Friday, July 19, 2013

"A Bride for All Seasons" by Margaret Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher, Mary Connealy, & Debra Clopton (Review & Book Giveaway)

Review:  The concept of a mail order bride is basically foreign and totally unacceptable to the American woman of today who has for many years been pretty much in control of whom she will engage socially, much less whom she will marry. She now sees, gets to know, decides if she wants to live her life with the man.  However, historically that has not always been the case for women in general. During the 1800s when the frontier of America was being discovered and settled - by men, there was a dearth of women from whom helpmeets or wives could be sought. Therefore, the mail order bride catalog or advertisement took root. It drew women from the East to the West. Most often these women were destitute, without means of livelihood, no home of their own, no family, etc. So that leads us to A Bride for All Seasons.

This collection of novellas by four stand-out successful authors is a delightfully easy, summer read.  A light romance in each (no surprises here) situation ends happily with the lady and the gentleman loving each other.  There is no connectivity to the stories other than the fact that they were all the result of the "Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue" business.

I occasionally enjoy reading the shorter novellas rather than the full-length novels.  They are usually quick reads and lighter in nature. These were no exception. I do prefer some connectivity to a collection of novellas and some overlap of characters which this collection does not have. All-in-all, though these are enjoyable stories, light reads, perfect for no-brainer summer reads.

GIVEAWAY:  Litfuse has graciously provided a giveaway copy for one of Chat With Vera's readers to win. Just use the Rafflecopter entry form (patience, please, it can be slow to load). Begins July 19 & ENDS August 7 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT.  Open in USA only.
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Four novellas, four brides,
and four stories to fall in love with.

Enter the world of mail-order brides with four of your favorite authors: Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher, Debra Clopton, and Margaret Brownley. In A Bride for All Seasons (Thomas Nelson) each of the prospective brides is hopeful for a second chance at love—and that second chance always seems to come in an unexpected package.
The authors are celebrating with a fun 12 Days of Unexpected Packages Giveaway! Between July 12-23 visit the authors' Facebook Page to enter to win a new give away each day. Winners will be announced at the Facebook Author Chat party on July 23rd! Such fun!  

Top:Margaret  Brownley, Robin Lee Hatcher
Bottom: Mary Connealy, Debra Clopton
About the authors: 
Margaret Brownley is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author and has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. @margaretbrownley
Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christy and RITA award-winning author. Her books often appear on bestseller lists. @robinleehatcher
Mary Connealy is a Carol Award winner, an a RITA, Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. @MaryConnealy
Debra Clopton is an award winning author of sweet, heartfelt, western romance that face life with a smile. With over 2 million books in print, Debra has her first book coming as a movie starring LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of A Bride for All Seasons from Litfuse Publicity Group on behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing. Opinions expressed are solely my own.


  1. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of A Bride for all Seasons. I really enjoy books by Mary and Margaret so am looking forward to reading this book.

  2. I would love to win this book by 4 good authors. Thanks! Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com


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