Book Synopsis and No Nonsense Reviews
(From a Reader's Point-of-View) Always remember, live life one page at a time! "I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library."
— Jorge Luis Borges
Robin Lee Hatcher
Robin Lee Hatcher
For a complete list of Robin's books, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
"Heart of Gold"
"A Bride for All Seasons"
"Home to Hart's Crossing"
"The Perfect Life"
"Ribbon of Years"
"When Love Blooms"
Reader Synopsis and Review
The Mail-Order Bride Collection: A Bride for All Seasons - Autumn's Angel (part 3)
Luvena Abbott did not look for a husband in a mail-order bride catalogue for love. She did it for more practical reasons. She needed a man to protect and care for her and the three children she was now guardian of. Her sister and brother-in-law died in a boat collapse at sea, leaving their children in Luvena's care. Imagine her confusion when her soon-to-be husband was angry she had the children.
Clay Birch asked for a wife who was not a war widow or had children. He needed a wife with good business sense to help him make "the Grand Coeur Opera House the best venue of culture and entertainment west of the Rocky Mountains." He did not have the time for children, let alone want children.
Now Clay and Luvena were in a pickle. Neither had the financial means to make other arrangements. They were trapped. Clay was a nice man and gave Luvena and the children a place to stay in exchange for her working at the theater. One thing nagged at Luvena. Why didn't Clay want children? He liked them. He was good with hers. Why was he so adamant against a union with them?
I GIVE THIS BOOK:
I have never been a fan of short stories together in one book. That is the only reason to take away a star. I feel that sometimes you cannot connect with the characters. You are just reading a story. I love connecting with characters, like I am a part of the story.
I liked this story a lot. The author stepped the story up a level from the first two stories in this book. Not only were the man and woman not what each other asked for (the only opera experience Luvena had was attending them), but Luvena came with three times the baggage. Both were strapped for cash and stuck with each other. They were good sports and made the best out of a bad situation.
Until next time, live life one page at a time!
Mail-Order Bride Collection: A Bride for All Seasons 1st Story: "And Then Came Spring by Margaret Brownley 2nd Story: "An Ever After Summer" by Debra Clopton 3rd Story: "Autumn's Angel" by Robin Lee Hatcher 4th Story: "Winter Wedding Bells" by Mary Connealy
I received this book through BookSneeze.com from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review blogger program. As a member of the BookSneeze Book Review Team, I am not required to provide a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
"Heart of Gold"
Reader Synopsis and Review
In May of 1864, Reverend Adair and his daughter, Shannon, moved from Virginia. The Reverend was called to the church in the small mining town of Grand Coeur, Idaho. Shannon’s fiancé was killed in the first year of the Civil War and Shannon grew to have strong opinions about the war. While her father preached equality for all, Shannon was a die-hard Southerner and she nursed the sick and wounded.
Matthew Debois, the stagecoach driver that brought the Adair's to town, gave up his driving job for Wells, Fargo & Company to sit behind a desk. His sister, Alice, wrote and asked to come and stay with him while she is sick.
Matthew liked Shannon right away. She was a woman who knew her own mind. However, Shannon felt disrespect from Matthew because he had no opinion nor took any side in the war.
Matthew did not know why his sister was sick but soon found out that she had cancer and a weak heart. Alice only had a few months to live. She did not want to be a bother to her friends anymore (her husband died in the war). She needed someone to take care of her son, Todd, and Matthew was the only family left.
Matthew asked the Reverend ie he knew of anyone who could be a nurse to Alice and keep an eye on Todd. He was surprised when Shannon offered her help. Maybe he misjudged her. But what was to happen to Todd? Alice knew that Matthew needed to go back to driving, that was his life. In order for Todd to be taken care of, she needed to find her brother a wife. But who in Grand Coeur? Shannon Adair?
Alice already made Matthew promise to take care of Todd. She told him of her plan to get him a wife. While she did not mention Shannon's name, her image flashed into his mind. As Shannon sees how Matthew is to his sister, she fears she misjudged him too harshly. Over the next few weeks, the two began to feel things toward each other. However, neither having experience in love, they did not know what exactly they were feeling.
Matthew kissed Shannon for the first time during a horse ride. He thought he scared her off. When he kissed her for the second time after their date to the Fourth of July dance, Matthew's feelings were more intense then he thought. He asked the Reverend for his daughter's hand in marriage. The Reverend and Shannon said yes, but will Alice be able to see her brother wed.
I GIVE THIS BOOK:
I have never been a fan of historical romances but this book was good! This author wrote a story that weaved romance, the Civil War, mining for gold and Wells, Fargo & Company into a perfectly yummy piece of fiction (with some non-fiction thrown in as well). While the short amount of time between the arrival of the Adairs and the marriage proposal, a matter of weeks, seemed like something from a fairy tale, it coincided with the inexperience of the love both Matthew and Shannon felt. You wanted this relationship to bloom. You routed to see if Alice would see them wed before she died. You felt the pain the family felt when Alice finally passed. Your gut felt something was wrong before Shannon's gut caught on. I imagined this was my true love story.
Religion played a big role in this book but it was presented tastefully and appropriately. Grand Coeur was a small mining town when the Reverend and his daughter first arrived but it grow in the following weeks. Reverend Adair had such a passion for wanting people to be equal that you know, when you finish the book, Grand Coeur will become a much better town just to have him there.
I received this book free through BookSneeze.com from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review blogger program. As a member of the BookSneeze Book Review Team, I am not required to provide a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Getting to Know Robin:
I'm the author of 60+ novels and novellas. My home is in Idaho, where I spend my time writing stories of faith, courage, and love; pondering the things of God; and loving my family and friends. Please note that the list of my books on Amazon includes novels written for the general romance market from 1984 to 1999. My Christian fiction has been published from 1999 to present. I no longer recommend my older fiction. Purchase used books with caution.
"Kiss Me, Katie"
"Promise Me Spring"
Hart's Crossing Series
"Legacy Lane (Book 1)"
"Veteran's Way (Book 2)"
"Diamond Place (Book 3)"
"Sweet Dreams (Book 4)"
Where the Hart Lives Series "Belonging"
The Sister's of Bethleham Springs Series "A Vote of Confidence"
"A Matter of Character"
"Fit to Be Tied"
Coming to America Series "Dear Lady (Book 1)"
"Patterns of Love (Book 2)"
"In His Arms (Book 3)"
"Promised to Me (Book 4)"
Steeple Hill Women's Fiction "Trouble in Paradise (#47)"
"Bundle of Joy (#65)"
"Another Chance to Love You (#33)"
HeartQuest "Catching Katie"
"Speak to Me of Love"
The Burke Family Series "A Carol for Christmas (#1)"
"Return to Me (#2)"
Five Star Christian Fiction "The Shepherds Voice"
Harper Monogram "Liberty Blue"
Palisades Romance Collection "The Story Jar: The Hair Ribbons, The Yellow Sock, Heart Rings"
Silhouette Special Edition "Hometown Girl"
"Taking Care of the Twins"
Harlequin Special Edition "Daddy Claus"
"A Frontier Christmas"
"Beyond the Shadows"
"The Victory Club"
"Whispers from Yesterday"
"The Forgiving Hour"
"Where the Heart Is"
"Thorn of Love"
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