I am dedicating the next several Mondays to Novellas. Some will be series and others will be stand-alone. Enjoy!
About the Book
12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #1 is a book written by Susan Page Davis, Michelle Ule and Amy Lillard.
Love Is Buzzing in the Good Old Summertime! Spend the sunny days of summer relaxing with an ice cold glass of lemonade and revel in the dreams of twelve brides who are a bit surprised by how the men of their dreams come into their lives. Journey to the Old West, stay on the prairie, and visit quaint small town. . without leaving the comfort of your own front porch!
Summer has started and so has new chances for love in Novella Collection #1:
The Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis
Ava Neal hopes moving west will be a new start, then she meets handsome Joe Logan who helps her hide her valuables when the train is robbed. Might their paths cross again?
The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule
After a tornado ravishes her family’s farm, seamstress Sally Martin has to decide which man’s courtship to accept: a banker who wants to loan money to ruined farmers or a teamster who uses his skills, strength and time to help rebuild.
The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard
Grace Sinclair would never dream of leaving her Ozarks, so when Ian McGruer visits for a wedding, she ignores her sudden romantic thoughts. Can Ian make her see the way of love?
In The Blue Moon Bride, Ava Neal is going on an adventure-A train ride to visit her best friend in Wyoming Territory. She travels unaccompanied, an uncommon thing for a young woman to do in the late 1800’s.
As Ava ventures West, Joe Logan befriends her. Joe, tasked with delivering valuables to a client of his law firm, is on his way to San Francisco. However, the train they are riding on is robbed.
Susan Page Davis does a great job of setting up the story. As you read, you feel the fear during the robbery, Ava’s joy at arriving at her friends and the thrill of the race to catch the thieves. Along the way, you cheer for Ava and Joe as they begin to fall in love.
Will the posse catch the robbers? Will Ava and Joe be able to overcome their distance problems? Will there be a happily ever after?
The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule places us in the life of Sally Martin. Sally has moved to town to work as a seamstress in order to augment her family’s farm income.
Sally, however, has a difficult decision to make. A tornado has destroyed the family farm and two men are vying for her attention. Malcolm McDougal, a local man is steady, dependable, a hard worker and not afraid to get his hands dirty helping the tornado victims. Josiah French, on the other hand, is a wealthy banker, offering loans to those whose homes were damaged and never seems to get dirty. However, he could offer her and her family a way out of their hard life.
As Sally struggles to reconcile her love with her and her family’s plight, she must also help her little sister to overcome her fears.
Michelle Ule skillfully weaves the difficulties facing Sally into an excellent account, complete with all the anxiety and worry one would expect under similar circumstances.
The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard is about Grace Sinclair, a widowed preacher’s daughter.
Grace has accepted that her lot in life is to stay unmarried in order to assist her father. All her convictions change when her sister gets married, and Grace meets Ian McGruer, with whom she falls in love at first sight.
Amy Lillard has written a story very reminiscent of one similar to Grace Livingston Hill romances. In The Wildflower Bride, the young couple meets and immediately falls in love. However, they have seemingly insurmountable obstacles to overcome.
The tale was a little hard for me to get into, as I don’t think someone can fall in love within moments of setting eyes on another, much less have the love reciprocated. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable, romantic account of two young people.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.