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    4 Enjoyable Historic Novellas

    The Love Knot – A Ladies of Harper’s Station Novella, Witemeyer VERY SWEET STORY May 1895, Harper’s Station, TX Claire Nevin has received vague word that her younger sister, Polly, is in trouble. She is sending Claire more information through a friend who will arrive soon on the train. The last person she expected to step off of the train was Pieter, who broke her heart less than a year ago. But, Pieter is determined to win her back. Ch. 7 Dressed in a cotton nightgown and wrapper, with a pair of thick stockings on her feet, she laid the Bible she’d brought with her on the table before padding over to the stove. She moved the kettle to the left side of the hob, where the stove emitted the most heat, then pulled out a chair and slid onto the sturdy wooden seat. No single day in the entire course of her life had brought as much change and emotional upheaval as this day. Not leaving Ireland. Not abandoning school to work in the embroidery shop. Not even that dreadful day in Rochester. She felt as wrung out as an old petticoat on washing day. * The Tangled Ties That Bind – A Kincaid Brides Novella, Connealy GOOD STORY June 20, 1883 Rawhide Colorado Connor Kincaid is heading home after 5 years away to finally be reunited with his family and Maggie, who he has loved and pined for while gone making his mark/becoming a man. The opening reunion of these two was fantastic. It involved an angry buffalo in the tree-filled Rockies. Unbeknownst to Connor, Maggie is moving away, to his complete shock. She waited years for him to return, and when he didn’t she deiced to get busy living and go to Denver to go to school. After his ire subsides, he decides to follow her, and prove his love. Together they are a strong team and I really enjoyed what they learned. You can definitely see the impractical side of youth and snap decisions sometimes, particularly with Connor, but when push comes to shove he is a strong young man and quite smart as well. Maggie is rightfully cautious with her heart, but smart and determined in her own right. Good story. Side note: Apparently (according to my files) I read book 1 in this series back in 2014 when it was a free download. And the © date is actually 2011, so I find it interesting to be revisiting these characters all these years later. * Bound And Determined – A Fort Reno Novella, Jennings LOVED IT August 1885, East of Ft. Reno, Indian Territory Once again Private Bradley Willis, has made a snap decision that has landed him in hot water. For retribution, he will be sent off to help a former cavalry officer, Captain Herald, move his heard across the plains and back home to Texas. However, when he arrives he is stunned to learn the heard is camels! Additionally, he will meet his match in gumption with the officer’s daughter, Ambrosia Herald. Ch. 3. His mouth twitched. “I’m not your father ma’am. It doesn’t matter a whit to me if you get riled up, if you pout, or if you threaten to run away from home. I specialize in reckless, dramatic gestures, and I doubt any of yours would impress me.” I enjoyed this adventure very much, especially since I just read book 1 a few ago. The camels add a lot to the story and I enjoyed getting to know more about the interesting animals. ***** Tied and True – A Teaville Moral Society Novella, Jagears SWEET STORY OF TRUST September 1908 While David Kingsman travels to Teaville in book 2, this charming story takes place back home in Kansas City, MO. Marianne Lister is David’s childhood friend and his perfect future mate. That is according to his father and her parents as well. However, Marianne has been drawn to Calvin Hochstetler; the kindest, most hardworking man who makes her laugh and feel special. She believes making tea and playing hostess to high society types is the only thing she is good at. But helping him with his Widows and Orphans ministry gives her purpose, albeit she is still making tea. Calvin finds Marianne to be bright, charming and lovely. AND certainly out of his league. He does everything he can to convince her to wait for David since a life with him would be one of struggle. In turn, she devises new ways to convince him she is up for the challenge a life with him might offer, and more than willing to leave comfort and class behind. This story takes a peek at the life of female factory workers, including children and the hardships they faced. It also reminds us to find value in ourselves and trust the plan God has for us. Ch. 1 The pounding of hammers above them ceased. Marianne Lister put down her tea and smiled at the widow whose roof was being reshingled by men from their church. “We’ve got your roof finished, Mrs. Danby. And none too soon…” She waved her age-spotted hand to encourage him across the threshold. “Why don’t you come in more for tea?” Marianne picked up the nearly empty teapot. At least making tea was something she was good at. Even if this would be the fifth pot of tea Mrs. Danby plied on the men.
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    Sweet historical romance, all tied up with love.

    My favorite moments & lines from this collection: The Love Knot "You ARE my future, Claire. Nothing is more important to me than you." Ah! That line! And another moment that stole my heart is later in the book when Peter's sings a low lullaby to a baby. I loved learning about Peter and Claire's history together and where they hailed from. The Tangled Ties that Bind Starting the story with the characters up a tree--literally! Mary Connealy is a comedy genius. There's nothing like getting reacquainted with an old crush while hovering over the deadly horns of a mama buffalo. This scene came to life for me, calling up memories of a trip I took to Wyoming where I saw a buffalo napping beside a picnic table. The giant beast made the table look like doll house furniture. Bound and Determined If you've seen the movie HAWMPS! you will love this gem. Laughed myself to tears in the third chapter. I thought, "Oh no she didn't just go there,” but yes, indeed, she did. Tied and True “Don’t shove away a lifetime of blessing because you fear trials. You’ll have them no matter what you do.” This story began with some beautiful, poignant moments and had me glued all the way through the ending. My Overall Impression: Loved this collection and would recommend to anyone who loves clean historical romance with a side of laughter. I sighed at the many sweet scenes interwoven with comedy and heart-tugging moments. Can't wait to read more from all these authors! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher free of charge. My review is voluntary, and the opinions expressed are my own.
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    highly enjoyable collection

    The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer Claire has found refuge and a budding career in a woman's colony, but when her sister tells her she's sending her something special, Claire finds herself facing a man from her past and a whole new future. I have loved the Harper's Station series and I was so glad to get to read another story about the women there. This was a sweet romance about second chances, and I really enjoyed it. The Tangled Ties by Mary Connealy Connor is headed home to finally win over Maggie, only to find that she is training to be a doctor in Denver and then will head to a distant town to be their physician. Although he has always wanted to be a rancher like his family, he follows Maggie to Denver, sure they can find a way to make things work. I haven't read any of the books in this series, which doesn't matter in the sense that it makes it hard to read (you don't have to read the previous books in any of these series for the stories to make sense), but it did take me a little longer to get into it than the other stories. It started out a little slow, but it picked up once Connor and Maggie were in Denver, and I really liked seeing how things played out for them. Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings Private Bradley Willis has one last chance to show he can do what he's told or he's going to be kicked out of the cavalry. He's determined to see his task through--even though helping a retired captain transport his camels wasn't at all was he expecting. And he definitely wasn't expect that captain to bring along his beautiful daughter Ambrosia, who is as dead set on stopping her father from bringing the camels home as Bradley is on making sure his mission is successful. I don't think I've ever read a Western with camels--so that along made this one interesting. Add in some humor as Bradley and Amber try to best each other, and this story was a lot of fun. Tied and True by Melissa Jagears Marianne loves Calvin--and she's pretty sure he has feelings for her, too. When he says there's no chance for a rich girl like him and a mere secretary like him, Marianne sets out to show him that her love for him is strong enough to withstand challenges, but will she ever convince him they can make it work? This was a great story. Marianne was a such a sweet character, and Calvin's fears were very realistically developed. Loved it! All of these are clean, entertaining stories. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection! I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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