The Second Chance Brides Collection
Meet nine women who each believe their chance for lifelong love has passed them by. From the girls who lost their beaus to war, to the wallflowers overshadowed by others, and the widows deeply hurt by their loss, the desire to love and be loved spans American history from 1777 to 1944. Experience the sweet pull of romance on each life and the blossom of faith that leads them to brighter futures.

The Second Chance Brides Collection Details

TitleThe Second Chance Brides Collection
Author
ReleaseAug 1st, 2017
PublisherBarbour Books
ISBN-139781683222460
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Short Stories, Fiction

The Second Chance Brides Collection Review

  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    A fabulous collection of stories by some of today's top Christian fiction authors. People who think all hope of love is past find themselves with a second chance at love ,all in God's timing. I really love Barbour Collections,such beautiful covers and I can always count on beautiful faith filled inspiring stories.Pub Date 01 Aug 2017 Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc. for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    Second Chance Brides is a delightful collection of nine historical romance stories, and they will be keeping you reading long into the night.Whether you have just a few minutes, or several hours to read, this book should fit the bill, you can quickly read one, or continue on to the next.These stories span decades, and not only do they provide a great time to get lost in; they offer many historical facts, which I loved. From on to the next they varied as to the time period, and kept my interest r Second Chance Brides is a delightful collection of nine historical romance stories, and they will be keeping you reading long into the night.Whether you have just a few minutes, or several hours to read, this book should fit the bill, you can quickly read one, or continue on to the next.These stories span decades, and not only do they provide a great time to get lost in; they offer many historical facts, which I loved. From on to the next they varied as to the time period, and kept my interest right to the end.I also found myself with a few chuckles, watch for the names of some of the characters.I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    A noteworthy collection of inspirational historical romances, set between the Revolutionary War up to World War 2. Women and men who find their lives changed by a new encounter or reacquaintance, get a second chance at lasting romance. Some of the stories had a real depth and seriousness, set during a time of war or great difficulty. Some of the women found themselves backed into a marriage of convenience out of need, while others fought to overcome prejudice and societal norms to be with the pe A noteworthy collection of inspirational historical romances, set between the Revolutionary War up to World War 2. Women and men who find their lives changed by a new encounter or reacquaintance, get a second chance at lasting romance. Some of the stories had a real depth and seriousness, set during a time of war or great difficulty. Some of the women found themselves backed into a marriage of convenience out of need, while others fought to overcome prejudice and societal norms to be with the person they'd chosen. All were good reads, but I especially liked Fanned Embers, Daughter of Orion, and the Prickly Pear Bride. What the Heart Sees was very good too. (For details on each story, please see the attached comments.) Recommend for readers who enjoy Christian historical romances. 4.5 stars(An e-book was provided by NetGalley and Barbour Publishing. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Second Chance Brides Collection is a collection of nine historical romances that offer new hope for love. These nine romances include:Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee BlissFanned Embers by Angela Breidenbach Daughter of Orion by Ramona K. CecilThe Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride by Pamela Griffin The Widow of St. Charles Avenue by Grace HitchcockThe Prickly Pear Bride by Pam HillmanMarried by Mistake by Laura V. HiltonLove in Disguise by Amber StocktonWhat the Heart Sees by Liz The Second Chance Brides Collection is a collection of nine historical romances that offer new hope for love. These nine romances include:Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee BlissFanned Embers by Angela Breidenbach Daughter of Orion by Ramona K. CecilThe Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride by Pamela Griffin The Widow of St. Charles Avenue by Grace HitchcockThe Prickly Pear Bride by Pam HillmanMarried by Mistake by Laura V. HiltonLove in Disguise by Amber StocktonWhat the Heart Sees by Liz TolsmaThese romances are great! I enjoyed every one of them. They are sweet, clean and fun. Each one are only abt 40-50 pages long, making for quick reading despite the size of the book. My favorite story would have to be Pam Hillman's The Prickly Bear. Which is a great title, by the way. I would highly recommend this book! 5 plus stars
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  • Patricia Kemp Blackmon
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed all the books in this collection. Outstanding authors coming together to share a wide variety love and circumstances for couples searching for a second chance to marry while all along the Lord leads.Barbour Publishing has become one of my favorite go to publishers. for Christian historical fiction. Always feeding my appetite for a good read.
