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IreneUnited States5 Stars Out Of 5Great family relationshipsJune 3, 2013IreneUnited StatesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is another great book by publisher Barbour. This book has four stories that are related to each other but are terrific as standalone stories as well. I liked how each of the four McBride sisters had their own unique personalities and therefore each of the romance stories was different. Even though the stories where short they still had plenty of humor and good conversations to make then entertaining. The relationship of the sisters helped make this book even more appealing. This is one of my favorite four-in-one romances and for that reason I gladly give this book a 5/5 star rating. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a quick clean romance to read.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
P. Zeller4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable!February 25, 2013P. ZellerQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Texas Wildflowers" is a delightful collection of four stories about the McBride sisters - Rosy, Lily, Violet, and Heather. Each sister has her own story, told from her own point of view. The stories include:
"Everything's Coming Up Rosy"
"Forget Me Not Lily"
"For the Love of Violet"
"Dreaming of Heather"
Entertaining and fun, each of the "Texas Wildflowers" stories can be read in a single sitting, and my favorite of the four stories was Heather's story "Dreaming of Heather." I loved how Ms. Higman used the underlying theme of God allowing the closing of one door, but opening another (much better) door.
I look forward to reading more books by Anita Higman and would recommend this book for those who love a satisfying contemporary romance read.
A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5A typical Christian romance novelJanuary 5, 2013A Cluttered MindRochester, MNAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I typically save the reviews of romance novels for my wife, Ann. I've made an exception this time around and read this one myself. I really wanted to see what it was like again. And my conclusion? Not bad.
I like the novella concept; it keeps things short and to the point. There's not time for lots of extra word fodder when you've less than 100 pages for four books-in-one.
One thing I liked about Higman's book was the trust in God each of her main female characters had. When life brought some crucial decision-making needs or tension, each one would find strength in God.
One thing I wish I could see more of in any book out of this genre: more stress on redemption through Christ Jesus. I have yet to see any 'Christian romance novel' lay this out clearly. It's mentioned only briefly, it's skirted around, or the authors seem to think that faith in God equals the same thing as trusting Christ as the Savior of their souls and forgiver of their sins. I'm not sure why this seems to be the case. I know it's a topic of conversation/debate among authors, but if they master their craft I would think they could work in a clear gospel message without it becoming cheesy.
So that would be my challenge. At the same time, I don't see any 'harm' in these types of books. I can certainly commend Higman's 4-part novella to you.
Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Romancing America ~ Texas WildflowersJanuary 5, 2013Its About Time MamawCleveland, TexasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleWhat is better that a good Texas Romance? Four Texas Romance books in one!
This book is about the McBride sisters. They were raised in Galveston, Texas and enjoy the fact that their mother owned a Scrapbooking Shop on Galveston's popular Strand. All three girls are on their own living in different parts of Texas. Each one of them is single and waiting for their soul mates.
Everything's Coming Up Rosy!
The girls have come together in Galveston for Rosy's wedding but it has come very apparent that she has been left at the altar. How could this happen they love each other. Where can her Henry be? She was going to Kill him!
She realizes she pushed too hard for a marriage that Henry just was not ready for. So instead of killing him she closes herself up in her old bedroom at her parent's house. Then her best bud, Lars shows up as her knight in shining armor to pull her from the pit of depression. Why had she not seen what a special man Lars was, he knew her better than anyone?
God had a better plan for Rosy.
For the Love of Violet!
Violet owns her own business called Romantic Images. Her business is doing so well she has someone else running the business for her. Violet loves hiking and living in this scenic town of Alpine, Texas. As she is enjoying a quiet day when she hears a racket coming up her driveway. Stepping out of a rattle trap of a truck is a cowboy. He introduces himself as one of her online customers and he has a very high opinion of her. This was kind of freaky that this man would drive out to her home to meet her. He wants to pay her to teach him how to be romantic. Crazy!
She was not sure how it happened but she agreed to help him for an outrageous price thinking he would not pay what she asked. But he agreed pay whatever she asked. They decided to hike up a mountain as they had their first lesson on living romantically. The more time she spent with Will the more she liked him. Maybe he was teaching her a lesson in romance.
Forget Me Not Lily!
Lily has started her own business as a Christian counselor but she does not have very much confidence in herself. When she attended school she missed a lot of classes helping a sick friend. Even though she got her degree she feels as if she miss some important lessons.
She has several patients and they all seem to be happy under her care. Her motto is to not just be there counselor but their friend.
