First Love Forever Romance Collection
A first love is never easily forgotten...and coming face to face with that person again can be awkward when the heartstrings are still holding on to the “what ifs.” In settings from 1865 to 1910, nine couples are thrown back on the same path by life’s changes and challenges. A neighbor returns from law school. An heiress seeks a quick marriage. A soldier’s homecoming is painful. A family needs help. A prodigal son returns. A rogue aeronaut drops from the sky. A runaway bridegroom comes home. A letter for aid is sent. A doctor needs a nurse. Can love rekindle despite the separation of time and space?  

First Love Forever Romance Collection Details

TitleFirst Love Forever Romance Collection
Author
ReleaseApr 1st, 2018
PublisherBarbour Books
ISBN-139781683225485
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Romance

First Love Forever Romance Collection Review

  • Joanna Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    I am not the target audience for these stories, but I did try to be objective. I averaged my scores and ended up just shy of 2.5 Stars, which I think is reasonable for a collection of short story romances, averaging less than 50 pages per story. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Story by story specific reviews are below:First Things First By Susanne Dietze, 1.5 stars: This is a second-chance story, where the h&h are reunited after 5 years of separation. I am I am not the target audience for these stories, but I did try to be objective. I averaged my scores and ended up just shy of 2.5 Stars, which I think is reasonable for a collection of short story romances, averaging less than 50 pages per story. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Story by story specific reviews are below:First Things First By Susanne Dietze, 1.5 stars: This is a second-chance story, where the h&h are reunited after 5 years of separation. I am not sure that I bought into the reason for separation and them staying apart for so long, that aside it was a cute enough story that I am sure would appeal to those who like inspirational romance stories. This was very short, but there were MAJOR issues with the subplot, which involved missing three dozen head of cattle. This was set in 1870's Texas, aka the Wild West. Trusting God for answers does not mean "don't use your head and don't investigate." Stealing cattle means stealing food and cutting your chance of survival. Any man, regardless of their faith, would not be resting until the problem was solved, rather than unearthing the truth by pure happenstance.A Most Reluctant Bride By Cynthia Hickey, 2.5 Stars: This was a friends-to-lovers trope, sort of second chance, after some time apart. I believed in their separation more than the first because she was only 14 then, and he saw her as a child. I thought this one felt more true to time. I still had some “yeah right” moments, but they were primarily reserved to relatively minor details. There was definitely much more common sense here. For example, when a fox is stealing eggs from the coop, the heroine grabs a gun to get the fox. That led to a moment best forgotten, but at least her actions made sense. Weeping Willow By Marcia Gruver, 3.25 Stars: I am not sure if I am just starting to get into these, but each seems to be better than the last story. This story took place over a series of years that basically covered the American Civil War. The writing was strong, and the dialogue seemed period appropriate, along with the research. For the time it spanned and the heavy themes that were covered in it, it worked much better than expected in the novella format. Still, it would have been much better as a grand, sweeping sort of novel.His Anchor By Carrie Fancett Pagels, 2.5 Stars. The locale is what interested me the most, having visited Mackinac Island before and it’s recognizable buildings, such as the Grand Hotel. The romance was not very well developed, but I did feel for Sadie, who was in desperate straights. She had some real-life struggles that made her relatable.After the Ball By Martha Rogers, 2.25 Stars. Another OK short story. This one takes place in the 1900s, not sure of exact year. There are cars in it. I didn’t find it particularly compelling. This had conflicting worlds between Dallas and ranch about an hours drive from it. In the city, there was the oil business and snooty society. The conflict and resolution did not have much to it.Lighter Than Air By Lorna Seilstad, 2.75 Stars. This was the type of story I was expecting when I realized I was reading a group of short stories of Christian Historical Romances. This was a second chance story with the reason for their separation being his disbelief in God. Six years later he’s seen the light and they can trust in each other. He is a meteorologist and she is the principal of a girl’s school. It was sweet and contained and did what it could in 50ish pages. In Due Season By Connie Stevens, 3 Stars. This one was a little weird for me because it took place very near where I grew up. It was a fictional town, but it was set in actual counties, and there appeared to be real research put into it. Not that the others haven’t had it, but I was a bit surprised at the the last names used being common in this area. There was a plot hole with what the future holds and not much time spent with the main couple together, but I thought their reactions seemed genuine. Not sure I appreciate the reason driving them apart in the first place, but it was a decent story for 50ish pages.Heartfelt Echoes By Jennifer Uhlarik, 2 Stars. I had problems with the plot, which was quite holey, and the reasons that kept them apart, needing a second chance. Both MCs are deaf. They both have issues with parents who have been selfish and are repenting. I am not sure if this would bother people that are reading this for the Christian parts, but I thought it ironic for the father to say he’d quit drinking if God brought his son back just once. I guess my thoughts are if you’re going to make a deal with God, you need to start delivering on your end first. In other words, just stop drinking. Oh yeah, at least we are told he stops, but I always have issues when alcoholism is treated so simply. Ultimately, this one felt the least resolved thus far.Prescription for Love By Erica Vetsch, 2.5 Stars. This one featured a doctor and nurse pairing that was another second chance story. I thought it was interesting with regards to the setting, but it definitely needed more pages for the story. I liked the hero quite a bit.
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  • Melissa Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Sweet stories of love lost and found. Each author brings a very different love story that captures the heart and shows how love is discovered in various ways. I enjoyed these stories. I received a copy of this book from the authors and publisher and this is my personal and honest opinion.
