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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  638 ratings  ·  144 reviews
This charming bouquet of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue prospects in the year 1870, all eager for second chances...and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they'll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages.

“And Then Came Spring” by Margaret Brownley

Mary-Jo has traveled halfway across the world to meet her match, arrivi
Paperback, 377 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Thomas Nelson (first published June 1st 2013)
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Robin Hatcher
Dec 29, 2013 Robin Hatcher added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I am so proud to be part of this collection. The stories are charming and tied together with an unusual hook that I believe readers are going to love. I don't rate my own books, but since I am only 1/4th of this one, I feel I can at least tell others about it. It is a fun read.

Here are what a few others had to say:

"Delightful at every turn, A Bride For All Seasons gives the "mail order bride plot" a creative––and addictive––new twist. I couldn't read fast enough. With spunk, humor, and tenderhea
I must say I really, truly enjoyed this novella collection! :)
Shannah Mauney
I loved this collection of novellas from some of my favorite authors. Each story was short and sweet, full of romance and faith, and very enjoyable. I loved all of the characters! I only wish they were a little longer! Because of the shortness of the stories, some of the romance could feel a little rushed, but I kept in mind the fact that these were novellas, not full fledged novels and it helped keep my perspective.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable collection of short stories!
This was a very enjoyable novella collection. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the second novella collection, "Four Weddings and a Kiss", simply because of how exquisite that collection was. (I sure hope these ladies do another set of stories this year!)
I enjoyed all the stories, but the last was my favorite. How spunky Megan took hold with both hands and fought for her husband's heart in more than one sense was endearing and such a picture of true womanhood.
The only thing I'd change was to
Jordan Mierek
I received a copy of A BRIDE FOR ALL SEASONS from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze. It is known as the Mail-Order Bride Collection, which includes four novellas by well-known Christian writers. Each story involves a different season in 1870: AND THEN CAME SPRING byu Margaret Brownley, AN EVER-AFTER SUMMER by Debra Clopton, AUTUMN’S ANGEL by Robin Lee Hatcher, and WINTER WEDDING BELLS by Mary Connealy. I usually head for novels, but it is fun to read novella collections since you can read one per eve ...more
Maureen Timerman
A Bride For All Seasons is a compilation of four authors. All stories are based on the services of The Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue and its editor Melvin Hitchcock. Now Melvin had the habit of changing words in his applicants letters, quite often he did a lot of embellishing. The four novels are all based on Melvin's plotting, but maybe God had more of a hand in these couples lives than Melvin??
Can you imagine, arriving and meeting your Fiancé, and learning he is dying, and needs you
I usually don’t pick up collections of novellas because I don’t like the lack of development throughout the story. But having enjoyed books by a couple of these authors, I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to read their novellas as well. I was glad I picked this book up because I found four sweet stories about mail-order brides.

Each of these novellas take place in different seasons (hence the “A Bride for All Seasons”). Each of these couples has been placed together through The Hitching Post, a
Stephanie Ziegler
I have never been a fan of short stories together in one book. That is the only reason to take away a star. I feel that sometimes you cannot connect with the characters. You are just reading a story. I love connecting with characters, like I am a part of the story.

"And Then Came Spring" by Margaret Brownley

In this story, you think the mail-order bride catalogue brings the two main characters together, when it was really Eddie. For a child known to be unruly, he is very smart. Even after the deat
Four different brides from four different places and walks in life all answer an ad in the newspaper to become a mail order bride. But the letters must be mailed to the newspaper and then sent on to the prospective groom. And an interfering newspaper editor decides to take love into his own hands and change just a few things. So each bride and groom meet each other with a calamity of misunderstanding and confusion.

When dealing with novellas I take into consideration that the stories are short a
Andrea Guy
A Bride For All Seasons is a collection of novellas that revolve around a mail order bride catalog called The Hitching Post.

As the title suggests there is a story for every season. All of them are sweet romances that are Christian in nature without being too preachy.

