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Sincerely Yours: A Novella Collection
     

Sincerely Yours: A Novella Collection

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by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, Ann Shorey
 

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In this collection of brand-new historical novellas from four outstanding storytellers, four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path toward a changed life--and perhaps lifelong love. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote and controversial hospital,

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In this collection of brand-new historical novellas from four outstanding storytellers, four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path toward a changed life--and perhaps lifelong love. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote and controversial hospital, readers will love being swept into the lives of four young women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

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ISBN-13:
9780800722043
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
438,391
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning author of many novels, including A Flickering Light. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and lives in Oregon. Visit www.jkbooks.com for more.

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. She lives in Wyoming. Visit www.amandacabot.com for more.

Laurie Alice Eakes
is the author of The Midwives series and The Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband. Visit www.lauriealiceeakes.com for more.

Ann Shorey
is the author of the At Home in Beldon Grove series and the Sisters at Heart series. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon. Visit www.annshorey.com for more.

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Sincerely Yours: A Novella Collection 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Sincerely Yours is written by four Christian authors(Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey). The book contains four novellas. The only thing linking the stories are letters the women recieve in the stories. How the women deals with what is in the letter is different in each story. But each story is filled with romance,humor and entertainment. They are also very faith based.  I enjoyed all the stories and was sad when I reached the end of the book. I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was tolerable, just barely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very unique
Heather06 More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book at all.  I couldn't make it through most of the novellas.  The last one, A Saving Grace, I did read all the way through, however, it was based on actual events and I was absolutely horrified that things would happen like this.  I was disappointed in these stories.  I received a free copy of the book for my honest review.  I was not paid for my review.
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful collection of stories. The common denominator in this set is the letter each girl recieves that changes her life. A Moonlight Promise With words such as " eyes the pale green of spring grass" and "pierced like ivory knitting needles" I knew I was in for a lovely romantic read. The twists and turns in the novella are as unexpected as a highborn English lady literally running down Barclay Street, and then leaping onto the gangway begins to rise is. Camilla is as lovely as her name, but Captain Nathaniel Black has a steamboat and a business to salvage! Short enough to read in one sitting, enchanting enough to keep turning the pages! Lessons In Love Marigold Montgomery Bentley is a mouthful for her friends to say, so they call her Merrie and she signs her contributions to the paper as M. M. Bentley. Even today it is more common for a boy to go by initials than a girl. I enjoyed this novella with its misunderstandings and creativeness as well as the conclusions. I loved it when the author surprised me! Great story! One Little Word Having lost touch with her brother when he left home, their reunion is sweet and endears Lorraine to her readers, although she appears a little snobbish at first. I love how Amanda was able to use this, and then turn Lorraine's perception around. A delightful story in which both hero and heroine learn not to judge others until they know them. I enjoyed this one, complete with its carousel, very much.  A Saving Grace I was not surprised to find out at the end of the story that this novella was based on actual happenings. This one has a bit of a darker overtone than the other novellas in this set, but fits in well with the theme of a letter received as the catalyst for a life change. It is both heart rending and heart warming. Mom read it, and claimed it the best of the four. I received this free book from Fred at The Book Club Network and Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Sincerely Yours is a four story collection of novellas by authors Laurie Alice Eakes, Ann Shorey, Amanda Cabot, and Jane Kirkpatrick. Even though the stories are less than a hundred pages, each was entertaining and read like a full length novel. Each story has a central part of history where the action happens and starts off with a letter that changes each woman’s destiny. The first novella is by Laurie Alice Eakes and takes place on board a steamboat on the Erie Canal. This was a rather adventurous story of a stowaway, kidnapping, explosions, and through all that, the couple’s chance to fall in love. The second novella was Ann Shorey’s which takes place during 1858. Here our heroine is a very gifted writer in a man’s world who is innocently mistaken as a male writer due to the use of her initials. This was an entertaining