Thursday, July 11, 2013

A Bride For All Seasons by Brownley, Clopton, Connealy, and Hatcher

A Bride For All Seasons
 by Margaret Brownley,
Debra Clopton,
Mary Connealy,
and  Robin Lee Hatcher

Four women, four authors and four stories that take you back into the old west as women and men searched for each other through the mail.  This book is a compilation of four short stories focusing on mail-order brides who met their husbands through the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalog andit's mischievious editor.

The first story introduces us to Mary-Jo who, when finding her future husband has passed away just prior to her arrival, finds herself helping his wayward young son and falling in love with her would-be brother-in-law.

In the second story, we meet Ellie, whose faith is just what her future husband didn't want in a wife.  But Ellie's persistence, her love for his daughter and her beauty convince her future husband to fall in love with her.

In the third story, we meet Luvena, and her nieces and nephews, an unexpected addition to the package.  Will she be sent away, or will she win over the heart of the man she came to marry?

Finally, we meet a dying man, or so he thinks, as he welcomes a wife to care for his son after he passes.  Will Megan change David's diagnosis?  Or will she be a widow soon....

All four short stories are easy read for a lazy afternoon.  All are written well, yet predictable as this genre is.  I enjoyed each one and read them steadily.  There are a few character quirks that I thought unnecessary for the first story, such as one character's superstitions.  I really didn't like that the character at the hitching post, who changed the personal letters to bring people together, considered himself a Christian, yet used deceit and justified it because of the end.  That was my big problem in the book.  I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a fun and enjoyable afternoon read.

This book was provided by Thomas Nelson for review, and I was not required to give a positive reivew.  Thank you.

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