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The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
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ECPA- bestselling author Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. Sharing her husband's love for the premier American sportscar, she is a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Find her online at www.ginawelborn.com!
Multi-published author and RITA finalist, Rose Ross Zediker, writes contemporary and historical inspirational romances and has over eighty publishing credits in the Christian magazine genre for children and adults. Rose works full time at the University of South Dakota and writes during the evening or weekends. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Wonderful Collection!August 26, 2016Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The "Lassoed by Marriage" romance collection features nine nicely written, story driven novellas with characters that are not only interesting, but humorous and engaging. The fact that most of them are suddenly "roped" into marriage, either under extreme duress or quite unexpectedly, makes the stories pop with static romance and a continuum of comedic circumstances.
A wonderful collection!
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lassoed by MarriageMay 26, 2016Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Substitute Bride
In a way, The Substitute Bride reminds me of the Biblical story of Jacob and Leah. Except, in this book Lord Elliot does not win his beautiful Cynthia, too. Instead he finds himself married to the ugly older sister and not quite sure how to proceed! His servants suggest that he should get to know Gwen, but Elliot has not the slightest interest in knowing her--until a horrific event shakes both of their worlds in the one place they mesh and they find themselves drawn together to save their personal, private retreats. The language was a bit formal, but probably true for the era in Britain. I enjoyed the story. Truly related to both Elliot and Gwen. 4.5 stars.
Wow, wow, wow! This was a totally great book! Burton was a grieving widow and no thanks to gossips he was forced into a marriage he never wanted. Maila dreamed of marrying Benjamin and working as a nurse in St. Paul. A short trip home to help out her family after so many died ends in an unwanted marriage? She can't compete with Burton's first love--and he can't compete with hers. It was great watching them navigate the rocky ground and find the possibilities that could be. 5 stars.
A cute and funny story about "Crazy Hair" and Brax who grew up together, but she was the bane of his existence. When a simple mistake results with Brax and Harriet sharing a jail cell, Hattie's five brothers (named after the first five books of the Old Testament!) insist that he make an honest woman out of her. Forced to marry at gun-point, Brax only wants the judge to come and annul the wedding... Nothing new or exciting, but still funny and enjoyable. Several funny moments. I couldn't help but fall in love with these characters, though at time it felt a bit contrived. 4 stars.
The Sweetwater Bride
A hidden valley containing a young woman all alone in the world are discovered by a young cattle rancher starting out on his own. Tanner thinks he hears a woman scream so he goes to investigate. He discovers Debba who is so excited to see another human she latches on and pretty much won't let go. She won't let him leave but she won't go with him, so he hog-ties her and takes her to his mama. Except they are followed by a herd of long horns. A funny story that is unrealistic at times but that just adds to the humor. This really didn't have them finding love after marriage though as the collection claims. Still a decent story. Classic Mary Connealy. I enjoyed it. 4 stars.
A Highbrook Hoodwink
This was a sweet, well-told story of a woman who made one mistake, her small son with no father (a result of the mistake) and the father's brother come to claim an heir to save his family's reputation and legacy. Henry is a (by his own admittance) a drunk and a gambler, yet he dares hold Katie in contempt. Both he and his mother treat her as nothing better than dirt. There is a very slight mystery in the story, A quick read, classic tale. 3 stars.
Not So Pretty Penny
This is a totally sweet story of Penny and her crazy plan to buy a husband from the gallows. With only three to choose from, one too old, one too young, and one just right, she choses the obvious choice... but he is charged with murder! Wash (George Washington Bannock) is an adorable character that I couldn't help but love. And Penny, the poor dear. I wanted to hug her and remind her of the verse that says beauty is vain. . . She is truly lovely on the inside which is what matters. 4.5 stars.
A family feud - think Hatfields and McCoys. Two very different people marry--just to get out of jail after yet another family rumble in the middle of downtown. Jack is a doctor who wants to stay in town. Coral wants nothing more than to leave. Despite both families coming to blows, somehow they manage to find a little common ground but is it enough to stay together? Jack's temper and disregard for Coral's feelings say otherwise. But on the other hand, Coral is mighty demanding at times. A truly good story. 4 stars.
The Colorado Coincidence
Another wow story. Mack is an illegitimate son of a Duke, on the run for his life. Gloree (love her name) is a recent widow. Her husband promised to send someone to take care of her when he died, and when Mack shows off during a gunfight where she's defending her land and herself, she marries him. Brilliant resolution to this story. Moments of intrigue are mixed with romance. A very sweet story. 4.5 stars.
