Farmer's Daughter Romance Collection: 5 Historical Romances Homegrown in the American HeartlandMary Davis, Tracie Peterson, Susan WarrenBarbour Publishing / 2019 / Trade Paperback$7.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Historical romance novella collection with strong Christian messagesApril 29, 2019Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4"The Farmer's Daughter" is a collection of five Christian historical romance novellas. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable collection.
"Marty's Ride" was set in Montana Territory in 1887. The hero was initially on the wrong side of things (morally, not legally) and so had some work to convince the heroine that he's a good guy that she can trust. I had a hard time accepting the heroine's belief that she's so skilled with a gun, strong, and clever because the hero so easily thwarted any attempts she made and pointed out how she didn't think out the consequences of her plans. He also demonstrated how clever he was as a lawyer. He's so impressed by her bravery and loyalty that he gave up doing what he's so talented at for her sake. No idea what he's going to do as a job. Not the type of story that I enjoy.
"A Time to Keep" was set in Montana Territory in 1886. A sweet romance of two pairs of kind, hardworking guys and gals as they spent time together, fell in love, and figured out how they're going to merge their lives (as the two men worked as blacksmiths for the railroad). The hero and heroine each felt like they failed a family member that they felt responsible for and had to learn to forgive themselves. They prayed to God for guidance and protection.
"Beyond Today" was set in Kansas in the late 1800s. The new circuit rider preacher arrives in town, and he and the heroine fell in love at first sight. They're kissing within a day and talking about marriage soon after. But the heroine's outgoing, charming twin sister is determined to marry him. The talented, caring, responsible, hardworking heroine with a heart longing after God did seem a good match to the caring and supportive pastor, and they worked well together. So I enjoyed the story even though I don't care for romances that happen so quickly. The first half was the romance and the second half a suspense when someone goes missing in the middle of winter.
"Myles from Anywhere" was set in Wisconsin in 1881. A young man ran away from his family and worked odd jobs all over the United States until he ended up as a farm hand. He's interested in the same gal as his boss, but his boss thinks the hero is sweet on another girl. Everyone's confused about who loves whom. I honestly don't understand why a man would be attracted to someone's temper (or her "pouting face" to be exact). The hero and heroine don't know much about each other, and the girl's parents have concerns about his mysterious past and apparent disbelief in God. Both hero and heroine ask God to change them into people that can make a happy, strong marriage, and circumstances occur to do this.
"Letters from the Enemy" was set in South Dakota in June 1918. The heroine agreed to marry her fiance before he left to fight in the Great War because she felt that no one else would marry her. The local pastor preaches that obeying God (and your husband or parents) and going to church is critical to avoiding sorrow and receiving blessings from God. The heroine stood up against townsmen bullying a German immigrant but then dreaded that God might let her fiance die because the Germans are evil, right? But this German helped her understand God's grace and love, and she provided friendship that helped him withstand the discouragement of how he's being treated.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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