Sunday, June 25, 2017

Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands Romance Collecton

Seven women seek husbands to help them rebuild a Kansas town.

Meet seven of Turtle Springs, Kansas’, finest women who are determined to revive their small town after the War Between the States took most of its men. . .and didn’t return them. The ladies decide to advertise for husbands and devise a plan for weeding out the riff raff. But how can they make the best practical choices when their hearts cry out to be loved?


Abigail’s Proposal by Cynthia Hickey
When her father never returned from the war, Abigail Melton stepped into his role as town mayor. The town needs men, and she needs a husband—and she has a big idea how to find both—but her first duty is to hire a sheriff. And drifter Josiah Ingram will do just fine.

Cynthia Hickey

Cynthia Hickey has been making up stories since she was a child. How fortunate that she finally found an outlet for her, uh, fictional tellings. 

Multi-published and Amazon Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She had several historical romances release through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold over half a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, two cats, three box turtles, and two Sulcata tortoises. She has seven grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at

My Review

Novella one of the Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands. Really enjoyed the story. After Abigail's father has gone off to war and was killed  Abigail takes over being the mayor.  Most the men are all killed in war so leaves a lot of women running a town by themselves. So Abigail has a ideal of  mail order husbands so she puts out a ad to  come to Turtle Springs  and get a wife. Well this can run into some trouble. Never know what kind of men will show up for it. So Abigail hires a sheriff and a good looking one at that. But he is determined he is not getting married. Hmm time will tell. Great novella by Cynthia Hickey. 

The Kidnapped Groom by Susan Page Davis
Riding through the Flint Hills on his way to Dodge City, cowboy Sam Cayford finds himself the kidnapping victim of two children. When he meets their lovely mother, Maggie Piner—whom the kids insist he should marry—Sam starts to question God’s plans versus his own.

Susan Page Davis

Susan Page Davis writes romantic suspense, historical romance, and mystery. She is a Maine native now living in Kentucky, and a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and KenTen Writers. Her books have won several awards including the Carol Award for her novel The Prisoners Wife; the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award for The Prisoner's Wife and The Lumberjack's Lady (Maine Brides series); and the Will Rogers Medallion Award for her novels Captive Trail (Texas Trails series, 2012) and The Outlaw Takes a Bride (2016). Visit her website at

My Review 

I loved this novella. Was such a cute story. How you like to be kidnapped at gun point by a kid trying to force you to marry their mother? That's just what happened to Sam Cayford. How is he going to get out of this one? Loved the characters.  First story I have read by Susan Page Davis but look forward to more. 

A Clean Slate by Susanne Dietze
Schoolmarm Roberta “Birdy” Green won’t marry any of the prospective grooms flocking to town. After losing her fiancĂ© in the war, the only love her broken heart can bear is for her students. But then she takes on a new pupil—Drew Cooper, one of the gentlemen drawn to Kansas by the advertisement for grooms.

Susanne Dietze

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances. A pastor's wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her on her website,, and sign up for her newsletter for an occasional cheery hello:

My Review

Schoolmarm  Birdy has no desire to marry any of the men coming to town looking for a bride. Her boy friend being killed in the war her heart hasn't healed yet. That is until she takes on a new pupil Drew Cooper. Now this guy has charm. But can he break through   to her and capture her heart? Loved the novella and a first one i have read by author Susanne Dietze. Look forward to more. 

Sunshine of My Heart by Darlene Franklin

Debbie Barker longs to bring beauty to her new home on the prairie, where her family moved after the war, and seeks a husband to help her father run the ranch. Zack Gage returned home from the war to a life in ruins—family dead and business bankrupted. He answers the mail-order husband ad to seek a fresh start. But neither Debbie nor Zeke know what they are doing when it comes to ranching. . .or love.

Darlene Franklin

Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. This year she expects to reach fifty unique titles in print and contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears monthly in Book Fun Magazine. Her most recent titles are Colorado Columbine and Love's Turning Point. You can find Darlene online elsewhere at and

My Review

I enjoyed this novella by Darlene Franklin. Debbie Barker and her family has moved to the prairie after the war was over but her father isn't able to do all the work on the farm they need help. So Debbie seeks for a husband. The mail order husband  might be just the thing to do for her.  Zack has applied to the ad seeing he lost everything in the war. But can Zack prove to Debbie's father he is worthy to be the husband to Debbie and help them on the farm? Time will tell.  Great characters and well written. 

