Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Bride For All Seasons ~ The Mail Order Bride Collection ~ Litfuse Blog tour with review and giveaway

It All Started with an Ad in a Mail Order Bride Catalogue…
A Bride for All SeasonsMelvin Hitchcock of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalog isn’t dishonest—not exactly. If he tweaks his clients’ applications a bit, it’s because he’s looking out for their best interests.
This charming bouquet of novellas introduces four Hitching Post prospects in the year 1870, each one eager for second chances . . . and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they’ll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.
And Then Came Spring by Margaret Brownley
Mary-Jo has been unlucky all her life. But who would guess she’d travel halfway across the country to meet her match . . . only to find him dead!
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?
My take on this book:
I have always been a fan of short story collections, because it allows us to sample different authors work inside one book. In "A Bride For All Seasons" we get four novellas by four different authors, with each story revolving around mail order brides. The neat thing is that each story connects and the factor that ties them all together is the matchmaker Melvin Hitchcock, the owner and operator of The Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalog for people who are seeking mates for matrimony. Thing is he often edits the correspondence between the couples thinking that he is doing them a favor by making them more marketable, which leads to some interesting encounters when they finally meet! As someone who enjoys historical fiction that revolves around Mail Order Brides this book was a fantastic read for me.  Each story had a few twists that made them unique, from a bride who travels to her intended to find him being buried as she arrives, to the man who thinks he is dying and therefore needs a mother for his children. I loved the characters in each of the stories, and found myself laughing on more than one occasion. The antics of Melvin really were funny!  While I enjoyed all four stories Mary Connealy's story really stood out for me.David Laramie thinks he has a year to live so he needs a wife to take care of his two boys. When his mail order bride arrives though will she be able to convince him that God is in control.  Ms. Connealy's witty writing style shines thru with this story that was all to short for my tastes. Fans of historical fiction where the stories revolve around Mail Order Brides will want to read this book. If you have never read anything by these authors then "A Bride For All Seasons" is the perfect way to introduce yourself to their work. Be warned though you're going to find yourself wanting to read more from each of them.

Brownley, Hatcher, Connealy, CloptonMeet 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 as a movie starring LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton
Find out more about Brownley, Hatcher, Connealy, Clopton athttp://amzn.to/118aiwL.

Four novellas, four brides, and four stories to fall in love with. 


Enter the world of mail-order brides with four of your favorite authors: Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher, Debra Clopton, and Margaret Brownley. In A Bride for All Seasons (Thomas Nelson) each of the prospective brides is hopeful for a second chance at love—and that second chance always seems to come in an unexpected package.

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

1 comment:

  1. A bride in this season. Every year we dream of being together with the one we love and step into marriage in the gorgeous wedding dresses.


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