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A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection (Mail-Order Bride Collection) [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Brownley , Robin Hatcher , Mary Connealy , Debra Clopton , Robin Lee Hatcher
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Book Description

1800s mail-order bride catalogs facilitated many happy marriages. Here are the stories of four couples who owe their wedded bliss to creative editing by The Hitching Post publisher.

"And Then Came Spring"--Margaret Brownley
When mail order bride Mary-Jo Parker arrives in town she receives the shock of her life; not only is her fiancé dead, he left behind an eight-year-old son he neglected to mention. But the biggest challenge of all is the boy's way-too-handsome uncle.

"An Ever-After Summer"--Debra Clopton

Widower Matt McConnell wrote his ad with no room for misunderstanding--Bible believers need not apply. But then Bible-thumping Ellie shows up on his doorstep. Matt's so desperate for her help that he accepts.

"Autumn's Angel"--Robin Lee Hatcher

Luvena Abbott's privileged childhood didn't prepare her for the hardship she now faces as an adult, especially when it comes to being the guardian of her nieces and nephew. Marriage seems the only answer to her dilemma. Clay Birch hopes to change the hurdy-gurdy house he won in a poker game into the finest opera house in the Northwest, but he'll need help to do it. Could this unlikely couple actually be the perfect match?

"Winter Wedding Bells"--Mary Connealy

David Laramie is looking for a woman to care for his children. In exchange he'll make her financially comfortable for life. But no woman wants to marry a dying man. Then Megan responds to his ad. It seems his "edited" letter contained no mention of him dying.


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Margaret Brownley:  "I love reading mail-order bride stories and I don't know what took me so long to write one.  And Then Came Spring  is about a gambler's daughter who travels west expecting to wed the man with whom she's been corresponding.  Things sure don't turn out the way she expected., but where love is concerned they rarely do. I hope you enjoy all four stories in  A Bride For All Seasons  as much as I enjoyed working with these three terrific authors."

Debra Clopton: "I had such a great time writing An Ever After Summer for A Bride For All Seasons! This may be my first 1800's western historical but it won't be my last. What a blast! My Mule Hollow series from Love Inspired may have the 'Matchmaking Posse' but these mail order brides have Melvin Hitchcock editor of the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride catalogue and he gives the Posse a run for their money on matchmaking! I do believe my readers will love this collection and if you loved Samantha the donkey--then An Ever After Summer has a surprise waiting for you inside..."

Mary Connealy: "We all worked together so well and had so much fun brainstorming A Bride for All Seasons. I am working with creative, talented professionals here and I learned so much...and had a great time while I was learning. I hope you enjoy reading this book, including my contribution, Winter Wedding Bells, as much as I enjoyed writing it."

Robin Lee Hatcher: "I had great fun writing my novella, Autumn's Angel, for this collection. It allowed me to return to Grand Coeur, the setting for my novel, Heart of Gold, and to revisit some of the characters from that book. And I think readers of these mail order bride stories are going to love the meddling owner of the Hitching Post even as they see the chaos he creates for these four couples." 

About the Author

New York Times best-selling author Margaret Brownley has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. Her books have won numerous awards, including Reader's Choice. She has published the Rocky Creek series, and A Lady like Sarah was a Romance Writers of America RITA (C) finalist. Happily married to her real life hero, Margaret and her husband have three grown children and live in Southern California.

Award winning novelist Debra Clopton is the popular Mule Hollow series--the town readers wish was real. She has written 23 books since 2004 and writes books that give God the glory and helps you meet life with a smile. Her books are thought provoking, fun entertainment. Debra's awards include: Inspirational Readers Choice Award, Book Sellers Best, RT Book of the year and others. Her nominations include the prestigious Golden Heart, The Carol, The Holt among others.

Mary Connealy writes fun and lively "romantic comedy with cowboys" for the inspirational market. She is the author of the successful Lassoed in Texas, Montana Marriages, and Sophie's Daughters series, and her novel Calico Canyon was nominated for a Christy Award. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband, Ivan, and has four grown daughters. Visit her at maryconnealy.com or her blog mconnealy.blogspot.com. 

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, the RT Career Achievement Award, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 65 novels. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 835 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FFBI9Z2
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 18, 2013)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7QRB8K
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Enjoyable Novellas June 26, 2013
Format:Paperback
First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank you" to Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Robin Lee Hatcher and Mary Connealy and their publisher for sending me a copy of "A Bride For All Seasons" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

"A Bride for All Seasons" is a lovely anthology by four very gifted storytellers. Each tale is set during a different season of the year 1870, but all are about mail-order brides in search of a second chance who have used the Hitching Post catalogue to find a groom. What each of these couples don't know is that Melvin Hitchcock edits the advertisements and letters in his catalogue to make them more "marketable". This makes for some intriguing twists in these entertaining tales.