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  • Babs
    January 1, 1970
    First Things First by Susanne DietzeGeorgie is at the courthouse with her father as one of their neighbors is suing him. Non other than her first love Ward is the neighbors lawyer. Nothing like coming back to town to start your own Lawyer’s office and run into Georgie first hand.Ward starts coming around Georgie more but the town still thinks he is of the low life caliber due to his alcoholic parents. When his mother has embarrassed him enough will she change her ways? Will he and Georgie come b First Things First by Susanne DietzeGeorgie is at the courthouse with her father as one of their neighbors is suing him. Non other than her first love Ward is the neighbors lawyer. Nothing like coming back to town to start your own Lawyer’s office and run into Georgie first hand.Ward starts coming around Georgie more but the town still thinks he is of the low life caliber due to his alcoholic parents. When his mother has embarrassed him enough will she change her ways? Will he and Georgie come back together.These characters were great I love how Georgie is really independent and Ward stands his ground a little but scared at times of the future. I look forward to reading more by Susanne Dietze A Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia HickeyMaggie is about to lose the farm her father worked so hard to keep going. He has now passed and her mother wants to move back to Boston. Zach has learned of this and came up with a business proposal. They marry for Maggie to keep the farm and Zach to finally have a ranch he has been longing for. He really adores Maggie but at times she is unsure and wanders why he really married her. Could it really be fore love?Maggie and Zach are great together. The banter is funny at times and her mom well, I didn’t care her much as the way she treated Maggie and wanted to leave. But that made the story. I really enjoyed it. Weeping Willow by Marcia GruverWillow has loved Julian since she was 9 years old and defended her from the other boys. Even though she is 17 he still thinks of her as a child but yet he knows she is pretty. Julian decides to join the war as he is apposed to slavery but he does fight for the South. He asks for Willow to write and one they do. One day he comes back and is hurt and decides to come home to get better. While there he and Willow get close. He is ready to head back and ask her to wait. Her other best fiend joins the war efforts as well and now both men are gone.Julian is missing and they think he is dead. Willow fights her mom to wait and wait but then decides she better marry her best friend if Julian is never coming home. Will it be too late for real love?I like this story the most I think as the author brings out some issues the slaves had at that time. Some family did treat their slaves like family and not “slaves.” While others were awful. We see a family split apart and Willow trying to bring them back together. I am looking forward to reading more by this author. His Anchor by Carrie Fancett PagelsSadie has been trying to take care of her mother and siblings while her father is off doing god knows what. They struggle and she hopes the man she has been dating for a while is about to propose but he has other ideas. She just wants to get away from the way they live. Robert her best friends uncle comes to her aid and saves her from ruin by her so called boyfriend.Fast forward several years…With her father missing and her mothers death she has to work in a pup to try and make enough to put money on the table. She has no clue Robert has returned after all these years. She quits after the owner of the pup doesn’t pay her and uses the wages to pay her father’s debt. Robert helps the family as she is trying to find their father. Will she let Robert keep helping and love her and will she find her father?A lovely story of second chances and forgiveness. Sadie has it rough and all she cares about is finding love and talking care of her siblings. The plot was great and the characters were well developed.  After the Ball by Martha RogersChase helps his father in Dallas most of the year with the oil business. For two months during the summer he goes to his grandfather’s ranch which he lovers. He has been doing this for years and would love to take over. He would also love to make Susannah, the foreman’s daughter, his wife. Susannah would love for Chase to stay at the ranch for good but she knows he will never leave his father’s business. She is happy to see them and they have a few fun times together but she thinks there can be nothing more. She is not as good as the ladies he has been seen which in Dallas.When Chase ask her to the ball in Dallas she says she will go but can she make it through the night?These two characters were great and Chase’s grandparents where run to read about.  Lighter Than Air by Lorna SeilstadTitus falls from his hot air balloon right into Ella’s boarding school yard. She is shocked when she finds out it is him. She doesn’t want him anywhere near her. After he can get up and move a bit he goes to see Ella and they talk about where he will stay and he seems to think she still likes him. He saves the house from a fire and they give him a dinner which was fun to read as he went against the “normal rules of eating” and used the wrong fork, picked things up with his hands etc to annoy Ella which it worked.He also saved everyone from a Tornado that came through. The more he does the more Ella is finding it hard to stick to her own rules.Can these two work things out before he gets the balloon fixed and leaves?Will Opal’s mom come back and find the Titus still at the school?Loved all these characters and what was best is Ella loving Jane Austen it was nice to see some references in this story. There are some things readers will learn from the weather to ballooning. A great read. In Due Season by Connie StevensLeah is a bit shocked that her dad is remarrying but her father wants to send her to School of Pharmacy so she can take over the business. She would gladly like to go and try to forget the man who left her 15 years ago.Gareth has been going from job to job until he met Orsen Dansby and now works for him. He heard that his mother or the same name as his mother was at a hospital in town. He had to go see for himself after all these years of her leaving. His father passed a little bit ago and got the letter asking him to go back to Whitley and take up the land and home or sell it. When he sees Leah again he asks her to listen to the reason he left. Will she listen or keep being the spinster in town?Gareth and Leah were great and the way he took care of his mother and told her about Jesus and read the Bible really touched a cord. A lovely read that anyone would love. Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer UhlarikTravis was called to Virginia City by Millie’s mother saying they needed him. Millie is deaf just like Travis but she can’t read lips like he can. She is tripped by a boy coming out of he mercantile with some medicine for her mom and cuts her had. No one understands here even the men that work for her step father. When she sees Travis she is horrified as she is now different from the surgery she had to get her hearing better. It left her scared. Travis didn’t want her back when and she knows he doesn’t want her now after the horrid look on face when he saw her.Will Millie let Travis look after her and help her if something happens to her mom? Or will there be more sinister things going on?I liked this story because of the twists and turns it had. I won’t spoil the story but you will be on the edge of your seat on this one. Characters were great and plot really good. Prescription for Love by Erica VestchNatalie has gotten yellow fever and still trying to recover when she is told that she has to stay behind and be a nurse to a physician the needs help. She is hoping in change everyone’s mind but for now will go help.Phin has gotten the mobile unit ready to go to the poorest part of town. He is ready to help these people who are scared to come to the hospital. When he hears Natalie’s voice he turns in shock but mask his face from any emotions. She left him and picked missionary work over him 5 years ago he is over her.Yellow Fever breaks out and they both work around the clock as more and more cases come to light. Can these two come together and work things out and will Phin’s brother succumb to the fever?I adored these two and the back ground of the Yellow Fever as interesting to read. The love these two share and the compassion is priceless. A wonderful feel good read.I voluntarily read this book thanks to NetGalley.
