As mentioned in the previous post about "The 12 Brides of Summer: Novella Collection #1", these 4 book collections are digitally printed by Shiloh Run Studios, a digital press division of Barbour Publishing, and was off to a great start as Book #1. Now, with Book #2, I was indeed looking forward to the short stories by Mary Connealy, Amanda Cabot and Maureen Lang. Boy, was I in for a treat.
A Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connealy was a great start. Similar to her other novels, Ms. Connealy gave us a little bit of action, a little bit of fun, a little bit of "uh-oohh", and a little bit of romance. It was a nice, simple read, which I kind of wish it was a full novel since I felt many areas, it was just glided over with a time reference. I was reminded by Ms. Connealy's new book, "Now & Forever" with the opening scene.
With novellas, I wondered if authors just ran out of or does not have enough things to say or they purposely condensed it for a collection as such. There are authors that are great with novellas that felt the story completed well within the short story line. And there are some authors that are better off writing full novels. With these three stories and having the pleasure of reading these authors' other novels, I believe I have a preference on the types of novels by these authors. With A Bride Rides Herd as comparison, I think I prefer Ms. Connealy's full fledged novels, since I feel there's more in terms of developments in characters and plot of this novella. With The Fourth of July Bride, and her other full novels, Ms. Cabot demonstrated her abilities as an author that can fully provide readers with both types. And Ms. Lang's The Summer Harvest Bride, gives us a glimpse of her talents in shortening her stories, and still able to give us enough closure.
The 12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #2 – Releases July 1
The 12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #3 – Releases August 1
The 12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #4 – Releases September 1
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from the publisher, Shiloh Run Studiosof Barbour Publishing for an honest review.