Come What May by Patty Smith Hall
Chardy Stevens is at the end of her rope. Between running her late father’s store and tending to her four younger brothers, she barely has time to breathe, much less look for a husband to help her. The boys scare off most of her prospects and throw Chardy together with her childhood friend Luke, a disabled veteran who seeks her happiness above his own.

Patty Smith Hall

Patty Smith Hall is a multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and Barbour Publishing. Married to her hero of 33+years, Danny, and the mother of two extraordinary women, she calls North Georgia her home.

My Review 

I  have loved this book with seven novellas in one book. War is over and a lot of the men from Turtle Springs have died in the war and left many widows to defend for themselves. Needing help The mayor put out a advertisement husbands wanted.  Chardy think she has no chance in the world she was left with 4 brothers to raise. They was good at getting into mischief.  Now what man want to be saddled down with  automatic family? Chardy believes no man will even be interested in her she wouldn't have a chance. A  childhood friend who was disabled has been there to help her.  He tries to show her she can have happiness no matter what. Luke being a disabled veteran finds himself useless to care for anyone but him self.  Will Chardy and Luke  open their hearts and see that God has a plan?  Great story and  well written.  

Dime Novel Suitor by Carrie Fancett Pagels

Widow Caroline Kane is the proprietor of a restaurant and inn—and responsible for her five teenaged siblings. But she has no plans of finding a mail-order groom. Britisher Barden Granville IV is on a “cowboy holiday” when he finds himself flat broke in Kansas.  When he answers an old “help wanted” ad, Caroline misconstrues Barden is there as a potential husband. Will the beautiful and fiesty widow cause the new vicar to make Kansas his home?

Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA-bestselling award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

My Review
 Carrie Fancett Pagels always has wonderful stories. Always well written and great characters. Caroline Kane  has been left with her teenage  siblings to raise. After the war so many of the men didn't return.  Leaving women to run the town and raising families are on their own. The mayor had a ideal she believes is from God.  To put a ad out to see if men from other cities would come there to become husbands to the ladies there.  That is till she mistakes Britisher Barden Granville IV as a prospective mail order husband.  Barden is going through the town and realizes he is broke needs a job and this just might be the place he can get one.  But maybe God has other plans!!!  Wonderful story. 

Louder than Words by Gina Welborn
After years of writing abolitionist pamphlets and chronicling soldier life during the war, J.R. Lockhart is bored and jumps at the opportunity to investigate an advertisement for husbands for an article in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Jane Ransome would like to help the charming-but-oblivious-to-life-out-West man chronicle the courtships developing in town, but she has her own husband to find—one who will fit perfectly in her picket-fenced Kansas home.

Gina Welborn

Gina Welborn loves watching The Goldbergs, playing Super Mario Bros with her middle child, and baking anything sweet and tasty in desperation not to hear her children say, "Chef Mom, you've been chopped!" 

Years ago, Gina worked at a news radio station scripting copy until she realized how depressing human tragedy was. Thus she fell in love with writing romances and now only thinks "It is time for a dead body?" when she's at a lull in her newest manuscript. (Disclaimer: Dead bodies are usually not found in Gina's writing.) Gina is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. She writes lighthearted historicals featuring spunky heroines and wild-at-heart heroes.

For eleven years, this Oklahoma-raised girl lived in Virginia with her youth-pastor husband and their five Okie-Hokie children before they headed back to Oklahoma. Gina is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum and a founding member of Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. She currently serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. She is a member of ACFW and RWA. Three of her Barbour anthologies -- Mistletoe Memories, Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection, and Blue Ribbon Brides -- are ECPA bestsellers. She can be contacted via her website or through the Steve Laube Agency.

My Review

Great novella by Gina Welborn.  This one finishes up the Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands. a great ending.  After  all the war stories J.R. Lockhart  is very bored and needs something more entertaining g to write for the Godey's Lady's Book. Coming upon the advertisement about mail order husbands needed she decides to write up a story about it. Jane Ransome is eager  to help him with the stories of the brides and their choices. Also keeping in mind Jane is looking for her own husband. Who will fit her description for a husband? Could it be that handsome sheriff, hmm but he is engaged to the mayor. Who will she be able to match up with? Loved  the story and the whole series of novella's in the Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands. 