read of pretend and false identities between our heroine and her piano teacher. The third novella was by Amanda Cabot and was about a gentleman carousel carver who was keeping his true identity secret and an American heiress who wanted to prove she was more useful than a decoration on her husband’s arm. The backdrop was the first type of a vacation resort. The final story by Jane Kirkpatrick had a little bit of a darker side. It was about a Sanatorium in Washington officially known as Wilderness Heights, but called Starvation Heights by the local townspeople. The clinic “doctor” would have the patients starve the illness out of them and give them her own concoction of medicines and treatments. In this novella our heroine Grace receives a letter from her dear friend’s daughter to help get her mother out of this clinic. As Grace proceeds to rescue her friend and find out information about this clinic, she meets a certain gentleman who is very mysterious and works for the clinic owners. In the notes the author gives us a brief history of this very real at one time clinic which makes this story all the more chilling. I received this book from the The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
Sincerely Yours was an enjoyable series of stories. I had hoped they would connect but it did not take away from the book at all. The novellas are great for anyone who would like to sample writings from each of the authors, or prefers a good shorter story. None of the authors failed to deliver in this book. Each story tells of a women who must rely on her faith in God to carry her through the predicaments she finds herself in. It’s a delightful read. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
Sincerely Yours, a Novella Collection of four stories by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey spans through the nineteenth century to the early twentieth century and focuses on the lives of four women who do not always follow the norm of the day. Although the authors approach their main characters in a similar fashion, each novella brings its own style and intrigue so that the reader is caught up in every story. The characters come alive as they face the same difficulties of life as we do today. Each story is about one hundred pages in length, so it’s a quick, fun book to enjoy. I received this free book from Book Club Network and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
This is a marvelous collection of short stories, written by four well known authors, each one involving a letter of importance, beginning in the 1850's up to 1911. Romances full of historical detail, yet sprinkled with adventure and some mystery, made for a thoroughly enjoyable read. I thought they were all quite good! I found the one by Jane Kirkpatrick very intriguing, as it was based on real events which took place in the county where I live. Recommend! 4.5 stars
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
I don't often read novellas but when I saw that Jane Kirkpatrick was one of the authors in the SINCERELY YOURS collection, I wanted to see what she'd written.  Jane Kirkpatrick's historical novels are always woven around a real person or event; many are centered in America's West or Northwest.  While I find many novellas too simplistic, featuring one dimensional characters and limited plots, I do understand that readers seeking a quick finish to a story will find them appealing. With the less than 100 page restrictions, all four authors did well, but I give top honors to Jane Kirkpatrick who again managed to create a story based on an actual tidbit of Washington history. Collections of novellas often have a simple link which binds the different stories together -- For example, they could all take place at Christmas or at the beach. In SINCERELY YOURS, all four novellas are set in the late 1800s or early 1900s and all begin with a letter which sends a heroine on a journey which that takes her away from all that is familiar and safe.  In Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes, Camilla is trying to catch up with an old friend who has offered her employment.Jumping aboard a steamboat on the Erie Canal seems like a sure way to make it to her destination on time, but she learns differently. Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey is one of those light hearted stories of mistaken identity.  M. M. Bentley has been writing articles for a women's magazine but when a letter arrives from the editor suggesting a face to face meeting, M. M. has problems.  While not purposely trying to hide her identity, Marigold M. Bentley just never corrected the editor when he assumed her "M. M." submissions about marriage and family life were written by a male. In  One Little Word by Amanda Cabot  Lorraine flees an overbearing uncle demanding that she marry and fulfill her parents' will.  Traveling to the inn where her brother has quietly began a new life away from the family's money and obligations, Lorraine begins to understand the remote country inn's appeal.  There, despite her society upbringing and fine manners, Lorraine finds herself quickly attracted to the handsome wood carver who is creating a fancy carousel to be the inn's featured attraction. A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick tells the story of Grace Hathaway who, when she receives a letter from the young daughter of a dear friend, drops everything and travels to a clinic nicknamed by the locals "Starvation Heights" to rescue her friend from what appear to be criminal quacks. All four stories offer risk taking heroines, dashing love interests, and glimpses into times past.  Kirkpatrick's story has the added bonus of using a real medical scandal at the backdrop.  That added reality makes it my favorite of the four. I received a copy of SINCERELY YOURS from Netgalley for review purposes.
chrisg21 More than 1 year ago
Moonlight Promise English Lady fleeing her problems Meets a Steamboat Captain with his own problems meets the bad guys Enjoy this cute Steamboat Story with a neat ending Lessons in Love Writing about marriage and they think you are a man Enjoyed how it all played out One Little Word How a person with her own problems meets a talented Carousel Carver........and interesting story on how things work out A Saving Grace How to rescue a good friend from a Clinic that doesnt help..........Good story I enjoyed it I got this book from TBCN for my honest review
Nutz2read More than 1 year ago
Good book! I should probably start by saying that I don’t generally care for novellas that much, so you should keep that in mind while reading my review. This is Revell’s (a division of Baker Publishing Group) first historical novella collection, featuring the well-loved authors Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, Jane Kirkpatrick, and Ann Shorey. I had only read 2 of the authors’ books, so I wasn’t sure what to anticipate. I’m sorry to say that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. The stories, while well written, did not connect at all. The only similarity in each novella is that the heroines received letters that send them on an adventure. Moonlight Promises by Laurie Alice Eakes While this novella was quite good, I wanted a little more character development, and I struggled with the two main characters falling in love in such a short time. The romance was rather unbelievable at times, while being sweet at others. I had a hard time with Camilla’s character. I didn’t like her very much, which meant I didn’t connect with her like I normally do. She was lying by omission and when found out, both her and Captain Black’s reactions seemed a little unrealistic. On the positive side, the descriptions were excellent, the story was fast paced, and it held my attention. Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey This one I believe was my favorite. I loved Merrie and her quirks, and Colin was sweet. The romance was also believable, because the characters had known each other for some time and it wasn’t rushed or forced. The spiritual aspect was also there, though it was a little underdeveloped, in my opinion. I did like that each of them struggled with the situation and that Merrie finally made it right in the end. The ending was a little rushed. I wished the story could have been a few pages longer, in order to make it seem more complete. One Little Word by Amanda Cabot Amanda Cabot did an excellent job with this story. The characters were well rounded, the descriptions vivid, and it didn’t lag anywhere. I liked Lorraine and Jonah, each character had their quirks, which just made them more believable. The romance wasn’t rushed and I liked their relationship and sparring. My only complaint about the novella is that it was so predictable. I just wanted them to figure it out and get on with it. Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick If Ann Shorey’s gets the label of being my favorite, then this one gets least favorite. I didn’t care for it at all and wasn’t able to finish it. At first I just couldn’t get into it, then Grace was such a ninny! She kept changing her mind, her thoughts made little sense, and we never get to see Claude’s point of view. I honestly don’t know how he fell in love with her. She was loony and kept getting into trouble. This story actually ruined the whole book for me. I won’t be able to read any of them again, simply because I disliked this one so much. Over all, this book was okay. I really wanted to love it, but I couldn’t. I recommend this book if you really enjoy historical books and are looking for a few quick reads. I received this book through The Book Club Network for my honest review, which I have given. I was not require to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
InSpirit More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed the ease of reading these four historical novellas. Each is a standalone story that has been combined to form one historical novel offering a variety of faith based inspy reading.  Providing the perfect reading break when your time is limited! A MOONLIGHT PROMISE by Laurie Alice Eakes  Steamboat romance finds our heroine, Camilla Renfrew, when she responds to a letter inviting her to a position in America.  On the run from a dismal and dangerous turn in her English family's noble standing, Camilla accepts.  Her leap to board the departing steamboat perfectly symbolizes the leap of faith her future requires. Consequences of her late destination arrival turn suspenseful when the boat is targeted, damaged, and delayed by Captain Black's unscrupulous competition. A perfect combination of Ms Eakes' trademark of intriguing adventure and romance. LESSONS in LOVE by Ann Shorey  Twenty year old Merrie Montgomery prefers spending her time writing than marriage market socializing.  Complications abound when her signature is mistaken to be that of a male by the publisher of her writing who invites 'Mr' MM Bentley to meet him at the publishing co. ONE LITTLE WORD by Amanda Cabot Not accustomed to failure, being compared to a 'useless ornament' incenses Lorraine to prove herself. With her inheritance and future hanging in the balance, her motivation gains strength. A beautiful progression as Lorraine develops from the socialite she was raised to be into a woman of depth and dignity with a heart that's willing to defy convention for what she's come to believe in.
