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Book Title: The 12 Brides of Summer Collection: 12 Historical Brides Find Love in the Good Old Summertime|
Date of issue: June 1st 2016
ISBN 13: 9781634090292
The author of the book: Mary Connealy
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 14.37 MB
Edition: Barbour Books
Read full description of the books The 12 Brides of Summer Collection: 12 Historical Brides Find Love in the Good Old Summertime:The 12 Brides of Summer is a collection of 12 new historical Christian romance novellas published by Barbour. This collection seems to be a sequel of sorts to The 12 Brides of Christmas, with all the same authors, and at least some of the stories in this collection are about secondary characters from the Christmas collection.
I give this collection 4.5 stars with star ratings from 3 to 5.
#1: The Honey Bride by Diane Lesire Brandmeyer
5 Stars / Set in Trenton, Illinois in 1887
Katie Tucker’s home is being bombarded by a storm. Lightning strikes her family’s barn and it catches fire. When Katie sends her brother Henry to look for help at their neighbor’s house, he finds the neighbor’s farm hand, Pete Dent. Pete, who wants to own his own farm someday, likes shy Katie and would like to get to know her better. He does come to help, but the fire ends in tragedy and it falls to Pete to explain to Katie that her father died of smoke inhalation. The farm now belongs to Henry, who is only ten years old, so Katie needs to share in the burden. Pete becomes a friend and protector for the siblings when he helps build a new barn.
There are several layers to this story, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I will be looking to see if Diane Lesire Brandemeyer has any other offerings.
#2: The Dog Days of Summer Bride by Margaret Brownley
5 stars / Set in the fictional town of Bee Flat, Kansas in 1883
Marilee Davis, 24, is a piano teacher. Her dog Mozart knows when her students make mistakes. She loves her dog, but finds it frustrating when he takes off every Friday. Marilee plays piano extremely well. “She loved what the music helped her remember. She loved even more what it helped her forget.” Jed Colbert is the town blacksmith. He has a cow dog named Dynamite. “Who ever heard of a dog disappearing four out of seven days a week?”
The dialogue between Marilee and Jed are quite fun, and I so enjoyed seeing how two such different people interacted. There were many places in the story that tickled my funny bone. This is a story I might read again someday.
#3: The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot
4 ½ Stars / Set in Wyoming Territory in 1886
Naomi Towson’s mother’s eyesight is deteriorating. The doctor has recommended a new very expensive surgical procedure for the removal of cataracts. The expense would be more than a year’s wages at the bakery where Naomi works, which she certainly doesn’t have. Gideon Carlisle, 28, a local cattle baron, wants to find a temporary fiancee to prevent his mother from setting Gideon up with a mail-order bride. GIdeon and Naomi already admire each other due to their frequent interactions at the bakery.
This story does a great job of handling the topic of a Christian marrying an unbeliever, which I really appreciate as a theme because it’s not done much. I’m not qutie giving it 5 stars because I believe that in Christian fiction, there should be a naturally occurring consequence of deceit to illustrate both to the reader and to the characters that deceitfulness is not only wrong, but it doesn’t pay. So I can’t quite bring myself to give 5 stars to this story by Amanda Cabot, who is a favorite author of mine.
#4: A Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connealy
5 Stars / Set in Montana in 1894
Matt Reeves goes to Montana to visit his brother’s family and finds they’re not all there. His brother and sister-in-law are gone on a cattle drive, and his three nieces are in the care of their aunt, Besty Harden. Annie, Susie, and Lilly are very high maintenance and difficult to keep safe. The cowhands have all quit, leaving Besty to handle the barn chores in addition to the house chores and the care of the young girls. Matt takes pity on her and agrees to stay and help.
This story is fun to read, because there is cleverness and humor in Mary Connealy’s writing. I’m a fan of hers and will continue reading her books.
#5: Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis
4 1/2 Stars / Set in Wyoming Territory
Ava Neal, 22, was disappointed in love when her sweetheart died six years ago. Now her younger sister Sarah is getting married, and Ava wants to travel to Wyoming Territory to visit her friend after the wedding.
