First Love Forever Romance Collection: 9 Historical Romances Where First Loves are Rekindled - eBook
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AUTHORS: Susanne Dietze, Cynthia Hickey, Marcia Gruver, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Martha Rogers, Lorna Seilstad, Connie Stevens, Jennifer Uhlarik, Erica Vetsch
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Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2018
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ccaudillky3 Stars Out Of 5Several good historical romancesApril 23, 2018ccaudillkyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What I loved:I particularly lovedHeartfelt Echoes,Lighter than Air, andAfter the Ball. Each story had its own merit, and who doesn't love with those first crushes become long-lasting relationships that holdthrough the test of time.
Favorite Character:I really loved Travis and Millie from Jennifer Uhlarik's story Heartfelt Echoes. The obstacles they overcome and the relationship they share makes my heart swoon.
Who would like this: Anyone who likes quick historical romance reads. Each story took me a little over an hour to read, which made the weeks when I didn't have time for a full-on book at least bearable.
Rating and Why:I gave this a three-and-a-half star rating because while I did really enjoy several of the stories, there were also two that I really just did not enjoy at all. And in a rare exception, I completelyskimmed one and never read the whole story. With all collections, you have a mix of writing styles and skill levels, but this one had more than I am accustomed to as far as did not appeal to me. Reading is completely subjectiveso you may disagree once you dive in. I do still recommend it, if only for the few mentioned in What I Love.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher/author. I was in no way required to leave a review, and the above review is my honest opinion.
WilaniFranklin, NCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic CollectionApril 19, 2018WilaniFranklin, NCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The first story is First Things First by Susanne Dietze. This story grabbed my attention from the very start. Georgie Bridge loved Ward Harper. He left for five years and she she thought she would never see him again. Then life throws a curve. Ward returns to town as a lawyer opposing her father. Would they get together. You will have to read the book to find out. I loved everything thing about this story.
The second is a Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia Hickey. This was another great story that had me from the beginning. Maggie and Zach Colton marry to protect her reputation and each thought it was just a marriage of convenience, but could there be true love for both. I fell in love with these characters.
The third is Weeping Willow by Marcia Gruver. This story takes place during the Civil War, This was a good story as well. It was well written.
The fourth is His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels. This was another story that had my attention from the very start. This one takes place on Mackinac Island, Michigan in 1894. I loved these characters. This story also takes place around the time of another book by Carrie Pagels. My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island. The two stories work great side by side. I loved this one so much. I knew the writing would be great. The characters are well developed.
The fifth is After the Ball by Martha Rogers. It was a fun story. Based on a young man deciding if he wanted to be a wealthy oil man or a rancher. I fell in love with these characters.
The sixth is Lighter Than Air by Lorna Seilstad. This one has to do do with a hot air balloon and a boarding school. It is well written
The seventh is In Due Season by Connie Stevens. A great story of forgiveness.
The eighth is Heartfelt Echoes by Jennifer Uhlarik, This story takes place in Virginia City, Nevada. It is also a wonderful story.
The last is Prescription for Love by Erica Vetsch. Another great story. This one about a doctor and nurse getting a second chance at Love.
Deborha MitchellRedding, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful stories to warm the heart.April 12, 2018Deborha MitchellRedding, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nine authors. Nine stories. What better way to introduce yourself to new-to-you authors than to read a novella written by them? These collections are wonderfully written by some very talented authors. I knew I wanted to read these stories just from looking at the cover. Who doesn't like a good love story?
I've only just begun to dig into the wonders of this collection. I can tell you that what I've read so far has grabbed me big time.
I always begin these collections by reading the story written by the author who introduced me to the book. His Anchor written by Carrie Fancett Pagels was like returning home to a place that touched my heart. As always, the characters are so real and very memorable. If you've read Carrie's book My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring, you will recognize some familiar characters. Sadie's story is fun, exciting and tugs on the heart strings.
I cannot wait to finish reading the other stories in this collection.
I was given a copy of this book by the author and was under no obligation to give a positive review.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another Winning Romance CollectionApril 9, 2018SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whats better than another fabulous romance collection from Barbour Publishing? How about one thats full of stories of one of my favorite romance threads? Second chances at first love.
There are nine (yep, you read that right, NINE) novellas in the First Love Forever Romance Collection. And yes, I could review all nine, but wed be here a while so instead, Ill highlight a few of my favorites.
A Most Reluctant Bride by Cynthia Hickey was probably my favorite out of the nine (but it was a very close race between three of these stories for that top spot. In this story, Maggie Spoonmore marries a man she had a major crush on as a girl. As Maggie and Zach spend their days together as a married couple, her feelings return. Unfortunately, Zach only married her for the ranch. Maggie and Zach are great together. Zach respects and understands where Maggies talents lie (which is not in the running of the house) and wants her by his side.
Jennifer Uhlarik takes a bit of a different approach with a hearing-impaired hero and heroine in Heartfelt Echoes. A misunderstanding has kept distance between these two but when Millies mother sends for Travis McCaffrey, he wastes no time in coming to Millies rescue. But shes not the same girl he remembers from school and something sinister is going on at her home.
Appropriately titled First Things First, as Susanne Dietzs novella is the first in the collection, when Ward Harper returns to town, Georgie Bridge is both shocked and dismayed. Shocked because Ward is back, dismayed because hes representing a man in a case against her father. With plenty of brothers and one of them in trouble, the Bridges turn to Ward for assistance. Can Ward crawl out of the shadows of his parents and be the man Georgie deserves?
Thats only a third of the stories in this collection. Each novella is on the longer side but still the right amount to kick back and finish in in one evening. It may introduce you to a new author and it could even re-introduce you to some characters youve seen before (as is the case with the stories from Carrie Fancett Pagels and Erica Vetsch).
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5What is sweeter than a first love?April 8, 2018DeannaNEAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What is sweeter than a first love? Finding them again and still feeling it! I liked that this collection covered men and women. I enjoyed this selection of love stories and the diversity of this collection. I was gifted a copy by one of the authors and my honest opinion and review is voluntary...
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