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    What’s better than another fabulous romance collection from Barbour Publishing? How about one that’s full of stories of one of my favorite romance threads? Second chances at first love.There are nine (yep, you read that right, NINE) novellas in the First Love Forever Romance Collection. And yes, I could review all nine, but we’d be here a while so instead, I’ll highlight a few of my favorites.“A Most Reluctant Bride” by Cynthia Hickey was probably my favorite out of the nine (but it was a very c What’s better than another fabulous romance collection from Barbour Publishing? How about one that’s full of stories of one of my favorite romance threads? Second chances at first love.There are nine (yep, you read that right, NINE) novellas in the First Love Forever Romance Collection. And yes, I could review all nine, but we’d be here a while so instead, I’ll highlight a few of my favorites.“A Most Reluctant Bride” by Cynthia Hickey was probably my favorite out of the nine (but it was a very close race between three of these stories for that top spot. In this story, Maggie Spoonmore marries a man she had a major crush on as a girl. As Maggie and Zach spend their days together as a married couple, her feelings return. Unfortunately, Zach only married her for the ranch. Maggie and Zach are great together. Zach respects and understands where Maggie’s talents lie (which is not in the running of the house) and wants her by his side.Jennifer Uhlarik takes a bit of a different approach with a hearing-impaired hero and heroine in “Heartfelt Echoes.” A misunderstanding has kept distance between these two but when Millie’s mother sends for Travis McCaffrey, he wastes no time in coming to Millie’s rescue. But she’s not the same girl he remembers from school and something sinister is going on at her home.Appropriately titled “First Things First,” as Susanne Dietz’s novella is the first in the collection, when Ward Harper returns to town, Georgie Bridge is both shocked and dismayed. Shocked because Ward is back, dismayed because he’s representing a man in a case against her father. With plenty of brothers and one of them in trouble, the Bridge’s turn to Ward for assistance. Can Ward crawl out of the shadows of his parents and be the man Georgie deserves?That’s only a third of the stories in this collection. Each novella is on the longer side but still the right amount to kick back and finish in in one evening. It may introduce you to a new author and it could even re-introduce you to some characters you’ve seen before (as is the case with the stories from Carrie Fancett Pagels and Erica Vetsch).Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    These novella collections are wonderful for busy days, vacations and just anytime you want to have a good read. Contributions by wonderful Christian authors make them even more special. You can pick it up to read one story, lay it down and come back another day to catch up with another author.*My thanks to Barbour Publishing for a copy of this book. I was not expected to leave a review and all opinions are my own.
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  • Crystal Caudill
    January 1, 1970
    What I loved: I particularly loved Heartfelt Echoes, Lighter than Air, and After the Ball. Each story had its own merit, and who doesn't love with those first crushes become long-lasting relationships that hold through the test of time.Favorite Character: I really loved Travis and Millie from Jennifer Uhlarik's story Heartfelt Echoes. The obstacles they overcome and the relationship they share makes my heart swoon.Who would like this:  Anyone who likes quick historical romance reads. Each story What I loved: I particularly loved Heartfelt Echoes, Lighter than Air, and After the Ball. Each story had its own merit, and who doesn't love with those first crushes become long-lasting relationships that hold through the test of time.Favorite Character: I really loved Travis and Millie from Jennifer Uhlarik's story Heartfelt Echoes. The obstacles they overcome and the relationship they share makes my heart swoon.Who would like this:  Anyone who likes quick historical romance reads. Each story took me a little over an hour to read, which made the weeks when I didn't have time for a full-on book at least bearable. Rating and Why: I gave this a three-and-a-half star rating because while I did really enjoy several of the stories, there were also two that I really just did not enjoy at all. And in a rare exception, I completely skimmed one and never read the whole story. With all collections, you have a mix of writing styles and skill levels, but this one had more than I am accustomed to as far as did not appeal to me.  Reading is completely subjective so you may disagree once you dive in. I do still recommend it, if only for the few mentioned in What I Love. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher/author. I was in no way required to leave a review, and the above review is my honest opinion.
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  • Regina
    January 1, 1970
    First Love ForeverIs a wonderful collection written by nine talented authors! Interwoven within these pages you will find faith, hope, reconciliation, love and a circle that connects these stories is, family.First Things First by Susanne DietzeGeorgie and Ward grew up together, she thought their futures would be forever. But Ward left. He returns five years later. This story is full of twists and turns. There are a lot of lessons included. Susie writes Texas style. A great story with a big heart First Love ForeverIs a wonderful collection written by nine talented authors! Interwoven within these pages you will find faith, hope, reconciliation, love and a circle that connects these stories is, family.First Things First by Susanne DietzeGeorgie and Ward grew up together, she thought their futures would be forever. But Ward left. He returns five years later. This story is full of twists and turns. There are a lot of lessons included. Susie writes Texas style. A great story with a big heart! A Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia HickeyMaggie is a determined and spit-fired young lady. She stands firm on what her mama plans. But Zach returns. Zach and Maggie marry.... its business only. One thing leads to another, by the end things there maybe...Weeping Willow by Marcia GruverThis story begins when they are all children. Over a span of years, they grow and mature. The biggest part of this story set backdropped in the Civil War.His Anchor by Carrie Fancett PagelsThis story of Robert and Sadie was beautiful! But Sadie had to go through hurdles to finally see that Robert loves only her. I loved the sweet ending, a true princess and her prince moment. It was great to catch up on the Christy's and Ben and Maude, including Mrs. Fox. One thing I truly appreciated was the dance Laura and her wheelchair bound husband did. Carrie, this is a story I would love to read about!!After the Ball by Martha RogersChase and Susanna reunite each summer for two months. This time is different. As the summer heats up so do their feelings. With all the goings on of a ranch, a ball is in order. It is a Cinderella ending!Lighter Than Air by Lorna SeilstadAfter six years of not seeing Zach, he crashes in the school's backyard. Ellie and Zach have some hurdles to jump in order to get their relationship soaring again.In Due Season by Connie StevensLeah has been called many things when her fiancé ditches her at the altar. After 15 years Garth comes back to town. Can Leah trust her heart to him again?Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer UhlarikTravis is urgently called to Victoria and Millie's home. Victoria has one wish for Travis...to take care of her daughter. As the story unfolds, there is deception and action. Travis and Millie endure some hoops to get to the altar.Prescription fur Love by Erica VestchNatalie chose Panama over marriage. She is forced to go back to the states because of yellow fever. Since she is recovering she isn’t allowed to return. Nate spent five years as a doctor in New Orleans. Nate and Natalie have an epidemic on their hands. As they work together, those feelings from years ago start springing up like daisies.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, a couple of favorite authors bring lovely stories to life with engaging plots, fleshed out characters, and vivid scenery. Dietze and Pagels routinely contribute to these collections and I was pleased with the charm and charisma of their novellas. All of the stories in this collection have a solid faith theme and are enjoyable. I think fans of historical fiction will be happy to while away a few hours immersed in First Love Forever Romance Collection. I was provided an electronic copy Once again, a couple of favorite authors bring lovely stories to life with engaging plots, fleshed out characters, and vivid scenery. Dietze and Pagels routinely contribute to these collections and I was pleased with the charm and charisma of their novellas. All of the stories in this collection have a solid faith theme and are enjoyable. I think fans of historical fiction will be happy to while away a few hours immersed in First Love Forever Romance Collection. I was provided an electronic copy of the book by the publisher through Netgalley with no expectation of a positive review. No compensation has been received.
