Serving Up Love
Bestselling novelist Tracie Peterson joins Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano in this collection of four novellas, each featuring a Harvey Girl heroine. From Kansas to Texas, the Grand Canyon to New Mexico, the stories cross the country with tales of sweet romance and entertaining history.In Karen Witemeyer's "More Than a Pretty Face," a young woman works her hardest to escape poor choices from her youth. Tracie Peterson offers "A Flood of Love," where reuniting with an old flame after more than a decade offers unexpected results. Regina Jennings's "Intrigue a la Mode" delights with a tale of a young woman determined to help support her family, despite warnings of danger nearby. And Jen Turano's "Grand Encounters" heads to the Grand Canyon with a tale of a society belle intent on finding a new life for herself.

Serving Up Love Details

TitleServing Up Love
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 5th, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Novella, Fiction

Serving Up Love Review

  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    Y'ALL.Y'ALL.Y'ALL.Every one of my dreams has come true with this novella collection! LOOK. AT. THIS. LINEUP. And they brought it with this collection. Each story was so good. I loved them so much. ***A Flood of Love (Tracie Peterson)"Returning home to New Mexico for the first time in years to fill in at the Harvey House, Gretchen Gottsacker is sure the past is behind her. But nothing can be that simple. When the man she loved long ago steps back into her life--with a daughter, no less--will she Y'ALL.Y'ALL.Y'ALL.Every one of my dreams has come true with this novella collection! LOOK. AT. THIS. LINEUP. 😍😍😍And they brought it with this collection. Each story was so good. I loved them so much. ***A Flood of Love (Tracie Peterson)"Returning home to New Mexico for the first time in years to fill in at the Harvey House, Gretchen Gottsacker is sure the past is behind her. But nothing can be that simple. When the man she loved long ago steps back into her life--with a daughter, no less--will she ever be the same?"This story was so cute! I loved the character arcs. There was a lot of growth even in the short length of the story.I love when the "childhood/teenage sweetheart" troupe is used. There was already so much history, but Tracie did a great job giving us the inside scoop, without having information overload. The little girl was the BEST! She was a doll, and I loved her!4/5 stars.***More Than a Pretty Face (Karen Witemeyer)"Rosalind Kemp becomes a Harvey Girl, clinging to the promise of one day transferring even farther west, someplace her youthful indiscretion won't catch up to her. But the past is hard to escape, and when the worst occurs, will anyone stand up for her?"I feel like I've been waiting forever and a day for this story, even though its only been a few months. 😜I don't know what all I can say other than "I loved it!" I loved the characters, and I loved the chemistry between them all, main and side characters a like. 😍😍I loved being able to get to know Rosalind a little better, and I loved how strong she was. The romance pairing was perfect, they really worked well together. 5/5 stars.***Intrigue a la Mode (Regina Jennings)"When Willow Kentworth is warned that strange things are happening in the railyard after dark, she never intends to get involved. That is, until a handsome new employee at the Harvey House--who has secrets of his own--needs her assistance."Regina just writes the best novellas! She always sucks you in and gives this perfectly constructed story in less than 150 pages. 😍 This one was no different. It honestly might've been my favorite of the collection.This story had a very "undercover boss" feel to it, but like amped up 92.8%. AND I LOVED IT! The mystery, intrigue plot was so well done! I loved the "secret Pinkerton", and I really hope she get her own story one day! The characters in this story were great, and I just really really loved it.5/5 stars.***A Grand Encounter (Jen Turano)"After her fiancé abandons her, Miss Myrtle Schermerhorn flees New York's pity for a position at the El Tovar Hotel on the rim of the Grand Canyon. She's determined to hold fast to her life of independence--but a rugged, frequent guest of the hotel makes that vow difficult to uphold." This was a really cute story! I loved the troupe that was used, and I loved Myrtle's attitude throughout the book. She grew a backbone when she left society, and she wasn't about to lose it ever again.I enjoyed the characters a lot, and really felt that the side characters kept the story moving.4/5 stars.***Overall, I loved this collection! I had so many wo derful expectations and they were all pretty much met!Though each story was a standalone, different years and states, there was a common thread of redemption and forgiveness that ran through each story. I rated the whole collection a 4.5/5 stars!*I received this book from the publisher**All opinions are my own*
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    What a great collection of historical novellas! I thoroughly enjoyed each one, finding them all to be very well-written. I feel like I have learned so much about Harvey Houses and the Harvey Girls who served in them.I truly enjoyed that each of these novellas felt very complete, with full stories that allowed me to connect with the characters and the situations that they were going through. The love stories were each unique and fit the style of the individual authors, yet had the continuing What a great collection of historical novellas! I thoroughly enjoyed each one, finding them all to be very well-written. I feel like I have learned so much about Harvey Houses and the Harvey Girls who served in them.I truly enjoyed that each of these novellas felt very complete, with full stories that allowed me to connect with the characters and the situations that they were going through. The love stories were each unique and fit the style of the individual authors, yet had the continuing theme of a Harvey House setting. I enjoyed this novella collection so much!I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • MJSH
    January 1, 1970
    What a great collection of historical novellas written by some of my absolute favorite authors in the genre! And I learned quite a bit about the Harvey Houses and the women working there who made the restaurants notable. All four novellas are masterfully crafted and have beautifully developed characters and plots that make them feel like full-length novels. If you enjoy historical novellas, you will be delighted with this collection. The author Tracie Peterson will fascinate you with historical What a great collection of historical novellas written by some of my absolute favorite authors in the genre! And I learned quite a bit about the Harvey Houses and the women working there who made the restaurants notable. All four novellas are masterfully crafted and have beautifully developed characters and plots that make them feel like full-length novels. If you enjoy historical novellas, you will be delighted with this collection. The author Tracie Peterson will fascinate you with historical details from 1929 New Mexico; Karen Witemeyer will touch your heart with unconditional love that extends grace and mercy in 1902 Texas; Regina Jennings will captivate you with intrigue and charm in 1898 Kansas; and Jen Turano will have you laughing out loud and sighing with happy anticipation in 1908 Arizona. You will not be able to put the book down once you start it!I received a copy of the book from Bethany House and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5stars" I know you mentioned you've sworn off gentleman forever, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and - need I say - Delicious is here again . . . "And just like that, all the vestiges of a broken engagement and subsequent pity disappear, as Mrytle Schermerhorn heads over to her section of the El Tovar Hotel restaurant to take Mr. Daggert's order. His usual formality seems in jeopardy with his younger brother in tow, for Mrytle discovers that the handsome businessman has been talking more about her, than 3.5stars" I know you mentioned you've sworn off gentleman forever, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and - need I say - Delicious is here again . . . "And just like that, all the vestiges of a broken engagement and subsequent pity disappear, as Mrytle Schermerhorn heads over to her section of the El Tovar Hotel restaurant to take Mr. Daggert's order. His usual formality seems in jeopardy with his younger brother in tow, for Mrytle discovers that the handsome businessman has been talking more about her, than actually to her. - "Grand Encounters" by Jen TuranoAll four of these delightful little tales feature Harvey Girls; hard-working young women who serve their customers with excellence, while trying very hard to keep their hearts as starched as their aprons; but as we all know, the best of intentions can go astray when the right man gets off the train.
