The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection: Nine Historical Novellas
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Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2015
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Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves books and history, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever shes not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, shes the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, an avid museum patron, and wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves to hear from readers. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter at www.ericavetsch.com
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Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of storytellers and moved around the country a lot as an army brat. Her desire is to write about real, but flawed characters in a wholesome way that her seven children and five grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia is a full-time writer.
Connie Stevens lives with her husband of forty-plus years in north Georgia, within sight of her beloved mountains. She and her husband are both active in a variety of ministries at their church. A lifelong reader, Connie began creating stories by the time she was ten. Her office manager and writing muse is a cat, but shes never more than a phone call or email away from her critique partners. She enjoys gardening and quilting, but one of her favorite pastimes is browsing antique shops where story ideas often take root in her imagination. Connie has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers since 2000.
ECPA-bestselling author Gina Welborn wrote public service announcements until she fell in love with writing romances. A moderately obsessive fan of Community and Once Upon a Time, Gina lives in Oklahoma with her pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, four guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Find her online at www.ginawelborn.com
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Most Eligible Bride Romance CollectionJuly 10, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 41) "A Bride For A Bargain"- Amanda Barratt
Poor Ada McClane agrees to be wealthy Geoffrey Buchanan's pretend fiance. She desperately needs the money for her brother's medical treatments. How much longer can they keep pretending? A darling story. Geoffrey is a dear and Ada is a hoot. I enjoyed getting to know this couple and seeing how things would work out. Ms. Barratt is a new author to me, but I would not be adverse to reading another story by her. 4.5 stars.
2) "Love's Reward"- Susanne Dietz
A prank advertisement makes architect Daniel Blair the most eligible bachelor in San Francisco, but he's always had one girl in mind to end his bachelorhood. A story that has some laugh out loud moments. Some of the story is rather stiff, but there were other times the author let the words come out and play. I enjoyed getting to know Daniel and seeing how he loses everything. Ms. Dietz is good at making the characters hurt. As with the first story in this collection, Ms. Dietz is a new author to me, but one I would consider reading again. 4 stars
3) "A Doctor's Agreement"- Cynthia Hickey
To drum up sales for her father's newspaper, a young woman places an ad for a most eligible bachelor lottery to find the town doctor a wife. Little did she know she would be one of the candidates! I have to admire Ms. Hickey's ability to put stories out quickly and get picked up by publishers. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this story. Zeke was likeable enough but seemed a bit wishy-washy and able to be dragged around by a nose ring. And Sadie was just plain immature. The writing is good enough. The story, not so much. 3 stars.
4) "The Highwayman"- Shannon McNear
Set during American Revolution, an innkeeper's daughter becomes enamored by a masked crusader the locals called the Highwayman. An apprentice wagon master wishes he were the object of her affections. Who will she choose? This story seemed terribly familiar, but I can't remember who I read the similar one by. An innkeeper's daughter, harassed by an "outstanding" citizen's son and a masked man (the Lone Ranger type) who rides in and saves her... multiple times. But while the son asked for a kiss (admittedly he was prepared to force it), the masked man also ... took... without asking. I wasn't impressed by this story, a romance born out of deceptive measures, especially since she wouldn't give the man behind the mask a second glance... until she knew. 3 stars.
5) "Four Brides And A Bachelor"- Gabrielle Meyer
A missionary minister has five days to choose a wife from a group of four missionary teachers in an 1852 Minnesota mission. Will sensibility or his heart win out? Okay, so far, this has been the cutest story in the bunch. I couldn't help but fall in live with the sweet, funny, dear Sarah. I wasn't sure how I felt about Luke. He was judging on the outside appearance and not on the heart. The story is beautifully told and I loved the happy ending . 5 stars.
6)"The Most Ineligible Bachelor In Town"- Connie Stevens
Set in 1885 Kansas, a shy postmaster has an unrequited love for a preacher's daughter. Will she ever notice him? Another dear story. Micah was a real dream. Shy and quiet, working behind the scenes and not realizing his own worth. Gabby was a dear too, and Micah loved her with all his heart but was so scared to speak to her. But then her ex-fiance returns, as well as his much more outgoing cousin... I loved this story about how Micah had to discover his own worth in God's eyes. Beautifully told. 5 stars.
7)"Archeologist's Find"- Erica Vetsch
Max is an archaeologist who has no interest in matrimony until he meets Ally, an aspiring artist. This one is infused with lots of exotic Egyptology background. This story started a bit stiff. I wasn't sure I could relate to Ally or Max. But once we got past the first chapter, the stiffness left and it turned into an absolutely wonderful read, one I didn't want to put down! I enjoyed getting to know Max and Ally and would love to travel along with them on their adventures. A beautiful story. Faith message is rather weak, but as a whole, a good book. 4.5 stars.