StaceyZink More than 1 year ago
Sincerely Yours is the first anthology from Revell Books, and they did an amazing job of pulling together four authors to write this set of stories. This is a collection of novellas with a common thread, each author uses a letter to motivate the characters in their standalone books. This book is well worth reading. I found the stories to be charming and often funny.  It was entertaining and at times… educational.  I came away from reading this book, feeling as if my time was well spent.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Sincerely Yours is a romance novella collection from four great writers-Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey. Within its pages you will find four love stories each instigated by a letter, which takes each heroine of a journey of a lifetime. Each reminds us that things are not always as they seem, and God ALWAYS has a plan. I especially loved the carousel horses.  ***I received this book from the publisher/author for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Sincerely Yours, a Novella Collection***** by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes and Ann Shorey Sincerely Yours is a collection of four historical romances set in the 1800's, written by four different authors. Each book is a stand-alone book but have a common thread—each young woman in the stories have received a letter that takes them on a journey beyond what they had imaged. ~Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes Highborn English lady Camilla Renfrew receives a letter from her girlhood friend, Joanna in New York City asking Camilla to join her and her husband to travel to the Great Lakes via the newly opening Erie Canal. Camilla would be her companion in the wilderness of the Great Lakes, but she must arrive before Joanna leaves. For Camilla, this is an answer to prayer. She has been accused of a crime that she did not commit and must flee England to disappear from the one man who is determined to make her pay. She travels to America and barely misses the steamboat leaving for the Albany where she is to meet Joanna. However, steamboat Captain Nathaniel Black is not inclined to take her aboard his ship as they do not take passengers. She convinces him to allow her to travel with him as far as Albany. Along the way trouble follows them at every turn. Despite these troubles Camilla and Nate are drawn to each other. Camilla starts to relax but soon learns that the very man she fled England from, Frederick Conover is on her trail. She must tell Nate everything. But before she finds the courage to tell him, Nate confronts her about a man looking for her—Frederick Conover. Crying she tells him why Conover is looking for her and returns to her room. She leaves the steamboat the next morning not knowing where to go now. Before she can figure out what to do, Conover grabs her and carts her off to a shack where he informs her of his plans for her. Will Nate find her in time to save her from this evil man? Can Camilla trust God to keep her safe, even from Conover? Will she ever see Nate again? ~Lessons In Love by Ann Shorey Miss Marigold (Merrie) Montgomery Bentley lives in 1850's Chicago with her Aunt Isabella. She secretly writes marriage advice for the Kipler's Home Weekly with the initials “M. M.”. The house keeper Mrs. Wagner and coachman Mr. Peters are the only ones who know of her writings. All is well until she receives a post from her editor, Mr. Horatio Kepler with a bank draft for her latest article; however, she also receives a note along with the draft asking to meet with Mr. Bentley to discuss future writings for his weekly. Now what does she do? As she ponders this request Mrs. Wagner reminds her that her music instructor, Mr. Colin Thackery has been waiting for her in the parlor for her lesson. She is so disturbed by Mr. Kepler's request she is unable to concentrate on her lesson. Colin confronts her about her unusual lack of concentration. Does she dare confide in him? Desperate, she decides to ask for his help in meeting Mr. Kepler. At first Colin is resistant to the idea, but decides to agree to her request. How can he deny her request when he is falling in love with her? The meeting does not go as planned. Mr. Kepler does not allow Merrie, who he believes is Mr. Bently's wife, to join them to discuss her future writings. She is to wait outside the room like a “good little wife”. Fuming she has no choice and pleads with Colin to remember everything Mr. Kepler tells him. Things go from bad to worse as Colin can't remember everything and Merrie falls breaking her right arm, her writing arm! Now what does she do? How can she continue to write and meet her deadlines? Will Colin continue to help her? Will Mr. Kepler find out she is not a he but a she and thereby loose her job? How can Colin not tell her of his love, despite the differences in their stations in life? Does she return his love? Do they have a life together? ~One Little Word by Amanda Cabot After Lorraine M. Caldwell's parents death she learns that their will states she must marry by September 14th or loose her inheritance to her cousin. Everyone expects her to marry Robert Simms, now even more so. But Lorraine doesn't want to marry him. But should she marry Robert in order to keep her inheritance so her cousin does not inherit it? She doesn't have much time to decide as she only has until September 14th, then she either marries Robert or finds another suitable suitor/husband, one with a fortune of his own. Who