About the Book:
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:
New York Times best-selling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. Her books have won numerous awards, including Reader's Choice. She has published the Rocky Creek series, and A Lady like Sarah was a Romance Writers of America RITA (C) finalist. Happily married to her real life hero, Margaret and her husband have three grown children and live in Southern California.
Award winning novelist Debra Clopton is the popular Mule Hollow series--the town readers wish was real. She has written 23 books since 2004 and writes books that give God the glory and helps you meet life with a smile. Her books are thought provoking, fun entertainment. Debra's awards include: Inspirational Readers Choice Award, Book Sellers Best, RT Book of the year and others. Her nominations include the prestigious Golden Heart, The Carol, The Holt among others.
Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and her novel Calico Canyon was nominated for a Christy Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters. Visit her at maryconnealy.com or her blog mconnealy.blogspot.com.
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, the RT Career Achievement Award, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 65 novels.
And Then Came Spring
Mary Jo waited at the train station for two hours to later find out the man that was suppose to pick her up died. Bursting in the church during his funeral she not only made everyone think she was crazy, but sent fireworks flying between her and Tom Garrett. It seemed no matter what they did she was stuck with him, and he with her. Tom had enough to deal with between catching his brothers killer and raising his brothers son, the last thing he needed was a fiery woman. But his nephew had other ideas.
An Ever-After Summer
Matt McConnell didn't ask for a girl like Ellie, that being a "Bible-Thumper". He asked for a practical woman, not a religious one, but that isn't what he got. Ellie may cry around a Bible and pray but she definitely has what it takes to be his wife and his daughters mother. Is Matt willing to give her a chance? Will Ellie be able to handle this new life?
Clay Birch had no clue what he was getting when he asked Luvena Abbott to marry him. She was not only bringing the things she needed but she was also bringing along children. Three to be exact. Problem is he didn't ask for children too, and apparently she told him about the three tikes in her letters. But even if he sends them packing they've got no where to go and he still needs help with his new opera house. Question is, is he willing to over look the kids and still marry her or are the kids a deal breaker?
Winter Wedding Bells
Death, is one thing Megan McBride isn't going to let stand in her way, of having a happy marriage. Amazingly Melvin Hitchcock has done it again, he's taken a few things out of David Laramie's letters to Megan. As in he may die in a year. But Megan isn't going to stand by while he complains about it and feels sorry for himself. She's going to help David and his two boys have the time of their lives. Maybe David will come to seeing that he shouldn't give up and live life to the fullest.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse.