Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Bride For All Seasons Review



A Bride for All Seasons by Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Robin Lee Hatcher, and Mary Connealy came out last year.  It is an anthology of short stories by each of these authors.  The genre is Inspirational Romance, and Historical Fiction. 

Synopsis:

Mr. Hitchcock runs the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride business.  He needs to help four couples see beyond their rough draft letters of their letters have a little nudge towards love.  Can he help them see the errors of their way?  A little twist of a word or drop a page or two or a rewrite might just make the difference each of their letters.  How would these couples feel about his interference in their plans? 

My Thoughts:

I am not a huge fan of anthologies that being said.  I did like this one.  I thought that the concept for this anthology is great and full of humor.  I wish that all the authors had stuck more to the format of the first story in the anthology.  I loved all the stories but one.  The last anthology I read the authors which were a different set than what I just read had a great plan to keep the reader interested in the entire novel.  They shared information with each other which made for a more enjoyable read all around. 

These stories were set in different states Texas, Kansas, Idaho, and Wyoming.  The best part of this novel is the humor interlaced with these unsuspecting couples. There is also guide listed at the end of the first story to help you understand Mr. Hitchock’s meddling ways.  

Rating:

3.75/5

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Margaret Brownley, DebraClopton, Robin Lee Hatcher,  and Mary Connealy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

How Would Mrs. Edean Define the Fine Art of Baking Blind?



Thank you to St. Martins Press for sending me a copy of The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan. This novel was given to me in exchange for an honest review.  I am a fan of historical fiction no matter the continent it is set on.  This one happens to be set in Great Britain. 

Synopsis: 

Kathleen Eaden is the baking maven and grand supporter of her husband George’s Supermarket business. She is still the talk of the country today.  Her book the Art of Baking is idolized by many.  So when Eadens Supermarket decides to have a competition to find the new Mrs. Eaden who could possibly enter?  Jenny a housewife who has an empty nest with a husband who doesn’t appreciate her.  Karen who loves baking but has a secret that could have great consequences for herself and her family.  Vicki a young housewife who can’t seem to get her mother’s attention when it comes to success or family.  Or would it be Claire the young single mother who also works for Eadens. Finally there is Mike a widower who has a great talent in the kitchen.  Who will win?

My Thoughts: 

I enjoyed this novel!  It was a little different from the last baking contest novel that I read but still entertaining. Since the story is set in Great Britain I did have to keep in mind that biscuit, pies, and puddings are a little different terminology than what we Americans are used to.  There were times when readings about certain characters I either felt for them or wanted to say come on but it made me want to continue to read to find out what might happen.  The novel is a little long but worth the read. 

This novel had a back and forth style that is a little different than what I am used to when reading a historical fiction novel.  Usually the parts that take place in the past are more separated from the other current story line.  I did not find them to be as separate in style.  

Rating: 

4.5/5

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