Thursday, January 28, 2016

With This Ring? An Enjoyable Collection of Proprosal Tales

Sometimes Love is Found in the Most Unexpected Places!
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Love isn't always a fairy tale, and it doesn't always go as planned. Sometimes the best stories, though, are the ones that are the most unexpected. 
Join Karen Witemeyer,  Regina JenningsMary Connealy, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that celebrate the power of love to triumph . . . even when circumstances go awry!

The Husband Maneuver ~ When ranch foreman Daniel Barrett seems ready to leave her life forever, Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins on their relationship. But to have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or risk losing him completely.
Karen Witemeyer
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Karen Witemeyer

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three...

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Her Dearly Unintended ~Josiah Huckabee just wanted to make sure Katie Ellen Watson was safe, but when the only bridge to her farm is washed out, the two find themselves alone. Alone, that is, until a menacing stranger appears. Maybe by pretending to be newlyweds, they'll save their reputations--but can pretending to be in love turn into the real thing? 

Regina Jennings
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Ginger Murray Photography

Regina Jennings

  1. is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She is the author of A Most Inconvenient MarriageSixty Acres and a Bride, andCaught in the Middle, and contributed a novella to...

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Runaway Bride ~ Hired to help Carrie Halsey escape from a dangerous man intent on making her his wife, Big John Conroy never expected the job to interrupt his solitary Texas Ranger life. But now that he's promised to keep Carrie safe, he discovers he may just want to make a few more promises. 

Mary Connealy
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Ginger Murray Photography

Mary Connealy

writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has over half a million books sold. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed...

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Engaging the Competition ~ Harrison Gray and tomboy Charlotte Andrews have been rivals for years. With Charlotte intended for someone else, it seems they'll never settle their differences until an accident changes things completely. When Charlotte breaks Harrison's glasses--without which he's nearly blind--she must help with his teaching position, and working together forces these former adversaries to reconsider everything.

Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears

an ESL teacher by trade and the author of A Bride for KeepsA Bride in Store, and A Bride at Last, is a stay-at-home mother on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. She's a member of ACFW and CROWN...

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I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of the Bethany House Bloggers Group in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive review and no other compensation has been given.

What I thought...
I was totally caught up in the first novella, as I had already read A Worthy Pursuit by the same author. Although a total stand alone, it contained characters from the previous book that made it all the more exciting for me to read. I enjoyed Marietta's subtle manipulation techniques, while she tried to get Daniel's attention. She was totally in the dark about the promise he made to her father and the fact that he was desperately trying to keep that promise, while madly in love with her. Is she going to ruin it all for them?

The second book by Regina Jennings - a newly found author for me, (that I totally enjoy by the way) is about a young man who has had a crush on a (girl)friend of his for as long as he can remember. But she, being a total perfectionist, along with a bit of misunderstanding added to the mix, has totally misread his intentions towards her. Now, with her parents out of town, the bridge washed out, and a creepy stranger in her home, will she give Josiah a chance to prove himself to her? Or will she take the reigns and control things the way she has always done?

Mary Connealy has concocted a story with a fun, romantic twist as Texas Ranger, Big John helps rescue Carrie and her brother from their abusive father who is trying to marry her off as settlement on a gambling debt. This book has danger, mystery, and romance. With her intended husband hot on their trail, will they get to safety before he finds them? Desperate times require desperate measures, but will they be willing to take a chance?
The only reason I did not enjoy this book as much as the others, was that the characters and their relation to each other were a bit confusing to me. It was almost like I had missed something somewhere. So I am wondering, if maybe, there is another book related to this story in which the characters have previously been introduced.

Last but not least, Melissa's novella. This is the first time I have read a book by this author. A school teacher and a rancher ... Yeah I know what your thinking, but nope, she is the rancher and he is the teacher. Always competitive and ready to outsmart the boys with her wits, she must now do whatever it takes to save her father's homestead. After a providential divine intervention, the two must now spend unwanted time together. Even as she is promised to another, can these two make peace with their past and possibly still save her father's home as well as her from an undesirable marriage?

The first two were my favorite stories, but I enjoyed the other ones also. I am beginning to really love these short stories that can be read in a day and leave lasting memories. I would certainly recommend all of these novellas, as well as other books by these authors. 

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