This book has been  filled with many great novella's by many great authors. Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands is a great collection of romance stories from the time of war and whats left after the battle. In this time in history mail order was a great ideal to pull men to a area where women are needing husbands to finish up the family. Plus to help them in their lives. Sometimes even true love comes out. I loved this book was well written by seven different authors each telling a story of a bride. Characters are well written. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Promise of an Angel by Ruth Reid

Interrupting the ordered routine of the Mecosta County Amish settlement, an angelic visitor awakens Judith to a new faith.
All Judith Fischer ever wanted is to marry within her community and raise a family. She longs for the day when her parents will allow Levi Plank to officially court her.
But on the day Judith suspects Levi will ask her parent's permission, her younger brother Samuel has an accident under her charge. Rushing to Samuel's aid, Judith spies a strange man helping him; a man she later believes was an angel.
When she shares her conviction with her family and close friends, she is shocked to find that no one believes her, including Levi. In the days following the accident, the angel visits Judith with information that may guide her down the path of faith, should she choose to follow.
As her community slowly distances themselves, only one person is willing to stand up for her?the bishop's son, Andrew Lapp. But can he convince the settlement to listen to her? With a show of faith that flies in the face of her conservative upbringing, can Judith hold strong to the promise that there are even greater things in store for those who believe in God's miracles?

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She's a full-time pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband and three children. When attending Ferris State University School of Pharmacy in Big Rapids, Michigan, she lived on the outskirts of an Amish community and had several occasions to visit the Amish farms. Her interest grew into love as she saw the beauty in living a simple life.

My Review 

The Promise of an Angel is book one in the  A Heaven on Earth series. I am loving this series. The characters are well developed.  All Judith has wanted all her life is to marry Levi. But her parents put a extra time of two years before she can court which means she has to wait till 19. When most all are courting at 17.  So many things start happening in her life  that Levi hasn't gotten to ask her fathers permission. Lot of twist in this story to keep you reading.  Her little brother falling of a roof and her seeing a angel there by him. But only thing is her family and others don't believe her. They think something has terribly happened to her. How can she get them to believe and how can she keep from being banned  by the bishop? Great novel! 

Unraveled by Jo Huddleston

Alice loses herself in grief and can’t find her way back.

In 1954, twenty-six-year-old Alice Patterson undergoes a pregnancy loss that affects everything and everyone she touches. Emotionally and physically drained, she must come to terms with her traumatic loss or risk losing her husband, her best friend, and her sanity.

Her best friend JayNell and her husband Paul offer Alice support and comfort. She persists in her grieving, which hinders her healing. The doctor advises there is no normal recovery period for what Alice has undergone. Time is her best ally.

In her small southern Mississippi town, her church Sewing Circle’s new project triggers an unsettling setback to Alice’s recovery. Afterward, she succumbs to suspicions of Paul’s infidelity that causes her collapse, from which she may not recover.

Paul’s unspoken goal is that they will recapture the love they held for one another on their wedding day. He’s hopeful that the approaching spring season will bring a reawakening of the Alice he married, as it brings a newness to all living things.


An Amazon Bestselling author, Jo Huddleston writes sweet Southern historical romance novels in her West Virginia Mountains Series; her endearing Caney Creek Series; her standalone novel Tidewater Summer, and her novellas, Donna's Detour and With Good Intentions.

Jo's published nonfiction books are: Amen and Good Morning, God: A Book of Morning Prayers, Amen and Good Night, God: A Book of Evening Prayers, His Awesome Majesty: Praising God's Greatness, and America: Her Hope for the Future. She has coauthored two published nonfiction books with Vickie Phelps: Simply Christmas: Memories, Traditions, & Stories of the Season and Writing 101: A Handbook of Tips and Encouragement for Writers.

Jo likes to laugh with people but not AT people. The beach is her favorite vacation spot. Jo doesn't like to see or hear about people or animals being abused. She's a spectator fan of several sports, her favorite being tennis. Jo doesn't like being in the dark and is fearful of snakes!

Her more than 200 articles and short stories have appeared in over fifty different Christian and general publications, including Guideposts, Decision, and The Upper Room. Jo is a contributing writer to Christian Devotions Ministries (

She writes two blogs you can find at and at She also publishes a regular e-newsletter and wrote an inspirational newspaper column for seven years.

