Serving Up Love: A Four-in-One Harvey House Brides Collection

Serving Up Love: A Four-in-One Harvey House Brides Collection


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Bestselling novelist Tracie Peterson joins Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano in this collection of four novellas, each featuring a Harvey Girl heroine. From Kansas to Texas, the Grand Canyon to New Mexico, the stories cross the country with tales of sweet romance and entertaining history.

In Karen Witemeyer's "More Than a Pretty Face," a young woman works her hardest to escape poor choices from her youth. Tracie Peterson offers "A Flood of Love," where reuniting with an old flame after more than a decade offers unexpected results. Regina Jennings's "Intrigue a la Mode" delights with a tale of a young woman determined to help support her family, despite warnings of danger nearby. And Jen Turano's "Grand Encounters" heads to the Grand Canyon with a tale of a society belle intent on finding a new life for herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764232695
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 85,545
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

A recipient of the ACFW Lifetime Achievement Award, Tracie Peterson is well-known for her numerous award-winning, bestselling historical romances. She lives near Missoula, Montana. Visit her at

Karen Witemeyer is a winner of multiple Carol Awards and has been a finalist for the RITA Award and National Readers' Choice Award. She lives in Abilene, Texas. Visit her at

Regina Jennings
is the acclaimed author of The Fort Reno Series. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children. Visit her at

Jen Turano
, the USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books, lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her at

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Serving Up Love: A Four-in-One Harvey House Brides Collection 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
BlueJeansAndTeacups 3 days ago
Serving Up Love – Four (unrelated) Harvey House Brides Novellas (unrelated) 5 Star Book – Trains, Harvey House Restaurants, Mystery, Ciphers, Shenanigans & Romance. Something for everyone! A Flood of Love, Novella by Tracie Peterson •*•Great Ending •*• [OPENING] August, 1929 Gretchen Gottsacker stepped from the train and looked around at the tiny town of San Marcial, New Mexico. (5 stars) More Than A Pretty Face, a Patchwork Family Novella by Karen Witemeyer •*• Book 1.5 I loved It! •*• [OPENING] Gainsesville, TX, 1902 “I’m not going to marry her, Mother.” Caleb Durrington bit the inside of his cheek to keep the rest of the words piling up on his tongue from escaping. (5 stars) Intrigue al la Mode, a Novella by Regina Jennings •*• Good mystery which is hard to do in a novella •*• [OPENING] Emporia, Kansas, 1898 The breakfast rush had ended, and Willow Kentworth had already reset her station. There was nothing to do now except patrol her table and guard against horseflies dying on the starched tablecloth… (5 stars - Loved the cousin! She needs her own story!) A Grand Encounter, a Novella by Jen Turano •*•All the wonderful shenanigans one has come to expect from a Jen Turano story! •*• [OPENING] El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon, AZ, 1908 “I know you mentioned you’ve sworn off gentlemen forever, but Mr. Tall, Dark, and – need I say Delicious is here again, and, unsurprisingly, he’s sitting in your section.” (5 stars I would give it 10 stars if I could!) I don’t often find a novella collection where all the stories are 5 stars, so this was a great surprise! Bethany House Publishing © 11/5/2019 Karen Witemeyer kindly sent me a complimentary book in the hopes of a favorable review, with no further compensation. All opinions are mine alone.