Railroaded into Love
Rose Ross Zediker
A very sweet story of a missionary preacher who has been selected to travel on a chapel railroad car to preform funeral services, church services, and weddings. (I'd like to find out more about this type of ministry and how common it was). He finds himself married to save a once-upon-a-time neighbor from jail. His brother is spouting nonsense about her brother being a cattle rustler and abandoning her at a saloon. A very cute story that has several twists. Enjoyed it. 4.5 stars.
4.22 stars average for the collection. Recommended.
SunnieUSAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great collection!March 8, 2016SunnieUSAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I am not going to review each of the 9 historical Romances in this collection individually, but will review Amy Lillard's contribution. First, I really enjoyed the book and I was so happy to add it to my collection. Each story was unique in it's own way and was about situations causing an unexpected/unwanted matrimony and how they turned out.
I especially enjoyed Amy Lillard's in which the heroine, a woman with some property and only a prospect that wanted that property, decides to take matters into her own hands, as she realized that she can't plow and maintain all as it should be.
Her choice of mates was definitely an unusual one and I won't tell who that was or how it came to be except that it was a first in my reading experience. I really enjoyed the stories. And totally loved the collection!
CherylB19875 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful!March 6, 2016CherylB1987Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a collection of nine Historical Romances Began After Saying I Do. Angela Bell, Angela Breidenbach, Lisa Carter, Mary Connealy, Rebecca Jepson, Amy Lillard, Gina Welborn, Kathleen YBarbo, and Rose Ross Zediker wrote a story in this most wonderful collection. There is so mush faith, hope, devotion, frustration, and laughter throughout this story. I was captured right from the start. Each story that was just as mesmerizing as the first one. Be sure to order your copy of The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection today. 5 stars!
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5superb collectionFebruary 24, 2016Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Substitute Bride by Angela Bell: London, England, June, 1865, Gwen's mother convinces her to be the substitute bride for her sister, Cynthia, in her marriage to Lord Elliott Carlyle. Elliott is not happy about the arrangement that he was tricked into, but their love for books and art may just save the day and make their marriage work.
My REVIEW of The Substitute Bride: This is a very well written and touching novella. I felt great empathy for Gwen and Elliott who were both placed in an awkward situation which is now permanent. I was just disappointed that the story ended and I wanted to know more about Gwen and Elliott's relationship. I rate this novella 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
Bridal Whispers by Angela Breidenbach: Saint Paul, MN, March 5, 1900, Maila and Burton work to help their family rebuild itself when Burton's wife and many other family members due of influenza. Maila has been away studying to be a nurse and finally practising as one. But now it is her duty to help her family. Burton needs her help too. But the townswomen spread rumors that Burton and Maila are behaving shamefully. Maila's mother insists they marry when she hears this. Will Burton ever be able to forget his beautiful first wife, Rose? Will Maila be stuck forever in a loveless marriage?
MY REVIEW of Bridal Whispers: This is such a fun novella to read. It must have been very sad and frightening for so many people to die of influenza. I felt so sorry for Maila as it seemed she had to give up her nursing position and the man she loved as well. I rated this novella 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
Mule Dazed by Lisa Carter: Montana Territory, 1885, Hattie runs away from her home when her brothers promise her in marriage to a man she doesn't love, and meets up with the sheriff of Hitching Post, Montana. He promptly arrests her for releasing the mules ready to race in the town's annual Mule Days' race. Sheriff Braxton Cashel recognizes her as the girl from his childhood, known as "Crazy Hair". Her brothers ride into town and force them to marry when they say he has compromised her virtue by sleeping in the cell with her all night. Their marriage gets off to a rough start, but Braxton begins to enjoy her cooking, her lovely curls, and her constant chatter. Will their marriage last? or will he have it annuled when the judge returns to town as promised?
MY REVIEW of Mule Dazed: What a cute novella ! I love the annual tradition of Mule Days when the men and women have all sorts of activities planned to hook up as couples and a minister is there to marry all the lucky couples at the end of the festivities. This novella had me laughing and hoping for things to work out for Braxton and Hattie.
