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Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection Paperback – January 2, 2018
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Four Historical Romance Novellas of Love (With a Twist of Humor)
The ways of love can be complex. Sometimes a relationship full of unexpected twists and unlikely turns leads to a bond that's strong and secure. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that follow the winding path of romance in stories that celebrate a love that lasts forever.
The Love Knot
When Claire Nevin's troubled younger sibling sends her an unexpected package by rail, the gift and the man who delivers it--an unexpected face from the past--threaten to upend Claire's life forever. Fighting to hold on to all she has built, will she lose what matters most?
The Tangled Ties That Bind
Connor Kincaid returns home determined to win the hand of the woman he was too young for when he left. But Maggie is training to be a doctor in a distant town, while Connor's about to settle on a ranch. Will either be willing to give up their dream? Or will they both have to give up the love of a lifetime?
Bound and Determined
As punishment for his recklessness, Private Bradley Willis is sent on an errand to help a retired cavalry officer move a herd across Indian Territory. No one told him the herd would be camels instead of cattle, nor that the officer's headstrong daughter, Ambrosia Herald, would seem to be trying to undermine the whole enterprise. He's definitely been saddled with more than he's bargained for.
Tied and True
Wealthy Marianne Lister is in love with business assistant Calvin Hochstetler, but he can't see past the difference in their social status. When Marianne takes a job to prove that she is prepared for a life of hard work alongside the man of her dreams, will it be enough to convince Calvin to risk it all for love?
About the Author
Karen Witemeyer is a winner of multiple Carol Awards and has been a finalist for the RITA Award and National Readers' Choice Award. She lives in Abilene, Texas. www.karenwitemeyer.com
Mary Connealy is well-known for her award-winning, bestselling historical romantic comedies. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska. www.maryconnealy.com
Regina Jennings is the acclaimed author of The Fort Reno Series. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children. www.reginajennings.com
Melissa Jagears, author of the Unexpected Brides series, lives in Kansas. Her novella, "Love by the Letter," won the 2014 Carol Award. www.melissajagears.com
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I was kind of sad this will is the end of The Ladies of Harper's Station series by Karen Witemeyer but it was a good way to finish up.
I'm not sure what Mary Connely's plans are. but this was a very enjoyable story, I loved seeing previous characters who are older and more mature than the previous time we met them.
I believe there are more Fort Reno books from Regina Jennings. Her novella Bound and Determined is a wonderful companion to her novel, Holding The Fort, Bradley Willis was in for quite the surprise when he showed up to take his punishment, he is adorable. I simply loved Melissa Jagears' Tied and True, a tale of two people that should not have fallen in love but did. Overcoming the obstacle of their own stubbornness to be together.
All in all, I highly recommend this to Western Historical Inspirational Fiction readers.
I own a paperback and Kindle copy of this book. I pre-ordered as soon as I could.
Each of the stories are well woven and a joy to read. If you love historical romance, this is the book for you.
Karen's story, The Love Knot, is set in the women's town of Harper's Station. Claire Nevin receives a mysterious message from her sister about a package arriving on the train. Her world is set on end with what she finds.
Mary's novella, The Tangled Ties That Bind, weaves the tale of one of the Kincaid brothers. Connor returns home with one ambition in mind - to see his childhood friend again. What he hadn't counted on was her leaving as soon as he returned.
In Regina's tale, Bound and Determined, Private Bradley Willis has acted out once more and is given a mission. If he fails to succeed, he'll be out of the Army. He isn't going to allow a tag-along daughter to get in the way of proving himself capable of following through with the assignment.
In Melissa's book, Tied and True, Marianne Lister is determined to do whatever it takes to convince Calvin Hochstetler know how much she cares for him. The question is, will her efforts make a difference?
I found this book to be a delightful read. I think you will too. :)
The opinions shared here are purely my own. This book was provided free and did not require a positive review. - 2018
It's been a while since I've read anything by Witemeyer (I know, what gives??), and I had forgotten just how adorable her stories can be. The story's opening feels very engaging, a bit mysterious, then a bit of a shock as Claire relieves her past. I liked both leads equally, and though they knew each other before the events of the novella, I didn't feel dropped into their story without explanation. Things are revealed nicely throughout the narrative, and I just thought the whole thing was really sweet. Pieter plays the protective role when Claire needs it, but doesn't attempt to coddle her. The dynamic between them is basically adorable and made me smile.
The Tangled Ties that Bind by Mary Connealy
I haven't read anything by this author before, and perhaps that was to my detriment with this novella. It's cute, don't get me wrong, but I felt like I was missing something for the first several chapters, like I should have known some of the people mentioned. It just took me a while to get settled into the story, but once I did, I ended up enjoying it. Connor Kincaid is not my "type" when it comes to male leads, as he's a bit too hard-headed. Maggie's circumstances are interesting in that she is training to be a doctor rather far from home. Things move kind of fast for them, and I didn't get a good enough feel for their past to really empathize as I'd have liked to. The ending seems a little bit contrived, but the romance is cute, and for a novella, adding another element to the plot would have made it go too long.
Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings
Regina Jennings is yet another author that I think I should be reading more of. I've read her first novel. I know I enjoyed it, but I don't remember the same amount of humor that is present in this novella. I certainly wasn't prepared for the idea that camels play a huge role in the story, both from a humor stand point but also as a matter of poignancy. What could have been a set up for cheesiness or slap stick humor provides a unique circumstance for the story, setting up for some pithy dialogue between Bradley and Ambrosia. Their scenes together are humorous, yet crackle with tension at times, in a rather swoon-worthy way. Just an all-around entertaining and adorable story.
Tied and True by Melissa Jagears
Melissa Jagears is the one author in the collection who I've read all of her books, so my expectations of a sweet romance and somewhat unusual characters were entirely met in this story. This one has the unique element of being a story that is set in tandem with A Love So True, which was fun. It's not so in tandem that things feel repeated, it's just a neat way to do a novella of peripheral characters in the full book. Marianne as a character is also unique in that, despite being born to privilege, she is more than willing to show Calvin that she can work hard - so willing, in fact that she takes a job considered below her station. I'm not sure how long she could have gotten away with it in real life, but it made for an interesting element of the plot. It also served as a way to highlight the idea that it's good to be aware of the daily lives of others, even if much different than yours, and if it's within your power to help, however small, it can still have a big impact. All in all, this story made me eager for the next full-length Teaville book, A Chance at Forever!
Hearts Entwined is a lovely collection of endearing and romantic novellas. I highly recommend picking it up if you're in the mood for something light, sweet, and full of humorous moments.
I received a complimentary copy of this collection from the publisher. This review is my honest opinion.
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