LifeofLiterature 11 days ago
A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson – Neatly written, this novella brings forth a lovely story from start to finish. I liked that the characters were friends in the past, because it made the quicker progression of their relationship more realistic. The addition of a spunky young girl is a great secondary character. I enjoyed learning more about the tiny town of San Marcial, New Mexico as well. Overall, I liked this story! More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer – How is it possible for an author to write such an emotionally gripping story in such a short amount of words? I was so excited to read more about Rosalind, who we met as Abigail’s sister in More Than Words Can Say. She has made past mistakes but has matured into a wonderful young lady. She is poised and pretty but also has gumption and strength that is admirable. There are spiritual themes of forgiveness and mercy that are relatable and applicable to any reader. I really liked the historical aspect of the story and learning more about the Harvey Houses. I also found myself connecting with the characters almost immediately and definitely cried a time or two for Rosalind as she struggled and grew throughout the story. I really, really enjoyed this novella and highly recommend it! The author has penned another winner! Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings – What a great read! I definitely read this novella in one sitting, as I eagerly turned the pages to figure out the mystery of the story. Even though this may be a novella, the story develops well and contains quite of bit of content for such a short story. I really liked the characters and their relationship as they become friends, then partners as they solve a mystery, and finally fall in love. I learned even more about the Harvey Houses from the historical tidbits. I definitely recommend this novella! A Grand Encounter by Jen Turano – Jen Turano always pens such fun stories, full of wit and humor that are intermingled with true character depth and development. Her great writing style carries into even this short novella! This story had time to develop with twists in the relationship despite its length. I really enjoyed the setting and history, the intermixed bits of spirituality, and the budding romance. I loved this novella and definitely recommend it! Overall, this was such a fun collection of novellas that seemed to connect with the theme of the Harvey girls in such a unique way! I really liked this book and highly recommend it! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Karen Witemeyer. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
MeganDiMaria 5 hours ago
I was so happy to get this book at this time of year (we're just about to barrel into the holidays) when my time gets limited and my attention seems to scatter. The reason? These four SHORT stores are perfect for when you can only read in small snatches. I loved the theme that runs through the stories, brides, and loved that all the main characters were Harvey Girls. This was such a fun collection to read, and I especially like the four different perspectives brought by four different authors. Yes, I recommend this collection of stories from America's history. So satisfying!
AndreaBy 21 hours ago
A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson Gretchen is back in San Marcial, not that she wanted to be. Filling in as housemother and waitress, she comforts herself with only being there a couple weeks. Meeting Katiann is delightful, but Dirk brings up things long since buried. Great story about the bustling railroad town, and I also enjoyed the historical snippet the author shared at the end of the story. This is set solely in San Marcial Texas. More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer Rosalind has worked for Harvey House for 5 years and is looking to head west to California. Instead, she’s been transferred to Santa Fe. Caleb is a lawyer with a mother who has someone of high class for him to marry. He’s settled his sights lower than she’d like. A story that draws you in quickly, with Rosalind being seen in a previous series set, and a nice addition with Caleb, Callie, Hank and a few others. Engaging story that will leave you with a sigh at the end. Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings Willow works hard to keep the expectations of Harvey House, and be able to send money to her family. Graham, decides it’s time to play busboy to investigate some strange happenings on the railroad and find out why this Harvey House in Emporia is having troubles keeping employees. Smitten with Willow right away, along with him forgetting he can’t talk his normal way keep him more in the spotlight than he wants. Great story, with these characters being rounded out by Etta Mae, Mrs. Skyes, Marlowe, Calista and Willow’s family. A Grand Encounter by Jen Turano Myrtle left New York high society after a broken engagement and wound up in El Tovar Harvey House in Arizona. Jack has been dining there for months, and is rather taken with her. Thing is, he’s never really talked to her. His brother tries to speed things along. In typical fashion for this author, we have chuckles coming up quickly as these two start getting to know each other. They are joined by delightful supporting characters in Walter, Ruthanne, Opal, as well as Myrtle’s youngest sister and parents. Set primarily at El Tovar, we get a quick glimpse of Chicago and Newport as well.
Anonymous 3 days ago
I absolutely loved this collection of novellas! Each story is a complete story that allows the reader to come to know the characters intimately and personally. There are no cliffhanger endings and each story leaves the reader with a happy ending. Not only were these stories enjoyable, I learned about a piece of history of which I previously knew nothing. With impeccable writing, I was intrigued and decided to look further into history to learn a little more about the Harvey Girls and found it so interesting. Many thanks to these amazing authors for writing such wonderful stories inviting me to learn more about history!
