One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Lorraine Caldwell will lose her family fortune to a reckless cousin if she doesn't marry quickly. When she learns her long-lost brother is alive, she hopes she's found the answer to her problems. What she finds instead is a mysterious carousel carver who turns her life upside down.
A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Grace Hathaway must rescue a dear friend from a remote and notorious clinic that promises healing but delivers only heartache. In a place laced with deceit, where lives hang in the balance, whom can she trust to help her? Jane Kirkpatrick is having a special giveaway on her website! Please sign up to win, HERE!
Ann Shorey is the author of the At Home in Beldon Grove series, Where Wildflowers Bloom, When the Heart Heals, and Love's Sweet Beginning. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon. Learn more at www.annshorey.com.
Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, A Necessary Deception, A Flight of Fancy, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, Christmas Roses, Summer of Promise, and Waiting for Spring. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers Best. She lives in Wyoming. Find out more at www.amandacabot.com.
Jane Kirkpatrick is the New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A Sweetness to the Soul, which won the coveted Wrangler Award from the Western Heritage Center. Her works have been finalists for the Christy Award, Spur Award, Oregon Book Award, and Reader's Choice awards, and have won the WILLA Literary Award and Carol Award for Historical Fiction. Many of her titles have been Book of the Month and Literary Guild selections. You can also read her work in more than fifty publications, including Decision, Private Pilot, and Daily Guideposts. Jane lives in Central Oregon with her husband, Jerry. Learn more at www.jkbooks.com.
Joy In Our Journey's review ~ by Julie:
These four short stories are each very different from the other, but each is unique in its setting and subject. “A Moonlight Promise” by Laurie Alice Eakes is an adventure, romance, and mystery taking place in October 1825 on East River, between New York City and Albany, New York. Steamboats on the river were popular and the Erie Canal was ready to open just as this story takes place.
Camilla, recently arrived from England, is attempting to get to Albany to join her friend, Joanna, who is heading west. Camilla has a complicated past and is running from her previous life of wealth and protection to an unknown future. Nathanial is the young steamboat captain whose boat is the last to leave for Albany as Camilla desperately boards his boat in spite of his threat to take her back and leave her at the dock. He finally relents and of course, becomes attracted to her. There are villains and heroes in this story and it is exciting to the very end.
“Lessons in Love” by Ann Shorey is a story set in Chicago in 1858; it involves a young single woman, Merry Bentley, who has set her life goal as being a writer (in a time where women are not highly thought of if they have or desire a career outside of home and marriage). She has accomplished obtaining a job for Kipler’s Home Weekly where she writes articles on Christian marriage and family; the editor of this magazine assumes she is a man since she only signs her articles a M.M. Bentley. This leads to many complications which make it difficult for Merry to maintain the Christian integrity she so wants to present. She is sure the editor will not accept her articles if he knows she is a woman.
Merry has a piano teacher, a nice Christian man, who tries to help her in her efforts. The story becomes even more complicated with the two of them involved in secrecy and subterfuge; it is interesting to the end!
“One Little Word” by Amanda Cabot is set in May 1892, somewhere near New York City; a nice little romantic story with many facets. A young woman is faced with losing her inheritance unless she marries a cousin she detests---and soon! A young man from England is set on completing his goal in America and returning to England to fulfill his parents’ wishes. The two come together in a most unexpected way and make this an exciting and wonderful story. Carousels become an important part of the story and make it even more fascinating to the reader.
“A Saving Grace” by Jane Kirkpatrick is a short story set in 1911 in Washington State, actually relating to real places and events of that time. A mysterious, insidious tale of people going into an institution where they could overcome physical “ailments” as diagnosed by the woman doctor in charge, who happens to have a very strong personality. Some died in their struggle to overcome their “ailments”.
This is a story of a woman attempting to rescue her good friend from a desperate situation and the help she received while accomplishing her task. An eye-opener of a conclusion awaits the reader.
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Thank you for reviewing our book! So glad you enjoyed the novellas.
Julieanne -- Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review our stories. Like Ann, I'm delighted that you enjoyed Sincerely YOurs.
Thanks for your review julienne. And for noting the details in ways that didn't give away the story endings! I'm glad you enjoyed the cast of characters the novella offered. Happy reading.
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