Thursday, February 01, 2018

Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection

About the Book
The ways of love can be complex. Sometimes a relationship full of unexpected twists and unlikely turns leads to a bond that's strong and secure. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that follow the winding path of romance in stories that celebrate a love that lasts forever.

My (Overall) Thoughts
I loved this collection! Four amazing authors and four stories that connect to series of theirs-a reader's dream! Each story was well-written and equally enjoyable!

The Love Knot
Summary-When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?

Review-I’ve been loving The Ladies of Harper Station series and each new installment makes me smile! Claire has been a fun character and it was good to see her get her happily ever after. Pieter was a hero to admire, when he set his mind to something whether it be his career or the woman he loved, nothing could stop him! I liked how Claire and Pieter had a history and seeing them work through the “knots” that had separated them to a place of forgiveness and renewed trust, was beautiful!

Author-Karen Witemeyer is a winner of multiple Carol Awards and has been a finalist for the RITA Award and National Readers' Choice Award. She lives in Abilene, Texas.

The Tangled Ties That Bind
Summary-Connor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?

Review-I enjoyed The Kincaid Brides series when I read it years ago and actually the first book in that series was the first book I ever reviewed! So it was fun to see some of the Kincaid kids all grown up. It was a little weird at first since Conner and Maggie were technically cousins but there was no actual blood relation so it was easy enough to get past. They had always had a strong bond and both had hopes of a relationship forming but the years got away from them. It was fun to see them reconnect and realize their love for each other. They had some adventures along the way but they only served to show them what good partners they were.

Author-Mary Connealy is well-known for her award-winning, bestselling historical romantic comedies. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska.

Bound and Determined
Summary-As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.

Review-Bradley amused me in Holding the Fort so I couldn’t help but smile when I realized he was getting his own story! He certainly met his match in Ambrosia and their teasing banter made me laugh several times! The camels were certainly a unique twist that added a whole new level of entertainment! I also enjoyed Ambrosia‘ as father, Captain Herald, he was a tough cookie with a sense of humor. Bradley and Ambrosia were young and I appreciated that they acknowledged that and made wise decisions at the end of the story!

Author-Regina Jennings is the acclaimed author of The Fort Reno Series. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children.

Tied and True

Summary-Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?

Review-We got to briefly see Marianne and Calvin in A Love So True and it was fun to see their story play out! I loved how they both had a heart for service doing what they could to help those in need. Calvin was being a bit bullheaded (though I could see where he was coming from) but I loved that Marianne never gave up on him. The way she was determined to prove him wrong was endearing. They may have been from different social sets but they were perfect together!

Author-Melissa Jagears, author of the Unexpected Brides series, lives in Kansas. Her novella, "Love by the Letter," won the 2014 Carol Award.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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