Cedar Creek Seasons Collection (4 in 1) (Romancing America) Paperback – September 1, 2012
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Romantic in every season of the calendar, charming, touristy Cedarburg, Wisconsin, works its magic on everyone. . .From a driven young twenty-something to a recently retired woman, each finds love when she least expects it.
- Item Weight : 8.3 ounces
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1616266457
- ISBN-13 : 978-1616266455
- Dimensions : 5.19 x 0.96 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Barbour Books (September 1, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,011,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Tune with You has the immature hero. But one can’t help but love him, despite him eternally frustrating the heroine. This cantata would’ve been fun to watch. Equally fun to read about.
Silvery Summer, I thoroughly loved. Claire is older and has a bit of a temper issue, but Eli was a sweetheart. Claire was his one and only for ever and for always and when she came to town he was prepared to do what it took to win her heart. Totally sweet.
Maybe Us—okay, Cynthia Rutchi is a stellar author. Her story was awesome! Of course, what’s not to love about a fudge-making hero who’s kind to veterans and a former EMT?
CEDAR CREEK SEASONS is a novella collection – part of Barbour’s romancing America series, set in Wisconsin. Great collection of stories. If you like novella collections you won’t want to miss this one.
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I needed a vacation. As God would have it, I met Rachael Phillips at a writers'luncheon. Post-meeting, we lingered over coffee and a sweet treat with a couple other scribes. We were saying our farewells when Rachael offered me an all-expense paid getaway trip to Cedarburg, Wisconsin!
All right. I must tell the truth and shame the devil. What she actually said was, "Would you read and review this book?" I'm selctive about the books I choose to review. If I cannot write a positive review, I abstain from commenting at all.
We've all heard, "You can't judge a book by its cover." Generally I disagree. The cover of Cedar Creek Seasons has several things going for it. It's appealing. It features an autumn scene; fall is one of my four favorite seasons. (Yeah, I know. That doesn't make sense. What can I say? I love Indiana where each season struts its own beauty.) It has a covered bridge. (Who doesn't love covered bridges?) Then there are the writers: Eileen, Becky, Indiana's own Rachael, and Cynthia--all solid scribes with whom I am familiar, having read Eileen's DOG GONE and the ladies' previous novella collection, A DOOR COUNTY CHRISTMAS. With all that going for the book, I eagerly accepted her invitation and soon was on my way to Cedarburg.
CEDAR CREEK SEASONS' title has a double meaning, since the novellas feature protagonists in four life seasons, and each story gives the reader opportunity to enjoy Cedarburg in a different calendar season.
A Contest of Wills by Becky Melby
It's winter when Cedarburg holds a contest. The entrant who garners the most votes from shoppers will win space in the town's historic district rent free for a year. Forty-something Willow Miles finds herself in fierce competition with artist Wilson Woodworth. Willow builds unique children's furniture and has outgrown her present area. A spot in the historic district would give her the room she needs and place her wares on the path of Cedarburg's many tourists. Wilson wants the space as a gallery for his paintings. The contest goes from friendly to fierce as the day draws near for the winner to be announced.
In Tune With You by Rachael Phillips
Chesca Appel, the twenty-five-year-old part-time choral director at Christ the King Church, is ready to begin rehearsals for the Easter cantata. She has carefully selected the music to ensure a magnificent worshipful performance. All is well until the pastor requests that she add drama and children to the program. To help out, he brings in Seth Amundsen, the tone-deaf school football coach, who loves both drama and kids. Seth, in turn, introduces his own cast of characters: several members of the football team, an obstinate donkey, and sheep. Amid all the chaos, enter one beguiling ex-fiancée and her brassy mama. This cantata is to be one Chesca will never forget.
Silvery Summer by Eileen Key
It's not personal. It's business. Recently retired Claire Parsons returns to Cedarburg with daughter Melissa simply as a vendor, to sell her pottery during the Strawberry Festival. She has no intentions of rekindling the embers of a long-dead romance with Eli Mueller. He broke her heart once. She wouldn't let it happen again. Besides, who knew if he was even still around? He is. Banners and flyers proclaiming his role in sponsoring the festival abound. His face is everywhere she looks--older than the face that haunts her memories, but just as handsome. Once he realizes she is in town, he tries to woo her again. But can cold embers be revived?
Eileen proved in Dog Gone! (The Feather Duster Mystery Series #1) (Heartsong Presents Mysteries #24) that she has a way with writing romance that features mature characters, so I knew I would thoroughly enjoy her contribution. Silvery Summer lives up to my expectations.
Maybe Us by Cynthia Ruchti
(I love word plays, and the title of this novella is that, since the main character knits and sells moebius scarves. Moebius, if slightly mispronounced, sounds like maybe us.)
Beth Schurmer, just five years out of college, can't be bothered with love. It has gotten in the way too many times in the past, and she won't let herself get sidetracked again. Her plate is full, thank you, what with caring for her beloved Oompa and managing his Yarn Shop (which, by the way, is another play on words, since her grandfather revels in telling stories to all who will listen--and many come in to do just that). When chocolatier Derrick Hofferman, who is nearly seven feet tall, sets up shop just two doors down, he enlists Beth as his official brownie sampler. She loves chocolate, so that works out well. Derrick and Oompa hit it off immediately. Derrick often leaves his own business unattended to listen to Oompa's tales. As autumn progresses, Beth, Oompa, and Derrick form a strong yarn of three strands. How far will the metaphor extend? Will the yarn be knitted into an unending moebius?
I thoroughly enjoyed my getaway to Cedarburg, Wisconsin, which is near Milwaukee. I checked out the town online and vicariously walked the historic district and the path to the rustic covered bridge pictured on the cover, the only one still standing in Wisconsin.
Gift suggestion: Couple CEDAR CREEK SEASONS with A Door County Christmas: Four Romances Warm Hearts in Wisconsin's Version of Cape Cod (Romancing America) .