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  • Barbara Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    I seldom read short stories collection, but I found this book collection enjoyable. The storyline and characters were great in all the stories, but my favorite short story is "Married by Mistake" by Author Laura V. Hilton. All the writers are great and I would read any of their books. This is a fantastic book to read, especially if you're looking for an author to read.I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good selection of novellas and I would rate it a 4/5 stars.Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee BlissGretchen is engaged to Rolf, a Loyalist sympathizer who dies fighting in the war. Yet, she struggles with what side of the war she believes in. On the same day that Gretchen finds out her fiancé has died, she meets Jake Rowlings, a man with the Continentals hiding out in her barn trying to stay warm.-Gretchen kissing and falling in love with Jake so soon after her fiancé died seems wrong. This was a good selection of novellas and I would rate it a 4/5 stars.Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee BlissGretchen is engaged to Rolf, a Loyalist sympathizer who dies fighting in the war. Yet, she struggles with what side of the war she believes in. On the same day that Gretchen finds out her fiancé has died, she meets Jake Rowlings, a man with the Continentals hiding out in her barn trying to stay warm.-Gretchen kissing and falling in love with Jake so soon after her fiancé died seems wrong.-I found Jake entirely too full of himself. He seemed to think he single handedly would win the war.-A lot of the book seemed very unrealistic and there was too much focus on the war instead of developing real relationships between the charactersFanned Embers by Angela BreidenbachMontenegrin Lukas Filips has left his homeland and his title for the opportunities in America. He takes a job working as a mining foreman to earn enough money to support his mother and sister back home.Juliana's husband was killed by a Montenegrin and now she lives as a widow baker to earn money. She dreams of one day earning enough money to open her own bakery.-This was an interesting story that had action as well as romance. It was very well developed, especially for a novella.-I would love a continuation of this story. I would be interested in their story as well as hearing more about Lukas' mother and sister.Daughter of Orion by Ramona K. CecilWidow Matilda must make money to cover the debt her Captain father and seafaring husband have left her after they died, so she poses as a cabin boy where she meets Tom a harpooner.Matilda has vowed to never again give her heart to a seaman. Tom is hiding the fact that he is the reason for the death of Matilda's father and husband. Will their pasts keep them apart?-There are a lot of disgusting things that happen in whaling but I thought the author did a good job with the way she wrote about it.-I love that Matilda was so committed to bringing Tom's heart to God.The Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride by Pamela GriffinCecily plans to enter a marriage of convenience with Zeke, a boy she knew of from her hometown in Massachusetts. After her long journey to Seattle, she learns that Zeke has died.Due to the guilt that Garrett feels for the part he played in Zeke's death, he offers marriage to Cecily.Cecily thinks that Garrett would be happier married to the widow Brown who looks perfect to Cecily but makes rude comments. Garrett believes Cecily doesn't return his feelings, so he hides himself away. Will their misunderstandings ruin any chance of a happy marriage?-I like the characters, but I wish there were more interactions between Paul and Gwen. Paul and Gwen seemed to lack some personality.-The widow Brown's mention of how in love Garrett and his first wife, Linda, were was the perfect way to unnerve Cecily. The Widow of St. Charles Avenue by Grace HitchcockOn the day Colette starts to come out of mourning her late husband, Robert, she runs into Norman Hartley the former boy next door who had moved to New York when he was twenty.Robert had forbid Colette of doing charity work but after his death she decides to teach Bible class. She meets the pastor's con, Malcolm Reilly, who wants her to help teach a boy's Bible class.One man believes in her dream of building a school for the orphan boys but one doesn't. Will she make the right decision? -I'm curious as to how the boys who got to attend the school were chosen. It is obviously a huge benefit to live at the school instead of the orphanage. -The story of the ink ribbon was cute.-This novella had things that were predictable but I enjoyed the story.The Prickly Pear Bride by Pam HillmanEvelyn is the topic of town gossip when she leaves Ollie at the altar because she knows he is in love with another woman.Cole is new to town and looking to build a cattle ranch when he is called upon to help Evelyn with shepherding.-I liked the scene at the beginning of the book with how Evelyn and Cole met.