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  • Kelly Goshorn
    January 1, 1970
    I tend to be a bit hard on novellas. Often times, the plots are too grand and the author is left to tie up all the loose ends too quickly for my satisfaction. Happily, that is not the case for Serving Up Love which earns five stars across the board. Each novella was filled with just the right amount of captivating characters and swoon-worthy heroes mixed with a dash of adventure to leave this historical romance junkie’s heart satiated.As a big history lovin’ nerd girl, I was tickled pink to I tend to be a bit hard on novellas. Often times, the plots are too grand and the author is left to tie up all the loose ends too quickly for my satisfaction. Happily, that is not the case for Serving Up Love which earns five stars across the board. Each novella was filled with just the right amount of captivating characters and swoon-worthy heroes mixed with a dash of adventure to leave this historical romance junkie’s heart satiated.As a big history lovin’ nerd girl, I was tickled pink to learn of this novella collection centering around Harvey Girls. I’d first heard about Harvey Girls on a vacation through Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado a few years ago. Fred Harvey was an American entrepreneur who opened a series of cafes and restaurants aligned with railroad stations in the western United States. He provided high quality food in a timely manner. Train travelers new to expect great food and excellent service in any of his establishments. Harvey Girls were the women who provided that outstanding service. Each one had to be single and of impeccable character. Housing was provided above the restaurants for these women who were not allowed to fraternize with the customers, at least not in the cafes themselves. Once a woman was engaged, her employment would be terminated.There was so much to love about each of these stories — the railway setting, life as a Harvey Girl, and handsome customers just to name a few. In Peterson’s A Flood of Love, spunky child character, Katieann, captures the readers heart from the get go and not long after, Gretchen’s as well. I’d never read Tracie Peterson before but she penned a delightful story and I’ll be seeking more by this author. I loved the humor weaved into Intrigue a la Mode and Grand Encounter. Regina Jennings developed an intriguing plot involving smugglers along the railroad that kept me turning the pages. Jen Turano doesn’t disappoint readers used to the hilarious shenanigan’s of her characters and the author’s quippy dialogue like “Mr. Tall, Dark, and –need I say Delicious is here again and sitting in your section.” I just about spit out my tea! But I’d have to say it was Witemeyer’s, More Than a Pretty Face, that stole my heart. Rosalind, the heroine, is running from a mistake in her past, something we can all relate to. When it blows up BIG in her face, her sweetheart, friends, and co-workers all rally behind her, and Witemeyer weaves in a beautiful lesson about the power of forgiveness and the desire we all have to create a future not defined by past transgressions.This is a wonderfully charming novella collection from an amazing set of historical romance authors. You’ll not only be “served up love,” but plenty of faith, humor, and warm fuzzies on the side.***I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House on behalf of the authors and was under no obligation to write a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    In this novella collection, we meet four women from different walks of life who become Harvey House girls. This is a time in history that is especially fascinating to me because it's a turning point for women to pursue a career other than marriage and motherhood. I love the true story of how Fred Harvey opened up Harvey Houses all around the country, therefore providing opportunities for these women to find independence & sustain themselves financially. When I had a chance to read & In this novella collection, we meet four women from different walks of life who become Harvey House girls. This is a time in history that is especially fascinating to me because it's a turning point for women to pursue a career other than marriage and motherhood. I love the true story of how Fred Harvey opened up Harvey Houses all around the country, therefore providing opportunities for these women to find independence & sustain themselves financially. When I had a chance to read & review this book, I couldn't respond fast enough! Plus, these are written by four powerhouse historical fiction authors and knew I would enjoy each story. In A Flood of Love by Tracie Perterson we meet Gretchen Gottsacker and Dirk Martinez. They have a past history together as he left on the eve of proposing to her ten years prior when something went awry and changed both of their lives. I love second chance love stories and how God gave them both a chance to make amends, forgive, move past the pain and start over again. Dirk's daughter Katiann is such a sweet addition to the story! Her prayer for a mama was fulfilled in the most special way.In More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer we meet Rosalind Kemp and Caleb Durrington. I love the overall lesson Rosalind learns that her past doesn't define her & God willingly gives second chances. Caleb was the perfect hero for her and showed her gentle love & acceptance of who she is. In Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings we meet Willow Kentworth and Graham Buchanan. This one was fun because Jennings threw in a bit of a mystery thread to the mix along with the romance between these two! Finally in A Grand Adventure by Jen Turano we meet Myrtle Schermerhorn and Jack Daggett. I love the fact that this was set in the Grand Canyon area of Arizona—a place I hope to visit one day, I've heard it's a spectacular sight! At first Jack is the strong silent type, admiring Myrtle from afar until his younger brother Walter breaks the ice. Though Jack often blunders the romantic pursuit, he's still quite charming! They both hide secrets from one another that almost ruin it, but God works out all the kinks at the end. I also loved the double romance in this one! These were charming short love stories still packed plenty with faith, second chances, and penned by four of the best authors I could recommend to any reader! You will even find a bit of wit & humor in the most unexpected places to make you smile. *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House on behalf of the authors and was under no obligation to write a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    A Flood Of LoveI loved this sweet story of lost loves reunited. Katiann was a perfect addition to the story as a precocious little girl wanting a mama. The flood made for an exciting element and the ending was perfect. Great paced novella. More Than A Pretty Face I had been looking forward to Rosalind’s story since meeting her character in Karen’s “More Than Words Can Say” from earlier this summer. This story was a perfect happy ending for Rosalind. Caleb was such a strong hero and just what I A Flood Of LoveI loved this sweet story of lost loves reunited. Katiann was a perfect addition to the story as a precocious little girl wanting a mama. The flood made for an exciting element and the ending was perfect. Great paced novella. More Than A Pretty Face I had been looking forward to Rosalind’s story since meeting her character in Karen’s “More Than Words Can Say” from earlier this summer. This story was a perfect happy ending for Rosalind. Caleb was such a strong hero and just what I would have picked for Rosalind’s happily ever after. Intrigue A La ModeWhat a fun mystery! This story was neat since it had a mystery element, an undercover Pinkerton detective as well as another undercover player. I really liked Willow and Graham and I hope to see Calista get her own story. Fun read!Grand EncounterMy favorite story in the set! The humor in Jen’s stories never fail to deliver and that is always my favorite thing about a Jen story. This one has it in spades! The story was sweet and moved well. Jack and Myrtle are great characters and I also enjoyed Walter and Ruthann and the rest of the supporting characters. Perfect story. I received this book from one of the authors and was not not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Serving Up Love is a lively collection of stories that showcases each authors ability with well-crafted words to transport the reader to another time and place, experiencing a small bit of life as a Harvey Girl. Each novella is entertaining and informative. I learned some interesting things about Harvey Girls and felt the allure of going west to start a new life in an unknown town. I highly recommend this collection to fans of historical fiction. Laced with humor, faith and grace, Serving Up Serving Up Love is a lively collection of stories that showcases each authors ability with well-crafted words to transport the reader to another time and place, experiencing a small bit of life as a Harvey Girl. Each novella is entertaining and informative. I learned some interesting things about Harvey Girls and felt the allure of going west to start a new life in an unknown town. I highly recommend this collection to fans of historical fiction. Laced with humor, faith and grace, Serving Up Love does just that.I received a copy of the book from one of the authors. No review was required. No compensation received.