Four Weddings and a Kiss (Book Review)

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Four Weddings and a Kiss

A Western Bride Collection

Margaret Brownley, Debra Clopton, Mary Connealy, Robin Lee Hatcher 

A gathering of reverends around the campfire in the old west results in the telling of  four instances of unlikely romance.  Each tale told is meant to encourage a conservative preacher to reconsider ending his relationship with a woman he truly loves; a woman who is strongly Christian and good, but has unconventional ways.  The result is four delightful, easy to read western romances packaged together with happy ever after endings!

Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy

Maizy has never behaved like a lady, but now that she’s managed to get the handsome neighbor next door critically injured with her tomboyish hi-jinks she is ready to give wearing a dress another chance.  Rylan has always been attracted to the lovely Maizy, but has no time for romance since all his time is focused on saving his ranch from bankruptcy.  Maizy may just be the answer to all his prayers; a capable rancher, she can do a lot  more for him than tend house and look good in a dress!

This story has a great premise, but  is rough in execution.  The main character dialogue is often stilted and uncomfortable to read.  There is too much story happening too quickly in too little space.  This idea would be excellent in a longer format with more mature writing and flushed out dialog.  The constant emotional upheaval and angst experienced by heroine is exhausting and off putting to the reader making it difficult to enjoy and otherwise likable character.

A Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher

Molly has worked for years as a columnist for her father’s paper with the full intent of becoming editor.  Her father has different plans and hires Jack, a handsome man intent on enjoying his new position in the small western town.  Molly has every intention of getting rid of Jack until she realizes he has no intention of ever getting rid of her.

Robin Lee Hatcher evidently doesn’t need an entire novel all to herself to spell bind a reader with romance. Well developed characters, an interesting story line, and mature prose compacted into a few short pages make for a very enjoyable 45 minute to hour long read.

A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton

Katie’s entire world is wrecked by a tornado that destroys her home and takes her father’s life.  Terrified, but determined to rebuild all by herself, Katie is at her wits ends.  She hires Treb, a traveling cowboy intent on leaving town as soon as he has enough funds to replace his deceased horse.  Together they work to rebuild the ranch house only to find they are building so much more.

Excellent use of plot and story line  to convey very emotionally charged character development quickly and efficiently in an action packed short story that somehow manages to keep from going over the top.

Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley

Grace hasn’t had an easy time with marriage or men.  Recently widowed for the third time, she finds herself wrongly imprisoned and certain to hang.  Fortunately, her son Jesse isn’t about to let that happen and enlists the aid of a talented, good looking lawyer named Brock who ends up interested in more than just defending Grace in a court of law.

Touching and filled with encouragement, Brownley’s characters are truly well developed.  The story unveils plot lines effortlessly and makes falling in love in under 200 pages plausible.  Great read!

About the Book:

Spitfire Sweetheart by Mary Connealy

Maisy MacGregor’s reckless ways injured rancher Rylan Carstens, endangering his livelihood. So she signs on as his caregiver – but just until he’s well enough to run his ranch. Maisy’s tender care soon has Ryan falling hard and fast. Can these two willfull souls give up their solitary ways to embrace love?

A Love Letter to the Editor by Robin Lee Hatcher

Molly Everton writes the most popular features in her town’s newspaper. When newcomer Jack Ludgrove is named the new editor, Molly is flabbergasted. She wants the position for herself and will do what it takes to get it. But Jack is not easily intimidated. He’s determined to change Molly’s mind about him – and win her heart too.

A Cowboy for Katie by Debra Clopton

Katie Pearl must rebuild her ranch after the tornado, but she can’t do it on her own. Treb Rayburn is a cowboy with a serious case of wanderlust. He signs on to help Katie so he can afford a new horse. But once Treb gets to know Katie, will his desire to stay drown out the call of the open road?

Courting Trouble by Margaret Brownley

Grace Davenport is a young widow in a heap of trouble. When her son asks attorney Brock Daniels to take on her case, Brock wants to say no, but then he meets the lovely Grace. As Brock and the boy work to free Grace, Brock discovers that her arrest may be the best thing that’s ever happened to him.

About the Authors:

**Margaret Brownley is a NEW YORK TIMES best-selling author and has penned more than thirty novels. Her books have won numerous awards and has written for a TV soap opera. @margaretbrownley **Robin Lee Hatcher is a Christy and RITA award-winning author. She is the author of over seventy novels and her work often appear on bestseller lists. @robinleehatcher **Mary Connealy is an award-winning author of romantic comedy with cowboys. Mary and her Nebraska rancher husband have four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren. @MaryConnealy **Debra Clopton is an award winning author of sweet, heartfelt, western romance that face life with a smile. With over 2 million books in print, Debra’s first book-to-movie aired on ABC Family and starred LeAnn Rimes. @debraclopton

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