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The New England Romance Collection: Five Inspiring Love Stories from the Historic Northeast Paperback – February 1, 2014
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The New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont have long been known as a place of solace for the lost and downhearted. Beautifully collected and filled with inspiration and romance, each of these five stories will transport readers to a different era of American history.
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I can't seem to part with them although I have read them all!
Jack Hunter’s father left behind a less than stellar legacy. Many therefore assumed like father like son; however, Jack was not like his father. He worked hard on the farm and dedicated himself to the Lord. When arrested for a crime that brought the death penalty, he hastily marries in order to pass the land to the woman he loves. Strange things are occurring on the farm where Lucy lives and works. Readers will become engrossed in the mystery, romance as well as the time and setting of the tale. I loved it!
Love’s Raid by Darlene Franklin (2011)
Being interested in courting someone as told in this story reminds me of playing cat and mouse. Here Daniel is the town constable after coming home wounded from the war. Clara is the daughter of a well known and well beloved man who had resided for many years in the same town as Daniel prior to his death. Now Clara is seeking to fulfill her dream of owning and running an all girl’s school in Vermont. Daniel is currently trying to solve a bank robbery while living in the family mansion all alone. Mystery, suspense and sprinkled with romance create a good mix that makes a great tale!
Michaela’s Choice by Lisa Harris (2004)
Michaela is young widowed woman who misses her husband and little girl every day. Once in a while she has nightmares still of the fateful night. Now, two men are sure they are in love with her, but she is afraid to open her heart again to love. She also finds it hard to let the past go and begin living and looking towards the future. Since the night of the tragedy her relationship with God has been strained, and the conflict in her heart cannot be settled without God. The back and forth indecision of Michaela as to which man she might marry will keep you reading for a while.
All that Glitters by Lynette Sowell (2009)
1895 Newport Rhode Island
When you read the title, All that Glitters, does it remind you of any saying like all that glitters is gold? Perhaps yes, perhaps no; either way this story is about a time when young women were expected to enter into arranged marriages. In the tale, high society depends on news regarding people, businesses and the past. Whether the news was truthful or not was another matter. Read about a fiery young women determined to obey her parents and the Lord but trapped because she loved another. A fun read to be sure along with not knowing exactly how the author would bring a happy ending or if there was to be one!
In Search of a Dream by Pamela Griffin (2010)
Joel’s heritage was not noteworthy as his father died in prison, but being in a home called Refuge his present was looking bright. Shortly after serving in the Navy, Joel simply seemed to vanish without any contact with friends or family. Then one summer a young woman comes to stay with a friend and walks out the friend’s back door to run into a man who looked like a hooligan. With love, prayers and perseverance, Clemmie opens the eyes of one man’s heart.
I enjoyed each of these stories. The main theme of strength amidst trials was a nice touch from the usual historical romances that I've read recently. The stories were clean and had strong elements of faith. All five authors brought a different perspective and yet the stories fit well together. None of these stories were tied together, yet I felt that each one fit well in the book. I liked the book well enough to add it to my collection.
I received this book free of charge from Barbour in exchange for my honest review.
I love historical romance and the authors from this collection have proven themselves. The stories are clean, sweet, and faith plays a major role.
One thing to note about this and many other Barbour collections is that they put together novels from the Heartsong Presents series books. So, if you already have those, this book will be a repeat and I didn't realize that beforehand.
Note: I received an electronic review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.