Calico Ball

Calico Ball

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THE KEEPER OF THE WESTERN DOOR by Carla Kelly
When Mary Blue Eye travels to Wyoming Territory with her friend to help her settle into her new married life at Fort Laramie, Mary is treated more like a servant than the friend she thought she was. Thankfully, she finds a new friend in Sergeant Blade, though Mary fears that her Seneca Indian heritage will keep a man like Blade from truly caring for her. Soon Mary is tasked with making fourteen calico dresses in two weeks, and Blade turns out to be the best ally she could ever ask for.

A CONVENIENT ARRANGEMENT by Sarah M. Eden
Patrick Quinn needs a wife. Hiring maids who leave within weeks to marry another fellow in a female-scarce Wyoming town hasn't been helpful. Quinn needs a woman who will stay. When he writes to a mail-order bride service, and four-foot-eleven Mirabelle Smith shows up, they agree to each attend to their own duties and tasks. Their marriage will be a convenient arrangement for them both. But sometimes the heart has other ideas.

ISABELLA'S CALICO GROOM by Kristin Holt
Dr. Henry Merritt is desperate for dental patients, especially since Dr. Isabella Pattison arrived in the growing town of Evanston in the Wyoming Territory. It seems the female patients want a woman's touch, and the male patients are quite fond of a pretty dentist. But if Henry doesn't find a way to put Isabella out of business, his own practice will go under. When Isabella proposes that they team up together, and Henry gets to know her, he discovers the last thing he wants is for Isabella to leave.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947152434
Publisher: Mirror Press
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Pages: 386
Sales rank: 467,482
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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Calico Ball 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Austen-Heyer-fan More than 1 year ago
Calico Ball (4 stars) The Keeper of the Western Door by Carla Kelly (4 stars) This is exactly what I love about the Timeless Romance collections! I keep finding new authors that I love! Ms. Kelly’s writing style is unique and she included some interesting snippets about Native American Indians and their experiences in the east as well as in the west. It was an enjoyable story and had a wonderful H and h. Overall, a story of people trying to love their fellow man regardless of heritage. Also, a sweet romance with an ending that has you smiling in spite of yourself! A Convenient Arrangement by Sarah M. Eden (4 stars) A sweet mail-order bride romance. As is usual with Ms. Eden’s writing, it is character driven, rather than instant-attraction driven. It’s a reassuring thing to the reader to feel that the love between the characters will last beyond the initial attraction. A well constructed story from a talented writer! Isabella’s Calico Groom by Kristin Holt (3 stars) An interesting, fact-filled story with references to characters from 2 other novellas she’s written for the Timeless Romance series. I’ve read the other novellas, but it’s been so long that it was too many names to keep track of and too confusing at first. After a while, it comes together regarding who is who. (When I read it through again, after becoming re-familiarized with the characters, it flowed much more smoothly.) The romance was sweet and there was an HEA. The romance had its ups and downs and wasn’t rushed. Plus there is a delightful scene at the end (spoiler alert) where the H purposely makes a fool of himself to win his h. A creative touch!
RatherBeeReading More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the Timeless Romance collection so I was excited to see a Timeless Western Collection. This collection did not disappoint. I hope more will be written in this setting. A Convenient Arrangement by Sarah Eden-5 stars I love the arranged marriage trope. This was very well done with likeable characters. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. Isabella's Calico Groom by Kristin Holt-4 stars The heroine in this story was a professional woman and I liked the different aspect it brought. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline. The Keeper of the Western Door by Carla Kelly-3 stars I enjoyed the story but it took a sad turn. I really don't like sad stories so it effected my enjoyment of this story. I did like Sergeant Blade and Mary Blue Eyes.
L_Lindsey More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Carla's historical stories. It's is if she finds the most obscure fact and creates a novel or in this case a novella around it. I loved that her heroine was Indian and the reader is shown so beautifully their struggles in America. The romance between Mary and Sergeant Blade is very touching. Then Sarah Eden does what she does best and makes us chuckle. Her romances best portray the fact that love grows and doesn't come easy. Add that to her perfect dialogue, so witty, and its a hit. I enjoyed the last one, but did find myself lost in the secondary characters unknown to me yet assumed to be known to all making a distraction from a fun story line . Overall the first two carried the third to a great finish.