else can she marry? She and her Uncle Ambrose discuss it again and he reminds her that as any well to do family, she was trained to be a wife of a wealthy man, play the piano, paint watercolor, or arrange a party.....which means she can't survive on her own her. She continues to pray for God to show her the path He has prepared for her. She unexpectedly receives a letter from her brother Mike, whom she has not seen or heard from for two years, asking her to come to Lilac Hall for his upcoming wedding. With anticipation she leaves New York by train to visit her brother. Expecting to see Mike, she eagerly looks for him at the station. However he is not there to meet the train but sent his driver, Jonah Mann. Jonah has a cultured British accent and is wearing a paint-spattered jacket and pants, not the tailored uniform her drivers wear. Jonah takes her to Lilac Hall, a magnificent Greek Revival manor, where Mike now lives/works—works? As she waits for Mike to return from his honeymoon, she wanders Lilac Hall and tries to figure out what to do. Time is running out. She finds herself thrust into the lives at Lilac Hall and stumbles upon a carousel maker of all things. This carousel maker crafts the most beautiful horses she has ever seen. Will he let her help paint the horses? Can she and this man become more than friends? It certainly would not solve her problem of marrying a man of wealth for this man is not wealthy. Can she forgo her inheritance for love? Does he love her and would he want to marry her? Is this part of God's plan for her life? ~A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick Grace Hathaway receives a letter asking for her help from her 8 year old goddaughter Caroline Holmes. It appears her mother is in trouble and needs her Aunt Grace to come quickly. Included with Caroline's letter is a letter from a lawyer explaining where her mother, Rebecca is now. Rebecca Holmes has left her daughter in the care of a friend, Jenny in Dalles, Oregon, near the Columbia River and checked herself into a facility, a sanatorium in Olalla, where she is hoping to get treatment for her despondency after her husband's death. Grace takes a leave from her employer at the Oregon's Roaring Springs Ranch and travels three days by stage to Dalles where Caroline is staying. After speaking to Caroline she learns from Jenny that Olalla is very isolated requiring ferries and boats to reach it. The sanatorium is even more remote and harder to reach. They frown on visitors and even check to make sure visitors do not bring in food. Jenny had visited Rebecca and found her to be in so emaciated and lethargic she fears for her life. The next morning Grace left Dalles, traveling by steamship past Portland, by train to Seattle then finally by ferry to Olalla. During her travels she reads the book by the doctor treating Rebecca, Fasting For The Cure of Disease, by Dr. Linda Burfield Hazzard. On arriving in Olalla, she is met by William who takes her by carriage to the Olalla Hotel. She learns from William that she can only reach the sanatorium by boat. William tries to discourage her from going there, “there are strange goings on there” he informs her. She also learns from William that Dr. Hazzard's husband, Sam helps at the sanatorium. Once at the hotel a tall man reaches out to help and helps with her trunk. She learns he is Dr. Claude Millikan and works at the sanatorium. He invites her to dinner and she accepts in hopes to learn all she can about Dr. Hazzard and her treatments. Over the course of the next days Grace is more and more concerned about Rebecca and the other patients at the sanatorium. She is convinced that something is very wrong. How can she get Rebecca out of that place without the Dr. Hazzard or her husband Sam seeing her? What role does Claude play in these treatments? Is he part of this horrible place or is involved in something else? Can she trust him to help her? Does she have any choice? As she prays for direction she makes plans to get Rebecca out of there and hope she is within God's plans. I loved the way each author created a historical romance story that brings the past to life through their characters. We see clearly the contrast between women lives of today and how the lives of women in the 1800's was so very different as well as what the expectations were for these women. Women had a hard time if they wanted to be a writer as we see in Lessons of Love. The choice of a woman's husband was often controlled by her parents leaving her little choice in the matter as in One Little Word. In Moonlight Promise we get a glimpse of what happens when a woman is forced to flee to another country when she is falsely accused. In A Saving Grace we see in the mist of heartache, how a woman can be deceived in thinking a certain “diet” promises healing and may very well endanger their very lives. Each story takes us on a journey filled with mystery, adventure, romance, surprises, suspense, humor, deceit, love and faith. I like the way each author filled in some history about the time of their story at the end of that story. ~~I won a copy of this book from Goodreads and Revell for my review~~
TonyaTells More than 1 year ago
