Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Seven Brides for Seven Texans

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VETSCH, ERICA
BARRATT, AMANDA
DAVES, SUSAN PAGE
GWYN, KELI
MCDONOUGH, VICKI
MEYER, GABRIELLE
SEILSTAD, LORNA
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN TEXANS

Time is running out to find love...

George Washington Hart is tired of waiting for his seven grown sons to marry, and now he may not live long enough to see grandchildren born. So he sets an ultimatum for each son to marry before the end of 1874 or be written out of his will to inherit a portion of his extensive Texas ranch. But can love form on a deadline?

Each of the Hart brothers -- Austin, Bowie, Travis, Houston, Crockett, Chisholm, and Hays -- attempts to fulfill his father's wishes in his own stubborn way. Adventures await these handsome bachelors, but will each quest lead to true love?

My Review:

One of the most enjoyable novella collections I have ever read. Each story compliments the others and there's a great flow between them all. And I loved the prologue and epilogue which neatly bookends the collection of stories. And the play on the movie, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is so much fun. Only here we have cowboys on a matrimonial deadline -- let the games begin!

First Comes Love by Gabrielle Meyer : There's something about a brash, determined cowboy with marriage on his mind. Thud. Hays is smooth, friendly and all too popular with the ladies. But he's sincere and kind and falling hard for Emma. She has marriage on the mind too --- how to avoid it. These two clash from the get-go and this light-hearted romance kept me smiling right to the end.

The Heart of Texas by Lorna Seilstad :  I do so love a lawman with dimples. Swoon. And Chisholm has an easy-going nature and plenty of reasons to flash those dimples -- especially in Caro's direction. But she's too busy plotting against him to notice...much. The more put out Caro acts, the more Chisholm is amused. Love me some laughter with my romance. And a bit of suspense gives this story an extra kick.

The Truest Heart by Amanda Barratt : A moving starry celebrating the joy of second chances. Annie is burdened by a guilt she doesn't need to carry and it's Travis who gently reminds her that God doesn't bestow blessings because we deserve them but rather, because He chooses to bless us through His love. A truly uplifting inspirational romance.

A Love Returned by Keli Gwyn : The importance of commitment to family shines through in this touching historical romance. A miscommunication in their youth pulled Houston and Coralee apart and broke both their hearts. Wounded and wary, Coralee spurns Houston's attempts to rekindle their romance but he's not a man easily deterred.  A sweet romance that's sure to satisfy.

For Love or Money by Susan Page Davis : Crockett is a serious contender for cowboy hero of the month. He's a man of action so it's no surprise that when Jane's family home is burnt to the ground, Crockett is the man who orchestrates the rebuilding effort. And much to this reader's delight he ends up falling for his tenacious cowgirl neighbour in the process.

Mail-Order Mayhem by Vickie McDonough : I do so love a good mail-order bride story and this one definitely fits the bill -- with a unique twist that kept me grinning. And wincing. Poor Austin's clever plans to meet his father's inheritance requirements go awry when two ladies step off the stagecoach in Hartville. One is his intended, the other her chaperoning sister. Doesn't sound complicated, right? Wrong! Things get all twisty turny before they even out and I loved every minute of it.

Love at Last by Erica Vetsch : Bowie caught my attention in the prologue and I couldn't wait to get to his story. Disfigured in the war, Bowie has become somewhat of a recluse, working on the ranch and avoiding town and people in general.  Finding a wife within the year time limit set by his father seems like an impossible task...until he latches onto the idea of contracting a marriage of convenience with his former nurse. What follows is a heart-tugging story of accepting one's worth and the power of love.

My thanks to author Lorna Seilstad for providing me with a copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email addres, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email  please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 1 2017. Offer open to International readers. Good luck!

53 comments:

  1. Good Morning, Kav

    I love these collections because I get a chance to "meet" new authors.

    'Seven Brides for Seven Texans' sounds really good to start the New Year with.

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

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    1. It would be a brilliant way to start the New Year. A great collection of authors. Good luck, Tammi.

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  2. Always enjoy the collections! Best Wishes for the New Year! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Isn't it fun to discover new-to-me authors in a novella collection? Good luck, CC.

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  3. Have not had a chance to read this one. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com. Next week is a new year 2016 flew by.

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    1. It's worth the read, Kim. Good luck.

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  4. I'm currently reading a Christmas novella collection and I love it!
    Thank you for the chance to win this one.

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. It's the perfect season to read a Christmas novella collection! And this one spans a whole year so it would be a great way to start the new year. Good luck, Melody.

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  5. Hi Kav! I hope you had a Merry Christmas. Can't believe it is almost 2017!

    I've been wanting to read this collection. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. duhpaynes at gmail dot com

    Happy New Year!!!

