1. Sincerely Yours, 4 Volumes in 1
    Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, Ann Shorey
    Revell / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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  1. LifeofLiterature
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Simple and Sweet
    April 1, 2014
    LifeofLiterature
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Sincerely Yours is a novella collection of four short stories in which four young women find their lives changed after receiving a letter signed with the valediction, "sincerely yours." This common theme ties the four stories together nicely, despite the very different time periods and plots. The new paths of each woman entail exciting adventures among rivers, drawing rooms, inns, and hospitals and will perhaps even lead to everlasting love.

    Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes

    Camilla Renfrew responds to a letter from a friend who offers protection after a false accusation leaves her running from the law. She finds herself drawn to the mysterious captain of a steamboat bound for her destination. The setting of the first story is interesting and the dangers involved for both characters make the plot exciting. However, the flow of this novella is a little choppy and forced, pushing the characters toward each other in an awkward fashion. Although not uncommon for a novella, the ending was a bit too neat and unrealistic.

    Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey

    Marigold Montgomery Bentley uses her initials when writing articles for a popular magazine, causing everyone to assume she is a man. However, when the editor writes her a letter asking to meet, M. M. Bentley finds herself desperately trying to continue the rouse to save her writing career. This is the most well-written and enjoyable of the four novellas. The characters are likable and the plot is entertaining even as it gives its readers a glimpse into women's roles in the late nineteenth century. As is the case with most novellas, the romance is quick and tidy, but the inward strength of the characters and their complimentary life goals makes their love believable and sweet.

    One Little Word by Amanda Cabot

    Lorraine Caldwell receives a letter from her brother for the first time in several years and the note of pleading in his tone causes her to join him at the remote and beautiful Lilac Inn. Instead of spending a short time with her brother as intended, Lorraine instead discovers she is attracted to the mystifying carousel carver and thus extends her stay as she discerns what matters most in life. This particular novella is fascinating as it details the unique process of creating a carousel. The descriptions allow the reader to visualize the beautiful colors and hard work involved in the creation of the carousel. The love between the characters develops quickly and the ending is rather unrealistic in its neatness, but the short story is enjoyable.

    A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick

    Grace Hathaway travels to save her friend from a remote and mysterious hospital after the woman's young daughter sends a letter begging Grace for help. Upon her arrival, Grace discovers the hospital promises rapid healing but instead only serves to harm the patients; she thus seeks the help of a doctor who has a secret of his own. Although this novella at first seems mysterious and exciting, it quickly becomes almost creepy as Grace discovers the horrible practices used to "cure" the patients. The plot is not enjoyable and the horrifying conditions and physiological mind games of the hospital do not create a pleasant scene for romance. This short story could stand alone as the tone was so different from the lighthearted and sweet storylines of the first three novellas.

    I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
  2. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 1, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes

    Camilla Renfrew is on the run. She has a debt collector on her heels. She jumps aboard a ship bound for Albany, New York and an old friend who has promised her a job. The year is 1825 and Nathaniel Black is trying desperately to raise enough money to buy out his other two partners to achieve his life's dream of owning his own steamboat. However, one of his partners doesn't want to sell to him and causes all kinds of problems for Nathaniel. Now, he is saddled with a female passenger, one who is entirely too attractive to him. Will he realize he hasn't trusted the Lord for his future before it's too late?

    Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey

    Merri Bentley is not interested in being part of the upper crust's society in the year 1858 or any other year. She is too shy and would rather spend her time writing. She has been writing articles on marriage for a magazine, but the editor thinks she is a man and probably doesn't want articles from a single woman on the subject of marriage. When her editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley in person, Merrie enlists the aid of her piano teacher, Colin Thackery, to pose as Mr. Bentley. Since her piano lessons started, Colin has grown more and more fond of Merrie, but realizes their difference social standing will not allow a romantic relationship to occur. Why can't his heart realize this?

