Small Town Brides Romance Collection by Janet Lee Barton, Susan Downs, Darlene Franklin, Pamela Griffin, Kelly Eileen Hake, Debby Mayne, Donita Kathleen Paul, and Kathleen Y’Barbo
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Publisher: Barbour Books
Source: book provided by NetGalley for review
Join the fun and feel the romance in various historical communities from Massachusetts to Florida, Missouri to Texas. Meet ladies who take firm stands for their work in mills, orphanages, churches, schools, hospitals, and the like as they dance through courtship with their beaus. Can the nine couples develop lasting loves under the watchful eyes of their neighbors?
Review: Small Town Brides is a collection of novellas written by Janet Lee Barton, Susan Downs, Darlene Franklin, Pamela Griffin, Kelly Eileen Hake, Debby Mayne, Donita Kathleen Paul, and Kathleen Y’barbo . Visit here to learn more about the book and its authors.
With nine historical short stories included, I think you are bound to find at least one that touches your heart. There were three that I really enjoyed; Run of the Mill, A Second Glance, and The Caretaker. All three novellas are set in the same town and around the same family, with the same characters. Each of these stories is centered around a sweet, Godly, single young woman not really looking for love. They were confident enough in themselves to able stand up to people who were disagreeable, all the while remaining as gentle as could be. I also liked the authors’ portrayal of the Irish immigrants, especially Ginger, the main character in A Second Glance.
The sweet romances in Small Town Brides touch on Christian themes but are not preachy. This collection had two novellas that were not my style of writing, while the rest I liked. Overall, I would recommend this sweet romance collection because of the variety of stories and settings offered. You may even discover a new author that you enjoy reading.