Authors Mary Connealy, Amanda Cabot and Maureen Lang provide three old-fashioned romances filled with faith, adversity, hardship, humor and quaint expressions of love.
Mary Connealy’s “A Bride Rides Herd” is set in 1894 Montana. Matt Reeves and Betsy Harden (both introduced in earlier books) are the uncle and aunt of three little Reeve girls, courtesy of Matt’s brother who is married to Betsy’s sister. What do you get when you mix a storm, a cattle stampede, the death-defying antics of their nieces and Betsy’s rifle toting parents Silas and Belle Tanner Harden (The Husband Tree)? An entertaining, sweet read.
Amanda Cabot’s “The Fourth of July Bride,” takes us to the Wyoming Territory in 1886 where cattle baron Gideon Carlisle is in need of a temporary fiancée to appease his beloved mother. Learning that baker Naomi Towson needs money to pay for her mother’s eye surgery, he offers a possible solution. He’ll pay for the procedure if she will take on the pretense during his mother’s summer visit. While Mrs. Towson has a successful surgery, it is Gideon that ultimately gets his vision and faith restored.
Maureen Lange tells the story of The Summer Harvest Bride, in which Miss Sally Hobson meets Mr. Lukas Daughton, his father and four brothers, traveling grist mill builders that arrive in Finchville, Illinois in the spring of 1851. However, Willis Pollit, the son of the town mayor believes that she belongs to him. This story shows how hope and trust, once given, overcome treachery and fear to make room for truth and love.
Summer light and refreshing reads, good for any time of the year.
I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.