BrittanyMc 4 days ago
What a great collection of historical novellas! I thoroughly enjoyed each one, finding them all to be very well-written. I feel like I have learned so much about Harvey Houses and the Harvey Girls who served in them. I truly enjoyed that each of these novellas felt very complete, with full stories that allowed me to connect with the characters and the situations that they were going through. The love stories were each unique and fit the style of the individual authors, yet had the continuing theme of a Harvey House setting. I enjoyed this novella collection so much! I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
singeralovesong 6 days ago
Are you or someone you know in need of a good book? Let the Harvey Girls in "Serving Up Love" be of service! Four books in one is an awesome deal. However, when the authors are Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano, you know you’ve been handed a huge gift on a silver platter. I found myself smiling and laughing out loud so many times. I found myself instantly attached to the nine-year-old Katiann in Tracie Peterson’s "A Flood of Love". Her instant friendship with Gretchen was so sweet and her not-so-subtle meddling between Gretchen and Dirk had me blushing and giggling. Karen Witemeyer’s "More Than a Pretty Face" was the perfect ending to The Patchwork Family Series and a perfect addition to "Serving Up Love"! Rosalind Kemp is a character you wish you could meet in person. She is so real and relatable. We all have things in our past we aren’t proud of and may find ourselves facing the repercussions of a poor decision. And I believe most of us have wished for a fresh start at some point in our lives. The friendship and budding romance between Rosalind and Caleb is the kind that fills you with warm fuzzies. In addition, the story was full of surprising turns—especially at the end! I was hooked from page one (well… page 81). I just recently read a book by Regina Jennings and was excited to read another story written by her. I’m hooked! I can’t wait to get my hands on more books by her. In "Serving Up Love", Regina Jennings’ story "Intrigue a la Mode" was exactly that—intriguing. Wow. It had elements of mystery I wasn’t prepared for. My heart even started racing a couple of times! Before "Serving Up Love", I had never read anything written by Jen Turano. I was excited to try out a new author. "A Grand Encounter" was simply amazing! I was glued instantly. A couple of times I had to put the book down in order to see to a few chores. I was disgruntled and rebuked myself saying “Grace, you knew you shouldn’t have picked that book up!” One book, four stories, and 9 new friends… what could be better?!
TrixiO 6 days ago
In this novella collection, we meet four women from different walks of life who become Harvey House girls. This is a time in history that is especially fascinating to me because it's a turning point for women to pursue a career other than marriage and motherhood. I love the true story of how Fred Harvey opened up Harvey Houses all around the country, therefore providing opportunities for these women to find independence & sustain themselves financially. When I had a chance to read & review this book, I couldn't respond fast enough! Plus, these are written by four powerhouse historical fiction authors and knew I would enjoy each story. In “A Flood of Love” by Tracie Perterson we meet Gretchen Gottsacker and Dirk Martinez. They have a past history together as he left on the eve of proposing to her ten years prior when something went awry and changed both of their lives. I love second chance love stories and how God gave them both a chance to make amends, forgive, move past the pain and start over again. Dirk's daughter Katiann is such a sweet addition to the story! Her prayer for a mama was fulfilled in the most special way. In “More Than a Pretty Face” by Karen Witemeyer we meet Rosalind Kemp and Caleb Durrington. I love the overall lesson Rosalind learns that her past doesn't define her & God willingly gives second chances. Caleb was the perfect hero for her and showed her gentle love & acceptance of who she is. In “Intrigue a la Mode” by Regina Jennings we meet Willow Kentworth and Graham Buchanan. This one was fun because Jennings threw in a bit of a mystery thread to the mix along with the romance between these two! Finally in “A Grand Adventure” by Jen Turano we meet Myrtle Schermerhorn and Jack Daggett. I love the fact that this was set in the Grand Canyon area of Arizona—a place I hope to visit one day, I've heard it's a spectacular sight! At first Jack is the strong silent type, admiring Myrtle from afar until his younger brother Walter breaks the ice. Though Jack often blunders the romantic pursuit, he's still quite charming! They both hide secrets from one another that almost ruin it, but God works out all the kinks at the end. I also loved the double romance in this one! These were charming short love stories still packed plenty with faith, second chances, and penned by four of the best authors I could recommend to any reader! You will even find a bit of wit & humor in the most unexpected places to make you smile. *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House on behalf of the authors and was under no obligation to write a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
ONorman0 8 days ago
I've always loved reading about the Harvey House girls. :Serving up Love" has four stories by four different writers. I tried to choose a favorite but I liked all of them. Each one pulled me into their characters and had me hoping that they would find love. Each had a very satisfying ending.
