The Pony Express Romance Collection: Historic Express Mail Route Delivers Nine Inspiring Romances - eBook
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Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
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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.
hplady5 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Historical FictionApril 4, 2017hpladyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Pony Express Romance Collection
Lovers of historical fiction will enjoy getting lost in nine stories about the Pony Express, which ran from 1860-1861, delivering mail across the country in just ten days. I love that these stories told so much history, while still allowing readers to experience the emotions of the characters.
The first story is A Place to Belong by Barbara Tifft Blakey. Abigail lives with her uncle and cousin at the Pony Express station. Also there is Jacob, a young man waiting for Gods leading in his life. When a Pony Express rider offers to take Abigail back East where she grew up before her parents passed away, she is excited and hopeful. Jacob doesnt trust the young rider though. Will Abigail find her home? Or will she discover that she is already there?
Second, we have An Unlikely Hero by Mary Davis. BethAnn and her little sister Molly are on the run from debt. When their family got sick, they had to have help to pay for everything and got in over their heads. The collector is a cruel man, intent on taking advantage of the two young girls. Fox is a rider at the Express station and as he and BethAnn develop feelings for each other, BethAnn worries about what will happen when their past catches up to them. Will they be able to make it together? Or will her past forever haunt her future?
Next, The Gamblers Daughter, by Darlene Franklin, is the story of Caroline Adams and her search for her father, who left when she was very small. She arrives at the last address she has for him, a Pony Express station, to find that he is gone. The current station master finds an old diary of his and helps her discover where he might be. Along the way, romance blossoms, but Martin has secrets of his own. Can they overcome the sorrow in their lives to make way for a happy future?
In the fourth story, Her Lonely Heart, by Cynthia Hickey, widow Sadie Mathewson runs the station after the death of her husband. A young rider is injured while on the Express and his brother comes to take care of him. Luke is a doctor from the city and he learns how much he loves the country. Will he also find love for Sadie?
Story number five is My Dear Adora, by Maureen Lang. Chip has been tasked with delivering some letters that were robbed during a raid on a Pony Express run. One is to Adora, a young lady who is trying to make her way in San Francisco without her family. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he must read the letter in order to deliver it. In the process, he begins to imagine her and what might be when they meet. However, when they meet, she also has another man who is interested in her affections. Can Chip convince her that he alone can carry her heart, just as he did her letter?
The next story is Ride Into My Heart, by Debby Lee. Kimimela works at a Pony Express station and Gabe is a rider. Both are half Indian and have experienced the struggle of trying to fit into two different worlds. As they learn to survive, they also learn to rely on each other. When Kimimela is kidnapped, can Gabe save her? And can they form a future together, despite the pain of the past?
Echoes of the Heart, by Donna Schlachter, is the story of Catherine and Benjamin. She is a mail order bride there on false pretenses. He is a crippled station master who is bitter and hurting. When they start to let one another close, they find that love can happen in the most unlikely of ways.
In Abundance of the Heart, by Connie Stevens, Fletcher finds his horse trainer abusing horses and sends him off. As he tries to care for the horses, with no knowledge of how, Mercy and her brothers arrive. She immediately takes over the care of the horses, showing patience and love while helping them to heal. Can she do the same for Fletcher?
In the final story, Embattled Hearts, by Pegg Thomas, Alannah and her brother must escape their abusive stepfather and his sons. They seek shelter in a cove of trees, only to be discovered by the station master Stewart. He tries to help them, and in protecting them, also brings healing to Alannahs heart.
I truly enjoyed all of these stories and I would recommend them to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a dash of romance and happy endings. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for my honest reviews.
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