-Ollie and Angie never should have allowed Evelyn to take the blame for backing out of the wedding.-I don't really understand why Evelyn is described as prickly.-I enjoyed this novella but it seemed to end abruptly.Married by Mistake by Laura V. HiltonThomas Hale has been hiding out after a girl he formally courted ruined his reputation by lying and telling everyone he was a spy and had an improper relationship with a maid. He lives in seclusion until he meets Bessie O'Hara. Archie notices his best friend's interest in Bessie so he arranges a "pretend" wedding for an advertising campaign that turns out to be real.-The courting period and falling in love after the wedding was rushed and skipped over.-Since they were already married, I understand Thomas and Bessie respecting their parents but getting their permission didn't make sense to me. -Even after the marriage, Bessie seems to think she would have been happy with any random husband she had handed to her.-I enjoyed the plot and the beginning of the story but didn't like it as well at the rushed parts.Love in Disguise by Amber StocktonAnna St. Claire leaves her life in New York to move to Breckenridge, Colorado in order to escape living in her sister's shadow.Trevor leaves his business life in New York and moves to Colorado to live as a cowboy.Anna had feelings for Trevor in the past but he never noticed her, so when he meets her in Colorado, Anna hides who she really is from him. As a highly eligible bachelor, Trevor is overcome by numerous women he has no interest in. Anna agrees to pretend to be courting him in order to fend off the other women.-I found it unusual that Trevor would ask someone he thought was a stranger to fake a courtship with him as soon as he meets her. -Anna having her picture in the paper and the description written about her also seemed odd.-I have lots of questions about their future and wonder how their relationship issues would have been resolved without the fire happening.What the Heart Sees by Liz TolsmaMiriam Bradford spent a summer with her mother in Germany where she met and courted Paul Albrecht. Five years later they meet again when Paul is a German POW in Miriam's American hometown.-Miriam convincing Paul to break the rules and leave the camp was wrong. She seemed to do it because she was bored and wanted to have an adventure.-I really like that the preacher is holding services for the POWs and is really concerned with their spiritual health regardless of the town's opinion on the matter.-The author makes good use of the passage of time to advance the story along.-A lot of times I like reading more lighthearted novels and this wasn't one. However, I really enjoyed it. It was interesting and made you think.-I haven't read a lot of stories from this time period and am not a fan of war stories but this was really well done. I received an ARC but the opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    The Second Chance Brides Collection Lovers of historical romance will certainly find something to enjoy in this set of nine stories that span from the Revolutionary War to World War 2. Men and women are given a second chance at love while growing their faith. In the first story, Love in the Crossfire, Gretchen’s fiancé left for war and never returned. She lives with her father and they try to survive while keeping their small farm running. When Jake, from the enemy’s army, arrives and hides in The Second Chance Brides Collection Lovers of historical romance will certainly find something to enjoy in this set of nine stories that span from the Revolutionary War to World War 2. Men and women are given a second chance at love while growing their faith. In the first story, Love in the Crossfire, Gretchen’s fiancé left for war and never returned. She lives with her father and they try to survive while keeping their small farm running. When Jake, from the enemy’s army, arrives and hides in their barn, Gretchen must choose what is best for her. Is it the war her fiancé fought and died for or is it new independence and freedom from Britain? And how will Jake fit into her choices? The next story is Daughter of Orion. Matilda disguises herself as a cabin boy on a ship in order to make enough money to pay off her father’s debts when he is killed in a whaling accident. The work is grueling and exhausting, but she is determined. She meets Tom, a handsome harpooner; she has to remember that he thinks she is a boy, all the while fighting her growing feelings for him. When a storm comes upon them, they must fight for their lives and each other. In The Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride, Cecily travels with her young sister all the way to Washington Territory where she is to marry a young man she once knew. However, upon arrival, she finds that he has been killed in a work accident. Unable to find work and unsure what to do, she accepts a proposal from Garret, who worked with her betrothed. The marriage is to be in name only, until they are comfortable together. Can