    One Little Word by Amanda Cabot

    Jonah Mann is a master woodworker who is creating a carousel for a hotel. He only has two months left until he returns to England to take over the family estate, giving up woodworking forever. Per family tradition and to uphold family honor, he must also marry a distant cousin. Lorraine Caldwell must marry in three months, September 1892, or lose her inheritance. She travels to the hotel where her brother is part owner to see him after two years of being apart. She meets Jonah and soon realizes he is much more than a painter. Over the next few weeks, they work together to create the carousel. Lorraine discovers she is worth marrying for love, not for money or social position.

    A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick

    It is 1911 and Grace Hathaway receives a letter from her godchild, stating her mother won't come home. Grace discovers that her friend, Rebecca, has been admitted to a sanatorium in a remote area of Washington. The treatment for all conditions is starvation, enemas and lots of exercise. Meanwhile, patients are given drugs to make them more compliant and amenable to suggestions. Grace sets out to rescue her friend, but can't do it alone. She meets Dr. Claude Millikan who befriends her and gives her information about what is going on in the clinic, although he is secretive about what he does in his work at the clinic. What Grace discovers is unbelievable. Can she trust Claude to help her or is he really working for the evil doctor?
  3. inspiremichelle
    Loureauville, LA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 31, 2014
    inspiremichelle
    Loureauville, LA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sincerely Yours is a collection of four novellas. Four unexpected letters lead to four lives changes forever. I really enjoyed all four novellas and found them all to be great historical Christian Fiction books. This is the first book I have read by each author, I found all the novellas to be compelling and well thought out with an enjoyable historical aspect. I give Sincerely Yours 5 stars and recommend it to all lovers of Christian Historical Fiction.

    A Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes

    May 1825, Camilla Renfrew finds herself running down Barclay Street in New York City. The Marianne has just pulled from the shore of the East River and Camilla knows she has to be on it. She risks all to jump from the wharf onto the rising gangway of the moving steamboat. Camilla knows her only hope running from false accusations is to reach her friend Joanna and take the job she wrote about.

    Captain Nathaniel Black is none to pleased to have a lone unprotected female on his boat and is determined to return her to the shore the first chance he gets. That changes when he sees rival Riley Lancaster's boat headed into the river after them. Riley will do everything in his power to make Captain Black miss his deadline and have to sell his beloved boat.

    What Camilla did not expect was to fall for the kind handsome boat captain. Read this great novella to see if she is able to prove the accusations wrong and if Captain Black is able to save his boat.

    The author Laurie Alice Eakes did and outstanding job brining the characters to life. She created a beautiful story out of the opening of the historic steamboats of the Erie Canal that brought travel from Albany to Lake Erie in 1825.

    Lessons in Love by Anne Shorey

    Marigold Montgomery Bentley finds herself in Chicago in 1858, training to be a high society wife. She dreams of being a published author. Her dreams come true when Kipler's Home Weekly starts publishing her articles on marriage advice. The only problem is the publisher thinks she is married and male but she is single and female. Piano teacher Colin Thackery comes to her aide when the editor wants to meet Mr. Bentley in person. He acts as Mr. Bentley for the meeting and helps her with future articles. That is until he gets cold feet and starts to develop feeling for Merrie, who he thinks is out of his league.

    Author Anne Shorey does a great demonstrating how society viewed the roles of wives and women in those days.

    One Little Word by Amanda Cabot

    Lorraine Caldwell finds herself reading a letter in May of 1892 from her long lost brother. On the verge of losing the family fortune if she does not marry soon she decides to visit her brother at Lilac Hall. She is hoping to find answers to her problems there. The only skills Lorraine has is water painting, playing the piano and hosting parties. How can she survive without the family money or a husband. Once at Lilac Hall she meets Jonah Mann, but he is not all he seems to be. Trying to prove her worth she does odd jobs around the mansion, but her skills are a royal mess. Just when she has given up all hope she has a chance at love but Johan is determined to fulfill family tradition. Will she lose all or gain everything while helping Jonah paint the carousel he is building.