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com... I loved this super fun collection of stories! The heroines were filled with just the right amount of spunk and sass, all while having the strong moral character required to work as a Harvey Girl. Each story brought it own unique flair. Somehow I had missed the Judy Garland classic movie “The Harvey Girls”, and reading this fun collection of stories has made me want to find a copy to watch. Can’t get enough of the Harvey Girls! Although I Full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com... I loved this super fun collection of stories! The heroines were filled with just the right amount of spunk and sass, all while having the strong moral character required to work as a Harvey Girl. Each story brought it own unique flair. Somehow I had missed the Judy Garland classic movie “The Harvey Girls”, and reading this fun collection of stories has made me want to find a copy to watch. Can’t get enough of the Harvey Girls! Although I have a sneaking suspension that the dynamic authors of this collection can not possibly be outdone by Judy Garland. I mean, how could a movie possibly be any better than this delightful collection from Jen Turano, Regina Jennings, Karen Witemeyer and Tracie Peterson?!I don’t want to give anything away with these stories, so I’ll just wrap it up by saying that you truly do not want to pass up the opportunity to read and enjoy this fabulous stories!(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
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  • Lynda Edwards
    January 1, 1970
    Since seeing the Judy Garland musical, I have been intrigued by the Harvey Girls. So, when a collection featuring Harvey House stories by some of my favorite authors became available, it was a given that I’d need to read it as soon as I could! A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson I enjoyed this story. While I haven’t read many books written by Tracie Peterson, after this novella, I’m thinking I may need to remedy that. I liked the characters and how multiple facets of history intersected in this Since seeing the Judy Garland musical, I have been intrigued by the Harvey Girls. So, when a collection featuring Harvey House stories by some of my favorite authors became available, it was a given that I’d need to read it as soon as I could! A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson I enjoyed this story. While I haven’t read many books written by Tracie Peterson, after this novella, I’m thinking I may need to remedy that. I liked the characters and how multiple facets of history intersected in this one short tale, the Harvey House and an historical flood, specifically. Interspersed with humor and some sweet passages, this was a great start to the collection. More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer This novella follows a secondary character from More Than Words Can Say, Rosalind, Abby's sister. Hard to read in some places because of past mistakes that make healing difficult, it is an exceptionally poignant story about forgiveness and grace, and not allowing our past to rob us of a beautiful, God-honoring future. Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings Mystery is the added ingredient in this novella, who is stealing and how they are doing it; there is also a strong thread of family bonds and protecting those we love. I enjoyed lots of the unique details about how the restaurants prepared for each train and some of the standards the staff was expected to meet. A Grand Encounter by Jen Turano As is usual for a story by Turano, I was cracking up from the beginning. From mashed potatoes that look as fetching as the Harvey Girl serving them to engagements that need some intervention, this novella entertained me all the way through. Myrtle is a rare lady who has discovered what's truly important and witnessing her standing up for her own happiness was inspiring. I recommend this collection, especially for fans of these authors and those with an interest in the Harvey Girls, though anyone who enjoys shorter historical romances will not regret picking this volume up as it contains something for everyone: heartwarming moments, mystery, humor, and historical accuracy. Despite the novella length, the characters and plots are well-developed and a great taste of these authors’ work. I received a review copy of this book from the authors and publisher but was not required to write a favorable review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    Serving up Love a Four-in-one Harvey House Brides Collection has stories by four of my favorite historical romantic comedy authors.A FLOOD OF LOVE by Tracie Peterson. Ms. Peterson always delights with her settings and characters. This story is set in San Marcial, New Mexico and is based on a real flood that happened in 1929. Gretchen and Dirk end up back in San Marcial ten years after parting. Dirk now has a precocious 9 year old daughter, Katiann, who is hard on nannies and is praying for a Serving up Love a Four-in-one Harvey House Brides Collection has stories by four of my favorite historical romantic comedy authors.A FLOOD OF LOVE by Tracie Peterson. Ms. Peterson always delights with her settings and characters. This story is set in San Marcial, New Mexico and is based on a real flood that happened in 1929. Gretchen and Dirk end up back in San Marcial ten years after parting. Dirk now has a precocious 9 year old daughter, Katiann, who is hard on nannies and is praying for a mama. Full of colorful characters of the Old West, this story is exciting and fun-filled and shows trust in God. MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE by Karen Witemeyer. Fans of Ms. Witemeyer’s More Than Words Can Say will be glad to read about Abby’s sister, Rosalind Kemp, and her time as a Harvey Girl in Gainesviile, Texas. She is content in her position until her past comes back to haunt her and threatens her new romance with Caleb Durrington, a young lawyer. Ms. Witemeyer’s signature wit melds with her always interesting story. Then she wraps it up with panache in an ending full of forgiveness. INTRIGUE A LA MODE by Regina Jennings. A mystery keeps getting more mysterious when a new busboy isn’t who he seems to be. Willow Kentworth knows something is unusual when she has to collect empty liquor bottles from the street every morning. It is puzzling since Emporia, Kansas is a dry town in 1898. Family and romance are important to Willow but so is loyalty to Harvey House. Ms. Jennings brings unique characters and an intriguing plot to this novella. GRAND ENCOUNTERS by Jen Turano- Grand Canyon, Arizona, 1908Lots of fun in this story about a society darling who becomes a Harvey Girl after being jilted. Ms. Turano has given us more madcap characters sure to tickle your funny bone, her concluding scenes are the best! These trips back in time with the Harvey Girls make for enjoyable reading by some of my favorite authors of Romantic Christian Fiction. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of one of the authors. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!Four of my favorite authors. Four Harvey Girls. Four unique heroes. Four Happily Ever Afters. Five Stars!!!!! If you are reading this, you have probably figured out that I loved this book. ~Tracie Peterson gives us a story of a love lost long ago. A second chance. And a sweet little girl that asks God for a Mama. I loved it when Katiann says. "I'm sorry Daddy. I try to obey. But you never said I couldn't climb out on the roof." ~In Karen Witemeyer's story, Rosalind is LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!Four of my favorite authors. Four Harvey Girls. Four unique heroes. Four Happily Ever Afters. Five Stars!!!!! If you are reading this, you have probably figured out that I loved this book. ~Tracie Peterson gives us a story of a love lost long ago. A second chance. And a sweet little girl that asks God for a Mama. I loved it when Katiann says. "I'm sorry Daddy. I try to obey. But you never said I couldn't climb out on the roof." ~In Karen Witemeyer's story, Rosalind is trying to outrun a mistake from her youth. My heart went out to her. She did what she had to do to help her sick father. Now that thing haunts her. I loved how Caleb loved Rosalind. I did not like Caleb's mother, not a bit. A sweet story of overcoming, forgiveness, and love.~Regina Jennings is a mystery writer! I loved the smuggling mystery along the railroad. Willow is working hard to send money back to her parents. Graham is a wealthy man posing as a busboy. I loved the way Willow and Caleb fall in love. She doesn't know who he is but tries to help him. She actually saves his life. Twice! There is a surprising Pinkerton involved too.