I rated this novella 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
The Sweetwater Bride by Mary Connealy: Montana, July, 1897, Tanner Harden rides out on his land to find a creek to water his cattle and animals, and finds a hidden cover behind a huge rock formation. In that cove, he finds an even bigger surprise....a woman who has lived alone for 4 or 5 years (she is not sure of the exact time) and has not even traveled out to a town in all this time! He kidnaps her and takes her to his home to meet his mother, and in the process, he falls in love with Debba. Will Debba marry him or will she insist on going back to live in her own cabin alone?
MY REVIEW: This is a delightful novella. Debba and Tanner are precious characters. He truly cares about her and fears for her loneliness in living alone. I loved this novella and rated it 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
A Highbrow Hoodwink by Rebecca Jepson: Aspen, Colorado, February 1883, Katie has an illegimate son, Georgie, who is ten months old and Henry comes to find her and tell her the father of her baby is dead and he wants to take her son as Georgie is now the heir to a huge family fortune. She refuses to let her son go and Henry then asks her to marry him. She agrees, but life is not good between Henry and Katie. He resents her and her son. Will he ever look at her and her son with love in his eyes?
MY REVIEW: This was a surprising novella to read as many events popped up that I wasn't expecting. This made the book very excited. It is a light, quick read and well worth the time. I rated this novella 5 stars and highly recommend it.
Not So Pretty Penny by Amy Lillard:Kansas, 1867, Penny's brother and father have not returned from fighting in the Civil War and she needs a man to help her plant the crops and keep the farm going for when her loved ones return. So she does the only thing she can think of in desperation, she goes to the jail to buy a prisoner to be her husband. She marries Wash in this way and he agrees, but plans to leave after the crops are in to exact revenge on the man who murdered his sister and framed him for the murder. What will happen with Penny and Wash living on the farm and not loving each other?
MY REVIEW: This novella made me imagine the agony that many experienced from the Civil War. Women had little choice in many cases but to marry men out of necissity. I found the characters believable and likable. I was drawn into the story and hopeful for the future for Wash and Penny. I rated this novella 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
All's Fair by Gina Welborn: Wathens, Kansas, July 4, 1900, Coral Davies and Hiram Kent were secretly seeing each other but the Davies and Kent families had a long feud running and the Kent and Davies' boys saw them together one day. They fought Hiram and Jack Kent threw Coral into the icy waters of the river and caused her to be deaf in one ear. They fight again years later and all end up thrown in jail. The judge orders a Kent and Davies to marry or he will charge them all. Jack Kent and Coral Davies volunteer to marry. How will their marriage ever work though? Will this end the families' feud?
MY REVIEW: This is a very touching novella focusing on forgiveness and stopping generational sins. Forgiveness is certainly not easy but Coral and Jack both work hard to make it happen, and this book inspires others to do the same. I rated this novella 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
The Colorado Coincidence by Kathleen Y'Barbo: May 1878, Callyville, Colorado, Gloree Lowe's husband and children have died after they moved from Texas to Colorado, and a man from the town and his two sons come to buy her farm and home from her....ordering her to accept their offer. Mack McCoy happens to ride up on the scene and helps Gloree and ends up marrying her and paying the debt on the farm to the bank. It is a marriage of convenience and both Gloree and Mack have secrets they are keeping. Will love come to them and will they share their secrets and resolve their differences?
MY REVIEW: Again, I felt so bad for women in this time period as they had no rights to ownership of land. The land went to a man as in the case here. The will stipulated it could belong to a man who would become her husband. It must have felt very lonely for women in many ways, especially being physically far from other families. I fell in love with this couple and just wanted the best for them, as if they were true friends of mine. I rated this novella 5 stars and definitely recommend it to readers.
Railroaded into Love by Rose Ross Zediker: Montana, 1895, Molly was picked up by the deputy where she was living in a saloon after her brother dropped her there and left. The deputy takes her to his brother, Noah, who is a new minister serving the Railroad and living and preaching from a railroad car. He wants Noah to let her stay with him but the minister in charge of Noah says it would be improper unless they were married, so they get married so that Molly can stay there. She plays the organ and sings for the services and helps Noah. But her outlaw brother, Cass, is trouble and means to harm them all. Will they find love in their marriage or have it annulled? Will Cass be found and straighten up?
MY REVIEW: This was very interesting as I had never heard of preachers working out of the railroad cars in this manner. I was married to a minister and it actually sounds very exciting. This novella addresses prejudice and tolerance for others in a lovely way. I rated this novella 5 stars and would be glad to recommend it to readers.
I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.