they intertwine their two lives and become a marriage of love? The Prickly Pear Bride was my favorite of the stories. In it, Evelyn is a Shepherdess, helping her grandfather with his sheep. She is known all over town as the lady who left her groom at the altar. However, she didn’t leave him there because she was prickly; she left him so he could find true happiness with the one he actually loved. When Cole rides into town to start a cattle ranch, he saves her and the sheep from an overflowing creek. Can he also save her from her reputation and herself? The Widow of St. Charles Avenue is about Colette, a young woman who married a man out of obligation. When he passes and she finds herself out in society again, she discovers many men are just interested in her wealthy late husband’s inheritance. When she starts helping Malcolm teach young boys at an orphanage, she finds her heart stolen by the boys and maybe even by Malcolm. In Married By Mistake, Thomas and Bessie pose for photographs for a friend who wants to open his home up as a resort. In the photos, they are to be getting married. What they don’t know though, is that it isn’t just a photo shoot; it is a real wedding. What happens next? Do they stay married, get an annulment, or even worse, a divorce? This funny story will lighten your heart as you watch them find true happiness together. In Fanned Embers, Juliana works hard as a baker to save enough money to get away from the railroad camp where she lived with her late husband. She is constantly besieged with requests for her hand from the rough miners. When Lukas offers to help keep the would-be suitors at bay by pretending to be in a relationship with her, she accepts his offer. However, as they get to know each other, can their relationship move past the pretend phase? And when a fire breaks out and takes over much of the mountain where they live and work, can they survive and find their happy ending? From a Distance tells the story of Trevor and Anna, two people who once knew each other, although Trevor doesn’t remember Anna. She chooses to keep their past affiliation a secret because she is afraid he may not want to see her anymore if he knows the truth. Trevor finds himself falling for her, but when he discovers the truth, he isn’t sure he can trust her. Can the two of them find their way back to each other for the third time? Finally, in What the Heart Sees, Miriam and Paul must find a way to be together. Five years prior, they met and fell in love in Germany when she was there with her mother. Now, World War 2 is happening and Paul is a POW in her home town. But, prejudice and anger at the Germans makes it seem almost impossible for them to follow their hearts and find what they once had. Her father, especially, is against the idea. When meeting in secret causes them both to get into trouble, will they ever find their way back to each other? I really enjoyed these stories. They were fun and lighthearted and easy to read. If you enjoy history and romance, you will find a smile on the pages of this book. I received a free copy of this story from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
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  • Oluwatosin
    January 1, 1970
    A delightful read. Some stories where full of adventure, others had a slower pace but each story had something of value. Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee Bliss, it was interesting to see read about the war that led to america becoming a country.Fanned Embers by Angela Breidenbach was one of the adventurous ones and what stood out for me was not prejudging people before getting to know them.Daughter of Orion by Ramona K. Cecil was an interesting read as one got a glimpse of what whaling was abou A delightful read. Some stories where full of adventure, others had a slower pace but each story had something of value. Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee Bliss, it was interesting to see read about the war that led to america becoming a country.Fanned Embers by Angela Breidenbach was one of the adventurous ones and what stood out for me was not prejudging people before getting to know them.Daughter of Orion by Ramona K. Cecil was an interesting read as one got a glimpse of what whaling was about.The Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride by Pamela Griffin was a personal favourite, there was just so much I loved about it but the heroines strength, her will to survive and take care of her sister despite the circumstances she was in, was very commendable.The Widow of St. Charles Avenue by Grace Hitchcock was lovely as one often thinks of how they can help in society and despite the lack of support from family and friends the heroine did what she felt was right and did what she could to help even though it wasn't everybody, she played her part.The Prickly Pear Bride by Pam Hillman another interesting read. The heroines strength, despite all the town had to say about her and her insistence on helping her grandfather was admirable.Married by Mistake