~Jen Turano tells a most delightful story! Myrtle is unaware that Jack is smitten with her. He is unable to say more than his order to her. Thankfully, his brother comes to town. Walter has no problem speaking up, he often says too much. I loved the witty dialog. Let me say I will forever think of "fetching potatoes" every time I make mashed potatoes for the rest of my life. Myrtle finds her strength, Jack finds his voice. Together, they find love. It's not that quite simple though.*I received an early copy of this book in an author giveaway. I was not required to post a review.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I loved loved this wonderful collection of stories about the Harvey Girls!!When I seen this I knew I had to jump at the chance to read this book!! All of my favorite authors are in here!!Each story has a charm all its own and there's a little something in here for everyone! This book is a can't put down book until you've read all the stories!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend this. It's too hard to just read one story at a time! Believe me I tried! I enjoyed learning about I loved loved this wonderful collection of stories about the Harvey Girls!!When I seen this I knew I had to jump at the chance to read this book!! All of my favorite authors are in here!!Each story has a charm all its own and there's a little something in here for everyone! This book is a can't put down book until you've read all the stories!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend this. It's too hard to just read one story at a time! Believe me I tried! I enjoyed learning about Fred Harvey and his girls. I think it was a wonderful thing he created. I wish it could've lasted into the future! Just think what it would be like today! I strongly recommend this bookMy thanks to Bethany House for a complementary copy of this book. No compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    A Flood of Love: 4 starsThis story takes place in New Mexico in 1929. The story focuses on a second chance romance and involves a flood. I liked this couple.More Than a Pretty Face: 2 stars This story takes place in Texas in 1902. This story is about a bad decision and a new start. The romance wasn't what I wanted it to be. I didn't like these characters. Intrigue a la Mode: 3 starsThis story takes place in Kansas in 1898. This story has a mystery and a romance. I preferred the mystery to the A Flood of Love: 4 starsThis story takes place in New Mexico in 1929. The story focuses on a second chance romance and involves a flood. I liked this couple.More Than a Pretty Face: 2 stars This story takes place in Texas in 1902. This story is about a bad decision and a new start. The romance wasn't what I wanted it to be. I didn't like these characters. Intrigue a la Mode: 3 starsThis story takes place in Kansas in 1898. This story has a mystery and a romance. I preferred the mystery to the romance. The characters were okay. Grand Encounters: 4 starsThis story takes place in Arizona and Rhode Island in 1908. This couple was cute, and their story was sweet with some funny moments. There were some frustrating moments, though.
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  • Courtney LaShea
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of clean historical romances will adore this collection of novellas from some of the best authors of the genre. Peterson's “A Flood of Love” is packed with action and emotion, even as a brief novella. Readers are sure to enjoy Gretchen and Dirk’s story as they navigate a complicated past. In Witemeyer's "More Than a Pretty Face", Rosalind and Caleb discover if love is powerful enough to bring freedom from the past. “Intrigue a la Mode” was one of my favorites as it followed Willow and Fans of clean historical romances will adore this collection of novellas from some of the best authors of the genre. Peterson's “A Flood of Love” is packed with action and emotion, even as a brief novella. Readers are sure to enjoy Gretchen and Dirk’s story as they navigate a complicated past. In Witemeyer's "More Than a Pretty Face", Rosalind and Caleb discover if love is powerful enough to bring freedom from the past. “Intrigue a la Mode” was one of my favorites as it followed Willow and Graham into dangerous territory. There’s a touch of mystery in this particular novella by Jennings and I was anticipating every last second of it. Finally, Turano's "A Grand Encounter" was just that--a delightful and hilarious telling of awkward Jack and sweet Myrtle's story. I loved this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book via the publisher, Bethany House. All expressed opinions belong to me.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    I think this is a very sweet collection of novellas featuring Harvey Girls, young women who were very real and lived and worked in a time in our nation's history. Each novella features a young woman who has gone west to serve as Harvey Girl in a time when not many women worked outside their home. Populated with some mighty fine authors, this collection is sure to keep you entertained for many hours. Recommended.
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  • Karen Martin
    January 1, 1970
    What a sweet group of novellas! This collection is filled with amazing authors, and each has written an adorable little romance. I really enjoyed learning about the Harvey House girls throughout the decades, and especially how each had its own setting. This is a great group of stories, the romances are cute, the characters fun, and of course the shorter story-lines make for nice afternoon reads, and a series I highly recommend.
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  • Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    ..Review to come! :)
  • Jennifer K
    January 1, 1970
    This wonderful novella collection was very enjoyable. I didn’t know anything about the Harvey Girls and I appreciated how each novella gave a little more history and insight into Harvey Houses. These details added to a fuller picture of the life of a Harvey Girl and added depth to the novellas. The four authors did a superb job of creating engaging characters and gripping story lines within the short form of a novella. These enjoyable stories contained romance, humor, struggles and lessons of This wonderful novella collection was very enjoyable. I didn’t know anything about the Harvey Girls and I appreciated how each novella gave a little more history and insight into Harvey Houses. These details added to a fuller picture of the life of a Harvey Girl and added depth to the novellas. The four authors did a superb job of creating engaging characters and gripping story lines within the short form of a novella. These enjoyable stories contained romance, humor, struggles and lessons of faith. As I read, I just wanted to keep turning the pages. Each story pulled me in and with the size of the novella, I was able to finish quickly and feel satisfied. I highly recommend this enjoyable collection and I think that young adults would like it too. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    This novella collection features young women who worked at various Harvey Houses across the country, giving readers the chance to see glimpses of history in several different locations. The job of a Harvey Girl was not one I was especially familiar with, so I learned a lot as I read the different stories.A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson: Gretchen's work as Harvey House girl brings her back to her New Mexico hometown, where she comes face to face with the man who broke her heart almost a decade This novella collection features young women who worked at various Harvey Houses across the country, giving readers the chance to see glimpses of history in several different locations. The job of a Harvey Girl was not one I was especially familiar with, so I learned a lot as I read the different stories.A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson: Gretchen's work as Harvey House girl brings her back to her New Mexico hometown, where she comes face to face with the man who broke her heart almost a decade earlier. I appreciate the real history woven into the story. 3 starsMore Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer: Rosalind keeps trying to outrun one bad decision from her past, but the consequences seem never-ending. Caleb knows her as a smart, sweet, and humble Harvey Girl, but will his attraction withstand learning the truth about her? 4 starsIntrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings: Rich railroader Graham goes undercover as a busboy to try to sniff out a smuggling operation. While trying to catch the thieves, he doesn't expect to have his own heart stolen by hardworking Harvey Girl Willow. 4 starsA Grand Encounter by Jen Turano: Disappointment leads Myrtle to leave her New York Society upbringing and become a Harvey Girl in Arizona. The tall, dark, and quiet Jack falls head over heels, but her past may be the biggest obstacle in the way of their happily ever after. 2.5 starsIf you like historical fiction or learning about Harvey Girls, you would enjoy this collection. Each author's novella works as a standalone, though some are parts of other series. I received my copy of the book from one of the authors. All opinions in this review are my own.
