Monday, July 22, 2013

A Writer's Review of the Novella Collection “A Bride for All Seasons"

{My Review}

I'm not usually one to read novellas, but after seeing the list of authors for the collaboration called A Bride for All Seasons, I thought it was about time I give them a try. I had to gear myself for the shorter stories, for what I usually LOVE are the long, complex books that might see everything in the whole story world change and have much more drastic character arcs. But that didn't mean I didn't end up enjoying these four short novellas. They were all very good for what they were... and I'll probably give more novellas a chance now that I've read this book.

My personal favorite was Robin Lee Hatcher's "Autumn Angel". I would have LOVED to see this plot written into a full length book! 

I received a free paperback copy of A Bride for All Seasons from the publisher in return for this honest review.

{About the Novellas}

1800s mail-order bride catalogs facilitated many happy marriages. Here are the stories of four couples who owe their wedded bliss to creative editing by The Hitching Post publisher.
“And Then Came Spring”—Margaret Brownley

Sheriff Tom Garrett wants vengeance on his brother’s murderers, but he must think of his orphaned nephew. Then Mary-Jo shows up, swearing she married Tom’s brother by proxy and he’d neglected to mention a son.

“An Ever-After Summer”—Debra Clopton

Widower Matt McConnell wrote his ad with no room for misunderstanding—Bible believers need not apply. But Bible-thumping Ellie shows up on his doorstep. Matt’s so desperate for her help that he accepts.

“Autumn’s Angel”—Robin Lee Hatcher

Luvena Abbott is a singing sensation in New York. But as guardian to her brother’s children, she has few options to provide a home. Clay Birch won an abandoned theater in a poker game. The Hitching Post editor thinks they’ll make a perfect match.

“Winter Wedding Bells”—Mary Connealy

David Laramie is looking for a woman to care for his children. In exchange he’ll make her financially comfortable for life. But no woman wants to marry a dying man. Then Megan responds to his ad. It seems his “edited” letter contained no mention of him dying.


{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 out soon as a movie starring LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton

Find out more about Brownley, Hatcher, Connealy, Clopton at


The authors are celebrating with a fun 12 Days of Unexpected Packages Giveaway! Between July 12-23 visit the Thomas Nelson 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!

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