by Laura V. Hilton had some very interesting circumstances but I liked the clear message of the gospel near the end.Love in Disguise by Amber Stockton was a very sweet story and I was glad that everything worked out well in the end.What the Heart Sees by Liz Tolsma was a very powerful read. The message was clear that what is important is in the heart, not the persons skin colour, not their race but what is in the Heart.All in all a lovely book with uplifting, inspiring, adventurous and powerful stories.Thanks to Barbour Publishing and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    This sweet collection of short stories about second chances for nine women set in history from 1776-1944 was a fun pool side read. Each story moves quickly and at first I felt rushed to get to know the characters and didn't like that things moved so unrealistically fast. Do people really fall in love so quickly? Is that real love or just initial attraction? But I supposed that's the nature of short stories. Once I put that into consideration I enjoyed each story more. I really liked that I could This sweet collection of short stories about second chances for nine women set in history from 1776-1944 was a fun pool side read. Each story moves quickly and at first I felt rushed to get to know the characters and didn't like that things moved so unrealistically fast. Do people really fall in love so quickly? Is that real love or just initial attraction? But I supposed that's the nature of short stories. Once I put that into consideration I enjoyed each story more. I really liked that I could start a story and not feel like I had to devote whole night to it. I could read just one and get to bed, or read a few pool side while the kids swam. I like that the stories were about love and second chances, but also about faith. Both the hope and strength it gives people. Each of these stories is a clean read. Death is mentioned in some of the stories, there is some kissing.Admittedly I liked some more than others. My favorites were The Widow of St. Charles Street, Fanned Embers, and From a Distance. Would I read it again? YesWould I recommend it to adults? YesClean read about love, romance, death, faith. I received this book from NetGalley. I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.Full review HERE
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.It's been awhile since I read short stories. I'm much more of a novel reader, mostly because I like there to be plenty of room for the characters to grow and fall in love. Unfortunately, several of the stories in this book were constrained by the length. I liked all of the plots of the stories, and the characters were almost all appealing, but I felt that as a whole, most of the stories didn't have enough room to real I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.It's been awhile since I read short stories. I'm much more of a novel reader, mostly because I like there to be plenty of room for the characters to grow and fall in love. Unfortunately, several of the stories in this book were constrained by the length. I liked all of the plots of the stories, and the characters were almost all appealing, but I felt that as a whole, most of the stories didn't have enough room to really tell the story. I wanted so much more, and before I knew it the story would end with a tied up, pat, happily-ever-after. The writers were all very talented, and I'd be very interested in reading their other work. My favorite story was "What the Heart Sees" by Liz Tolsma. It helped that the heroine and hero had been in love in the past, and the story focused mostly on the trials in the present to get them together. It's not all negative, though. As I said, the writers are all talented, and the plots were all very interesting. I guess in the end I wanted more than short stories. Others may love them much more than I did.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Barbour Books is the most prolific publisher of novella anthologies, and this is another one of their quality collections. These olios are best for reading during rainy afternoons or when the reader has a spare hour. These brides may be a little older, long in the tooth, and a bit more weathered by life. They may be widowed, or jilted, or have lost a fiance through death. Some of the novellas take place during or after one of the wars the US has been involved in. Some of the men are needing wive Barbour Books is the most prolific publisher of novella anthologies, and this is another one of their quality collections. These olios are best for reading during rainy afternoons or when the reader has a spare hour. These brides may be a little older, long in the tooth, and a bit more weathered by life. They may be widowed, or jilted, or have lost a fiance through death. Some of the novellas take place during or after one of the wars the US has been involved in. Some of the men are needing wives because they have children, or an inheritance to claim, or for some other reason. Some of the men just see a vulnerable woman and step in to take care of her and end up falling in love. The authors of these tales are quality writers who have written for Barbour before. The settings are as varied as the authors who write the stories. Post World War I, post Civil War, post Revolutionary War, the eras are as vast as the settings and characters. This is a five star collection, two thumbs up, and a second chance.My thanks to Barbour Books for allowing me to read and review this book