Joe Logan would like to be an illustrator someday, but for now he is eking out a living by doing courier jobs for a lawyer. His current job is to transport some jewelry and legal papers to San Francisco. He hasn’t given much thought to courting because his job provides barely enough income to support himself. For part of their journeys, Ava and Joe are on the same train headed west. They end up as seatmates and talk for hours, enjoying each other’s company… until their train is held up!
I’ve read this author’s Prarie Dreams trilogy and enjoyed it very much. This short story was also wonderful! I stopped short of giving it 5 stars because there were a couple of times that I felt confused about something.
#6: The Dogwood Blossom Bride by Miralee Ferrell
3 ½ Stars / Set in Goldendale, Washington in 1883
Gracie Addison’s father wants her to marry a politician who is coming to dinner, but she has no interest in him. Further, her father feels that at nineteen, it’s high time for Gracie to act like a lady. “Climbing trees and riding astride, not to mention wading into the creek to set traps for fish and any of the other numerous things you do, aren’t becoming.“ After this conversation, Gracie promptly goes on a walk, plotting to discourage the politician’s attention by climbing a tree and bringing herself to his notice as he rides under it.
Contrary to Gracie’s plan, Will Montgomery and his eight-year-old niece end up being the ones who notice her in the dogwood tree. Will is now guardian to his niece, and he has just accepted a new job in town as a carpenter’s apprentice. Until now, his occupation has been a cowboy, but he feels he needs to provide her with a more stable life.
The conflict in this story arises from Will’s overprotectiveness of his niece and the influence of Gracie’s tomboyish qualities on the girl. Miralee Ferrell does a good job with the setting and the writing of the story. But I just didn’t feel a connection with the hero or the heroine. Gracie is too reckless and Will is too protective. I felt annoyed with each of them. They are able to meet halfway in the middle, eventually, so perhaps I’m being too hard on the story.
#7: The Lumberjack’s Bride by Pam Hillman
5 Stars / Set in Sipsey Creek, Mississippi in 1889
Lucy Denson is newly living at her cousin Jack’s logging business, following her Papa’s decision to accept a position managing the books there. She works in the kitchen, and has been asked to deliver lunch to some of the loggers. Eli Everett is working hard with his brothers cutting down trees, when he sees Lucy bringing their lunch… “right in the path of the severed pine tree.” He risks his life to protect her from the falling tree, which makes for an intriguing introduction.
Lucy and Eli’s relationship is very sweet, and the secondary characters in this story are so well done. Ms. Hillman also did an excellent job of showing how Lucy had to change some of her accustomed ways of life now that she lives on a logging camp. I’m going to check out Pam Hillman’s book list.
#8: The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang
4 ½ Stars / Set in Finchville, lllinois in 1851
Sensible and quiet Sally Hobson, a farmer’s daughter, receives attention from Willis, the mayor’s son. Lukas Daughton and his family have come to Finchville to offer their expertise in designing and building a gristmill for the town. Sally and Lukas are attracted to one another, but Sally knows Lukas will likely be leaving for another town once the gristmill is built.
I was entertained by Lukas’ insistent charm, and the building of a gristmill made an interesting storyline. I took away half a star, because I felt that the attraction Lukas and Sally felt for each other shouldn’t make a case for the possessiveness I was feeling from these characters. I enjoyed this story and will take a look at Maureen Lang’s other titles!
#9:The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard
3 Stars / Set in the Ozark Mountains in Calico Falls, Arkansas in 1871
Grace Sinclair’s younger sister Maddie is getting married. Grace is convinced she is destined to be an old maid, continuing to help her father with his church. Ian McGruer, a kilt-wearing Scotsman and a newly-hired pastor, has come to town for the wedding to stand up with Maddie’s fiance.
Ian feels that Grace is his true love before he has even spoken to her. This is a severe case of instalove, and I just can’t accept it. One of the characters indicates a similar skepticism - “the nonsense of love at first sight” - but I still just cannot believe in the possibility of this. And for me, that colors the whole story negatively. “Never before had words not been necessary in getting to know another.” Really?!? Again, I just cannot swallow that. There were some humorous moments that I enjoyed, but overall, I found the story frustrating.