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  • Crystal Brothers
    January 1, 1970
    I normally am not a huge fan of these types of stories (where the couple was together and then comes back after many years), but the ones I've read so far in this collection have been great. I especially loved the first story. Coming from a past of having an abusive alcoholic dad and being judged from that, I could really relate to the hero of this story. I loved seeing this romance come together.
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  • Julia Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    First Love Forever Romance Collection is a delightful mix of nine stories set from 1858-1905. They are all unique and totally wonderful. They are united by themes of second chances, restoration, trust and the love of a Father whose timing is always perfect. A really charming collection. I could not pick a favourite as they were all delightful.First Things First by Susanne Dietz is delightful. It is about second chances, the love of a family, trust and having correct priorities. "Choose to trust First Love Forever Romance Collection is a delightful mix of nine stories set from 1858-1905. They are all unique and totally wonderful. They are united by themes of second chances, restoration, trust and the love of a Father whose timing is always perfect. A really charming collection. I could not pick a favourite as they were all delightful.First Things First by Susanne Dietz is delightful. It is about second chances, the love of a family, trust and having correct priorities. "Choose to trust God rather than fight Him." We need to surrender our lives to God and trust Him with our loved ones. "And you can handle it better than God can?" Do not pick up burdens you were never meant to carry. God needs to be first in our lives, everything will then slot into place. The story also shows we are not destined to repeat the sins of our parents and cannot be held responsible for them. A sweet and wise read.A Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia Hickey is a delightful tale about dreams, hard work, trust and God. The heroine is very modern and feisty. She knows what she wants and pursues it. There is a beautiful bond between her and her horse. This story is amusing at times and warms the reader's heart.Weeping Willow by Marcia Gruver is a wonderful story about love, loss, loyalty and hope. Set during the American Civil War it has its focus on the cruelty of slavery that divided the north and south. The forward thinking, big hearted heroine realises that slavery is wrong. "One day they would all share heaven." We are all equal. Her love for her childhood servants is huge. She realises that the old order of things is wrong. "Just because things have always been this way doesn't make it right." She lives with love and hope in her heart. My favourite quote was "She up and ran off with Jesus." A heart warming tale.His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels is a most delightful romance, very reminiscent of a Cinderella rags to riches story. There is a wonderful, warm family atmosphere. Being a big fan of all Carrie Fancett Pagels novels, it was wonderful to have familiar faces pop up from other books. The story is about love and caring for family. The reader is reminded of the command to take care of the widows and orphans. A mysterious benefactor brings a smile to the reader's face. Positively wonderful.After The Ball by Martha Rogers is a wonderful light romance about knowing and following your heart and being true to yourself. It warns against the dangers of malicious gossip. The novel is about treasures. We need to decide where our heart and our treasure lie. Do we put our trust, hopes and dreams into money? Or people? A positively delightful read.Lighter Than Air by Lorna Seilstad is a real heart warming story. Set in 1900 the world is changing as new discoveries are being made. Teaching is important. "What we teach... could change the world." Science opens up minds and new possibilities. It is an age to be brave. We need to surrender to God's plans. "Safe doesn't make you lean on God. It makes you lean on yourself." God has far more planned for us than we could ever dream or imagine. There is a time for playing safe and a time for taking a risk for God. Such a wonderful read.In Due Season by Connie Stevens is a story about loss, regret, second chances and forgiveness. The story shows how no one is ever out of reach of God's love. There is the free gift of grace for all who wish to receive Him. Life is too short for regrets. We need to keep the past in the past and live in the present. Family is important, so is building bridges. God's timing in all things is perfect. A sweet read.Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik is a great story about second chances, New creations, love and sacrifice. We all have scars. Some are visible, others not. Our scars do not define us. It is who we are in Jesus that matters. The story surrounds two characters who are deaf but that does not hold them back. This is a story of suspense that will have you on the edge of your seat. A wonderful and entertaining read.Prescription For Love by Erica Vestch is a delightful story exploring dreams, callings and missions. We all have dreams but we must not put pressure on others to fulfil our dreams. That is a burden they were not meant to carry. Our mission field may be overseas or it may be our own neighbourhoods. Wherever we are is our mission field. Modern medicine and new methods were used to fight old diseases. Hospitals were springing up but poor immigrants viewed them with suspicion. The story surrounds an outbreak of yellow fever in New Orleans. It shows how education, kindness and working together were needed to beat the illness. "Sometimes you have to trust others to do what you can't." It is also a story of restoration. A delightful read.I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
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  • Rebekah
    January 1, 1970
    Another very nice collection from Barbour Puplishing. This one featuring first loves, the guy or gal that they first fell in love with. Sometimes it was the one who got away or a childhood crush, but were worth the wait. My favorite stories were Lighter Than Air by Lorna Seilstad about a hot air balloonist and a school principal and Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik about a deaf couple which had the added bonus of being a follow up story to one of my favorite stories from a previous collectio Another very nice collection from Barbour Puplishing. This one featuring first loves, the guy or gal that they first fell in love with. Sometimes it was the one who got away or a childhood crush, but were worth the wait. My favorite stories were Lighter Than Air by Lorna Seilstad about a hot air balloonist and a school principal and Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik about a deaf couple which had the added bonus of being a follow up story to one of my favorite stories from a previous collection The Courageous Bride Collection. Nice stories and an interesting spin, ranging a wide variety of time spans and places. Only draw back for me was with so much separation, the reason for couples that really loved each other to be apart for as long as 15 years, was too often a dumb misunderstanding. Some were things like war, and that is realistic but just assumptions and letting someone you deeply love go because you won't for example talk to them was frustrating. I am also finding that the stories are cut a little short even for short stories in that as soon as you find out the couple is going to end up together the story ends... but often that when the romance just started and conflict ended. I know they are going to end up together but I want to read about their romance! Still great short stories with endearing characters. Prescription for Love in New Orleans during a Yellow Fever outbreak was a particularly interesting one too that deserves favorible mention.