Kristina Barnes 9 days ago
Serving Up Love is a collection of four novellas about women who worked in the Harvey Houses that served customers and workers of the railroads out west. Each of the novellas is a stand-alone story and set in a different location and in different years. For this historical fiction superfan, this series of novellas was perfection. I can honestly say I couldn’t pick a favorite. Each story was entirely different: some having danger, others mystery and plenty of romance! In Tracie Peterson’s, A Flood of Love, I loved the unique history of the setting, especially the swimming horses. And I loved the heartbreaking history between Gretchen and Dirk as well as the hilarious antics of Katiann. What a doll! Gretchen had such an inspiring spirit of forgiveness, and Dirk’s persistence melted more than Gretchen’s heart! I have been looking forward to reading More Than a Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer since meeting Rosalind Kemp in More Than Words Can Say. Rosalind is haunted by regret and living in fear that her past mistakes will be revealed. Although she takes great pains not to be noticed, Caleb Durrington see her for the precious jewel she really is. I adored how Caleb loved her knowing she had untold secrets. And his unique wooing skills are adorable, especially to this nerdy girl! I knew Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings would be full of laugh out loud moments (careful not to wake your sleeping baby or disturb your co-workers), and I was correct. Despite the mystery and danger surrounding the Harvey House in Emporia, Kansas, there were plenty of light-hearted moments between Willow and Graham. I loved how Graham’s swagger was tempered by his gentleman-like qualities and by Willow’s no-nonsense attitude. They make quite the team (and the couple) as they search for potential smugglers. I must admit this is my first time reading Jen Turano. I have her books on my TBR stack, but I haven’t had a chance to read them yet. But I’ll be catching up on the rest of her books soon because I absolutely loved A Grand Encounter! Jack is quite fetching (hehe), and I love the independence and outspoken nature of Myrtle. Plus, they are both book nerds, so we were all meant to be friends. Although their courtship might have been a bit awkward at times, and I might have laughed at Jack’s expense a few times, I enjoyed every minute of their story. If you are a lover of Christian historical fiction, do not miss this collection of novellas. It is an interesting part of history, and each book gives you a unique perspective. Enjoy! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Amigagal 11 days ago
Just when I think I know pretty much all about American History, I read a book about the Harvey Girls and realize there is SO much more to learn about our great country! This book has four novellas about 4 women who were Harvey Girls working in Harvey Houses in the American West based on the real Harvey Houses (essentially restaurants) that populated the country at a time when train travel was the "thing"! It offered women a chance to gain independence and see our great country. Harvey Girls weren't "just waitresses", they were so much more! This book was so fascinating to me and I enjoyed each story set in a different city, but the Harvey House was real. Each author did such an amazing job of blending the history of the Harvey House with the area it was set in and the characters in the story. I highly recommend this book! A FLOOD OF LOVE - Tracie Peterson - A precocious young girl brings two former sweethearts together in New Mexico after a big misunderstanding that tore them apart a decade earlier but will they all survive the big flood? MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE - Karen Witemeyer - Rosalind Kemp wants desperately to one day move on to California so she can outrun the past and her youthful mistake but her past finds her and will Caleb make a stand and fight for her? INTRIGUE A LA MODE - Regina Jennings - Strange things are happening at this Harvey House and when Willow is warned by her cousin to stay away from things, she doesn't know what to think! But, a handsome new busboy needs her help in cracking the case and she just can't seem to stay away! A GRAND ENCOUNTER - Jen Turano Myrtle flees high society in New York after an embarrassing situation for a quiet life at the Grand Canyon until a frequent guest makes her "independent life" vow difficult to sustain.
