Authors: Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Publisher Thomas Nelson’s website description of Four Weddings and a Kiss:
In 1885 five western preachers sit around a campfire talking about unlikely couples they’ve seen God bring together.
Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy
Maizy Place is an unruly tomboy. When she causes an accident, injuring neighbor Rylan Carstens, she becomes his unlikely caregiver. Rylan has never noticed how pretty his infuriating neighbor is, and he never expected to fall in love.
Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher
Molly Everton is the outspoken daughter of the town newspaper’s owner. When her father brings in an outsider to be editor, she tries to drive him out of town. But Jack Ludgrove is not intimidated. He’s resolved to change Molly’s mind about him—as an editor and as a man.
A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton
Katie Pearl is uninterested in men and love. But she needs help on her ranch and hires Treb Rayburn, a wandering cowboy looking to make a buck. Will Treb change Katie’s mind?
Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley
Grace Davenport is either the unluckiest woman alive—or a killer. When her third husband is found dead, Grace is arrested. Attorney Brock Daniels isn’t interested in the case—until he meets Grace. Only a miracle will prove her innocence, but the joining of two lonely hearts may be their saving grace.
Ah, novella collections. Since reading A Match Made in Texas I’ve fallen in love with these vaguely intertwined short stories. Especially when they’re historical romances set in the west.
Within this collection there are four novellas. We are introduced to the stories by a prologue in which several preachers who are part of a week long revival begin to talk about unlikely pairs. So begins Four Weddings and a Kiss.
Four Weddings and a Kiss starts off with a bang. Literally. I loved Maizy’s character. She was quirky in her own way. Her insecurities in some areas made her very relatable, but I also loved how she stood up for who she truly was. She wants to be loved for who she is, britches and all. It’ll take a special man to win her heart and lose his in return.
Love Letter to the Editor:
In this novella, our heroine isn’t a naïve young girl. In fact, Molly’s accepted that she will be a spinster as she is now in her thirties. I liked how the hero, Jack, saw her for who she really was and wasn’t dissuaded by her early dislike of him. Molly struggles between what she knows God would have her do and what she wants to do. After all, life isn’t fair. Shouldn’t she do something about that?
A Cowboy for Katie:
This may have been my favorite of the novellas, which I was a bit surprised by, since this is the first novel or novella I’ve read by Debra Clopton. Katie’s personality was delightful. She has such a hard time dealing with the tragic accident that took her father and started her headaches. The fact that she ran men off her ranch by threatening them with her gun—and meaning it—struck me as hilarious. I loved it. I also really liked Treb. He is a true hero, though he tries to repress his heroic tendencies. I wished there had been more said about her concussion-like symptoms, though.
This novella had the biggest problem for the hero and heroine to overcome. Wouldn’t we all be suspicious of a woman who had three husbands and they all died? I liked how Grace was completely opposite from who the rumors accused her of being. It will take a miracle, however unlikely, for her to be proclaimed innocent.
I’d almost forgotten the prologue with the preachers by the time I reached the end, but the writers didn’t. We see a resolution to the dilemma the young preacher from the prologue had. If you love historical romance set in the dusty west, I’d highly suggest this novella collection! It has found a permanent spot on my bookshelf.
What do you think of novella collections? Do you like to read them? Or do you usually ignore them for a full-length novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
About the Authors
To learn more about these authors you can visit their websites: Margaret Brownley: http://www.margaret-brownley.com/ Debra Clopton: http://debraclopton.com/ Mary Connealy: http://www.maryconnealy.com/ Robin Lee Hatcher: http://www.robinleehatcher.com/
I was given a review copy of Four Weddings and a Kiss from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.