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  • Betti
    January 1, 1970
    Nine lovely stories about first love.South Texas 1877. Georgie is fighting God, her mother and those around her for control of her life. Can she possibly learn to trust Ward again, after all those accusations or will she have to marry who her mother wants her to?Arkansas 1880. Maggie would rather be in the barn, breaking horses and whatever else as long as she doesn't have to stay in the house. Will all be lost now that daddy has died or can she once again find love with Zach and bring the the r Nine lovely stories about first love.South Texas 1877. Georgie is fighting God, her mother and those around her for control of her life. Can she possibly learn to trust Ward again, after all those accusations or will she have to marry who her mother wants her to?Arkansas 1880. Maggie would rather be in the barn, breaking horses and whatever else as long as she doesn't have to stay in the house. Will all be lost now that daddy has died or can she once again find love with Zach and bring the the ranch back to its former glory?Virginia 1858. Willow has grown up on a plantation with slaves meeting her every need or want. Enter the idea that these people might have feelings just like she does, and the doubt begins. Julian and his family don't believe in slavery, and yet he is willing to fight against the north beside his neighbors. When he goes missing in action, will Willow be obligated to marry for second best?Mackinac Island 1894. Sadie feels like she has loved Robert forever. How can someone who is well known and respected, knowing many important people ever consider her anything other than a friend? After all, she is nobody!Dallas, Texas. Chase wants to be a rancher, with all the hard work, the glorious sunrises and sunsets and the fresh air. Is he destined to work with his father in oil production or will he be able to follow his dream and marry his first love, Susannah?Missouri 1900. Ella is the headmistress of an exclusive girls boarding school, a position she trained for and works very hard at. Love didn't fit in before and certainly won't now, even if her first love literally drops out of the sky onto the school grounds.Kansas 1901. As the town spinster, Leah is not interested in hearing anything about love and certainly not about Gareth, the man who left her at the altar 15 years earlier. Will pharmacy school be in her future?Nevada 1875. ASL or American Sign Language was something new and not familiar to most people. Reading lips was certainly the best way to understand what people were saying to you, something Travis had perfected over the years. Millie, on the other hand, had never learned this skill and as a result had a hard time communicating with others. Could they possibly discover why Millie's mother was dying and once again find the love they used to share?Louisiana 1905. Natalie was told from childhood that she was to follow her father's dream and become a missionary to Panama. Thinking mission work was something she could only do in Panama she left her first love behind, only to return home with yellow fever five years later. Was God about to change her understanding of mission work and give her love as well?I received this collection from NetGalley with no expectation of a positive review.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    9 beautifully written second chance love stories. Each one touched my heart. Each novella features a couple that were first loves. Time and circumstance separated them, sometimes for many years. It was nice to see how they were reunited and how they dealt with their shared past. One man literally falls out of the sky, right on to the school property where his first love is principal. There is a lot of drama and suspense in a few of these stories as well. I think this collection will appeal to an 9 beautifully written second chance love stories. Each one touched my heart. Each novella features a couple that were first loves. Time and circumstance separated them, sometimes for many years. It was nice to see how they were reunited and how they dealt with their shared past. One man literally falls out of the sky, right on to the school property where his first love is principal. There is a lot of drama and suspense in a few of these stories as well. I think this collection will appeal to anyone who loves clean, historical, love stories. I highly recommend this book!
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    First Love Forever Romance Collection: 9 Historical Romances Where First Loves are RekindledI enjoy reading Christian historical fiction novellas, and the era the authors’ write about. I always learn something of our history, so they are, in effect, an enjoyable “history lesson”. Each novella is as unique as the 9 gifted writers in this collection and spans the years of 1865-1910. The story-lines are a little different than the mail-order brides novellas, (which I also enjoy), in that the heroin First Love Forever Romance Collection: 9 Historical Romances Where First Loves are RekindledI enjoy reading Christian historical fiction novellas, and the era the authors’ write about. I always learn something of our history, so they are, in effect, an enjoyable “history lesson”. Each novella is as unique as the 9 gifted writers in this collection and spans the years of 1865-1910. The story-lines are a little different than the mail-order brides novellas, (which I also enjoy), in that the heroine and hero knew each other sometime in their past and lost contact for whatever reason or were estranged. Now, they have been brought “back together” through life's circumstances and changes. Not always a pleasant experience at first...there are challenges to overcome, hurt feelings to resolve, reconciliations, learn to trust...each other as well as God and His plans for them and forgiveness that must take place in each heart before they can renew their friendship and possibly find love. 1...First Things First by Susanne Dietze 1877, South Texas…Georgie Bridge certainly got a surprise when her first love, Ward Harper, now a lawyer, returns to town after being gone for some years. That was surprise enough but to have him as the opposing counsel against her father, that was an even bigger surprise. I wasn’t too sure about Ward as a lawyer at first but he soon showed his worth in many ways...not saying how. Georgie is an independent woman who I really liked and wanted to see her and Ward together, but things did not look like that would ever happen. There are other surprises in the story that I was happy to see. A cute story about second chances, love of family, trust and putting first-things-first...priorities. 2...A Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia Hickey1880, Ozark foothill ranch…Maggie Spoomore is grieving after the death of her father. Zach Colton, her father’s former foreman, and Maggie marry...however, Maggie is not sure why Zach married her...was it for her inheritance or does he truly love her? I really like Maggie and Zach and their interactions as they learned to live as husband and wife. There was a certain person that I wanted to tell Maggie to be wary of as they were up to no good. They face some challenges on the ranch and in their personal lives. A cute story about dreams, working hard, trust and faith. 