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  • Natalie Monk
    January 1, 1970
    When Karen Witemeyer announced on her Posse Facebook group that Bethany House Publishers would be releasing a novella collection about Harvey Girls, I knew I didn’t want to miss it.I loved watching the Harvey Girls movie with Judy Garland when I was a child and remember reading several adventurous stories about these young ladies clad in black and white. In school, I loved studying about Fred Harvey and the beginning of standardized hospitality houses. Another one of my recent favorite reads When Karen Witemeyer announced on her Posse Facebook group that Bethany House Publishers would be releasing a novella collection about Harvey Girls, I knew I didn’t want to miss it.I loved watching the Harvey Girls movie with Judy Garland when I was a child and remember reading several adventurous stories about these young ladies clad in black and white. In school, I loved studying about Fred Harvey and the beginning of standardized hospitality houses. Another one of my recent favorite reads about a Harvey Girl is A Bride Sews with Love by Erica Vetsch, set during the time of the First World War. I believe Tracie Peterson has some full-length novels featuring Harvey Girls, too.The Setting:Because the time of Harvey Houses spans several decades, with establishments throughout the West, these novellas take place in four time different time periods and locations: San Marcial, NM, 1929 – Gainesville, TX, 1902 – Emporia, KS, 1989 – Grand Canyon, AZ, 1908.The Characters:Tracie Peterson's "A Flood of Love" gives us a no-nonsense heroine who has worked her way up the chain of command among the Harvey Girls. The hero is a tall, dashing railroad man of mixed Hispanic and Caucasian heritage, and his little daughter is an unforgettable personality.In "More Than a Pretty Face," I enjoyed reading about the life which Rosalind, from Karen's novel More Than Words Can Say, built for herself after she left Abby and Zach and headed west. I believe we also met the leading man, Caleb Durrington, in that novel, too, but it’s been a while, and my short-term memory isn’t the best. Caleb’s father built a legacy as a cattleman, but Caleb has followed his own calling as a western lawyer. This novella also offers a supportive cast of lovable characters, including a French chef!Regina Jennings' "Intrigue a la Mode" delights with colorful characters. Our heroine is from a large country family in Kansas, and the hero is the confident and determined son of a self-made railroad-baron. Expert dialogue and unique personalities makes these characters very hard to forget."Grand Encounters" by Jen Turano gives us a quiet-but-rugged businessman who is head-over-heels for a socialite-in-hiding who serves him lunch at the El Tovar Harvey House on the rim of the Grand Canyon. The hero's hilarious motor-mouth brother and the heroine's textured collection of friends provided plenty of giggles. I will mention the taciturn hero, who is now wealthy and well-traveled despite a country upbringing and limited education, did wax a little too flowery in speech for my suspension of disbelief to hold up very long during his conversations.The Plot:AFOL:Gretchen, the heroine, and Dirk, the hero (love those names!) are continuously brought together by his daughter who has outlasted many a nanny. Gretchen becomes her nanny and protector during a natural disaster, which brings them all closer in the end.MTAPF:Caleb is learning to forge his own path and make his own decisions out from under the pressure of his loving, but overbearing mother, who knows precisely the type of woman he should marry that would complement the godly reputation he has made for himself. He, on the other hand, has his sights set on Rosalind, who was assigned to the Harvey House close to her home, despite running from a mistake in her past for the last several years (readers of MTWCS will remember what this is).IALM:The hero investigates a dangerous smuggling operation that might be scaring off his father's railroad employees and employees of the Harvey House along that line. The heroine acts as an informant.GE:The heroine has sworn off men, until the hero begins courting her, then she worries her former affluent lifestyle will frighten him away.The Romance:AFOL:This is a reunion romance where the hero and heroine are in love, but the heroine has much to forgive. I enjoyed how the hero never hid the fact he admired and hoped to win the heroine. MTAPF:I enjoyed how this novella made more of hero and heroine’s compatibility in personality, intelligence, and faith than simple physical attraction. Though I appreciated that the novella doesn’t completely leave out the latter, which I think lent a realistic aspect to the story. Given the plot and tones of the novella, this focus on the inner person feels appropriate. I did feel there was a lack of description for the characters other than eye color and her naturally curly blond hair. Although, with novellas, wordcount has to be considered and I understand if some descriptions were left out in favor of character development.IALM:Graham and Willow, hero and heroine in this novella, were thoroughly enjoyable to read about as they interacted, going from first blush to eventually trusting one another to the point of risking their lives for the other. Graham's strength of character and his never-faltering interest in and intention to pursue the heroine wins him big rewards in the end, he just has to learn to communicate those to his lady in the midst of all the intrigue of his investigation. This story had a fun hero-in-disguise thread, which is one of my favorite tropes. Willow is diligent, prides herself in excellent work, and is loyal to her family, all core values that resonate with Graham, who shines brightest when taking charge and taking care of his lady.GE:Jack, the hero, begins the story unable to manage more than a few words to the heroine because "she makes him nervous," which created a fun meet-cute where his face ended up covered in his plate of mashed potatoes. His brother gets the conversation started between the hero and heroine, and then the relationship proceeds at whirlwind speed until secrets derail their progress toward love. The hero, once he got to talking, was open and honest with the heroine about his interest in her and other subjects they needed to discuss, which seems to be a thread of continuity for all the heroes in this connection, though it may not have been planned, and I love that. Having courage to "have the hard conversations that matter" is so admirable in a hero.The Spiritual Thread:AFOL:Prayer is mentioned and the heroine prays when seeking direction about a life-altering decision.MTAPF:The subjects dealt with in this novella revolve around forgiveness and moving into a future that is not defined by another person’s opinion but by God’s calling on a person’s life. These truths are portrayed with grace and easily translated into our modern world.IALM:I don't recall any religious references in this story.GE:I just finished reading this one, but don't remember any religious references in the story.I enjoyed reading this collection and look forward to future titles by these authors. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and have provided my honest opinion in this review.
