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The 12 Brides of Summer - Novella Collection #2 by Mary Connealy
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really liked it
bookshelves: 19th-c, arc, christian-fiction, e-book, historical-fiction, short-story, romance, united-states, western, novella

These novella/short story collections are prefect for me when I’m not ready for a long-term commitment with a new book. We all have those days, for me, it especially after finishing a lengthy book. Here you get three complete little romances, about a 3 hour commitment of your time for the whole book, and they are complete with great characters, simple love, and some fun plot twists.

A Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connealy was the perfect way to kick off this collection. From the first lines there is non-stop action until the very end. It grabs you and sucks you in. The male lead, Matt, stumbles upon Betsey who is caring for his brother’s children. Neither of them know too much about taking care of kids and quite the adventure unfolds. The way it is written it would be the perfect western rom-com movie! Mary Connealy is known for her incorporation of humor in her works and that is on display here to great effect. I loved all the characters and it was well paced – I didn’t want this one to end!

The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot is your classic tale of two people who need each other to solve a problem that they have; their relationship is a business deal and nothing more. Until they start to fall for each other. It felt something like an old school She’s All That, which I loved (minus the bet). Something always gets in the way and in this novel that is religion. It is a tried and true trope but I found the religious angle to be believable for the time period. It was fun to read that a few of the secondary characters in this story were featured in their own works, The Christmas Star Bride (from the 12 Brides of Christmas novella series) and Waiting for Spring.

The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang is a tale of unexpected love. Sally is comfortable with her life and there is an expectation from everyone in town that she will be marrying the mayor’s son, it’s just a matter of when. When these new visitors show up with a startling plan to build a mill in the town, which throws a wall up between Sally and her intended as they end up on opposite sides of this debate. And that leave some room for Lukas to try to wiggle his way into Sally’s heart. But what does she want, the life that is expected or something that she can’t see yet what the future will bring? I thought all of the characters were very full for a short story and I appreciated that they received the same treatment as those in a novel. The choices the characters made felt true to their core. I also enjoyed the details included about the building and operations of a grist mill. I have had some experience with these during my MANY trips to Old Sturbridge Village so I can attest to it simulating the real experience. This novella included the least of the inspirational/Christian elements.

Overall, this was another wonderful collection; none of the stories were a letdown at all. I have one collection left in this series and I can’t wait to have the chance to read it!

This review was previously posted at The Maiden's Court blog and was received in exchange for an honest review.
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Reading Progress

September 18, 2015 – Shelved
September 18, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
September 26, 2015 – Started Reading
September 26, 2015 –
33.0%
January 20, 2016 –
0.0% "Alright, I'm going to have to restart this one because I don't remember what I read last!"
January 21, 2016 –
65.0%
January 22, 2016 – Finished Reading
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: 19th-c
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: arc
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: christian-fiction
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: e-book
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: short-story
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: romance
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: united-states
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: western
January 28, 2016 – Shelved as: novella

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