8)" Baker's Dozen"- Gina Welborn
Irie has always been in love with Duke, the wealthy son of her mother's employer. Unfortunately, Duke doesn't even notice her. When she's asked to help him find a wife, will her heart be able to withstand it? This story was cute. Duke is a true Texas cattleman, emphasis on man. Unobservant. Except when it comes to cattle. When his father decides to invite 12 women for him to court for three weeks to find a bride for Duke and a mother for Duke's daughter Duke is forced out of his comfort zone. A bunch of high-society women, deemed suitable by his dad... but he is too blind to see. A lovely story. 5 stars.
9)"The Final Baker Bride"- Kathleen Y'Barbo
Set in New Orleans, wealthy Octavia Derby runs away from an arranged marriage. She meets an equally marriage-shy Merritt Baker. Another charming story! I loved the fun Tavia and Rit. Such a fun couple. I loved the secretary ruse and the fact that neither of them saw it coming. A great story! 5 stars.
I loved most of the stories in this collection and highly recommend it. 4,33 stars for the collection.
Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A fantastic collection of eligible bachelors.February 23, 2016Angela BycroftOwhango, New ZealandAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A Bride For A Bargain
Delightful tale (think Prince and the Pauper) of two very different walks of life stumbling across one another and striking a bargain to aid the other.
Ada McClane is supporting her ailing brother when she is fired from her job and is struggling to find a way out of her predicament when she runs into one the the richest bachelor in the area. Geoffrey Buchanan has problems of his own with a scheming mother doing all within her power to marry him off. He offers Ada a job to "pretend" to be his fianc but will the ruse stray into more real territory than either had predicted?
A ad placed by persons unknown announcing that any lady who can win the heart of architect Daniel Blair kicks off a unique (miss) adventure as the towns young ladies vie for a $1000 cash prize. Meanwhile Daniel has eyes only for childhood sweetheart Josie.
A clever little story that doesn't suffer from being of the shorter Novella format and it's author managed to multilayer several complex characters and storyline. It left me chuckling to the end.
A Doctor's Agreement
Probably my favorite story so far (I'm reviewing each individual one as I read) and will be hard pressed to be beaten.
Harlarious scenario as childhood sweethearts end up on opposite sides of a contest with with price marriage.
Loved the multitude of characters for a short story to include and the time frame which never felt rushed or too slow. Brillant.
Loved this Clark Kent/Superman (modern example I could think of) which pits a wagon master who travels by day with his brother and struggles to string two words together around the girl who loves, Sally the innkeepers daughter. But by night he dones the mask of a Highwayman and literally sweeps in to save the day.
Sally meanwhile has no idea of the connection between the two and soon is madly in love with said Highwayman and the mystery and danger that brings.
A cute little tale which let's the reader in on the plot before the character which I enjoyed. A different time and setting to most of the other stories kept it fresh too.
Four Brides and a Bachelor
Another cute story - a old fashioned version of the bachelor tv show meets arranged marriage and that's not a sentence I imagined I'd be tying about this short story. Read it and you'll know what I mean.
The Most Ineligible Bachelor in Town
Loved this sweet tale of michah the post and Telegraph operator who had admired his beau from afar but didn't know what to do about it. Not a deeply absorbing take but still a fun little read.
The Archaeologist's Find
Another great little tale with a twist. The two protagonists think each other are the Pauper in this prince and pauper style set up. Misunderstanding and miscommunication abound. But you know it'll all work out in the end...somehow.
Classic storyline of Duke Baker recently widowed and trying to bring up his daughter and his well meaning father insisting on helping him find a new wife. 12 socialites enter and the choosing begins. But might Duke's choice he closer to home than he could imagine?
The Final Baker Bride
A cute little tale of initial mistaken identity - she thinks hes a taxi cab and hes destined to be her new boss. I loved the starting premise which drew out into a cute little story of two very different people from different walks of life finding common ground. Lovely finale novella.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Treasure Trove of Delightful Romance!November 27, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An absolute "treasure trove" of clever, delightful, and quite unique romances, full of chivalry at its best and happy endings deserving of hearty applause. Join nine eligible bachelors traveling very different paths to "meet their match", as you enjoy being introduced to the equally lovely ladies that capture their hearts.
bubby5 Stars Out Of 5Most Eligible Bachelor Romance CollectionJune 23, 2015bubbyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love reading a Collection of stories and this was fun to read.
CarrieVirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Winner!!!May 29, 2015CarrieVirginiaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5WONDERFUL collection of nine Christian historic romance novellas! The earliest story is set in colonial times and the latests in the early 1900s.
I predict this will become a CBA Bestseller! This is one of the best collections from Barbour I have ever read. This will be on my Best of 2015 list on this blog!
Love's Reward by Susanne Dietze
I absolutely loved this novella by debut author, Susie Dietze.
