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Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Join the race from Missouri, across the plains and mountains to California and back again as brave Pony Express riders and their supporters along the route work to get mail across country in just ten days. It is an outstanding task in the years 1860 to 1861, and only a few are up to the job. Faced with challenges of terrain, weather, hostile natives, sickness, and more, can these adventurous pioneers hold fast, and can they also find lasting love in the midst of daily trials?
A Place to Belong by Barbara Tifft Blakey
An Express rider promises to help fulfill Abigails dream to return to her childhood home. Jacob doesnt trust him, but what other option does she have?
An Unlikely Hero by Mary Davis
BethAnn along with her little sister are running from a mistake and find security at a Pony Express station and love in the quiet affection of a shy Pony Express rider.
The Gamblers Daughter by Darlene Franklin
Gambling debts drive Caroline Adamss estranged father away from the Chelan Swing Station before her arrival. Can his replacement conquer the temptations goading them both to prove himself worthy of Carolines love?
Her Lonely Heart by Cynthia Hickey
Widow Sadie Mathewson wants to find love again. But when an injured pony express rider shows up at her station, love finds her in an unexpected way.
My Dear Adora by Maureen Lang
Chip Nolan must dispatch the letters his brother cant after being left for dead on the Pony Express trail. One letter stands out, addressed to "My Dear Adora" stirring Chips heart before he even meets its recipient.
Ride into My Heart by Debby Lee
Kimimela works at a Pony Express station where she struggles to cope with the death of her sister. When shes kidnapped by gun smugglers, can her friend, Pony Express rider Gabe, rescue her in time?
Echoes of the Heart by Donna Schlachter
A mail order bride. A crippled stationmaster. No way out for either of themexcept with each other. Can they surrender their hearts and find true love?
Abundance of the Heart by Connie Stevens
Unfulfilled goals haunt Fletcher and Mercy at a remote Nebraska outpost, but unexpected circumstances may offer a last-chance opportunity to pursue the dream of riding for the Pony Express.
Embattled Hearts by Pegg Thomas
Alannah Fagan escaped from a battle she wouldnt survive. Stewart McCann left behind a battle he couldnt face. Thrown together at Horseshoe Station, can they find something worth fighting for?
Mary lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband of over thirty years and two cats. She has three adult children and one grandchild. She enjoys playing board and card games, rain, and cats. She would enjoy gardening if she didnt have a black thumb. Her hobbies include quilting, porcelain doll making, sewing, crafts, crocheting, and knitting. http://marydavisbooks.com https://www.facebook.com/mary.davis.73932
Bestselling author Darlene Franklins greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online at www.darlenefranklinwrites.com
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.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5LOVE these collections books!January 9, 2018wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Every time I read one of these 'collections' books, it reminds me of why I enjoy them so much. Anywhere from four to nine short stories usually, all around the same focus but not connected. I find new authors to watch for and great writers. Of course there are some stories that I like better than others, that is not saying the others are not good, and I am sure other readers may probably like others better than my choices, that is what is so great about these books. Yes, I highly recommend this book!
Kate4 Stars Out Of 5Good readSeptember 20, 2017KateQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This collection of sweet stories was a joy to read. With each story including some aspect of the pony express, a historical twist was added to the tales, creating an interesting dimension.
While these stories each held their own appeal, my favorite was Maureen Lang's. She has long been a favorite author, and I enjoyed delving into her novella. However, all the other authors wrote with quality, creating tales filed with tension, mystery, and romance. I recommend this collection to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.
RatGirl244 Stars Out Of 5Sweet western romance collection; perfect for any age!June 25, 2017RatGirl24Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Its amazing to think that something as ingrained in American history such as the Pony Express was only in operation for 19 months! The Pony Express Romance Collection: Historic Express Mail Route Delivers Nine Inspiring Romances is full of interesting facts. For example, they looked for riders who were quite young: between 12 and 18. The smaller and lighter, the better. They also preferred orphans and women were not even considered. You will find these and other interesting facts in the book.
As mentioned in the title, the book contains nine short stories. They all take place within a short time frame and each romance centers around a Pony Express station/stop and tackles issues like bigotry, racism, slavery, prostitution, abuse. The primary characters are also concerned with new telegraph line being constructed as it signals the end of the Pony Express and their jobs.
The common theme throughout these stories, other than the Pony Express and romance, is a character believes that God either does not love them/care about them or does not listen to their prayers. Throughout the story, the character finds him or herself praying/seeking God and realizing His love for him or her. Great reminders that When god doesnt answer the way we want Him to, its because He knows whats best for us better than we do.
I enjoyed The Gamblers Daughter and its reminder that God never leads us to sin. Set on Christmas Eve in 1860, it is the story of a young lady who sets out to find her father and instead finds romance.
I found that some of the stories seemed to have a similar storyline and appreciated the last couple as they were a bit different. Women were not prized for their ability to cook and clean, but as a horse whisperer and stable hand. However, this is still a good book and would be great for any age as it is clean and has good lessons.
Release/Publication Date: March 15, 2017
Genre: Christian Fiction, Western, Romance
Source: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you!
Rating: 4 stars
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5EntertainingJune 15, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Hearts Are United by Express Mail" (back cover)
The Pony Express Romance Collection consists of stories by Barbara Tifft Blakey, Mary Davis, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Maureen Lang, Debby Lee, Donna Schlachter, Connie Stevens and Pegg Thomas. All wonderful authors that I've had the pleasure of reading one or more of their novella collections in the past (if I remember correctly). I'm a fan of Barbour Publishing's romance collections. I love bringing it on a trip so I can satisfy my love for reading in short doses, especially when traveling.
This particular collection surprised me a bit since I had assume it was related more to love story that started off through the express mail or along the way. Some of the stories' settings were as such, but not all, and I think it's okay as long as the story is entertaining. I read most of the stories in this collection one at a time, and I think it helped differentiate them. Each story had a great premise and does provide a certain message that I appreciate. The characters on the majority were someone I'd enjoy getting to know. The trouble with many novellas are the lack of character or romance development, and for a select few, it was like that. Though for many, I loved it so much, I hated to see it end. In all, The Pony Express Romance Collection have some great stories. For those that enjoy a light and short read set out in the early American West, this collection will be a fun one. It was for me.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Danger and Romance on the PlainsMay 20, 2017CaroljoFarmington, MOAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Horse lovers, Pony Express fans, midwest history fans, this book is for you! The book deals more with life at waystations than the riders. If you enjoy novellas set in the 1800s, you will like this book. I learned a lot about the dangers faced by people at the waystations which were usually rather isolated. This is a good book to read when you only have a short time to read one of the novellas. If I had to pick a favorite, it would probably be Echoes of the Heart by Donna Schlachter. I received my copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection from Maureen Lang. This is my honest opinion.