All four stories are heart warming and sweet. My favorite of the four was Mary Connealy's "Winter Wedding Bells." The relationship between Meg and David felt the most real and heartfelt of them all. Meg had a hard life, she took car
Karen Wiser
A Bride for All Seasons: A Mail-Order Bride Collection by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher is a lively and entertaining book!

A Bride for All Seasons: A Mail-Order Bride Collection by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher is a great compilation of four novelettes. In each piece the reader is jettisoned back into the 1800’s to the commonplace practice of submitting an application to an add agency (The Hitching Post) for a spou
A Bride for All Seasons was a delightful collection of four different novellas by four different authors, all set in the 1870s. Each story features a different set of characters and locations, but all of them have one thing in common, they each, for their own separate reasons, have decided to turn to the Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue in the hopes of finding their perfect match. The road to true love may not run smooth, but with a little faith, anything is possible.

The collection star
Margaret Tidwell
This was a super cute book! I loved that each of the stories were short and it made the book seem to fly by. I also loved how each story was written by a different author. I loved all 4 of the stories and I was sad when each of them ended. I think my favorite one was "Winter Wedding Bells" because I couldn't help but laugh at David and how he was convinced he was going to die. All the stories are super sweet and I can't wait to check out some of the other books the authors have written.
This was a pleasing anthology containing four mail order bride themed novellas. Each story was interesting, had characters that I wanted to root for, and contained second chances and faith. Each mail order bride finds her potential husband through a magazine called "The Hitching Post," whose editor takes some liberties with the letters sent to him in order to match the submitters to perfect mates.

"And Then Came Spring" by Margaret Brownley is the heartwarming story of Mary-Jo, who travels across
A Bride for All Seasons by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Mary Connealy came out last year. It is an anthology of short stories by each of these authors. The genre is Inspirational Romance, and Historical Fiction.
Mr. Hitchcock runs the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride business. He needs to help four couples see beyond their rough draft letters of their letters have a little nudge towards love. Can he help them see the errors of their way? A little twist of a wo
Tamera Alexander
Delightful at every turn, A Bride For All Seasons gives the "mail order bride plot" a creative––and addictive––new twist. I couldn't read fast enough. With spunk, humor, and, of course, tenderhearted romance, this anthology is truly made to order!
~Tamera Alexander, USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and The Inheritance
Vickie McDonough
Four popular authors have penned an engaging novella collection with a creative and humorous premise. From distressing to delightful, A Bride for all Seasons bounces your emotions around like they’ve been on a bumpy 1800s stagecoach ride, with each story arriving at a highly satisfying ending.
Colletta Miller
This was a great book to get me out of my reading slump. All the stories within are sweet and interesting. I love mail-order-bride books :)
Lisa Phillips
Not something I would normally go for (contemporary suspense not old west sweet) but still a delightful read that flew by.
very enjoyable.
What an excellent book! I enjoyed the whole thing! It took me a couple days to read this one as there are multiple stories in it. I enjoyed each story as it was told by a different author about a different woman. I liked the time period, settings and characters. I liked how each couple as issues they have to overcome in order to fall in love. Sometimes you read a historical romance and there really isn’t that great struggle that keeps them apart until the end. Well each of these stories has just ...more
I received this book from Goodreads First Reads and found it to be a delightful, charming collection of novellas. It had four stories all written by different authors. The first story, "And Then Spring Came" was my favorite and I read it all in one sitting. They were all very similar to each other, despite the fact of being written by different authors. I did enjoy this read, though some parts of the book was very repetitive and described the same details over and over again as pointless filler, ...more
Clean romance, some religious themes.
This was a fun read! Each author brought different characters to novellas. I was only hoping to hear that the editor got more a piece of someone's mind! Perfect that after all the misunderstandings that they all had their HEA.
The western setting, with the anticipation of the brides and grooms, their first meetings complete with the exposition of their misunderstandings with the realization that their correspondence had been liberally altered, along with getti
Sarah Paulson
VERDICT: Sweet but simple love stories
TAGS: short stories, Christian, romance

The Good:
-Great for a short read before bedtime
-Had Bible verses at the beginning of each story to foreshadow the theme of the plot.
-The stories were nice

The Bad:
-The stories were just nice, nothing more
-I didn't feel a lot of chemistry between any of the characters
-While the stories were uplifting, they weren't exactly inspiring or life-changing in anyway.