****In Margaret Brownley's "And Then Came Spring", Mary Jo Parker leaves the red Georgia soil to become the wife of Colton, Kansas attorney, Daniel Garrett. Angered that her groom didn't show up at the train station to pick her up, she arrives in town just in time for his funeral. Mary Jo discovers a son that Daniel never mentioned in his letters and a bogus stack of letters from the marriage broker to her intended, increasing her frustrations. But the offer from her would-have-been brother-in-law who happens to be the sheriff is what throws her for a loop and has the potential to change her life.

*****"An Ever-After Summer" by Debra Clopton captured me from the very first line! Ellie Smith snatches the opportunity to escape her tormenting home life to wed "lonely widowed rancher," Mathew McConnell. There are a few problems with this love story, as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved All Four In This Collection! July 9, 2013
Format:Paperback
Do you like reading clean historical romance books? Do you enjoy mail-order bride stories? I do, so when I saw A Bride For All Seasons--The Mail-order Bride Collection, I just had to read it and was not at all disappointed. In fact, it is a collection of four novellas by four different authors: And Then Came Spring by Margaret Brownley, An Ever After Summer by Debra Clopton, Autumn's Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher, and Winter Wedding Bells by Mary Connealy. I loved them all!

This book is so cool because all four mail-order bride stories are tied together by the common matchmaker, Melvin Hitchcock of The Hitching Post, a mail-order bride catalogue with the highest rate of successful marriages. None of the couples that were matched up in this book got what they expected because Melvin edited their letters, at times l just omitting something that he felt would prevent the client's chances of finding a match! Consequently, all the couples have trust issues to begin with and it was fun to see how the couples get past that and become happily married in time.

Out of the four authors, I was only familiar with Mary Connealy, but now I have a whole list of books to read by the other three authors as well! This book is a fun, entertaining read. There are also three discussion questions for each novella in the back. This would be a great Book Club read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Definitely Recommend A Bride for All Seasons! June 27, 2013
By Melanie
Format:Paperback
I'm typically not a huge fan of novellas, but this collection of four "Mail-Order Bride" novellas was great! The first two, "And Then Came Spring" by Margaret Brownley and "An Ever-After Summer" by Debra Clopton, were very good and had me laughing a lot. "Autumn's Angel" was my least favorite of the four, probably because it felt way too short and rushed (especially towards the end). My favorite was the last one, "Winter Wedding Bells" by Mary Connealy - it was just so good!

Melvin, The Hitching Post publisher, and his interference in the couples' lives/letters added such a neat element to A Bride for All Seasons. I just couldn't help shaking my head (and sometimes laughing out loud) at some of his antics! Oh, and I loved the glossary of terms at the end of Margaret Brownley's novella - too funny!

Overall, I enjoyed reading all of the novellas and loved three of them. I definitely recommend A Bride for All Seasons - it had great characters, romance, and humor! If you enjoy historical reads (especially mail-order bride ones), I think you will like A Bride for All Seasons.

*I received this book for free for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy and pleasant read June 24, 2013
Format:Paperback
"It all started with an ad in a mail-order bride catalogue...
This charming bouquet of novellas introduces you to four Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue prospects in the year 1870, all eager for second changes...and hungry for happiness. Year in, year out, they'll learn that love often comes in unexpected packages."

A Bride For All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection is a compilation of four novellas by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, and Robin Lee Hatcher. Each of the novellas takes place in a different season. Each of the young women finds their husband through the Hitching Post Mail-Order Bride Catalogue. The couple writes to each other through the Hitching Post where the letters are changed in some way to make them appear "more desirable", however, it's not always the truth. Each story is about how the couple resolves their differences and the changes in their letters to come together to be a Godly married couple.

Each novella is less than 100 pages and all four stories are very easy and pleasant reads. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that likes Christian fiction or historical fiction. I have read and reviewed Brownley's "Waiting for Morning" and enjoyed it just as much as this book.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Painfully simple and predictable.
Published 2 days ago by A. Rucker
5.0 out of 5 stars what fun!
Four light, loving stories of mail-order brides. Very easy "to get to know" characters. Sorry the stories came to an end!
Published 4 days ago by Darlene Danninger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed all the stories. Couldn't put down, yet hated for it to end.
Published 9 days ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 10 days ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny premise connects enjoyable stories
This novella collection brings together four wonderful authors, each with a different story but connected by a common thread. Read more
Published 20 days ago by garfsgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
I enjoyed the short story's . It gave a pause between. The house gets more attention this way. Keep up the good work
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful stories
I just love these short stories of couples who began their meeting s believing they wanted one thing and then finding that God had a different plan and a better one. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Linniew3
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bride for all Seasons
I enjoyed this book. It was a sweet story and held my attention. I'd recommend it for a cold winter day by the fire.
Published 1 month ago by M.Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved each of these stories so much.
Each one of these stories was so engaging and special. Each writer is top-notch in her ability to pull you into her writing. I love it when I see pictures and not words. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Kastler
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the stories
Each one was good all the way through! God working in each life. Putting people together in hard sad times bringing out the best in people.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa
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