    The author Amanda Cabot did a grand job bringing the carousel to life with her vivid descriptions. She will have you wanting to hop on the nearest carousel for a spin.

    A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick

    Grace Hathaway is summoned by the young child of a friend, hoping she can save her mom and get her to come home. Her friend went to the sanatorium like facility to heal after the death of her husband. As Grace investigates the sanatorium undercover, she discovers they are starving patients to death by fasting as a way to heal. With the unknown help of Dr Claude Millikan they set out to save Rebecca and other patients.

    The author Jane Kirkpatrick did an outstanding job of bringing history and mystery together in a fantastic novella about the real life Linda Hazzard of Wilderness Heights. I found the story so intriguing I had to find about more about the true story.

    I want to give a high-five to the authors Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes and Ann Shorey and publisher for bringing compelling Christian books that are entertaining and give hope to the reader with stories of faith. I highly recommend this great book to anyone that enjoys historical fiction. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  4. An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Nice historical collection
    March 31, 2014
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Laurie Alice Eakes, Amanda Cabot, Ann Shorey, and Jane Kirkpatrick work together to compile a collection of novellas spanning a century - stories in which each begins with a letter . . .

    Laurie Alice Eakes' "Moonlight Promise" begins with an invitation - for the destitute Camilla of England to join an American friend on a journey through the newly completed Erie Canal. Unfortunately, Camilla has to make a certain deadline, and the debt collector on her trail is not helping matters, nor the rivalry between Nathaniel, her handsome steamboat caption, and his partner. The theme for Camilla and Nathaniel - where both feel like God is denying them everything they ask for at every turn, and that nothing in their lives ever goes right - is easy to relate to. Trusting God in spite of that and continuing to rely on Him whatever the circumstances is the hard part.

    In Anne Shorey's novella, "Lessons in Love," a formal request arrives for "Mr. M. M. Bentley" to appear in person to discuss his articles written for publication - which would be fine, except that Mr. Bentley is really a Miss. Wanting to pursue her dream of writing, Merrie convinces her piano teacher, the young and handsome Colin, to pretend to be Mr. Bentley for the day, but soon the charade gets out of control. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Merrie is not the stereotypical bold and brash female pursuing an uncommon career; rather, she is more the retiring and nearly reclusive sort, who gets into her situation from lack of boldness more so than over-boldness. It is a sweet and light-hearted tale.

    A petition from her long missing brother in Amanda Cabot's "One Little Word" convinces Lorraine to hop a train and meet him at a quaint resort. Lorraine hopes to find a solution to saving her inheritance from an unscrupulous cousin, but instead she ends up being challenged by a carousel carver to find her place in life instead. While I do not have carousel fever like the author, I did enjoy learning the carousel lore that the author included. Of the four, this story contains the least (in truth, pretty much no) references to God and faith.

    In "A Saving Grace" by Jane Kirkpatrick, Grace receives a plea from her goddaughter, along with a formal letter from a lawyer, begging that she come take care of the child and help her friend who is wasting away in a remote sanitarium. Unsure whether to trust Claude, a doctor who is helping out at "Starvation Heights," Grace decides to go undercover as a patient and rescue her friend. Shockingly, this story is based on a real clinic that touted extreme fasting as a cure of all ills, where many patients died of starvation under the care of the unlicensed Dr. Linda Hazzard. Though perhaps the least romantic of the four, I found it the most compelling for its suspense and the historical atrocity it describes.

    As I have typically found with novellas, most of these stories I would prefer to be full-length novels. The first and last I would especially have liked to be longer, since their historical settings were both clever and fascinating. Of the four, "Lessons in Love" best fits the length. While the novellas have nothing in common other than romance and that they begin with the receipt of a letter, I found the premise to be more creative than I had been expecting - the letters each have a different purpose, and as such each story spins off in its own radical direction. They form a nice historical collection, though, printed in order time period (1825-1911). 4 out of 5 stars.

    Thank you Revell for providing a free copy for the purpose of review; I was not required to make it positive, and all opinions are my own.
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