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    Serving Up Love is a collection of tales of adventure and love as the Harvey Girls are able to explore the country as well as discover more about themselves.A Flood of Love by Tracie PetersonA Flood of Love was packed with historical details. I love that this was based on true stories and events.Timing seems to be everything for Gretchen and Dirk. They have only ever loved each other but have been pulled apart. If only communication in those days had been easier.Katiann is adorable. She seemed Serving Up Love is a collection of tales of adventure and love as the Harvey Girls are able to explore the country as well as discover more about themselves.A Flood of Love by Tracie PetersonA Flood of Love was packed with historical details. I love that this was based on true stories and events.Timing seems to be everything for Gretchen and Dirk. They have only ever loved each other but have been pulled apart. If only communication in those days had been easier.Katiann is adorable. She seemed to know everything about everyone and is so curious about the world around her. I’m surprised her nannies had such a hard time handling her. I loved that when someone compliments her she says, “I know” instead of “thank you”.Tracie Peterson is the only author I haven’t read, though I have a number of her books on my TBR list. Now I know why she was so often recommended to me.More Than A Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer I’m glad that Rosalind from More Than Words Can Say gets her own story. The title of this novella was perfect for her.She made a bad choice in her past, and she is trying to hide from it. Unfortunately she is transferred back to her home state of Texas and is right back where she started. No matter where she goes now, she cannot hide from her past mistakes. Even after someone repents, our sins can still follow us from the past and have consequences.After none of his charms had been working, Caleb tried to spark Rosalind’s interest by using a Pigpen cipher. As someone who solves cipher puzzles for fun, I can’t say how much I loved that Caleb and Rosalind wrote to each other in secret code.“How on earth was she supposed to resist a man who left her a note penned in secret code.”While Caleb knew of Rosalind for awhile, I think he fell in love with her before he knew her personally. I wish there had been a little more personal conversations before the declarations of love.“You snuck up on me. Luring my heart little by little with your ciphers and outings, your kindness to old ladies and adolescent dishwashers, until it became fully yours.” “My heart belongs to you for as long as you desire it.”This story seems a little more serious than a lot of Witemeyer’s other books, but with some of the topics it has to be.Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings I immediately liked Graham and Willow and found their story very engaging. I also liked the historical details and descriptions about the Harvey Girls.The pace was perfect and the story seemed well developed for a novella. Though it felt complete, I would love to know more about Calista’s adventures and their legendary family tree.Graham’s secret way in to the depot was funny. He also had some other funny lines.Grand Encounters by Jen TuranoIt seemed like Jack was so smitten with Myrtle before he had even had one conversation with her. Then after months of being awkward with her and only offering one random word, it’s like the floodgates were opened. I did find many of the characters shallow and physically assaulting someone is not a form of humor.When they did finally have conversations with each other, I liked them as a couple. I also liked Jack and Myrtle’s hobbies of hiking and reading.Turano has written a number of books about New York Heiresses during this time, and it was interesting to see what would happen if one of them left their high class society to become a Harvey Girl.
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  • Blessed & Bookish
    January 1, 1970
    Serving Up Love is a collection of four novellas about women who worked in the Harvey Houses that served customers and workers of the railroads out west. Each of the novellas is a stand-alone story and set in a different location and in different years. For this historical fiction superfan, this series of novellas was perfection. I can honestly say I couldn’t pick a favorite. Each story was entirely different: some having danger, others mystery and plenty of romance! In Tracie Peterson’s, A Serving Up Love is a collection of four novellas about women who worked in the Harvey Houses that served customers and workers of the railroads out west. Each of the novellas is a stand-alone story and set in a different location and in different years. For this historical fiction superfan, this series of novellas was perfection. I can honestly say I couldn’t pick a favorite. Each story was entirely different: some having danger, others mystery and plenty of romance! In Tracie Peterson’s, A Flood of Love, I loved the unique history of the setting, especially the swimming horses. And I loved the heartbreaking history between Gretchen and Dirk as well as the hilarious antics of Katiann. What a doll! Gretchen had such an inspiring spirit of forgiveness, and Dirk’s persistence melted more than Gretchen’s heart!I have been looking forward to reading More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer since meeting Rosalind Kemp in More Than Words Can Say. Rosalind is haunted by regret and living in fear that her past mistakes will be revealed. Although she takes great pains not to be noticed, Caleb Durrington see her for the precious jewel she really is. I adored how Caleb loved her knowing she had untold secrets. And his unique wooing skills are adorable, especially to this nerdy girl!I knew Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings would be full of laugh out loud moments (careful not to wake your sleeping baby or disturb your co-workers), and I was correct. Despite the mystery and danger surrounding the Harvey House in Emporia, Kansas, there were plenty of light-hearted moments between Willow and Graham. I loved how Graham’s swagger was tempered by his gentleman-like qualities and by Willow’s no-nonsense attitude. They make quite the team (and the couple) as they search for potential smugglers. I must admit this is my first time reading Jen Turano. I have her books on my TBR stack, but I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. But I’ll be catching up on the rest of her books soon because I absolutely loved A Grand Encounter! Jack is quite fetching (hehe), and I love the independence and outspoken nature of Myrtle. Plus, they are both book nerds, so we were all meant to be friends. Although their courtship might have been a bit awkward at times, and I might have laughed at Jack’s expense a few times, I enjoyed every minute of their story.If you are a lover of Christian historical fiction, do not miss this collection of novellas. It is an interesting part of history, and each book gives you a unique perspective. Enjoy!I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lifeofliterature
    January 1, 1970
    A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson – Neatly written, this novella brings forth a lovely story from start to finish. I liked that the characters were friends in the past, because it made the quicker progression of their relationship more realistic. The addition of a spunky young girl is a great secondary character. I enjoyed learning more about the tiny town of San Marcial, New Mexico as well. Overall, I liked this story!More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer – How is it possible for an A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson – Neatly written, this novella brings forth a lovely story from start to finish. I liked that the characters were friends in the past, because it made the quicker progression of their relationship more realistic. The addition of a spunky young girl is a great secondary character. I enjoyed learning more about the tiny town of San Marcial, New Mexico as well. Overall, I liked this story!More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer – How is it possible for an author to write such an emotionally gripping story in such a short amount of words? I was so excited to read more about Rosalind, who we met as Abigail’s sister in More Than Words Can Say. She has made past mistakes but has matured into a wonderful young lady. She is poised and pretty but also has gumption and strength that is admirable. There are spiritual themes of forgiveness and mercy that are relatable and applicable to any reader. I really liked the historical aspect of the story and learning more about the Harvey Houses. I also found myself connecting with the characters almost immediately and definitely cried a time or two for Rosalind as she struggled and grew throughout the story. I really, really enjoyed this novella and highly recommend it! The author has penned another winner!Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings – What a great read! I definitely read this novella in one sitting, as I eagerly turned the pages to figure out the mystery of the story. Even though this may be a novella, the story develops well and contains quite of bit of content for such a short story. I really liked the characters and their relationship as they become friends, then partners as they solve a mystery, and finally fall in love. I learned even more about the Harvey Houses from the historical tidbits. I definitely recommend this novella!A Grand Encounter by Jen Turano – Jen Turano always pens such fun stories, full of wit and humor that are intermingled with true character depth and development. Her great writing style carries into even this short novella! This story had time to develop with twists in the relationship despite its length. I really enjoyed the setting and history, the intermixed bits of spirituality, and the budding romance. I loved this novella and definitely recommend it!Overall, this was such a fun collection of novellas that seemed to connect with the theme of the Harvey girls in such a unique way! I really liked this book and highly recommend it!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Karen Witemeyer. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Brandi