When a rather mean-spirited "friend's" ad drives unmarried ladies to pursue talented architect, Daniel Blair, the San Franciscan's life takes a turn. I felt so badly for the young women who believed the advertisement was genuine. Life at the rooming house begins to sour as his landlady tires of the deliveries made by young women to her home. Meanwhile his longtime friend, a sweet and spunky young lady, finally seems to be realizing what a wonderful man Daniel is. Josie is definitely her own woman and a bit avant grade for the times. Her brother is a piece of work.
The scheming behind the scenes was especially well done. Even thought this was a novella, Susanne did a great job of working in the elements of a large architectural contest and also used that to show the competitive nature of various characters. Many characters, and their situations, aren't at all what you think they are. This is the kind of complex and layered novella that I love to read.
Lovely job of showing the whys and the why nots of Josie's and Daniel's relationship. I see Josie as rather adorable and ADHD and when... (never mind--I won't spoil that one scary scene for you!!!)
This was a darling story and Daniel was a sigh-worthy hero! Fantastic debut!
The Highwayman by Shannon McNear
This lovely colonial story features a young wagon master who simply cannot get his tongue to work properly when he is around Long Tall Sally, the daughter of the main innkeeper on the Great Wagon Road in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. However, she's frustrated by his lack of communication, especially since she has known him for years. Her brothers constantly thrill over the adventures of "The Highwayman" a savior who swoops in and rescues people. When Sally is rescued from a local miscreant, by the famed masked man, her heart thrills. But she doesn't know the wagon master is the one risking all for her. Shannon was a Rita nominee for her first colonial era novella and this new release is a great read!
Four Brides And A Bachelor by Gabrielle Meyer
I love this story set in the 1800s in Minnesota. Being from upper Michigan myself, this particularly interested me. In this novella, the your women teaching in a mission are told they MUST be married to continue in their jobs. One of the teachers was originally supposed to marry a minister from another mission. This eligible bachelor has been summoned forth but doesn't realize that NOW he has four young women to select from, which was decided by the directors of the mission as being most fair. Very nicely done, especially with the little twist with the father at the end!
Baker's Dozen by Gina Welborn
I had high expectations of this story, which were fulfilled. As per usual, Gina writes a compelling story which great characterization. Set in the household of Duke, a wealthy widower whose daughter needs a mother, he has decided to bring in a bevy of young women to find a wife to be mother to his child. Having grown up in the household, Irie secretly was in love with Duke before she left for training school. Her mother is employed by his father. Duke's father asks her to help his son find the best woman to be his wife and mother to the granddaughter. This is one of the first stories I have read with a divorced heroine in it, so that was an interesting twist and far overdue.
A Doctor's Agreement by Cynthia Hickey
I had the privilege of reading this excellent story as a Beta reader but then forgot I'd read it! Cynthia Hickey consistently writes great books and this is no exception. When the newspaper owner's daughter places an ad for a lottery to obtain a spouse for the single physician, she doesn't realize she'll be entered!
The Final Baker Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Determined that she can prove herself capable of being self-sufficient, heiress Octavia doesn't realize there are many forces at work. She finds a "taxi cab driver" in New Orleans, Merritt Baker who may be the antidote to her marriage avoidance. Charming tale.
The Most Ineligible Bachelor In Town by Connie Stevens
Turn of the century Kansas is the setting for an unappreciated postmaster's fine traits to finally be noticed. But first it will take a visit from his flashy cousin, supposedly a Pinkerton agent, to have the pastor's daughter finally be able to see who the best man in town is. But when danger comes to town, will they survive to finally express their affection to one another?
"A Bride For A Bargain" by Amanda Barratt
Fired from her lousy job, Ada McClane calls out to God to help her figure out how to pay for her younger brother's treatment for his lung ailment (t.b.). Meanwhile the richest bachelor in the city, Geoffrey Buchanan wonders how he can get his mother off his back. The society matron has set up yet another weekend at their posh country home in which she'll parade more single women from the proper "set" in front of him. Geoffrey contracts with Ada to act as his fiance for this event and offers her too much to refuse. But when the farce ends, will Geoffrey be able to leave Ada behind?
Archeologist's Find- by Erica Vetsch
This is the most unique of the stories which made it just a little jarring although it was good. A wealthy young lady, Ally, is given an ultimatum by her mother to either find herself a husband within three weeks or agree to be courted by someone her parents approve of. Egyptologist and archeologist Max falls for the young art student who has so beautifully captured the essence of his collection. But when he discovers her true identity can their relationship survive?
Author: Amanda Barratt
Located in: West Branch, Michigan
Submitted: April 23, 2015
Tell us a little about yourself. Amanda Barratt is an award winning historical romance author. She fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story - a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Since then, she's penned novels set in Regency and Victorian England, and the Gilded Age. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters. These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England. You can connect with her at: amandabarratt.net and on Facebook at: Facebook.com/amandabarrattauthor