Jo's career spans a variety of work. She was a private secretary with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Atomic Energy Commission), a high school teacher and guidance counselor, a state political campaign secretary, two-time small business owner, and a real estate agent. 

Huddleston holds a B.A. degree with honors from Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and is a member of their Literary Hall of Fame. She earned a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

Visit Jo's website at where you can read first chapters of her novels and novellas, learn about all her books, and sign up for her mailing list to receive her free quarterly e-newsletter as well as timely updates and announcements.

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My Review

Another great book by Jo Huddleston. I love her books always a greats story and can always take something from them for a life lesson.  Characters are well developed. I could relate to this story and the characters being i have loss a baby. In the story Alice has loss a baby and she spirals into  a depression over it. Emotionally  and physically drained she just can't cope. She is ruing her relationship with friends and her husband. She can't seem to get out of the grieving stage and move on with her life. Even to the point of wondering what is God doing? Her best friend tries to get her back involved with things at church with a sewing circle. But the next project is something to do with babies and that throws her off. Her husband doesn't know where to turn anymore and who he can talk too. He reaches out to her friend and  a busy body neighbors sees him at the house and starts gossip. Of all places she takes it to the church during the sewing group. Alice is so distraught with things in her life she thinks what the lady is saying is true.  Will she believe her friend and her husband? Or will this just be another thing to push her over the edge. Can she come back and move on with her life? A wonderful must read story. 

The Farmers Market Mishap by Wanda E. Brunstetter & Jean Brunstetter

Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma’s time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love.
Through a mishap at the farmers’ market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill—50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won’t work for her.  Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp.
Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?

How did Thelma meet her husband?  Find out in The Lopsided Christmas Cake.


Wanda Brunstetter is an award-winning romance novelist who has led millions of readers to lose their heart in the Amish life. She is the author of almost 90 books with more than 10 million copies sold. Many of her books have landed on the top bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, CBA, ECPA, and CBD. Wanda is considered one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre, and her work has been covered by national publications, including Time Magazine and USA Today.

Wanda's fascination with the Amish culture developed when she met her husband, Richard, who grew up in a Mennonite church, and whose family has a Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. Meeting her new Mennonite sister-in-laws caused Wanda to yearn for the simpler life. In their travels, she and her husband have become close friends with many Amish people across America. Wanda's desire to explore their culture increased when she discovered that her great-great grandparents were part of the Anabaptist faith.

All of Wanda's novels are based on personal research intended to accurately portray the Amish way of life. Many of her books are well-read and trusted by the Amish, who credit her for giving readers a deeper understanding of the people and their customs.

Wanda's primary attraction to the Amish is their desire to live a devout Christian life that strives to honor God, work hard, and maintain close family ties. Whenever she visits her Amish friends, Wanda finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and close family ties, which is in stark contrast to the chaos and busyness that plagues so many modern "Englishers." Time and time again, Wanda loses her heart in the Amish life, and she hopes her readers will, too. For more information, visit:

My Review

The Farmers Market Mishap is a sequel to The Lopsided Christmas Cake. I really enjoyed this book. I loved reading Wanda's books you are never disappointed in a well developed story and characters.  Elam and her twin sister have always been together. Even after Thelma marries they still live by each other and run their grandparents store that was left to them. Only on e thing Elma is  now lonely cause she lives alone. Although she has dated a few men  she still hasn't found Mr. Right. Till one day she meets someone new at the Farmers Market. Ben Wagler is single man and helping out his mom at the market. While there checking out other stands at the market he accidentally knocks off a bunch  of fruit from one stand  and who does he meet Elam. She  likes him but how can anything become of a relationship when he lives so many miles away. Long distance relationships just don't work. Then there is her sister and her family she couldn't possibly move to Grabill. Then Ben has his mother to care for and his business so how can he possibly move to Topeka?  How can the two come together? Get this great book and find out!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Veiled Gems by Mary Manners

Lila Brooks believes in fairytale endings for everyone but herself. She coaxes her dream of opening a wedding shop into reality when she commissions Morgan Holt to transform a run-down Victorian house into an all-inclusive bridal boutique, Diamond Knot Dreams. Clover Cove’s residents have whispered that the house is filled with spirits, but superstitions have no place in Lila's life.