3...Weeping Willow by Marcia GruverMay 1861, Port Royal, Virginia…Willow Bates and Julian Finney are long time childhood friends but Willow longs for Julian to see her as more than a “friend”. The country is on the verge of Civil War and Julian decides to enlist. When Julian goes missing and is presumed dead, will Willow give in to her mother’s pleading and marry another or will she wait for him to return? Slavery and the treatment of slaves is touched on and Willow’s heart for all people….slave or free. A touching story of heartaches, loss and sorrow, loyalty and hope, faith and love. 4...His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels1894, Mackinac Island, Michigan…Sadie Duvall is one of my favorite characters in this novella. She does not have an easy time of it as her father has left her siblings in her care, for how long she does not know….nor does she know where he is or if he plans on returning. She longs for things to be different and for love. Her boyfriend is not all he appears to be...or who she hopes him to be...but she soon learns his true character. Will she ever find someone to love her? Robert Swaine is another favorite character. As a ship’s captain he has been away from Mackinac Island for long stretches at a time. There seems to be a mystery of some sort as to why he stays away. He returns at the right moment to save Sadie from a bad situation...whew, I am glad he showed up when he did! I like the interaction between Sadie and Robert as they figure out exactly where their relationship is headed...if anywhere. But there are challenges they both face and need to overcome. Sadie is an overcomer and a strong woman, stronger than she thinks she is. Robert is an honorable man of integrity and strength.I enjoyed the author’s notes at the beginning of the story giving some information about the history of Mackinac Island and Lake Michigan, etc. It also explains the relationship between this novella, His Anchor, and the author’s book, My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring…great book! I like that some of the characters from Maude’s Mooring appear in His Anchor...especially young Jack! A heartwarming story of second chances, forgiveness, love of family and caring for them, hope, faith and love. I appreciate the elements of faith woven within the story-line and characters lives. 5...After the Ball by Martha Rogers1910, Dallas, Texas…Oil man Chase Thornton would rather be a cowboy on his grandfather’s ranch than in a big city office behind closed doors. Can he convince his father that is where his heart is? In addition to the ranch, his heart is set on Susannah King, who is not one of the many “high-society ladies” his mother has chosen for him. Will he go against his mother’s wishes and marry the woman he loves or give in and marry someone of his mother’s choosing? Susannah is not so sure Chase will ever leave the big city behind and stay on the ranch for good. So, she sets her heart to be content with the few months each summer he works on his grandfather’s ranch. But as her love grows, will her heart be broken if he decides he really prefers the city to the ranch…and her? I really like Susannah and Chase as a couple and hoped they could work things out. A cute story of knowing and following your heart, hope, faith and love. 6...Lighter Than Air by Lorna Seilstad1900, St. Louis, Missouri…Ella Mason is the headmistress of an exclusive girls boarding school, and propriety must be maintained at all times. Even when a hot air balloon comes crashing onto the grounds of the school property...along with a man she loved long ago. What a shock that must have been to her heart. I could hear the young girls snickering in the background, as young girls are wont to do. What a surprise Titus Knott received when his hot air balloon crashed and the woman who stole his heart all those years ago stands before him. Will they work out their differences of the past as he repairs his balloon or does she still see him as “all hot air”? Will Titus and Ella allow God to show them the path He has for them? We are in the flight path of hot air balloons and often see them fly over my house, sometimes so low I can see the people in the balloons and wave to them. So, I enjoy reading stories with hot air balloons like this one. 7...In Due Season by Connie Stevens1901, Whitley, Kansas…I enjoyed Leah Brown and Gareth Shepherd’s story. Leah has accepted her role as spinster...I am not sure she likes it, but she has come to terms with it. Then Gareth waltzes back into her life...the man who jilted her. Well now, she has a choice to make, can she forgive him? And what of Gareth, why does he come back now and what does he expect? A cute story of loss and regret, second chances, choices, forgiveness, hope, love and faith. 8...Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik1875, Virginia City, Nevada…I enjoyed this story for various reasons. I like that the heroine and hero both are overcomers despite their deafness. Millie Gordon and Travis McCaffrey are favorite characters in this novella. I like the spunk, bravery and faith that Millie shows in the face of harsh circumstances at home. I love that Travis comes running to her rescue when he receives an urgent letter saying she is in danger. I did not care for his estranged father at first but as the story develops I see a change in him and find that I like him after all. This change shows the power of God’s love and Grace in ones life turned over to Him. I like the way communication between Millie and Travis; their families, friends and businesses was shown (this is before ASL...American Sign Language...is widely used) and the difficulty and challenges they faced. I took several years of ASL, had a childhood friend who was deaf and have family members who are deaf or hard of hearing, so I was drawn to this story. A heartwarming story with second chances, new beginnings, life turned over to God and His leading, sacrifice and love. 9...Prescription for Love by Erica Vestch1905, New Orleans, Louisiana...I enjoyed Natalie Morrison and Dr. Phineas Mackenzie’s story. I can imagine the surprise for both Natalie and Phin when they realize they would be working together. But as professionals, they put their past aside...as much as they can...during working hours caring for the sick. However, after hours they had to deal with the hurtful past and the resurfaced feelings swirling around. When an epidemic hits they soon loose themselves combating yellow fever. Can they keep it from spreading? What of their future...is there one for them? What plans, mission field does God have for Natalie? Will she head His calling on her life? As a retired RN, I enjoy reading about the medical field of the early 1800-1900’s and the treatments of illnesses and epidemics. A fun story dealing with forgiveness, hopes and dreams, missions and callings on ones life, restoration, love and faith.~I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author/NetGalley (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
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  • Wilani Wahl
    January 1, 1970
    The first story is First Things First by Susanne Dietze. This story grabbed my attention from the very start. Georgie Bridge loved Ward Harper. He left for five years and she she thought she would never see him again. Then life throws a curve. Ward returns to town as a lawyer opposing her father. Would they get together. You will have to read the book to find out. I loved everything thing about this story.The second is a Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia Hickey. This was another great story that h The first story is First Things First by Susanne Dietze. This story grabbed my attention from the very start. Georgie Bridge loved Ward Harper. He left for five years and she she thought she would never see him again. Then life throws a curve. Ward returns to town as a lawyer opposing her father. Would they get together. You will have to read the book to find out. I loved everything thing about this story.The second is a Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia Hickey. This was another great story that had me from the beginning. Maggie and Zach Colton marry to protect her reputation and each thought it was just a marriage of convenience, but could there be true love for both. I fell in love with these characters.The third is Weeping Willow by Marcia Gruver. This story takes place during the Civil War, This was a good story as well. It was well written.The fourth is His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels. This was another story that had my attention from the very start. This one takes place on Mackinac Island, Michigan in 1894. I loved these characters. This story also takes place around the time of another book by Carrie Pagels. My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island. The two stories work great side by side. I loved this one so much. I knew the writing would be great. The characters are well developed.The fifth is After the Ball by Martha Rogers. It was a fun story. Based on a young man deciding if he wanted to be a wealthy oil man or a rancher. I fell in love with these characters.The sixth is Lighter Than Air by Lorna Seilstad. This one has to do do with a hot air balloon and a boarding school. It is well writtenThe seventh is In Due Season by Connie Stevens. A great story of forgiveness.The eighth is Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik, This story takes place in Virginia City, Nevada. It is also a wonderful story.The last is Prescription for Love by Erica Vetsch. Another great story. This one about a doctor and nurse getting a second chance at Love.
