Book Review: The 12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #2

12bridesofsummer2_barbourA Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connealy

The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot

The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang

In reviewing the first Collection in this four e-book series I noted that inspirational historical romances often use adversity or natural disaster as catalysts for romance or an opportunity for the characters to turn more fully to God.  In the second collection, the catalysts seem to be adversity and family.  Matt Reeves and Betsy Harden work together to maintain a ranch while wrangling three mischievous nieces (think Harris, Hubert and Hamish from Disney’s Brave, but blond girls who aren’t triplets), Gideon Carlisle proposes a fake engagement to Naomi Townsend to placate his mother and benefit hers, while shy Sally Hobson is pulled between her parents assumption that she will marry the Mayor’s son and the attraction she feels to Lukas Daughton despite knowing that he may soon leave as his family travels from town to town for work.

Again, a selection of three perfect summer or “beach” reads that are quick, enjoyable and have satisfyingly happy endings.  Mary Connealy brings her signature blend of faith and humor (plus strong female characters), Amanda Cabot contributes the best story of a journey of faith in this series so far, and Maureen Lang provides the dramatic tension.

4 stars, partly for entertainment value.  My only real quibble is that I consider these to be short stories rather than novellas.  Even so, well worth the few dollars for the ebook on Amazon and I am looking forward to the next two ebooks in the series.  Each one so far has included an author I have previously enjoyed and two new-to-me authors that I would readily read more of (or should that be from?).

I read this as a free ebook courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.  I really need to try to stay away from Barbour’s NetGalley page, since they keep offering these collections with authors I enjoy and I still have another 9 story collection from them that I need to read and review.

The 12 Brides of Summer: Collection #2 | Shiloh Run Studios, an imprint of Barbour Publishing Inc., July 1, 2015 | review copy


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