Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Review/ Mail Order Marriages/ Kate Bridges, Jillian Hart, and Carolyn Davidson/ Harlequin

Title:  Mail Order Marriages
Author:  Kate Bridges    Jillian Hart    Carolyn Davidson
Publisher:  Harlequin
Genre:  Historical Romance Anthology
Publication Date:  May 1, 2010
Print ISBN:  978-0373295913
eBook ISBN:  978-1426855313
Length:  281 Pages
Format:  Print
Purchase:  eHarlequin     Amazon

Three brides for three rugged men.

Rocky Mountain Wedding by Jillian Hart

Melody Pennington fled to Montana for a new start as a mail-order bride. Gabe Brooks, handsome older brother to the man she was supposed to marry, helps her settle in. But what Melody doesn't expect is to fall for the rugged, closed-off lawman who swears he doesn't believe in love!

Married in Missouri by Carolyn Davidson

Lucas Harrison needs a mother for his sons. He's not looking for love, but he expects his wife to act like one—in every sense of the word! Elizabeth has always felt tall and awkward, but Lucas towers over her. He's strong as a bull, gentle as a lamb, and Elizabeth's heart soon begins to melt….

Her Alaskan Groom by Kate Bridges

Newly trained midwife Sophie Grant had hoped marrying respectable John Colburne would be easy as pie. But he's tough, stubborn and cynical—except in bed with her at night! How can Sophie turn her passionate nighttime lover into a daytime husband who isn't afraid to show he loves his mail-order bride?

My Review:

I really enjoyed this historical romance anthology.  The first two stories in the book, Rocky Mountain Marriage and Married in Missouri, are longer in length than the third book but the third book was equally good.  These are not spicy novellas but are more along the sweet romance type of book.  All three novellas do have some sex but nothing overtly graphic.

I would say that the stories are fairly correct in the historical settings and that they did a fair job of depicting why some women were willing to be mail order brides.  The third story Her Alaskan Groom, depicted a woman who was a little more liberated or modern thinking than the other two. 

Overall the anthology was enjoyable and was a light read.  I was able to read the entire book in one day.

My Rating:   4 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  The review purchased this book for review.  No other remuneration was exchanged.

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