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  • Nicole Normand
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy from NetGalley; this is my honest review #NetGalley 4.25 starsI noticed from most if not all the stories that they are part of a series on its own or the MC were part of another collection.1. First Things First ***: Too much written prayers when the thought would have sufficed. It's a mix of Romeo & Juliet, Cowboy Outlaws and Contemporary Romance. Not too much drama.2. A Most Reluctant Bride ****: Great strangers to lovers story (w/o the sex). Descriptions of every day life I received a copy from NetGalley; this is my honest review #NetGalley 4.25 starsI noticed from most if not all the stories that they are part of a series on its own or the MC were part of another collection.1. First Things First ***: Too much written prayers when the thought would have sufficed. It's a mix of Romeo & Juliet, Cowboy Outlaws and Contemporary Romance. Not too much drama.2. A Most Reluctant Bride ****: Great strangers to lovers story (w/o the sex). Descriptions of every day life on a ranch. Fun read. You know they pray but it's not all written down.3. Weeping Willow *****: The author has such a way of describing everything from the gray streaks of the clouds to the thumping one's shoes. If someone ever doubted that slaves have feeling too, this story should put it to right. No prayers or sermons but you KNEW they believed. Poignant, emotional, but sometimes predictable.4. His Anchor *****: Such a lovely story. The perfect example of a forbidden love.5. After the Ball ****: Predictable. Cowgirl vs. Socialite image from the h was getting old. The prayers are always "offered up", never written down.6. Lighter Than Air *****: Prayers are offered and breathed. Nothing more. Verses and quotes kept at their shortest. Touching and sweet with a surprising end. Good work.7. In Due Season ***: Fifteen years and you still haven't found it in your heart to forgive? And yet, like an hypocrite, you go to church every Sunday!!! Lots and lots of sermons and prayers. Such a waste of pages. "as aimless as a dandelion" -> the author could've chosen another flower since a woman in the story was named as such and the reference wasn't aiming to that woman.8. Heartfelt Echoes ****: It started slow and (very) predictable but I liked how it got to the end will all the small surprises.9. Prescription for Love *****: Mostly a story about the yellow fever pandemic in New Orleans and the doctor/nurse duo who worked through it. Well written.
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  • Joyful
    January 1, 1970
    This delightful read of 9 historical romances was so good that I could not put the book down. I love second chance romances.In First Things First, Georgia mourns when her first love and neighbor, Ward, leaves town to study law, but then he comes back as opposing counselor in a case against her dad. Will their love be rekindled? In A Most Reluctant Bride, Maggie marries her dad’s former foreman, Zach to salvage her reputation. Did he marry her for love or for her ranch that she had inherited? In This delightful read of 9 historical romances was so good that I could not put the book down. I love second chance romances.In First Things First, Georgia mourns when her first love and neighbor, Ward, leaves town to study law, but then he comes back as opposing counselor in a case against her dad. Will their love be rekindled? In A Most Reluctant Bride, Maggie marries her dad’s former foreman, Zach to salvage her reputation. Did he marry her for love or for her ranch that she had inherited? In Weeping Willow, Willow’s childhood crush and defender, Julian, returns home from war a broken man in need of rescue. Can Willow rescue Julian?In His Anchor, Robert, a ship Captain returns to Mackinac Island where his first love, Sadie, struggles to care for her siblings. Will he stay on the Island he swore to leave forever?In After The Ball, a wealthy oil man, Chase, yearns for the life of a cowboy and Susannah, his first love. Can Susannah trust Chase to leave the city and stay at the ranch with her?In Lighter Than Air, Titus crashes his hot air ballon behind Ella’s boarding school. Can Titus convince Ella that what he says is not just hot air?In Due Season, Leah is the town spinster who was jilted by Garth. When he comes back into her life unexpectedly, can she forgive him?In Heartfelt Echos, Travis, who is deaf, must turn to his estranged dad when a short urgent letter mentions his former love, Millie. Can he rescue her?In Prescription For Love, the last person Dr. McKenzie wants for his new nurse is his former fiancee, Natalie. When an epidemic hits, will he realize that Natalie has come back at the perfect time?I was given an ARC to read. It is my choose to review this book.
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  • Sandra
    January 1, 1970
    I found this to be another great collection of short stories from Barbour Publishing. As the publishers tell us in the description, this is a collection of nine love stories of first loves rekindled. Your first love, as well as your first kiss is not easily forgotten. The stories all take place from the late 1800's through 1910. If you are familiar with any of the nine featured authors, you know you are in for an exciting experience. Each novella contained a strong female character from various I found this to be another great collection of short stories from Barbour Publishing. As the publishers tell us in the description, this is a collection of nine love stories of first loves rekindled. Your first love, as well as your first kiss is not easily forgotten. The stories all take place from the late 1800's through 1910. If you are familiar with any of the nine featured authors, you know you are in for an exciting experience. Each novella contained a strong female character from various backgrounds, many very humble beginnings. Each heroine has her own obstacle and dilemma she must deal with or overcome. The authors all add their unique style of writing which adds variances to the novellas. I enjoyed the historical factor and the faith based theme throughout each story. One of my favorites would be Weeping Willow by Marcia Gruver. A story about the American Civil War and a plantation in Virginia. It covered a longer time period than some of the other stories. It also was a very difficult time in history. Marcia's writing and characters were all very strong. It was evident in the writing that a lot of research was done covering this time period. You may like some stories better than others as I did. But I recommend this collections of Historical Romances. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley, Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Debbie Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful stories to warm the heart.Nine authors. Nine stories. What better way to introduce yourself to new-to-you authors than to read a novella written by them? These collections are wonderfully written by some very talented authors. I knew I wanted to read these stories just from looking at the cover. Who doesn't like a good love story? I've only just begun to dig into the wonders of this collection. I can tell you that what I've read so far has grabbed me big time. I always begin these coll Wonderful stories to warm the heart.Nine authors. Nine stories. What better way to introduce yourself to new-to-you authors than to read a novella written by them? These collections are wonderfully written by some very talented authors. I knew I wanted to read these stories just from looking at the cover. Who doesn't like a good love story? I've only just begun to dig into the wonders of this collection. I can tell you that what I've read so far has grabbed me big time. I always begin these collections by reading the story written by the author who introduced me to the book. His Anchor written by Carrie Fancett Pagels was like returning home to a place that touched my heart. As always, the characters are so real and very memorable. If you've read Carrie's book My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring, you will recognize some familiar characters. Sadie's story is fun, exciting and tugs on the heart strings. I cannot wait to finish reading the other stories in this collection. I was given a copy of this book by the author and was under no obligation to give a positive review.
