a very sweet read and different from most novellas. It didn’t drag on and take forever but it also wasn’t so fast that it caused confusion. The second story “Her Dearly Unintended” by Regina Jennings earned 3 stars from me and sadly was my least favorite story out of the four. At the beginning I thought it might be better than it ended up being, I enjoyed the fact that Josiah was protective of Katie Ellen and it was a cute story but at times the characters seemed a little immature and the tale ended quite abruptly for my taste. The third story “Runaway Bride” by Mary Connealy was another favorite of mine earning four and a half stars from me. This was also another story where I enjoyed seeing the connection between books. I enjoyed everything about it except for one thing, the characters, Big John and Carrie became very stubborn for a brief time about their feelings for one another and in a novella that isn’t something I enjoy immensely. As I said, it was brief considering it is a short story but that’s what in the end, lowered my rating of this one a tiny bit. Now for the fourth and final story “Engaging the Competition” by Melissa Jagears earned four stars from me and was also a cute story that I enjoyed. Harrison and Charlotte were both likeable characters and really there weren’t any specifically negative things to this one. All and all it was a good novella collection and I enjoyed them. My overall rating for this book is 4 stars and I do recommend it to anyone who love a sweet, quick, historical romance! I was provided a copy of this book by the author/publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
- “With This Ring?” was disappointing (excluding Jenning’s tale)...... by BTSCelebs on 3/1/2016
Bethany House’s latest novella collection “With This Ring?” was a group of four short stories that made the reader long for elaborate weddings. Out of the four stories strictly about getting a proposal, I’d say Regina Jennings’ “Her Dearly Unintended” was the only treasure worth reading a second time. Josiah and Katie Ellen’s story was full of suspense, action and a sprinkle of love. Their pretend marriage in front of an unwelcome guest was so entertaining. Eleven chapters was nowhere near enough!
Unfortunately, Karen Witemeyer’s “The Husband Maneuver” was a bit too racy for Christian fiction, and Mary Connealy’s “Runaway Bride” story was so focused on running away from the enemy they forgot to fully develop Carrie and Big John’s love story. The ending felt very rushed. Melissa Jagears’ “Engaging The Competition” made me long for a complete story to be developed. Despite the sad narrative about her mother not accepting her husband’s death, the love story between Harrison and Charlotte (aka Charlie) was postponed because of Harrison’s poor eyesight. In my opinion, it ended before it even got started.
“With This Ring?” was disappointing (excluding Jennings' tale), but it did give me a glimpse into four different worlds.
- Enjoyable Quick Read by some great authors by Seasons of Opportunities on 1/27/2016
I was totally caught up in the first novella, as I had already read A Worthy Pursuit by the same author. Although a total stand alone, it contained characters from a previous book that made it all the more exciting for me to ready. I enjoyed Marietta's subtle manipulation techniques, while she tried to get Daniel's attention totally in the dark about the promise he made to her father and the fact that he was desperately trying to keep that promise, while totally in love with her. Is she going to ruin it all for them?
The second book by Regina Jennings - a newly found author, that I totally enjoy, is about a young man who has had a crush on a friend of his for as long as he can remember. But she, being a total perfectionist, along with a bit of misunderstanding added to the mix, has totally misread his intentions towards her. Now, her parents out of town, the bridge washed out, and a creepy stranger in her home, will she give Josiah a chance to prove himself to her? Or will she take the reigns and control things the way she has always done?
Mary Connealy has concocted a story with a fun, romantic twist as Texas Ranger, Big John helps rescue Carrie and her brother from their abusive father who is trying to marry her off to settle his gambling debt. This book has danger, mystery, and romance. With her intended husband hot on their trail, will they get to safety before he finds them? Desperate times require desperate measures, but will they be willing to take a chance?
The only reason I did not enjoy this book as much as the others, was the the characters and their relations were a bit confusing to me. It was almost like I had missed something somewhere. So I am wondering, if maybe, there is another book related to this story in which the characters have previously been introduced.