L_Lindsey More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Carla's historical stories. It's is if she finds the most obscure fact and creates a novel or in this case a novella around it. I loved that her heroine was Indian and the reader is shown so beautifully their struggles in America. The romance between Mary and Sergeant Blade is very touching. Then Sarah Eden does what she does best and makes us chuckle. Her romances best portray the fact that love grows and doesn't come easy. Add that to her perfect dialogue, so witty, and its a hit. I enjoyed the last one, but did find myself lost in the secondary characters unknown to me yet assumed to be known to all making a distraction from a fun story line . Overall the first two carried the third to a great finish.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This book contains three short stories, and like m & m’s it’s hard to read just one, although different each story is based on some sweet romance. Each is written be a different author and as you can tell by the title focus on a ball where the women wear calico, and then the dresses are donated, and all of the locations are in Wyoming. It is hard to choose the one I liked best, all are different, and when the final page was turned I was ready for more. I received this book through Clean Wholesome Romance, and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Irritatingly the first review I originally submitted weeks ago never posted so I'll try to remember what I said. I was much more detailed then because it was fresh.... ? First of all, this is a good collection. These are three of my favorite authors though, and I really had higher expectations. So I was rather disappointed. But that's more a testament to the even higher quality they're capable of rather than any real complaint here. The Keeper of the Western Door by Carla Kelly was definitely the most unique and probably the best overall story. It centers on an Eastern American Indian from a well off family who goes west to serve as a maid for a year with a childhood white peer. I really liked the uniqueness of the story and the heroine - especially the consideration of broader cultural and racial interactions and prejudices in the west at that time, particularly with eastern and western Indians. Refreshingly, neither the hero or heroine created melodramatic relationship hurdles. A Convenient Arrangement by Sarah Eden was a sweet story of a mail order marriage that starts with no expectations and changes to a heroine pushing for more and a hero opening himself to possibilities despite the risk. I liked the grumpy father, but overall, though it was a fine story, I didn't enjoy it as I normally do Eden's work. Then again, she sets incredibly high standards... Kristin Holt is my favorite currently publishing writer for American settings, specifically Historical Westens (though Eden is right up there, close behind). So I had high expectations going into this story, especially as it was a continuation of the WANTED: Midwife novella from the Timeless Romance Mail Order Bride collection and Sophia's Leap Year Courtship from the singles collection. The story was fine and quite good in places, but, as this novella was also the one I was most excited about, it was a bit disappointing since I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped given how much I've enjoyed the series, especially the first... Isabella's Calico Groom is about two dentists with conflicting clientele needs who bond over good works and overcome their initial pride and prejudice. The hero and heroine just irritated me a bit at the beginning ( a little angsty...) though they ended up being very, very sweet. It was a good story. I'll miss this professional women series as this appears to be the last installment... Overall, this was a good collection with clean, sweet romance. Recommended read.
hmgreen More than 1 year ago
Delightful! I've read two of these authors before and love them. I'll just add this one to the list. Carla Kelly's was deep and poignant. I fell in love with the characters, the culture, and the realness of the life they lived. It was a beautiful story and I came away feeling satisfied. Sarah Eden's was exactly what I've come to love and expect from this author. It was sweet and a tangle of emotions. I loved the MC's strength of character and determination to find the happy side of any situation. I loved that people came away better from being around her. The final novella was full of history. The author took a topic that was difficult in that time period and applied to the difficulties in our time. I loved how the characters grew and evolved. I loved that the author's topic was fresh and not a saturated topic everyone writes about. My only complaint with this collection is that the stories ended abruptly. I wanted more. Clean. I would read this one again. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
momisreading More than 1 year ago
This was a great way to kick off the Timeless Western Collection series! I had no idea what a calico ball was before reading this anthology. What a fun way to help others! I really enjoyed all three stories. Each was unique, but all had wonderful characters and touching storylines. If you’ve read Kristin Holt’s other contributions to the Timeless lines, you’ll get to see some old friends in her novella. Always love that! I received a complimentary copy of the book, which I voluntarily reviewed. I have given my honest opinion.