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  • Romantic Intentions Quarterly
    January 1, 1970
    Filled with prayers, piety and passions most pure, this lengthy anthology offers up a mixed bag of variously placed romances throughout American history. Best of the nine novellas included here – this collection is certainly value for money – is the Civil War-set "Weeping Willow" by Marcia Gruver, which shows us a Southern belle confronting her own self-delusions about slavery, and the man who opens her eyes, and it’s hard not to fall for Millie and Travis in Jennifer Uhlarik’s "Heartfelt Echoes Filled with prayers, piety and passions most pure, this lengthy anthology offers up a mixed bag of variously placed romances throughout American history. Best of the nine novellas included here – this collection is certainly value for money – is the Civil War-set "Weeping Willow" by Marcia Gruver, which shows us a Southern belle confronting her own self-delusions about slavery, and the man who opens her eyes, and it’s hard not to fall for Millie and Travis in Jennifer Uhlarik’s "Heartfelt Echoes," a deaf couple in 1875 who eventually find their way back to each other after many a misunderstanding. Also of note is "In Due Season" by Connie Stevens, which is among the more frustrating, infuriating tales of betrayal and undeserved mercy this reviewer has ever read. Forgiveness may be divine, but "In Due Season" takes it way, way too far. -- Rachel HylandThis review appeared in Romantic Intentions Quarterly #1.
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  • Lillian
    January 1, 1970
    This is a compilation of nine stories from fictional women who lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s and how they were able to be reunited with their first loves. Despite the overarching romance theme in the collection, it was refreshing to read about the diverse circumstances in which all nine female characters hailed from humble backgrounds to those who were more educated and held teaching positions and even physical disabilities. The women in these stories possess strong characters and did This is a compilation of nine stories from fictional women who lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s and how they were able to be reunited with their first loves. Despite the overarching romance theme in the collection, it was refreshing to read about the diverse circumstances in which all nine female characters hailed from humble backgrounds to those who were more educated and held teaching positions and even physical disabilities. The women in these stories possess strong characters and did not let their situations overwhelm despite knowing that their rights were limited.Nonetheless, it was a bit disappointed that there were no people of colour in the stories expect in one story where there only mentioned as household slaves during the American Civil War era.This would be a great book to cuddle with in the cooler months or when you need a pick me up and a flicker of hope that true love can exist.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    First Love Forever Romance Collection is a collection of nine historical romance stories where first loves are rekindled. This collection includes the following stories: First Things First by Susanne DietzeA Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia HickeyWeeping Willow by Marcia GruverHis Anchor by Carrie Fancett PagelsAfter the Ball by Martha RogersLighter Than Air by Lorna SeilstadIn Due Season by Connie StevensHeartfelt Echoes by Jennifer UhlarikPrescription for Love by Erica Vetsch I enjoyed every on First Love Forever Romance Collection is a collection of nine historical romance stories where first loves are rekindled. This collection includes the following stories: First Things First by Susanne DietzeA Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia HickeyWeeping Willow by Marcia GruverHis Anchor by Carrie Fancett PagelsAfter the Ball by Martha RogersLighter Than Air by Lorna SeilstadIn Due Season by Connie StevensHeartfelt Echoes by Jennifer UhlarikPrescription for Love by Erica Vetsch I enjoyed every one of the stories. My favorite ones would have to be Carrie Fancett Pagels‘ His Anchor and Erica Vetsch‘s Prescription for Love. 5 stars
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  • Diana Montgomery
    January 1, 1970
    Wonderful book of 9 great novellas by 9 wonderful authors. I think we can all remember our first love. How special it was. I don't think we ever forget that and so much more a treasure when you end up marrying him. (I did) Holding on to old feelings hoping someday just maybe you will be together. These stories are settings from 1861 - 1910. Where 9 couples meet again. Through different challenges can love rekindle despite time and space? Will he become their anchor? I really enjoy these 9 author Wonderful book of 9 great novellas by 9 wonderful authors. I think we can all remember our first love. How special it was. I don't think we ever forget that and so much more a treasure when you end up marrying him. (I did) Holding on to old feelings hoping someday just maybe you will be together. These stories are settings from 1861 - 1910. Where 9 couples meet again. Through different challenges can love rekindle despite time and space? Will he become their anchor? I really enjoy these 9 authors and their sweet romances. Susanne Dietze, Cynthia Hickey, Marcia Gruver, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Martha Rogers, Lorna Seilstad, Connie Stevens, Jennifer Uhlarik and Erica Vetsch.
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  • Lisa Phillips
    January 1, 1970
    This collection is about first loves that didn't work out and are getting a second chance. Each story has a the history of each couple and the reasons they separated. It gives you hope for each one as you read their stories . These couples each have gone through a lot to be where they are. Each story is a short story but they are all touching and have a lot packed into them. I enjoy short stories like these when I have a busy schedule. I hope if you choose to read this book enjoy these stories o This collection is about first loves that didn't work out and are getting a second chance. Each story has a the history of each couple and the reasons they separated. It gives you hope for each one as you read their stories . These couples each have gone through a lot to be where they are. Each story is a short story but they are all touching and have a lot packed into them. I enjoy short stories like these when I have a busy schedule. I hope if you choose to read this book enjoy these stories of these couples as they work their way back to each others hearts. This book was given to me as a ARC. The opinions and review are my own.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Great book!This is the perfect collection of novellas to read at the close of the day. Each story was captivating in different ways. I especially liked that some of the stories were extensions of previous works that I have read or an introduction to an authors work. I encourage anyone that likes sweet but meaningful fiction to read this book. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did.
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  • Deanna Stevens
    January 1, 1970
    What is sweeter than a first love? Finding them again and still feeling it! I liked that this collection covered men and women. I enjoyed this selection of love stories and the diversity of this collection.I was gifted a copy by one of the authors and NetGalley, my honest opinion and review is voluntary…
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    I loved each one of the books in this collection. All were well written. The characters were engaging. The love stories were full of ups and downs, per real life. Highly recommend this collection.I received an advance copy from netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of nine novellas about first loves rekindled. Wonderful stories of faith, family, hope, courage, strength and love. The authors weave God's wondrous words and love along with lessons about trusting God while navigating through trials and tribulations. These stories are a good reminder that if we wait upon the Lord, He will provide for us. Patience is a hard thing for many of us. We try to hurry things along when God is telling us to wait and trust Him.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of novellas! Each story was sweet and unique in it's own right, some bringing laughter, some bringing tears, all with the connecting thread of being first loves.
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