Off to a decent start with "The 12 Brides of Summer"

Shiloh Run Studios, a digital press division of Barbour Publishing recently started publishing a series of historical novella collections titled "The 12 Brides of Summer".  Each collection will consist of 3 short stories, with a total of 12, hence "The 12 Brides of Summer".  I've just finished collection #1, which includes the following stories:

  1. The Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis
  2. The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule
  3. The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard

I enjoyed The Blue Moon Bride and felt it could've been a full novel, or there's more to the basic story that can be written on. It was a comforting read, with romance and action in the form of a train robbery.  A wonderful start that keeps you reading.  However, I did find the ending of how the two main characters got together a little rushed, but that could be because I liked them, and therefore want to enjoy their journey a little longer. 

With a promising start of The Blue Moon Bride, I looked forward to The Sunbonnet Bride. I wasn't disappointed since the story was also a good read.  The couple in mind already knew each other and have had interactions before, so you feel a continuation when reading about them. The simplicity of God's command of "Love thy neighbor" are easily illustrated by the story and makes me think of how it was such an easy concept back then. What happened after a century of advancement? You turn on the news today and all you see and hear about are violence against each other, and many times, with "your neighbor".  What can we do?  Prayers may be our start.  As you can see (read), The Sunbonnet Bride has more than a love story.  It gives reader something to think about, something to take away and therefore is worth a read.

With The Wildflower Bride, I wasn't too interested. The idea of love at first sight seems arbitrary and unrealistic in regards to this story. I understand interest at first sight and a strong connection at first encounter, but to be "in love" seems too quick for me.  Beyond the initial reaction, the story line felt like it ran in circles and the outcome predictable with the actions of Grace's family and Ian's profession. 

Overall, book 1 of the collection was a great start and I am interested in beginning collection #2  since it consists of stories written by Mary Connealy, Amanda Cabot and Maureen Lang, all authors I'm familiar with.  I'll be intrigued to see how their novellas fair in comparison to their full fledged novels. 

If you're interested, here are the release dates for the rest of the collections:
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 Studios of Barbour Publishing for an honest review.


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