Last but not least, Melissa's novella. This is the first time I have read a book by this author. A school teacher and a rancher ... Yeah I know what your thinking, but nope, she is the rancher and he is the teacher. Always competitive and ready to outsmart the boys with her wits, she must now do whatever it takes to save her father's homestead. After a providential divine intervention, the two must now spend unwanted time together. Even as she is promised to another, can these two make peace with their past and possibly still save her father's home?
The first two were my favorite stories, but I enjoyed the other ones also. I am beginning to really love these short stories that can be read in a day and leave lasting memories. I would certainly recommend all of these novellas, as well as other books by these authors.
I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of the Bethany House Bloggers Group in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive review and no other compensation has been given.
- A Funny Little Thing Called Love by Tickmenot on 1/23/2016
“The course of true love never did run smooth,” Shakespeare said, and that is certainly the case in this novella collection. Taking place in Texas, Kansas and the Ozarks, and spanning the time from the late 1870's to 1901, join these four couples in their lively misadventures with romance.
In The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer: For a long time, Marietta has been in love with Daniel, whose life has been fictionalized in the "Dead-Eye Dan" book series. Daniel works at her family's ranch, and acts like Marietta is invisible. That is other than the time he saw her reading a Dead-Eye book, that sent him into a rage. He hates the book series, and the way people think he is just like that character. Marietta still has hopes for the two of them, until she heard he is quitting the ranch in just a few weeks. Can she plot a way to win his heart in that short time, especially since she hasn't been successful in the years he has worked there?
In Her Dearly Unintended, by Regina Jennings: Katie and Josiah were once childhood friends, but now are squabbling adversaries. Unfortunately, they must pretend to be married in order to be safe from a killer, one who is watching their every move. Katie can hardly keep a civil tongue in her mouth when Josiah is around. Now she is forced to stay in the same room with him, and act like she loves him. Can they be convincing, or will their ongoing constant irritation with each other be the literal death of the two of them?
In Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy: Carrie and, her brother Isaac, are chased hundreds of miles by a dangerous man, along with his seemly unending band of hired thugs. The man is intent on forcing her to marry him. A wonderful group of people has pledged to help Carrie, but she is concerned they might lose their lives in her defense. The safest solution for all concerned seems almost as unthinkable as marrying the brute who is chasing her. Can she do that?
In Engaging the Competition, by Melissa Jagears: Bookish, school teacher Harrison finds himself uncomfortably involved with the biggest tomboy in the area, Charlotte. He hasn't wanted anything to do with her since they were children. That is when Charlotte bested Harrison at shooting, in front of all the boys in town, and he has never forgotten it. He now finds himself too close for comfort with the rough, tough ranch owner Charlotte has become. These two couldn't possibly find romance together, or could they?
These stories contain good clean fun, excitement, and clever story-lines with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed these four adventures, and their Christian viewpoint. Somehow love and romance works its way into the relationships of all of these somewhat unlikely couples. As is the sign of any good work, I was sorry for them to end. I highly recommend you open up this 5-star book for some rollicking, good tales.
The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of With This Ring through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
- Historical Romance with Twists that will Make You Smile by Suzie on 1/13/2016
What’s better than reading an entertaining story? How about four stories? In With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry, four beloved authors of historical fiction come together and share stories of unusual, often humorous, circumstances leading couples to find love.
And my personal favorite of the four…”Engaging the Competition” by Melissa Jaegers. Tomboy Charlotte “Charlie” Andrews is forced to help Harrison Gray when his glasses break, leaving him almost blind until a new pair can be ordered and delivered. Harrison has managed to avoid Charlie for years as if he wants nothing to do with her. Besides that little fact, how is her fiancé going to react to her spending time with another man—a very handsome man at that.
Each one of these novellas is approximately 100 pages. Dive right into the story and see how awkward and uncomfortable situations lead these characters to their future happily ever afters.
***Bethany House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.