One day a very handsome man comes to her office to make an appointment for counseling. He feels it is not necessary but his boss slash friend thinks differently. Lily and Rubin meet to access his counseling needs and decide he really doesn't need counseling. Rubin kept making advances that were hard to miss and she decided to invite him to a party she was having at her home for all of her patient slash friends. Lily is attracted to Rubin but his gorgeous female boss also has her eyes set on Rubin. Would it be ethical for Lily to date Rubin?
Dreaming of Heather!
Heather has just resigned from her job. The job had been one of deceit and lies and she did not want to have any part of that kind of business.
She felt like she had a load removed and was ready to move on to an honest profession. She owned her own home in Southeast Texas on Horseshoe Bayou. It was her beautiful relaxing haven. She likes sitting on her back porch watching God's majestic creations.
As she sits enjoying the view a handsome man in a tuxedo comes walking up with a broad smile on his face. She must be having a vision. Come to find out he was her neighbor and needed a favor. He asked her if she would be his date for a wedding he had to attend. At first she considered the fact that she did not know this man from Adam. Then he explains that his deceased aunt had left him the house. His aunt had spoken often and kindly about Heather on several occasions when she was living. So he felt like he already knew Heather. They joked around and she decided since he really wasn't a complete stranger she would help him out and be his date for the wedding. Besides he was something else!
After just one date they both knew there was a strong connection between the two of them.
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I will not tell you how things ended so you will need to grab a copy of the book to find out if there was a happy ending.
I had a great connection with this book because I live in the Piney Woods of Southeast Texas. Plus I have three daughters and two step-daughters that I had the pleasure and watching them fall in and out and in love. I would like to say they are all living happily ever after but they are all living their life the way they choose and that is what counts.
The author wrote of the diverse situations of each sister as they sought their soul mates. These stories were sad at times, definitely funny and very romantic. God had a special plan for each sister.
I found each story to be special in its own way.
I highly recommend this book.
I received a free copy of this book from the author for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. It is my own opinion.
ValerieBC, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Romance Blooms in Texas!November 22, 2012ValerieBC, CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The four McBride sisters and their parents are a close family, though the girls are all grown and living on their own. If one of them needs something, her sisters are sure to pitch in.
Texas Wildflowers, a collection of four contemporary romance novellas, is a part of the Romancing America series. In this case, all four are written by one Texan author, Anita Higman. Something unique about this group of stories is that all are written in first person POV, and only from the viewpoint of the female main character, instead of the more usual third person with alternating main characters that most romances seem to have. It worked fine-just letting you know in case it matters to you.
The first novella, "Everything's Coming up Rosy," starts with Rose McBride waiting at the church for her groom to show up. Instead, he texts the best man to explain he just can't go through with it. Rose is heartbroken but soon realizes she isn't as devastated as she would have expected to be. Is that partly because her friend Lars is determined to break her out of her doldrums? And then there's Siggy, a little neighbor boy who's living with his elderly relative, who simply hasn't the energy to keep up with a child. Siggy wants a forever home. Can he and Lars pull this off with Rose?
Lily is a relationship counselor who's never been in love. "Forget Me Not Lily" is the fun tale of a guy requesting counseling (at the insistence of his boss) to get over being jilted by his fiancee months ago. For once Lily wishes dating a client wasn't against her code of ethics! Things get complicated when she finds Ruben's boss is a woman with barely hidden motives. Can Lily navigate these tricky waters?
Next we meet Violet in her tale, "For the Love of Violet." She owns a successful business called Romantic Images. She figures she's so good at it because she isn't a romantic herself, just knows what most women will like. Good thing she can focus on the business end of things! But when Morgan shows up in a decrepit jalopy he appears to love and asks her advice on using all her products to woo a woman, she doesn't expect to fall for him. It's just not in her game plan.
"Dreaming of Jasmine" is the final story, in which Jasmine is invited to accompany the single guy-next-door to a wedding and encounters all his relatives eager for him to marry. But Jasmine isn't too sure about Evan Finch. After all, he's a motivational speaker, very popular with women's groups. Can she trust him to not manipulate her? Can she trust him to handle himself appropriately when women practically swoon at his feet? Jasmine has determined to tell the truth at all cost and doesn't trust too easily-a combination that might cause Evan to run for the hills.
This quartet of stories about straight-talking outdoorsy Texas sisters is a fun addition to the Romancing America series.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for the purposes of review. Opinions are mine alone.
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