Courtney_LaShea 11 days ago
Fans of clean historical romances will adore this collection of novellas from some of the best authors of the genre. Peterson's “A Flood of Love” is packed with action and emotion, even as a brief novella. Readers are sure to enjoy Gretchen and Dirk’s story as they navigate a complicated past. In Witemeyer's "More Than a Pretty Face", Rosalind and Caleb discover if love is powerful enough to bring freedom from the past. “Intrigue a la Mode” was one of my favorites as it followed Willow and Graham into dangerous territory. There’s a touch of mystery in this particular novella by Jennings and I was anticipating every last second of it. Finally, Turano's "A Grand Encounter" was just that--a delightful and hilarious telling of awkward Jack and sweet Myrtle's story. I loved this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book via the publisher, Bethany House. All expressed opinions belong to me.
irishniff 12 days ago
This wonderful novella collection was very enjoyable. I didn’t know anything about the Harvey Girls and I appreciated how each novella gave a little more history and insight into Harvey Houses. These details added to a fuller picture of the life of a Harvey Girl and added depth to the novellas. The four authors did a superb job of creating engaging characters and gripping story lines within the short form of a novella. These enjoyable stories contained romance, humor, struggles and lessons of faith. As I read, I just wanted to keep turning the pages. Each story pulled me in and with the size of the novella, I was able to finish quickly and feel satisfied. I highly recommend this enjoyable collection and I think that young adults would like it too. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
SBMC 12 days ago
What a great collection of historical novellas written by some of my absolute favorite authors in the genre! And I learned quite a bit about the Harvey Houses and the women working there who made the restaurants notable. All four novellas are masterfully crafted and have beautifully developed characters and plots that make them feel like full-length novels. If you enjoy historical novellas, you will be delighted with this collection. The author Tracie Peterson will fascinate you with historical details from 1929 New Mexico; Karen Witemeyer will touch your heart with unconditional love that extends grace and mercy in 1902 Texas; Regina Jennings will captivate you with intrigue and charm in 1898 Kansas; and Jen Turano will have you laughing out loud and sighing with happy anticipation in 1908 Arizona. You will not be able to put the book down once you start it! I received a copy of the book from Bethany House and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
DeborahA4577 12 days ago
Wow - this book! I had never heard of a Harvey Girl before, but after reading this book I have never wanted to be one so badly! :) I love the idea of a group of independent young women who work hard to uphold the reputation of their group. Man, they're awesome. I love the settings of these stories. The railways, the tight schedules, the, ahem, clientele. Each of these stories is so unique, yet I knew what I was going to get with each one. They were all so good! And I loved each happily ever after. Some of these novellas had me interested in reading the rest of the series that go along with it, so I have some digging to do to see what I can find. What a great collection. What awesome heroines and tender heroes. Don't pass up this book. You will not be disappointed!