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  • Bree
    January 1, 1970
    How can a romance reader not love this collection? It is the best collection yet. I really enjoyed the stories from Angela Breidenbach with her amazing historical setting in Montana/ Idaho I was instantly reminded of the beauty for heart and soul in this part of the country. Pam Hillman gave another perspective of Montana and I thought she designed a character that was very unique, not usually used. Overall, a great collection and reminder that we all get second chances when we least expect them How can a romance reader not love this collection? It is the best collection yet. I really enjoyed the stories from Angela Breidenbach with her amazing historical setting in Montana/ Idaho I was instantly reminded of the beauty for heart and soul in this part of the country. Pam Hillman gave another perspective of Montana and I thought she designed a character that was very unique, not usually used. Overall, a great collection and reminder that we all get second chances when we least expect them.I was provided a copy of this book, I voluntarily chose to review the book. These are strictly my personal thoughts. Review: https://bibliophile.reviews/book-revi...
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    The Second Chance Brides CollectionBy: Lauralee Bliss, Angela Breidenbach, Ramona K. Cecil, Pamela Griffin , Pam Hillman, Laura V. Hilton, Grace Hitchcock, Amber Stockton, Liz TolsmaThis Collection is of nine Historical Romances that offer New Hope for Love. There are nine different authors and nine different stories . This is some sweet stories of a second chance finding love. I enjoyed this collection. I especially enjoyed Laura V Hilton and Angela Breidenbach stories. Any of these can be read The Second Chance Brides CollectionBy: Lauralee Bliss, Angela Breidenbach, Ramona K. Cecil, Pamela Griffin , Pam Hillman, Laura V. Hilton, Grace Hitchcock, Amber Stockton, Liz TolsmaThis Collection is of nine Historical Romances that offer New Hope for Love. There are nine different authors and nine different stories . This is some sweet stories of a second chance finding love. I enjoyed this collection. I especially enjoyed Laura V Hilton and Angela Breidenbach stories. Any of these can be read as a stand-a-lone with out any problems. These are short stories so you can read one then come back later and read more or keep reading. These women find themselves getting a second chance at love.I was given a complimentary book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    Women who have lost at love and think they are doomed to be alone forever receive a second chance at love in this sweet novella collection. From 1777 to 1944, romance flares and flames ignite for nine lonely women. I really enjoy novella collections as they are quick reads. I like being able to finish each novella in a short period of time. They are great for busy readers. I also love historical fiction and this book will satisfy lovers of romance and historical fiction. I am rating this novella Women who have lost at love and think they are doomed to be alone forever receive a second chance at love in this sweet novella collection. From 1777 to 1944, romance flares and flames ignite for nine lonely women. I really enjoy novella collections as they are quick reads. I like being able to finish each novella in a short period of time. They are great for busy readers. I also love historical fiction and this book will satisfy lovers of romance and historical fiction. I am rating this novella collection 4 stars and highly recommend it to readers. I received an ebook of this novella collection from netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously fantastic group of stories! Each so different from each other and no much hope and love! Unique story lines, very interesting plots, well developed characters... read this collection all the way through. They didn't dissapoint!
  • Melissa Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet stories of a second chance at finding love. Each author brings a special story to the collection. I enjoyed reading this collection. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and the authors and this is my personal honest opinion.
  • Continent78yahoo.Com
    January 1, 1970
    I loved these short novellas. Each one is set in an unique time in history. I enjoy learning about history and each authour's story captivated my attention from the beginning.
  • Grace Hitchcock
    January 1, 1970
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