A Bride For All Seasons


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

I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m just not a fan of novella collections- at least, not when they are romances. The romance aspect just ends up feeling way to shallow, because there is so little time to give the characters a well-done relationship. The stories themselves weren’t terrible; I didn’t find them memorable, but I didn’t feel like it was a complete waste of time (although I admit I would have much rather been reading something else). And I will admit the concept behind each of the novellas was interesting: it’s a about a mail order bride service that “tweaks” it’s clients letters so they sound more desirable- which causes a lot of problems and misunderstandings once the bride and groom finally meet! Out of the four stories, I probably liked the second (An Ever After Summer) and fourth (Winter Wedding Bells) the best; I found they had the more likable and distinctive characters. I thought the first and third stories were on the boring side.

I was familiar with three of these four authors. I've never liked Margaret Brownley's books, so I wasn't surprised that her story, And Then Came Spring, wasn't to my liking. However, I have read and enjoyed one or two of Robin Lee Hatcher's book in the past, so I was surprised that Autumn's Angel was one of my least favorites. I'd never read anything by Debra Clopton before, but I found An Ever After Summer enjoyable- I really liked the sweet main character, Ellie. My favorite story was probably Winter Wedding Bells. I've read a few of Mary Connealy's books before, and though she does know how to make a girl laugh, her books have never really made me a fan, but this story I ended up liking the best. My biggest problem with the stories were the romances themselves- there wasn't really anything inappropriate, but cliched descriptions about handsome, rugged cowboys, or pretty Eastern girls just felt so overdone that I couldn't take it completely seriously, even if the storylines themselves were cute at times.

Overall, A Bride For All Seasons isn't something I'd spend money on. As I mentioned, it's not that the stories are so horrible, it's just that there's a lot better stuff out there to read.

Rating: 5

I received this book for free from booksneeze.com in exchange for my honest review.

Comments

  1. Sigh, the trope of rugged cowboys and pretty spoiled Eastern girls is quite overdone in Christian fiction these last years....

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