A1Reads 13 days ago
I loved this collection! ~Tracie Peterson gives us a story of a love lost long ago. A second chance. And a sweet little girl that asks God for a Mama. I loved it when Katiann says. "I'm sorry Daddy. I try to obey. But you never said I couldn't climb out on the roof." ~In Karen Witemeyer's story, Rosalind is trying to outrun a mistake from her youth. My heart went out to her. She did what she had to do to help her sick father. Now that thing haunts her. I loved how Caleb loved Rosalind. I did not like Caleb's mother, not a bit. A sweet story of overcoming, forgiveness, and love. ~Regina Jennings is a mystery writer! I loved the smuggling mystery along the railroad. Willow is working hard to send money back to her parents. Graham is a wealthy man posing as a busboy. I loved the way Willow and Caleb fall in love. She doesn't know who he is but tries to help him. She actually saves his life. Twice! There is a surprising Pinkerton involved too. ~Jen Turano tells a most delightful story! Myrtle is unaware that Jack is smitten with her. He is unable to say more than his order to her. Thankfully, his brother comes to town. Walter has no problem speaking up, he often says too much. I loved the witty dialog. Let me say I will forever think of "fetching potatoes" every time I make mashed potatoes for the rest of my life. Myrtle finds her strength, Jack finds his voice. Together, they find love. It's not that quite simple though. *I received an early copy of this book in an author giveaway. I was not required to post a review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 13 days ago
I think this is a very sweet collection of novellas featuring Harvey Girls, young women who were very real and lived and worked in a time in our nation's history. Each novella features a young woman who has gone west to serve as Harvey Girl in a time when not many women worked outside their home. Populated with some mighty fine authors, this collection is sure to keep you entertained for many hours. Recommended.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 13 days ago
I think this is a very sweet collection of novellas featuring Harvey Girls, young women who were very real and lived and worked in a time in our nation's history. Each novella features a young woman who has gone west to serve as Harvey Girl in a time when not many women worked outside their home. Populated with some mighty fine authors, this collection is sure to keep you entertained for many hours. Recommended.
TimelessNovels 13 days ago
Serving Up Love is a collection of tales of adventure and love as the Harvey Girls are able to explore the country as well as discover more about themselves. A Flood of Love by Tracie Peterson A Flood of Love was packed with historical details. I love that this was based on true stories and events. Timing seems to be everything for Gretchen and Dirk. They have only ever loved each other but have been pulled apart. If only communication in those days had been easier. Katiann is adorable. She seemed to know everything about everyone and is so curious about the world around her. I’m surprised her nannies had such a hard time handling her. I loved that when someone compliments her she says, “I know” instead of “thank you”. Tracie Peterson is the only author I haven’t read, though I have a number of her books on my TBR list. Now I know why she was so often recommended to me. More Than A Pretty Face by Karen Witemeyer I’m glad that Rosalind from More Than Words Can Say gets her own story. The title of this novella was perfect for her. She made a bad choice in her past, and she is trying to hide from it. Unfortunately she is transferred back to her home state of Texas and is right back where she started. No matter where she goes now, she cannot hide from her past mistakes. Even after someone repents, our sins can still follow us from the past and have consequences. After none of his charms had been working, Caleb tried to spark Rosalind’s interest by using a Pigpen cipher. As someone who solves cipher puzzles for fun, I can’t say how much I loved that Caleb and Rosalind wrote to each other in secret code. “How on earth was she supposed to resist a man who left her a note penned in secret code.” While Caleb knew of Rosalind for awhile, I think he fell in love with her before he knew her personally. I wish there had been a little more personal conversations before the declarations of love. “You snuck up on me. Luring my heart little by little with your ciphers and outings, your kindness to old ladies and adolescent dishwashers, until it became fully yours.” “My heart belongs to you for as long as you desire it.” This story seems a little more serious than a lot of Witemeyer’s other books, but with some of the topics it has to be. Intrigue a la Mode by Regina Jennings I immediately liked Graham and Willow and found their story very engaging. I also liked the historical details and descriptions about the Harvey Girls. The pace was perfect and the story seemed well developed for a novella. Though it felt complete, I would love to know more about Calista’s adventures and their legendary family tree. Graham’s secret way in to the depot was funny. He also had some other funny lines. Grand Encounters by Jen Turano It seemed like Jack was so smitten with Myrtle before he had even had one conversation with her. Then after months of being awkward with her and only offering one random word, it’s like the floodgates were opened. I did find many of the characters shallow and physically assaulting someone is not a form of humor. When they did finally have conversations with each other, I liked them as a couple. I also liked Jack and Myrtle’s hobbies of hiking and reading. Turano has written a number of books about New York Heiresses during this time, and it was interesting to see what would happen if one of them left their high class society to become a Harvey Girl.