Verdict: Want a light read on the beach or before bed? Choose t
Rosemary Markham
This short story collection is about mail-order brides all set up by "The Hitching Post: a mail-order bride catalog." The proprietor is Melvin Hitchcock who is a matchmaker of sorts and edits all their letters which causes all kinds of havoc with the couples (some more than others.) But of course they the all end up happy in the end.

I like to read these stories because I wonder how such a marriage would ever work. But the times were very different around 1870. Most of them happened as they were
A delightful collection of heartwarming stories!
Deborah Andreasen
This was a great collection of stories written by different authors, but all centered around the same Mail Order Bride newspaper - The Hitching Post. Every couple had different challenges they faced and I was rooting for all of them to overcome them.

Some of the stories were perfect as they were. Others felt a little rushed and I felt like they deserved their own novels. Each novella took about an hour to read, so it was easy to eat through them quickly and stay interested. Good Christian romanc
Gina Hott
The Hitching Post magazine promises to bring together the right matches for catalogue brides. If that means reading between the lines and possibly sending the bride that is the antitheses of the request, then so be it. These marriages will work!

But not without a few bumps…

And Then Came Spring
Mary-Jo Parker arrives prepared to be wed but instead attends her fiancé’s funeral. If that isn’t bad enough, she finds that his wasn’t quite as honest with her as he should have been – he didn’t need a wife
Nora St Laurent
I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that introduced me to a few author’s I hadn't read in this collection. Margaret Brownley is one of them. Margaret kicks off the collection with her story And Then Cam Spring. It takes place in 1870 Colton, Kansas. Mary-Jo Parker has just arrived in Colton to wed the man she’s been writing to for a while now named Daniel Garrett. She’s at the train station and Daniel’s supposed to be there. But he’s nowhere in sight. Mary-Jo says to herself, “Well, Mr. G ...more
A BRIDE FOR ALL SEASONS (A Collection of Novellas)
Melvin Hitchcock is such a stinker. Cutting out all the 'flaws' in their letters and ads. He is so annoying! But then again, he's kind of sweet too.

And Then Came Spring - Margaret Brownley
First of all, the whole 'luck' thing was annoying. Mary-Jo was constantly noting things like black cats, spilled salt, stepping on cracks, etc. It was getting on my nerves! I'm very glad she stopped believing in luck in the end.
Mary-Jo was a
Hallie Szott
"It all started with an ad in a mail-order bride catalogue..."

It's 1870. Reminders of the Civil War remain littered throughout the country. Scarred by the past, like the slowly healing land, four women seek a better future. Turning to the Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue and its altruistically scheming editor, Melvin Hitchcock, to facilitate a new beginning, each woman finds herself headed West, full of happiness and hope for a fresh start with her unfamiliar groom-to-be. As the couples
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BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MARGARET BROWNLEY has penned nearly forty novels and novellas. Her books have won numerous awards, including Readers' Choice and Award of Excellence. She's a former Romance Writers of American RITA finalist and has written for a TV soap. She is currently working on a new series. Not bad for someone who flunked eighth grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence. ...more
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A Bride for All Seasons (4 books)
  • And Then Came Spring: A Bride for All Seasons Novella
  • An Ever After Summer: A Bride for All Seasons Novella
  • Autumn's Angel: A Bride for All Seasons Novella
  • Winter Wedding Bells: A Bride for All Seasons Novella

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