Publisher: Barbour Books | Published: September 1, 2016 | Formats: eBook and Paperback (448 pages) | ASIN: B01K3TSMPC and ISBN: 9781634098908 | Origin: NetGalley
MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BRIDES: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, and Gina Welborn uncovers reissued romances.
You’ll fall in love with history from the first to the last!
These old-world stories bring us to small logging towns and cityscapes and from the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s. We meet people from these days and watch them find love in the least likely places, where hope grows along with faith.
With only a sampling inside this review, I’ll share about two of the many stories where sensibilities, kindness, and love melt my heart.
ONE EVERGREEN NIGHT by Debbie Lee puts amazing storytelling in action from when we meet Frederick Corrigan. He’s a train engineer with a heart-of-gold, and he’s heading passed his courting days as he hustles across dangerous tracks to move his cargo of logs for processing at the mill. His focus is on safety and people as he works to save his father’s house from foreclosure. At this point in life, Frederick isn’t looking for a love, but he believes in His timing for everything.
While Emma Pearson despises her job in the rough and tumble logging camp, it provides enough money. Moreover, it’s close to the only family she has left. Her brother works in dangerous situations, and she worries for him and for herself. What would she do without her brother, Jake? In her mother’s second marriage the pain, abuse, and poverty were in every day. No. Passing her courting days was no matter to Emma. She will take care of herself and her kin and will remain from any man’s power. Anger seems to get the best of Emma as she learns her brother will work under Frederick Corrigan, and she has no qualms about telling him how she will hold him responsible if anything happens to Jake.
These two tangle a few times, but Frederick will do his best to keep Jake out of danger. He doesn’t know Emma’s story, but he knows enough to understand the love of family. He’s living to keep his dad out of debt, and she’s living to keep her brother safe. Maybe they have different ways about them, but they both hold precious values.
Another stellar read is in ALMOST HOME by Susan Page Davis where we come to love two childhood friends who were more like family until family squabbles tore them apart!
When they meet up again, they are both grown and almost unrecognizable to each until Patricia Logan’s desire to go home outsmart her safety fears.
At the livery stable, she wants to rent a sleigh to get the rest of the way home despite this weather. Her elder aunt is near to the baby’s arrival, and Patricia can’t be in town instead of at the ranch. When the livery will rent no horses for the sleigh, refusing to put them in danger of trying to outlast a blizzard, she seeks another way home.
A gentleman is just leaving with his own horses to go back that way, but he can’t be responsible for a woman in this mess. However, it doesn’t take long for Jared Booker to know the woman in front of him. She’s the same tomboy from around the Logan ranch during years past. Despite how pretty she is today, he’s not going to risk her life with him. However, the more she speaks, the more he doubts that she’ll stop trying to get home on her own.
This woman’s familiar, determined personality is under his skin, but will the Logan’s hate him the way the hate his father? Will the family he used to have place blame on him if something happens to Patricia on the road?
He can’t chance her asking the next man to arrive about getting her home, as not everyone is safe enough for her.
***This opinion is my own.***
The MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS BRIDES: Nine Historical Novellas Celebrate Faith and Love in the Rocky Mountains by Mildred Colvin, Mary Davis, Susan Page Davis, Lena Nelson Dooley, Darlene Franklin, Debby Lee, Tamela Hancock Murray, Carrie Turansky, and Gina Welborn is romance. With Christmas right around the corner in each story, the sleighs may bring welcomed guests and wedding bells will soon chime!