Saturday, July 11, 2015

5-Star Review of "12 Brides of Summer Collection"

Review of 12 Brides of Summer Collection--Novella Collection #1

by Susan Page Davis, Amy Lillard, & Michelle Ule
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Love Is Buzzing in the Good Old Summertime!  Spend the sunny days of summer relaxing with an ice cold glass of lemonade and revel in the dreams of twelve brides who are a bit surprised by how the men of their dreams come into their lives. Journey to the Old West, stay on the prairie, and visit quaint small town. . .without leaving the comfort of your own front porch!

Summer has started and so has new chances for love in Novella Collection #1:

The Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis
Ava Neal hopes moving west will be a new start, then she meets handsome Joe Logan who helps her hide her valuables when the train is robbed. Might their paths cross again?

MY REVIEW:   This is a sweet novella set in the 1800's in Wyoming.   A train robbery leads to a job on the railroad for Joe Logan and this gives he and Ava Neal time to pursue the spark of interest that developed when they met and traveled together on the train.  This is a 5 star romantic novella.  It makes a quick read for summer or any time of the year.   

The Sun Bonnet Bride by Michele Ule
After a grasshopper plague descends, Sally Martin is faced with a choice to marry a banker who wants to buy out ruined farmers or a teamster willing to give all his money to God’s work.
MY REVIEW:  What a precious novella !   Sally Martin creates lovely sunbonnets that have an ingenious design that are fast becoming popular in the local shops.   She has two ardent suitors:  the rich young banker, Josiah, and Malcolm, the hardworking teamster.   She has a choice to make and the town as well as her own family are trying to recover from the loss of homes and crops during the recent tornado.   I rated this novella 5 stars and think readers of historical fiction will enjoy this romance set in the 1870's.   

The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard
Grace Sinclair would never dream of leaving her Ozarks, so when Ian MacGregor visits for a wedding, she ignores her sudden romantic thoughts. Can Ian make her see the way of love?

MY REVIEW of The Wildflower Bride:  Do you believe in love at first sight?   Grace and Ian are certainly experiencing it after meeting at her sister, Maddie's wedding.  Grace had resigned herself to being an old maid and helping her father with his church in Arkansas, but now????  she really wants to be wherever Ian will be.  He will be returning in New York in a few short days to accept his first church pastor position and she will be staying behind in Arkansas.  What will they do?  How will they resolve the issue?  Readers are sure to love this 5-star romantic novella by Amy Lillard.   

MY OVERALL Review of Collection #1:   5 star romantic novella set in the 1800's which is certain to be a lovely way to spend a summer day reading !  

Don’t miss the four collections that inspirational romance readers will be swooning over:
The 12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #1 – Releases June 1
The 12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #2 – Releases July 1
The 12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #3 – Releases August 1
The 12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #4 – Releases September 1

About the Authors:
Susan Page Davis
Susan Page Davis

FROM AUTHOR'S WEBSITE: I'm a native of central Maine, and grew up on a small farm with a wonderful mom and dad, three sisters and a brother. Most of my books take place in small towns, many of them in Maine. 

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. We're so glad we did. It allowed our six children to grow up feeling close to their cousins and grandparents, and some of Jim's family have even moved to Maine!

Our children are all home-schooled. The two youngest are still learning at home. Jim recently retired from his vocation as an editor at a daily newspaper, and we’ve moved from Maine to Kentucky.

I've always loved reading, history, and horses. These things come together in several of my historical books. My young adult novel, Sarah's Long Ride, also spotlights horses and the rugged sport of endurance riding, as does the contemporary romance Trail to Justice. I took a vocational course in horseshoeing after earning a bachelor's degree in history. I don't shoe horses anymore, but the experience has come in handy in writing my books.

Another longtime hobby of mine is genealogy, which has led me down many fascinating paths. I'm proud to be a DAR member! Some of Jim's and my quirkier ancestors have inspired fictional characters. 

Jim does freelance editing as well. In addition to his 20 years experience at the newspaper, he's edited all my novels before they go out, and he helped edit Primitive Archer Magazine for several years. He has recently edited several novels for Summerside Press. 

For many years I worked for the Central Maine Morning Sentinel as a freelancer. This experience was a great help in developing fictional characters and writing realistic scenes. I also published nonfiction articles in several magazines and had several short stories appear in Woman's World, Grit, and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.
Michelle Ule



Inspirational writer Michelle Ule is a native of San Pedro, California. She graduated from UCLA where she marched in the clarinet section of the band and wrote for the UCLA Daily Bruin.

Michelle is the author of three novellas and one novel. Her debut novella, “The Dogtrot Christmas,” was published in Barbour Publishing’s A Log Cabin Christmas Collection, September 2011 and appeared on The New York Times best seller list on October 2, 2011.

Using elements from her family history and her experience with military life, Michelle has written the Navy SEAL domestic romance Bridging Two Hearts, a post-Civil War novella called “An Inconvenient Gamble,” and another Christmas novella “The Gold Rush Christmas,” set during the 1897 Alaskan gold rush.

A retired Navy wife, Michelle has a terrific husband, four brilliant children, two perfect daughter-in-laws and four adorable grandchildren. She and her family have lived in all four corners of the United States and Hawai’i. They currently reside in northern California.

Michelle teaches Bible study to a group of precocious women, counsels women in crisis at a local pregnancy counseling center, and works at a landmark literary agency. She’s led retreats, served on a short-term eyeglass mission project in Nicaragua, and plays clarinet in a small musical ensemble. In her free time, she travels, writes and reads–all extensively.

Amy Lillard
Amy Lillard

from Goodreads' bio:
I'm a wife, mother, and bona fide Southern belle. Published author, expert corn bread maker, and Squirrel Princess.

I live in Tulsa, though I was born in Mississippi. I moved to the Sooner State when I was seventeen and met my soul mate and best friend not long after. I've retained a little of my Mississippi accent though most people think I'm from Texas. (?) Rob and I have been married for over twenty years and have a son--a mom proclaimed prodigy, of course!

I love homemade tacos, nail polish, and romance novels--not necessarily in that order. I'm a big fan of country music, a staunch proponent of saving the Oxford comma, and I'm shamefully obsessed with all things Harry Potter.

I believe that God is love. I guess that's why I adore romances. 

I have always been intrigued with the Amish culture, their gentle ways and slower-paced lifestyle. (And I love, love, love the fact that they stay married for their lifetime.) But until recently I never thought to blend this interest with my penchant for romance. Okay, okay, I'm a bit old-fashioned and even enjoy the gender roles that are present in this culture. I love to cook and take care of my family. Yes, that's me June Cleaver with a laptop.

I dislike people trying to convince me to read the Twlight series (I'll get to it or I won't, either way I'm good with it), gratuitous violence, and strawberry ice cream. (I know I'm alone on this last one, and again, I'm good with it.)

Favorite movies--(besides HP) French Kiss, Maid of Honor, A Lot Like Love, Just Married, and Sweet Home Alabama. Oh, and Miss Congeniality, Sabrina (both versions) and a 1940's movie called Dear Ruth. If you haven't seen it, you should! A-dorable. Anything with Doris Day and most all of Marilyn's and Audrey's.

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