4 short novellas. Good to read, light, enjoyable, you can read them in the car. Entertaining. Certainly satisfying. I don't know, this is why I don't read books that have small stories from different authors. I feel as if they are trying to cram too much into something and few can pull it off. The first one, it was ok. I did enjoy it, cute story, of course in the end boy gets girl. There was a little mystery there of who Camilla really was, was she who other people were saying? Second story, the girl is supposed to be trying to catch a husband but instead she is writing. One of my favorites from this book! Very good! Third one was good, the carousel part was excellent. The fourth was really good, in part because of course I love Jane, and who doesn't love when authors talk about your area, The Dalles being mentioned!! (We live in Goldendale!) Overall, enjoyable. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Amanda Cabot, Ann Shorey, Laurie Alice Eakes and  Jane Kirkpatrick team up in their new book, “Sincerely Yours” published by Revell to bring us A Novella Collection. From the Back Cover:   Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever. Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver’s workshop to a remote hospital, you’ll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it. Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes Camilla Renfrew is a highborn English lady fleeing false accusations when she runs smack into love on a steamboat bound for the new Erie Canal. But can this unexpected attraction survive the treacherous journey? Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey Marigold Montgomery Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler’s Home Weekly even though she is single. Everyone assumes from the initials that “M. M.” is a man. When the editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley, can Merrie come up with a ruse to keep her writing job? 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? History and romance, not just one story but four of them by four authors.  What can be better than this?  Each story is well researched and, of course, well written.  Each of these ladies does an excellent job in bringing their characters to life and their stories go by all too quickly.  At the end of each story there is a Dear Reader from each author that gives some of the real history behind what they have written.  You cannot go wrong with reading the stories in this book.  The only problem is that when you finish the fourth story there isn’t anymore.  I hope that these authors can get together and bring us another round.  That would be wonderful. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy a good novella collection when I'm in a particularly busy season. The beauty of novellas is that they are short and can easily be read in an hour. Sincerely Yours is a fabulous collection from some of the best historical fiction authors in the industry. One of the benefits of this collection is that the stories are each stand alone works. So, you can read one of the stories and then put it down for a few days and then enjoy the next without feeling as if you've broken the flow of continuity. The common threads that weave this collection together are the time frame which is the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. The second thing that each story has in common is an unexpected letter showing up and changing the course of events. I find that in these collections there is usually one story that really stands out and the others pale in comparison. I'm pleased to say that isn't true with Sincerely Yours. I thoroughly enjoyed each of the stories. They were entertaining and had interesting facts about the time period and of course there was a wonderful love story woven in. If I were hard pressed to only choose one favorite I would probably lean towards One Little Word by Amanda Cabot. No particular reason other than it just seemed to catch my fancy at the time. If you are looking for some quick reading on these busy Spring days, I think you will find Sincerely Yours to be the answer. It is a very clean read and would also be suitable for teen girls as well as adult women.  I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Every time I started one of the novellas in this book I thought, I think this one will be my favorite. When it comes down to it I enjoyed them all equally. What a talented group of authors who contributed to this lovely book. It amazes me what these writers can accomplish in less than a hundred pages. They can create a beautiful story world, wonderful characters and sweeping romance. Of course it all happens a lot faster than in a full length novel. I have to say I was drawn a lot to the characters in Ann’s story simply because I write and love music and the heroine writes and the hero loves music. So for that reason I might have been a bit more into that story. But truly, if you have read any of these authors in the past you will be pleased with these short….but oh-so-sweet….stories. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
