USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website at stacyhenrie.com.
Love for All Seasons: Four Inspirational Historical Romance Novellasby Stacy Henrie
A Long Winter Kiss
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If you like the inspirational historical romances of Deanne Gist and Lauraine Snelling, you'll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie! With four novellas--one for each season of the year--you'll find a heartwarming collection of couples from a simpler time in America who discover the redeeming powers of faith and love.
A Long Winter Kiss
As Samantha and Rex's childhood friendship matured into young love, they promised their hearts to one another, even as Rex headed off to war. But their hope for a bright future was shattered when Rex succumbed to his belief that the horrors of war had made him a man no woman could love. Now he has returned, and Samantha must help Rex see that he still has much to give--and much more to gain--by replacing fear with faith and opening himself to love.
An Unlikely Spring Courtship
Tempest worked hard to secure her independence as a woman running her own mercantile, so when Bram has the audacity to open a competing shop in a town with only enough room for one, Tempest is driven to despair. And then to retaliation. But when tragedy strikes their community and threatens everything they both hold dear, will they be able to recognize that what they share is far more important than what separates them?
A Summer for Love
Loralee's life has changed dramatically in the eight years since she's last seen the resort town of Bayocean, but one thing that has never changed is her feelings for Wyatt, a man she promised to meet at the resort on a specific day if they were both still unattached. When Wyatt appears on that date, as hopeful and uncertain as Loralee, the two must see if an old and abiding love has outlasted the changes wrought by time--and begin to build a new life together.
Romance in Autumn
Phoebe and James grew up together but apart in the same beautiful mansion, he as the son of the owners, she as the daughter of a servant. In the years since, Phoebe's fortunes have changed dramatically, and she carries the dream of one day owning the mansion that is still close to her heart. Until James--now a deeply compelling man--delivers the bad news that securing the purchase will be all but impossible. As Phoebe reluctantly relinquishes her dream, she will also look deep into her soul to learn that a true home might exist in her budding love for James.
"Stacy Henrie possesses superior storytelling skills, her historical accuracy and attention to detail are unsurpassed, and she knows how to create characters we can identify with and whom we really care for." --Fresh Fiction
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These are 4 stories in the set and all are enjoyable. New author for me although will be looking for further offerings. Ebook from netgalley and publishers with thanks.
I adore this author’s writing and these smaller stories in one are no exception! She packs such heart-felt, emotion stirring moments in each tale. Samantha and Rex have a beautiful friendship and love that the war destroys. Only a Christmas evening miracle can save their love! Tempest and Bram’s banter is delightful and engaging. Tempest’s feisty character matches well with her desire to be independent while falling for her competitor Bram. I adored their interactions. Loralee and Wyatt’s is a sweet romance that blooms once again when they meet after many years. They tug your heart strings and make you root for their happily ever after! Phoebe and James come from two separate worlds and want two separate dreams. Thrown together again they realize the love that is growing can be their new dream. What a beautiful story theirs was! I loved the ending. This is a fabulous collection for a weekend read and to have on hand to re-read again and again. Sweet romance, well written settings and beautiful characters! A book shelf keeper.
I enjoy novellas for a quick reading fix when life is crazy, but I absolutely love a well-written novella that has a full story arc and characters that I connect with emotionally. Love for All Seasons was a perfect reading experience! As soon as I finished one story, I couldn't wait to start the next one. Each story was unique and imaginative, with details that helped me imagine the historical settings and mannerisms of the characters without detracting from the pacing of the plot. I felt like I cared about what happened next, and was invested in the happy ending from the first chapter of every story. There is an inspirational thread of faith woven in that was uplifting and touching. Of course, the sweet romance is what I love about these stories and the author skillfully developed chemistry and tension that builds as the main characters grow closer together while overcoming obstacles to their relationship. It's interesting that I can share the same praise for all the stories but the premises and details are so different. It was too hard to pick a favorite from the four stories set in each of the four seasons, so I recommend reading them all and deciding for yourself ;) Can't wait to read more from this author! (I received a copy of this book from the publisher; all opinions expressed are my own)
In this delightful collection of novellas, Stacy Henrie navigates various eras with a romance for every season of the year. I think it’s a brilliant idea, and I hope the author does this type of anthology again, maybe with Holidays. A LONG WINTER KISS, the first novella is set in Michigan in May 1861. I’m always amazed at how Ms. Henrie so easily creates a believable atmosphere and engaging characters, even in a novella. A LONG WINTER KISS is so lovely, I would have liked maybe a full-length novel because there was even more to tell about their lives, not that it was rushed, but because it was so good. And what a very lovely Christmas there is in A LONG WINTER KISS. AN UNLIKELY SPRING COURTSHIP I loved Tempest! Ms. Henrie paints such a clear picture of an 1867 small Idaho City town, it seemed as I was watching a movie because of Ms. Henrie’s eloquent prose, and the pastor’s sermon really hits home. AN UNLIKELY COURTSHIP is a marvellous story of charity, kindness, and the author adds fabulous historical details, which I will not mention here for fear of giving away spoilers. What a charming story as Tempest and Bram deal with a difficult situation with compassion and understanding, and it was terrific! A SUMMER FOR LOVE Loralee Love, now a world famous singer, is going back to the place where she first fell in love, and spent the best summer of her life: Bayocean, Oregon. In 1914, Loralee had met Wyatt Noble, they loved each other but it was not possible for several reasons to continue their relationship, and they agreed to meet in 1922, if they were still free. I almost felt only Jean Harlowe was missing: the clothes, the atmosphere, especially swimwear! Loralee and Wyatt’s first meeting was magical; it was as if they saw each other and the sun fell upon them; I could imagine their smiles, the sparkle in their eyes; just wonderful! Loralee has a keen sense of justice, and I loved that Wyatt wanted to be a successful businessman and not compromise his integrity and spirituality. A SUMMER FOR LOVE also spoke to me for a very special reason: I love the smell of wood and lumber! I wish this novella had been longer as well; the era is so beautifully recreated, I wanted to read more about it. ROMANCE IN AUTUMN is so very beautiful, and Ms. Henrie’s descriptive talent shines as never before; it was easy to see why Phoebe loved the Newport mansion so much. All the stories are very enjoyable, but I think ROMANCE IN AUTUMN is my favourite because the visuals are simply stunning; it’s in all the little details; it’s so gorgeous, filled with warmth. The writing is exquisite, the banter between James and Phoebe is lovely, and the chemistry between them is undeniable. I almost never quote, but I couldn’t help it: “… what he ought to be doing with the season of his life”. Stacy Henrie is one of my favourite historical authors, and this anthology is a very special treat, as the author navigates various eras with equal ease and accuracy. What a relief it is to read romances where the heroes are real gentlemen. Those are inspirational romances, and even if I must repeat myself again, in my opinion this is where a lot of the authenticity lies: God played a central part of the lives of people in centuries past, which most historical authors seem to conveniently set aside to comply with modern sensibilities. The Author’s Notes also deserve to be read. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.