    January 1, 1970
    A Flood of Love – Tracie PetersonA Flood of Love is a sweet tale of misunderstandings and second chances.Although it took me a little while to become invested in Gretchen and Dirk's story, I did find myself enjoying this novella. Spunky Katiann definitely stole the show and it was interesting to learn about the swimming horses. The climax wasn't quite as... climactic as I prefer, the ending not as romantic, but all-in-all it was a good read.3 stars.More Than a Pretty Face – Karen WitemeyerYou A Flood of Love – Tracie PetersonA Flood of Love is a sweet tale of misunderstandings and second chances.Although it took me a little while to become invested in Gretchen and Dirk's story, I did find myself enjoying this novella. Spunky Katiann definitely stole the show and it was interesting to learn about the swimming horses. The climax wasn't quite as... climactic as I prefer, the ending not as romantic, but all-in-all it was a good read.3 stars.More Than a Pretty Face – Karen WitemeyerYou might say I'm biased, and I might agree with that conclusion, but in my opinion, Karen Witemeyer is simply incapable of writing anything less than spectacular. I'm not exaggerating. Everything she touches is a literary masterpiece.This novella was no exception. Having previously been introduced to our heroine, Rosalind, in More Than Words Can Say, her sister's story, we became effortlessly reacquainted, this time in the unique setting of a Harvey House. I very much enjoyed the little historical details incorporated in this sweet tale.Rosalind and Caleb's story was oh so adorable. I laughed and I cried and I'm so glad they got their well-deserved happily-ever-after, despite the obstacles thrown their way. I loved every bit of the intrigue and romance. And that swoon-worthy epilogue... yes, please!5 stars.Intrigue a la Mode – Regina JenningsAlthough, like A Flood of Love, it took me a minute to get into this novella, I truly enjoyed it once I did. The hints of danger kept the story going pretty well and it was fun to get to know determined Willow and sweet, yet foolish Graham. I only wished he had trusted her sooner, and kissed her sooner too!3.5 stars.Grand Encounters – Jen TuranoIn true Jen Turano fashion, this novella began with a bang. Or a laugh to be more precise. She already had me giggling before the end of chapter one and I must admit, I'm dying to find a way to incorporate “fetching potatoes” into a conversation. Perhaps this Thanksgiving will give me the perfect opportunity. ;)I instantly fell in love with adorably awkward Jack and kind, determined Myrtle. And I must admit I feel a bit cheated that the story wasn't longer. They are such a charming pair, I found myself wishing their story was a full-fledged novel.As usual with her writing, Jen Turano's witty dialogue kept me completely enthralled as I devoured this 'delicious' story. Even though Jack and Myrtle didn't have that satisfyingly romantic kiss I was waiting for, I very much enjoyed this novella4.5 stars
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    "A Flood of Love" by Tracie PetersonA sweet romance sprinkled with a hint of the realities of the Harvey Girls. Peterson uses a little girl to capture readers and Gretchen's heart from the encounter in the beginning of the novella. My favorite character was the little girl. The romance sprung up from the past and flirted across time into the beginning of the story. The plot was short and sweet. Definitely a little too fast for my taste. Not enough depth to the plot. Peterson does a fabulous job "A Flood of Love" by Tracie PetersonA sweet romance sprinkled with a hint of the realities of the Harvey Girls. Peterson uses a little girl to capture readers and Gretchen's heart from the encounter in the beginning of the novella. My favorite character was the little girl. The romance sprung up from the past and flirted across time into the beginning of the story. The plot was short and sweet. Definitely a little too fast for my taste. Not enough depth to the plot. Peterson does a fabulous job at writing a story in the word limit and allowed her character's transformation to occur in the small space. "More Than A Pretty Face" by Karen WitemeyerIf readers are familiar with Witemeyer's previous book, More Than Words Can Say , readers will recognize Rosalind Kemp and her past which was mentioned in this novel. Witemeyer does a wonderful job at creating a character that fits right into her original writing. The romance was just right for the page limit. I enjoyed reading Rosalind's story and glad to see her reach her happily-ever-after moment. The plot kept me focused on the plot. The transformation of the character was a complete with a romantic gesture by Caleb. "Intrique a la Mode" by Regina JenningsAnother wonderful addition to this novella collection. Regina Jennings is the only author in this collection that I have not read anything else by her. I enjoyed the mystery element mingled with the historical element of hiding things across the rail lines. Willow shares a unique way to help Graham solve the mystery. The plot was different, and I actually liked it. Again, the romance was predictable, but well-written and entertaining at the same time. "Grand Encounters" by Jen TuranoJen Turano is one of my favorite writers, so I couldn't wait to dive into Grand Encounters. If readers have read her Wallflower's series, than Mytrle should be a familiar character. It was nice to see a story for her, even if it was a short story. Turano again does a fabulous job at bringing her character's stories to life for the readers. Even though the romance is predictable, I really enjoy the way the romance comes to a head at the end of the story. It had me laughing, and I really proud of Myrtle standing up for what she really believed in. The plot really captured my attention and was my favorite of the four novellas. I received a complimentary copy of Serving Up Love by Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Serving Up Love contains four stand alone novellas, written by four different authors, set in four separate Harvey Houses. Each story is about a Harvey Girl finding love. Tracie Peterson's "A Flood of Love" reunites Gretchen Gottsacker and Dirk Martinez in 1929 San Marcial, New Mexico. The night before he was going to propose, Dirk was called away on a family emergency, not having time to explain or even say goodbye. Gretchen left New Mexico heartbroken and became a Harvey Girl. Ten years later, Serving Up Love contains four stand alone novellas, written by four different authors, set in four separate Harvey Houses. Each story is about a Harvey Girl finding love. Tracie Peterson's "A Flood of Love" reunites Gretchen Gottsacker and Dirk Martinez in 1929 San Marcial, New Mexico. The night before he was going to propose, Dirk was called away on a family emergency, not having time to explain or even say goodbye. Gretchen left New Mexico heartbroken and became a Harvey Girl. Ten years later, Gretchen returns to fill in for the vacationing house mother and discovers Dirk is back too. I liked this classic love story and Katieann was a delightful addition. The historical facts about the town were very interesting but heartbreaking. Karen Witemeyer's "More Than a Pretty Face" attracts Rosalind Kemp and Caleb Durrington in 1902 Gainesville, Texas.This is the conclusion to the series, A Patchwork Family, and, since I have not read the prior one, I am going to come back to this story. Regina Jennings's "Intrigue a la Mode" brings together Willow Kentworth and Graham Buchanan in 1898 Emporia, Kansas. Willow becomes a Harvey Girl to help with her mother's doctor bills. Graham, son of the railroad owner, goes undercover as a busboy to investigate smuggling in the train cars. Thrown together because of their jobs, Willow ends up involved in Graham's plan. This prequel to the upcoming series, The Joplin Chronicles, was a sweet romance that also contained a mystery to solve. I am looking forward to learning more about this new venture.Jen Turano's "Grand Encounters" introduces Myrtle Schermerhorn and Jack Daggett in 1908 Grand Canyon, Arizona. After Myrtle's longtime suitor announces he is marrying someone else, she leaves her old life behind to become a Harvey Girl. Jack's business brings him to the Harvey House frequently. Instantly smitten, Jack begins sitting in Myrtle's section, trying to work up the courage to ask if he can court her. I liked the characters and humorous moments in this story; however, I felt the formality of it slowed down the reading. It also contained a lot of repetition. This book was well written and edited, making it a very enjoyable read. This was my first time reading about the Harvey Houses and the detailed descriptions were fascinating and informative. I would recommend it to all historical readers. I received a free copy of this book. I volunteered to read it and write a review.