  This is a collection of four novellas, and each of the stories are sparked by the arrival of a letter to a lady. And each letter shows her her destiny. Each letter helps her find her place in the world. Each letter is part of what guides her home.  First, A Moonlight Promise, by Laurie Alice Eakes. Get read to jump aboard a steamboat with Camilla, who's fleeing from a tempestuous past in England and finding that this untamed river offers smoother passage... just barely.There's sabotage, and danger, and all is not what it seems. But it's a chance to make a new life, and a chance to meet a river boat captain. At first stand-offish, Captain Nate Black soon decides that there's more to Camila than is evident in her refined accent and privileged manner. She might be exactly what's he's been looking for.  The second is from Ann Shorey. When Marigold starts taking piano lessons from the pastor's son, neither of them imagined that they'd receive Lessons in Love. Of course, that's before Marigold's writing ambition got her in a mix up, and she enlisted Colin to help her continue with her dreams. Ann Shorey has provided a sweet, gently comic tale that celebrates women authors in the 1800's.  The next is One Little Word. This story is born out of Amanda Cabot's love for hand crafted carousels. When Lorraine arrives at The Lilac Hall Inn (where no lilacs are yet in bloom) there's a beauty of a carousel being crafted in an outbuilding. Her world is topsy-turvy as it is... her brother just married a laundress, and invited her here for the wedding! Why shouldn't she be daring and get involved with the project? Or, if Jonah insists on keeping it to himself, why shouldn't she start a project of her own? By the end of the tale, I could see why Amanda has "Carousel Fever."  And the last is chock full of (disturbing) historical detail. The strong heroine and descriptive writing mark A Saving Grace as a story by Jane Kirkpatrick. Grace Hathaway must travel away from her quiet life to Olalla Washington, to rescue a friend from a starvation clinic. Rebecca went to Wilderness Heights to cure her broken heart after her husband died. She left behind a beloved child and a good friend, a friend who would storm the gates to get her back. Based of the terrible reality of a female doctor that starved people to death in the early 1900's. This is a terrible reminder of the deceit that people will perpetuate, and the power of a friend in need.  Thank you Revell for my review copy.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
A sweet collection of historical novellas A Moonlight Promise This was my first story by Laurie Alice Eakes and I sincerely enjoyed A Moonlight Promise. It was a sweet story with just enough danger to make it a satisfying read. Camilla and Nathaniel's reliance on faith in God in the face of difficult circumstances is worth admiring. I absolutely loved the historical steamboat details, who knew that the Mark Twain steamboats were nothing like the earlier ones at all? Lessons In Love A gentle love story about a shy girl with a secret – she is a writer – and the lessons she learns in honesty, in life, and in love. One of the things I liked about Lessons In Love is how Ann Shorey tells it realistically; the women in the story believe both in women's rights but also in family and happiness in the home. A truly sweet and enjoyable novella. One Little Word I think this is one of my favorite stories in the book, I LOVE carousels! I got my first carousel ride at age 8 and I have been in love ever since. This story is not only filled with fascinating details about the musical horses but it also a delightfully sweet romance. Amanda Cabot has a winner in One Little Word and readers will find themselves rooting for Lorraine and Jonah. A Saving Grace Darker than the preceding stories A Saving Grace tells the story of a woman's love for her friend. Grace will do whatever it takes including endangering her own life to save her friend and the other women under “treatment.” While the romance is muted, I think the friendship and loyalty displayed by Jane Kirkpatrick's characters was my favorite part of this story. Overall A nice collection of diverse stories from four talented authors. The theme of receiving a life changing letter weaves these stories together in a most interesting way. Life, love, and the power of the written word are what these stories are all about. These stories are perfect for lovers of historical fiction and will only whet the appetite for more by these lovely ladies. (I received a copy of this book through the Revell Reads program in exchange for my honest review. I received no financial compensation for this review. All opinions are entirely my own)
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Sincerely Yours is the first anthology from Revell Books, but hopefully not the last. With four award winning authors all writing a short piece based on "letters," this is book that will captivate and introduce readers to each authors style and voice. Each story is Christian based and incorporates issues of faith as well as an entertaining historical background. Fans of Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Ann Shorey and Laurie Alice Eakes will love this one and new readers will find four new authors to try. A great new book from Revell. What I liked: Revell has finally decided to do an anthology. I was really excited to be able to review this book for that reason. Main stream genres have been doing anthologies for a long time. I like to read them though they are sometimes harder to review. I like the fact that each of the stories follows a specific theme, in this case that theme is "letters" and each author does their own take on it. I think anthologies give new fans a chance to see what each author has to offer and if they want to read more and old fans a chance to catch up with their favorites. I hope to see many more from Revell in the future. Moonlight Promise is Laurie Alice Eakes offering for this anthology and follows the adventure of an English lady on a Hudson River riverboat. I liked the characters and thought Eakes did a great job of incorporating the letter theme.  Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey was my favorite of the anthology. It took letter writing in a different direction than any of the other authors. Making the heroine an advice columnist. I loved the fact that the lead character was a writer and found her dilemma with her editor comical and entertaining. One Little Word by Amanda Cabot brought out some great historical detail with carousel making and made me want to know more. She did a wonderful job of adding her Christian message as well. A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick was based on a true story and that gave it an all the more eerie feeling to it. I was surprised at the kinds of things that went on in the name of science and found this one really intriguing.  I liked all four stories and had it been the first story I had read from each author I think each would have been represented very well. I thought that it was easy to see that each story was showed each authors voice and style and how they chose to incorporate their beliefs into their writing. I am looking forward to more books from each one of them. What I didn't like: As always with an anthology and short fiction in general I find myself wanting more. The novella format just isn't long enough in my opinion but it is a good showcase of each authors work. I just think it's hard to pack a romance into so few pages. Bottom Line: All four stories are exceptional. The writing is crisp and full of historical detail. The Christian message is presented well and does not overwhelm the reader, while still being that 'still small voice.' A great preview of what each author has to offer readers.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
SINCERELY YOURS by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey is a wonderful collection of inspirational historical Romance set in 1825 -1892, from New York City to Chicago. A Novella Collection. Revell Books' first Christian novella anthology and what a great beginning! Four talented authors lend their talents to four incredible tales of love,faith, and romance. From a steamboat on the Hudson River, to a remote hospital, to a Carousel carver's workship, to a lush drawing room to the Erie Canal, four young women find their lives altered forever and find more than they ever expected. SINCERELY YOURS is a must read for so many reasons, from engaging characters, to well thought out storylines, to drama, family,faith,suspense,a bit of mystery,and an adventure inward finding true love and happiness. With peace though into the mixture. You will not be disappointed with this collection from the first page to the last page. These are talented authors, whom I enjoy reading, put together they are unbeatable, to be sure. What a collection and a true treasure to anyone's library. I would highly recommend this collection of powerful, delicious tales of love and romance. Simply delicious! Well done, ladies!! Received for a honest review. *Available April, 2014 from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group* RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
As a fan of novellas, I am particularly fond of these books that contain a collection of stories. It is also fun when the novellas have some kind of common thread. Sincerely Yours is a collection of four novellas and their common theme involves a letter received by the heroine of each story. The novellas are in no other way connected – they stand alone. In each story, a woman receives a letter that impacts her life in some way and drives her to an action that becomes the storyline of the novella. I enjoyed each novella in this collection. In Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes, I enjoyed following Camilla’s journey on a cargo steamboat. There is mystery, danger and a really wonderful romance! Even though I liked all of the stories in Sincerely Yours, I believe that Moonlight Promise was my very favorite. In Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey, I enjoyed watching Merrie and the hero of the story as they developed feelings for each other. I really like these situations that involve the different classes in society. It always seems hopeless that these two people from different walks of life could ever end up together. This novella also brings up the question of exactly what constitutes deceit and works on the heroine’s heart about that issue as well. In One Little Word by Amanda Cabot, Lorraine begins the story as a rather uppity society girl. I enjoyed watching as she began to realize that people’s values don’t come from their position in society. Both main characters had a lot to learn about trusting in God while making decisions based on whom they love and not on certain society position or family name. A sweet story. In A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick, we are thrust into a very worrisome situation. Grace is trying to save her friend from a sanatorium that does not seem to be helping, but is instead hurting its patients. This story does have a light romance laced throughout, but is more focused on the mystery of exactly what the doctor and her husband are up to at this clinic. There is a lot of good, suspenseful tension running through it. And I was absolutely amazed to learn that this novella is based on real events! I had a lot of fun reading these well-written stories. I was also able to discover two new authors through this collection. I had not read anything by Jane Kirkpatrick or Amanda Cabot before, and I am always happy to read a new-to-me author! I definitely recommend Sincerely Yours. I received a copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.