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    1. I did, Anne, happily reading my way through part of it too. :-) Good luck.

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  6. Wasn't this the most delightful novella set you've EVER read?? I love how cohesive the stories were and how it read as one continuous book. And those Hart boys...can you say SWOONY??

    So glad you enjoyed it as much as I did Kav :-)

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    1. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, since I got a copy from Erica Vetsch and she was talking about the movie "Seven Brides for Seven Brother's" and how the book kind of got it's inspiration (loosley) from there....I decided that I wanted to watch that movie to get myself prepared for the book. I happily discovered my library had a DVD copy so I checked it out, watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was quite delightful & funny :-)

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    2. I really loved the way all the stories flow together. It was like reading a novel, actually, just with different perspectives. And yes...goodness...all those swoony brothers in one family!!!!

      I think these authors should work together on another novella collection -- maybe go with the old movie theme twist. Wouldn't that be a great series?

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  7. This collection looks so good! Thank you for this chance! I can't wait to read it! katie07edgarATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Katie. Good luck.

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  8. I've definitely been checking this book out. It sounds really great and a lot of book all in one. Thanks for the chance to win it. iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It's brilliantly done. Good luck, Linda.

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    2. Thanks. You will have to put 2017 up top or won't you do that until closer to the end of the year?

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    1. Me thinks you will love this one too. This cowboy hat is getting kind of full. Maybe I should have used a stetson. :-) Good luck, Tracey.

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    2. Kav, I just recieved a review copy of 7B7B so please remove me from the drawing so someone else can win this collection. Thanks

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    3. Thanks for letting me know, Tracey. Enjoy!

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  10. haven't read this book as yet. looks good

    parisfan_caATyahooDOTcom

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    1. It's fantastic! Good luck, Laurie.

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  11. Oh, I really enjoyed this book. Every one of the novella was well-written and fun. But I couldn't wait to get to Bowie's story, either....and it HAD to be the last story in the book!
    I received a review copy of this book so won't be entering the giveaway but just wanted to say that the book was fun!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it too. And wasn't it fun anticipating Bowie's story as we saw glimpses of him in all the others?

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  12. I love these Collections. Able to meet new authors not read yet and possible prequel Novellas of stories in the making! I am intrigued by Love at Last with their prior connection. Thank you for your review and giveaway, Kav. Count me in, please, for these Hart-felt journeys! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Bwahahahaha -- Hart-felt-journeys -- good one, Kathleen. And you'll love them all. Good luck.

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  13. Novella collections are perfect for me because I don't like to stop reading in the middle of a good book. Novellas make it possible to finish a story and have some closure.
    Dianna G. (dedezoomsalot at yahoo dot com)

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    1. Yes -- it's great to be able to finish the story in one sitting. Good luck, Dianna.

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  14. Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! I've been looking forward to this book for like FOREVER!!! So excited!!!
    Elly -Indiana-

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    1. LOL -- hopefully you get to read this one soon, Elly. Good luck.

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  15. This sounds like one not too be missed. Please enter me. Thanks.
    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. You're entered, Boos Mum. Good luck.

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    2. Kav, I went out and bought this book today, couldn't wait. It sounded so good. You can take my name out. Thanks.

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    3. Boo, I hope you enjoy it!! I think it's fabulous!! Have fun meeting those heart-throb Hart brothers...lol!!

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    4. Yay -- you're sure to enjoy it, Boos Mum. Thanks for letting me know you have the book already.

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  16. I love old musicals. What a clever idea for a book I would love to win. Thanks, Kav.

    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. And it's so well done. Good luck, Diane.

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  17. I also love the collections, Kav. Great reviews! Thanks for the chance to win

    mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATyahooDOTcom

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  18. This novella collection has gotten good reviews so I'm excited to read this one. Always fun to read new authors! Thanks for the review.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. The reviews have been great...and with good cause. Good luck, Pam.

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  19. As you know, I don't readily seek out novellas, but I have been reading some wonderful ones more recently. When this book was announced, I was more excited than I have ever been for a novella set. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is my favorite musical and I love re-tellings. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. This one almost reads like a novel, Terrill. The continuity between authors is fabulous. Good luck.

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  20. I've not been a huge fan odorless novella collections either, but this sounds like such a fun collection!

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's a great collection, Patty. Good luck.

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  21. I always look forward to reading novellas. Can't wait for this great collection of stories.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. You'll love them, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  22. Wow!! What a collection of stories and cowboys!! I can hardly wait to read this book. Each one of these novellas sound great. Thanks for this review and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. They really are -- and penned by great authors. Good luck, Donna.

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  23. Great collection from super writers. teshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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    1. The author lineup is fabulous, isn't it? Good luck, Tammie.

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