Morgan Holt spent the better part of his youth transplanted from one foster home to another. Separated from his older brother, Gunnar, at an early age, they’re reunited shortly after Morgan’s arrival to Clover Cove. But the last thing Morgan wants is to trust his heart again to a family—or a woman as beautiful as Lila Brooks. He has plans to finish work on the Victorian and then ride off into the sunset, a move he’s perfected over the years.

Soon Lila and Morgan have a chance at their own Happily Ever After, but will events from the past destroy their future?


Mary Manners is a multi award-winning author of sweet romance. She has two sons and a daughter, as well as three beautiful grandchildren. She currently lives along the sunny shores of Jacksonville Beach with her husband Tim. 

While growing up in Chicago, Mary worked her way through a variety of jobs including paper girl, figure skating instructor, pizza chef, and nanny before going on to pursue a career in teaching and administration. Many of these experiences add a touch of humor to her stories. Mary loves long sunrise runs, lazy ocean sunsets, flavored coffee, and dark chocolate--lots of chocolate.

Find out more about Mary on her website: “Like” her author page on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

My Review

A new series by Mary Manners.  I love it so far. Veiled Gems is in the Diamond Knot Dreams book 1. Lila Brooks  moves to fulfill her fairy tale dream. She is going to open a Wedding shop. She bought this old Victorian house. Hiring the work to redecorate it to Morgan Holt. A story goes along with the house it has spirits living there from the pass . But what was that that moved across the window? Why is the third floor door locked and no key?
Morgan has his own skeleton's in his closet.  Can Lila end up with her fairy tale coming true or will things of the pass keep them apart?  
Awesome story with developed characters. Hope to see more of them. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Weavers Needle by Robin Caroll

Two recovery specialists.
One murder.
A hunt for the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine becomes a race of survival.

Former Army MP Landry Parker fell into the recovery specialist role quite by accident—to help her ailing father. Now that she’s on her own, she is determined to prove herself and honor her family legacy.

After being shot in the line of duty, former police officer Nickolai Baptiste became a recovery specialist, and he’s good at his job—maybe even the best.
A potential client pits Landry and Nickolai against one another to find the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map that was stolen from her murdered husband, and the potential payday is too enticing to pass up. The trail takes them from New Orleans to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where legend claims the mine is hidden. Landry and Nickolai are no strangers to adventure, but the unlikely partners quickly discover there’s someone after the treasure and there are those who want to ensure the lost mine in Arizona’s Superstition Mountain stays lost forever.

Can Landry and Nickolai work together despite their distrust of each other to save the legend before more innocent lives are lost? Will they find the real treasure isn’t the gold, but something more valuable. . .true love and understanding?


"I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in." ~Robin Caroll is definitely a contradiction, but one that beckons you to get to know her better.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin's mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage--two aspects Robin weaves into each of her 30 published novels. 

When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty+ years, her three beautiful daughters and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home--in the South, where else? 

She serves the writing community as Executive Director/Conference Director for ACFW. 

Her books have finaled/placed in such contests as the Carol Award, Holt Medallion, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.

On her faith, Robin says, "I love Jesus and will follow Him wherever He leads me."

An avid reader herself, Robin loves hearing from and chatting with other readers. Although her favorite genre to read is mystery/suspense, of course, she'll read just about any good story. Except historicals! To learn more about this author of deep South mysteries of suspense to inspire your heart, visit Robin's website at

My Review

Looking for some adventure and a sit on the edge kind of book. Well Weaver Needles by Robin Caroll is for you.  You will be flipping those pages to try to catch up with what is happening.  For real when I started reading this book I could not put it down. Robin did a wonderful job writing this novel.  Landry Parker  is a recovery specialist.  taking over her father's company after he became ill and then in his passing she is trying to save the company. But she needs a lot of money to keep it going. So she agrees to do a job for wealthy lady to recovery something important her husband was killed for.
Nickolai Baptiste was shot in the line of duty on the police force so he reties from it.  He was a great cop so he decides to become a recovery specialist. 
When Landry gets there to meet the lady looking to hire a recovery specialist  someone else is there also Nickolai! Now what could he be doing there also? Who will get the job to find the Dutchman's Lost Gold Mine Map?  Great book. 

" I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. "