Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, Ann ShoreyRevell / 2014 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$14.994.5 out of 5 stars for Sincerely Yours, 4 Volumes in 1. View reviews of this product. 34 ReviewsAvailability: In StockStock No: WW722049
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ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Short and SweetJune 1, 2014ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sincerely Yours was an enjoyable series of stories. I had hoped they would connect but it did not take away from the book at all. The novellas are great for anyone who would like to sample writings from each of the authors, or prefers a good shorter story. None of the authors failed to deliver in this book. Each story tells of a women who must rely on her faith in God to carry her through the predicaments she finds herself in. It's a delightful read.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 54 romances, each begins with a letter & a journeyMay 19, 2014MillstreetreaderAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3I don't often read novellas but when I saw that Jane Kirkpatrick was one of the authors in the SINCERELY YOURS collection, I wanted to see what she'd written. Jane Kirkpatrick's historical novels are always woven around a real person or event; many are centered in America's West or Northwest. While I find many novellas too simplistic, featuring one dimensional characters and limited plots, I do understand that readers seeking a quick finish to a story will find them appealing. With the less than 100 page restrictions, all four authors did well, but I give top honors to Jane Kirkpatrick who again managed to create a story based on an actual tidbit of Washington history.
Collections of novellas often have a simple link which binds the different stories together -- For example, they could all take place at Christmas or at the beach. In SINCERELY YOURS, all four novellas are set in the late 1800s or early 1900s and all begin with a letter which sends a heroine on a journey which that takes her away from all that is familiar and safe. In Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes, Camilla is trying to catch up with an old friend who has offered her employment.Jumping aboard a steamboat on the Erie Canal seems like a sure way to make it to her destination on time, but she learns differently.
Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey is one of those light hearted stories of mistaken identity. M. M. Bentley has been writing articles for a women's magazine but when a letter arrives from the editor suggesting a face to face meeting, M. M. has problems. While not purposely trying to hide her identity, Marigold M. Bentley just never corrected the editor when he assumed her "M. M." submissions about marriage and family life were written by a male. In One Little Word by Amanda Cabot Lorraine flees an overbearing uncle demanding that she marry and fulfill her parents' will. Traveling to the inn where her brother has quietly began a new life away from the family's money and obligations, Lorraine begins to understand the remote country inn's appeal. There, despite her society upbringing and fine manners, Lorraine finds herself quickly attracted to the handsome wood carver who is creating a fancy carousel to be the inn's featured attraction. A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick tells the story of Grace Hathaway who, when she receives a letter from the young daughter of a dear friend, drops everything and travels to a clinic nicknamed by the locals "Starvation Heights" to rescue her friend from what appear to be criminal quacks. All four stories offer risk taking heroines, dashing love interests, and glimpses into times past. Kirkpatrick's story has the added bonus of using a real medical scandal at the backdrop. That added reality makes it my favorite of the four.
I received a copy of SINCERELY YOURS from Netgalley for review purposes.
Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Pleasantly surprised!May 10, 2014Rachs RamblingsBangor, MEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A novella of four stories-Sincerely Yours
Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes is about Camilla, an English highborn lady fleeing from a man who made false accusations that she owed money. She manages to run aboard a steamboat to escape and is hopeful to find a job at journey's end. Might she find love instead?
Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey M.M. Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler's Home Weekly, yet she is single. Her name has everyone thinking she is a man. Then she must present herself to the editor for a meeting, will she tell the truth? Or can she chance the job by doing that?
One Little World by Amanda Cabot Laurraine needs to marry quickly or her inheritance goes to a gambling cousin, but the man chosen for her is not in the least chosen in her heart. She finds her brother, and hopes her visit to him will help her solve her problems. She finds love instead, only his heart must go to another because of family honor. Is there an answer for her?
A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick Grace must rescue a friend from a sanitarium that seems to be more bent on killing its patients than helping them. She places herself in danger to help. Is there anyone she can trust to help? Is there any way she can rescue her dear friend?
I believe this is the only multi author novella I've ever read. Short stories have never been my forte so I've always steered clear of them. I decided to branch out and give this one a try because two of these authors I really enjoy. I'm glad I did. Each of these stories is well worth the read. The characters are love able and the stories, though short, are very well written. Some of them did end to early, but that is the point of short stories.In typical novella fashion one doesn't have time to fully develop characters and their stories. I prefer not to give my opinion on which I liked best, just read it and decide for yourself. I did enjoy this read more than I expected I would. I definitely recommend novel readers give it a try!
I was given this book by The Book Club Network for my honest opinion which I have given
BookLoverGender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Good book! 3 1/2 starsMay 8, 2014BookLoverGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I should probably start by saying that I don't generally care for novellas that much, so you should keep that in mind while reading my review.
This is Revell's (a division of Baker Publishing Group) first historical novella collection, featuring the well-loved authors Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, Jane Kirkpatrick, and Ann Shorey. I had only read 2 of the authors' books, so I wasn't sure what to anticipate. I'm sorry to say that I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. The stories, while well written, did not connect at all. The only similarity in each novella is that the heroines received letters that send them on an adventure.
Moonlight Promises by Laurie Alice Eakes
While this novella was quite good, I wanted a little more character development, and I struggled with the two main characters falling in love in such a short time. The romance was rather unbelievable at times, while being sweet at others. I had a hard time with Camilla's character. I didn't like her very much, which meant I didn't connect with her like I normally do. She was lying by omission and when found out, both her and Captain Black's reactions seemed a little unrealistic. On the positive side, the descriptions were excellent, the story was fast paced, and it held my attention.
Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
This one I believe was my favorite. I loved Merrie and her quirks, and Colin was sweet. The romance was also believable, because the characters had known each other for some time and it wasn't rushed or forced.
The spiritual aspect was also there, though it was a little underdeveloped, in my opinion. I did like that each of them struggled with the situation and that Merrie finally made it right in the end. The ending was a little rushed. I wished the story could have been a few pages longer, in order to make it seem more complete.
One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Amanda Cabot did an excellent job with this story. The characters were well rounded, the descriptions vivid, and it didn't lag anywhere. I liked Lorraine and Jonah, each character had their quirks, which just made them more believable. The romance wasn't rushed and I liked their relationship and sparring.
My only complaint about the novella is that it was so predictable. I just wanted them to figure it out and get on with it.
Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
If Ann Shorey's gets the label of being my favorite, then this one gets least favorite. I didn't care for it at all and wasn't able to finish it. At first I just couldn't get into it, then Grace was such a ninny! She kept changing her mind, her thoughts made little sense, and we never get to see Claude's point of view. I honestly don't know how he fell in love with her. She was loony and kept getting into trouble. This story actually ruined the whole book for me. I won't be able to read any of them again, simply because I disliked this one so much.
Over all, this book was okay. I really wanted to love it, but I couldn't. I recommend this book if you really enjoy historical books and are looking for a few quick reads.
I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given. I was not require to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Stacey ZinkAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Charming read, full of history and romanceMay 1, 2014Stacey ZinkAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sincerely Yours is the first anthology from Revell Books, and they did an amazing job of pulling together four authors to write this set of stories. This is a collection of novellas with a common thread, each author uses a letter to motivate the characters in their standalone books. This book is well worth reading. I found the stories to be charming and often funny. It was entertaining and at times... educational. I came away from reading this book, feeling as if my time was well spent.
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