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  • Lyssa
    January 1, 1970
    I love these novella collections from Bethany House. That's actually how I discovered one of my favorite authors years ago. One of the best things about these shorter stories is that there is rarely a plot point of The Big Misunderstanding, which means I instantly love them more. The collection was extra appealing to me as the common thread was the Harvey House. I loved learning about it and seeing how it might have been to be a Harvey Girl at the time. So cool. I do wish the novels had been in I love these novella collections from Bethany House. That's actually how I discovered one of my favorite authors years ago. One of the best things about these shorter stories is that there is rarely a plot point of The Big Misunderstanding, which means I instantly love them more. The collection was extra appealing to me as the common thread was the Harvey House. I loved learning about it and seeing how it might have been to be a Harvey Girl at the time. So cool. I do wish the novels had been in chronological order, even if the characters were not related from story to story. Especially as some of the stories set in earlier times seemed to give a little more insight into the Harvey House and what it meant to be a Harvey Girl - how they operated, how they communicated, how they were viewed by different social classes etc. More Than A Pretty Face-I did not immediately remember Rosalind when I started her story, but OH was I excited when I realized who she was. I enjoyed getting to really know her, learn about her childhood from her point of view, and seeing the way she'd grown. I had one small snag of disappoint toward the end, with the way Caleb addressed the root problem. I kind of wanted to see him do more. Pursue a more complete and thorough justice.Intrigue a la Mode-It's hard to choose, but this one was probably my favorite of the set. Some of the situations seemed a little extreme, but it was a page turner for sure. I loved Willow's character and her family dynamics. And I thought this story best depicted being a waitress. Had me feeling vicarious frustration, indignation, and comraderie. Willow is someone I'd be friends with and count myself lucky.A Grand Encounter-This may be the best story I've read by the author. I've read a handful of her earliest novels, but none of her recent works. While I thought Myrtle's attitude toward her boss would not have flown in real life and didn't seem to fit with a Harvey Girl was built up to be in the other novellas, I liked her grounded, humble attitude the rest of the time, especially given her background. I loved that she was bookish and the ways she had apparently grown in strength. I thought her being randomly accosted while walking down the street seemed over the top and her speech at the end a bit much, but I found Jack charming and I really enjoyed the way their story came together. Very sweet.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent collaboration from four dynamic historical fiction authors. The only link between each novella is the Harvey Girl theme and I was surprised to discover that they existed well into the 1900s. (I always thought it was a pre 1900s fad.) Loved all the interesting details about what life was like for a Harvey Girl! Each author brings her own unique spin to her story - from second chance love to intrigue and danger!A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson -- 1929, San Marcial, New Mexico. A second Excellent collaboration from four dynamic historical fiction authors. The only link between each novella is the Harvey Girl theme and I was surprised to discover that they existed well into the 1900s. (I always thought it was a pre 1900s fad.) Loved all the interesting details about what life was like for a Harvey Girl! Each author brings her own unique spin to her story - from second chance love to intrigue and danger!A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson -- 1929, San Marcial, New Mexico. A second chance love story chock full of interesting historical tidbits. Peterson is an excellent researcher and she has even included a couple of real life characters who play a pivotal role in this novella. Angst and romance and a precocious little girl made this a fun read.More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer -- 1902, Gainsville, Texas. If you've read More Than Words Can Say you will be thrilled to know that this is Rosalind's story. It isn't necessary to read that book first in order to appreciate this sweet novella, but if you have, it'll up the edge factor a bit.Rosalind is running from her past but Caleb is tempting her to stand fast. I spent the whole read waiting for the other shoe to drop and once it did -- whoa! Tumultuous and sigh-worthy. And I so enjoyed fuming over a certain secondary character. Love being righteously indignant on behalf of a heroine I've come to adore. :-) Witemeyer has packed all the delicious goodness of a full length novel into this shorter read.Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings -- 1898, Emporia, Kansas. A surprising mystery brings an extra thrill to this historical romance. A dashing railroad tycoon goes undercover to expose a smuggling operation and catches the eye of a hardworking Harvey Girl. Action and intrigue and some mighty fine toe-curling romance sent me into a biblio-licious spin of giddy delight.Grand Encounters by Jen Turano -- 1908, Grand Canyon, Arizona. Eep! A runaway heiress and a self-made businessman bond over books -- can it get any better than that?! Jack is a bit bumbling -- an admirer from afar until his gregarious brother sticks his oar in. But Myrtle has sworn off men and is all about independence...still...there's something about Jack that makes her want to forget about both resolves. Of course, with Jen Turano at the keyboard, their road to a happily ever after isn't exactly smooth sailing. No worries, thought, it's all sorted out in the delightful chaos that only this author can contrive.
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  • Mimi
    January 1, 1970
    What I loved about Serving Up Love is know how each author writes and finding their style with each novella. What I didn't realize was how familiar I am with each of their styles. Tracie Peterson tends to have a more serious toned storyline and that came through with her plot. I think for me, hers was the hardest to get into. The reason may be because they already had a history the reader didn't get to experience and we don't get to build up their relationship at the same time. Does that even What I loved about Serving Up Love is know how each author writes and finding their style with each novella. What I didn't realize was how familiar I am with each of their styles. Tracie Peterson tends to have a more serious toned storyline and that came through with her plot. I think for me, hers was the hardest to get into. The reason may be because they already had a history the reader didn't get to experience and we don't get to build up their relationship at the same time. Does that even make sense? I liked the characters and the story. I probably would've enjoyed it more as a full novel. There was so much more I wanted to know about their back story.Karen's story was delightful. If you've read The Patchwork Family Series then you'll appreciate this little addition! I didn't realize this novella went along with the series, so when I hit chapter 2, I felt like I was having deja vu. Turns out this follows Book 2 of the series. I liked how once again Rosalind was trying to escape her past, but it wasn't to be. I felt like we got the full story even in novella form. You can always count on Karen's stories to satisfy your love of a couple falling for each other. Don't you love books that feel like a warm, cozy chair?I've only read one other Regina Jennings books and enjoyed it. There was more mystery surrounding her story. That definitely added intrigue that I really appreciated. I really liked Willow because she is is comfortable in her position as a Harvey Girl. Graham comes along and disrupts her life unintentionally. The writing kept me turning the page because the story really pulled me in. Also, as a side note, I'm reminded once again that Pinkertons are somewhat new to me and I wonder if there are any novels out there about them.We know my love for all things Jen Turano. As with all of her tales, this one had me laughing out loud. Jen's characters also have the best names. Myrtle learns very quickly that Jack, a guy who always seems mute in her presence, has a fondness for her. How she finds out is hilarious and is thanks to his brother, Walter. Unfortunately for Jack, Myrtle has sworn off men. Oops! There's a bit of miscommunication, which is no surprise when it comes to Jen's writing.
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