#10: The County Fair Bride by Vickie McDonough
3 ½ Stars / Set in Bakerstown, Missouri in 1892
Prudence Willard is returning to her hometown because of the illness her father is facing. She’s never been close to her father, but “she hoped she might be able to cheer him during his remaining days on earth.” Prudy left town a while back “after her shameless pursuit of Clay Parsons, the town’s only pastor” and her attempts to “get Clay’s fiancee -- Karen Briggs, who was now his wife -- to leave town.” She has recently become a Christian while living with her aunt for a year and a half, and has been trying to change her ways. Adam Merrick is acting mayor in Prudy’s father’s stead and meets Prudy when she arrives at the train station.
I like how Clay and Karen are kind to Prudy in this story, exemplifying Christian forgiveness. I didn’t love Prudy, unfortunately. Yes, she is trying to change, but not to my satisfaction as a reader. She pushes herself forward to monitor Adam in the mayor’s office with the misguided idea that she’s protecting her father’s interests. Some of her internal (and external) thoughts are illogical. And I cannot relate to why Adam finds her interesting. “This Prudy intrigued him -- interested him -- but what if she turned back into yesterday’s shrew?” Yes, indeed! The story skips ahead after several months of working together on a project, so I presume Prudy is more “interesting” and less shrewish in this timeframe. But the reader doesn’t get to see this. I feel compelled to note that I have previously read two of Ms. McDonough’s other stories, which I gave 4 and 5 star ratings.
#11: The Columbine Bride by Davalynn Spencer
5 stars / Set in Colorado in 1886
Widowed Lucy Powell and her two children encounter a familiar-looking tall, bearded man at a mercantile. He kindly pulls a penny from each child’s ear so they can purchase some candy. Lucy has been the Spruce City schoolteacher all year, and now she and her children are returning to their ranch. Lucy’s husband died almost a year ago, and she wants to proceed with her husband’s dream of being a rancher.
The bearded man is Buck Reiter, “the next rancher over the ridge who ran horses with his widowed sister” and who took twelve years to help raise his nephew. While at the mercantile, Buck offers Lucy some of his firewood, but she pridefully turns him down. When Buck recounts the tale to his sister Lilly, she asks him, “So when will you be taking the wood to her?” (That’s one of my favorite lines.) Buck continues to help Lucy and her children in many ways, and I loved watching him do it.
Here’s another of my favorite lines: “Don’t you be ashamed of your tears. Even Jesus cried.” I enjoyed so many, many lines in this story. “Hot cakes. Cold cakes. Any kind of cake Lucy Powell offered, he’d take.” I’m keeping my eye on Davalynn Spencer.
#12: The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule
4 Stars / Set in Fairhope, Nebraska in 1874
Malcom MacDougall delivers cargo for Fairhope’s general store. Sally Martin works across the street as a seamstress and hat maker. A “funnel cloud” has gone by, and Sally is concerned about her father and her sister out on the farm. Malcom and Sally already like each other very much, unbeknownst to each other. Sally feels comfortable asking Malcom for a ride, and they go together to check on her family.
Malcom helps others again and again, and I think he exemplifies how to be a servant of Christ. I liked him very much. The four star rating is because I didn’t like Sally’s second suitor and how he fit into the story.
I’d recommend this collection to readers who enjoy Christian historical romances set in late 1800’s America. Thanks to Barbour and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy of all twelve stories for review.
Read information about the authorMary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys always with a strong suspense thread. She is a two time Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the bestselling author of 48 books and novellas.
Her most recent three book series are: Cimarron Legacy, Wild at Heart, Trouble in Texas, Kincaid Bride for Bethany House Publishing. She’s also written four other series for Barbour Publishing and many novellas and several stand-alone books for multiple publishers.
Mary will be a published author for ten years in 2017 with nearly a million books in print. She has a degree in broadcast communications with an emphasis in journalism and has worked at her local newspaper.
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