With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry

With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry

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Humorous Historical Romance Novella
Collection Offers Love and Laughs

Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer's "The Husband Maneuver," Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins when the ranch foreman she loves seems to be leaving forever. Regina Jennings offers "Her Dearly Unintended," where friends stranded by a rising river pretend to be newlyweds when a dangerous stranger arrives.

Mary Connealy's "Runaway Bride" finds a Texas ranger getting more than he expected when he rescues a young woman fleeing a dangerous arranged marriage. And Melissa Jagears' "Engaging the Competition" finds a young woman forced to assist the man she's sparred with for so long after an accident leaves him helpless. Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217722
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Edition description: 4 in 1 Edition
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 1,203,781
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Karen Witemeyer is a winner of the Carol Award and has been a finalist for the RITA Award and National Readers' Choice Award. She lives with her husband and three children in Abilene, Texas. www.karenwitemeyer.com

Mary Connealy is well-known for her award-winning, bestselling historical romantic comedies. She lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her husband and has four grown daughters. www.maryconnealy.com

Regina Jennings is the author of five acclaimed historical romances. She lives outside Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with her husband and four children. www.reginajennings.com

Melissa Jagears
, author of the Unexpected Brides series, is a homeschooling mother of three little ones on a tiny Kansas farm with a fixer-upper house. Her first novella, Love by the Letter, won the 2014 Carol Award for Best Novella. www.melissajagears.com

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With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Love doesn't quite happen like these 4 young ladies planned... The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer I'd not read any of Karen Witemeyer's stories until I picked up this novella collection. And what a hilarious introduction! It was a quick read and I enjoyed the Dead Eye Dan 'excerpts' at the beginning of each chapter. Her Deadly Unintended by Regina Jennings Aahh, Regina Jennings. She's been a favorite of mine for several years and this novella was no exception. Laugh-out-loud funny, with a dash of danger, and wrapped in a coming-of-age romance that is delight to read. Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy Mary Connealy is another favorite author. There is something that I just love about her westerns with her trademark mix of romance, humor, and blazing guns. This novella provided all of that in a small, but very enjoyable, package. Engaging The Competition by Melissa Jagears Melissa Jagears is still a fairly new-to-me author since I've only previously read one of her full-length books. This novella was a real, but fun, switch for me because I actually came to like the hero a little bit better than the heroine. Overall A delightful collection of novellas from four wonderful authors! If you enjoy any or all of these authors, like novellas, or just love a good story with plenty of humor and romance With This Ring just might be to book for you. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received With This Ring? book as a gift from one of the four authors, and I thoroughly enjoyed each story. How wonderful to get 4 great stories in one book. I especially loved “Runaway Bride” by Mary Connealy as it included characters from two of her book series—stories and characters I remembered fondly. For me, the bonus to this group of novellas is that I could “sample” the writing of authors I had heard of but not read before. Each story was well told and I will be looking for more books by these authors. So, I highly recommend the book, With This Ring? I found it to be a very good read.
BookJunkie15 More than 1 year ago
I have to say beforehand that I’ve never done a review for a book of novellas, therefore this is my first and I hope everyone enjoys it! A common thing I loved about these stories is that I recognized some to most of the characters from the author's previous books. However, even if you have not read those books, you still can understand the stories. The first story “The Husband Maneuver” by Karen Witemeyer was one of my favorites earning 5 stars from me! I think one of the reasons I loved it so much is because I remembered them from “A Worthy Pursuit” and there wasn’t ever a conclusion to Daniel and Marietta’s love story like I wanted and I finally got it. It was a very sweet read and different from most novellas. It didn’t drag on and take forever but it also wasn’t so fast that it caused confusion. The second story “Her Dearly Unintended” by Regina Jennings earned 3 stars from me and sadly was my least favorite story out of the four. At the beginning I thought it might be better than it ended up being, I enjoyed the fact that Josiah was protective of Katie Ellen and it was a cute story but at times the characters seemed a little immature and the tale ended quite abruptly for my taste. The third story “Runaway Bride” by Mary Connealy was another favorite of mine earning four and a half stars from me. This was also another story where I enjoyed seeing the connection between books. I enjoyed everything about it except for one thing, the characters, Big John and Carrie became very stubborn for a brief time about their feelings for one another and in a novella that isn’t something I enjoy immensely. As I said, it was brief considering it is a short story but that’s what in the end, lowered my rating of this one a tiny bit. Now for the fourth and final story “Engaging the Competition” by Melissa Jagears earned four stars from me and was also a cute story that I enjoyed. Harrison and Charlotte were both likeable characters and really there weren’t any specifically negative things to this one. All and all it was a good novella collection and I enjoyed them. My overall rating for this book is 4 stars and I do recommend it to anyone who love a sweet, quick, historical romance! I was provided a copy of this book by the author/publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
This was a very entertaining collection of stories. I was thoroughly entertained with these proposals gone awry. From Texas 1879, to Kansas 1901, there are enough laughs and gasps to go around. I love reading novella collections because it gives you a taste of the author's style. The love of reading does have a lot to do with finding a book, genre, author "to spark your fancy". I went several years without reading much because I was trying to force myself to read a style that I just wasn't interested in. Now, I have read more in half a year than I typically read in several years put together. I have read several books by Mary Connealy, but this was my first taste of the other authors. I can honestly say that I am looking forward to reading their full length novels now. Very humorous and sprinkled with faith. This novella collection is the perfect combination of stories for any reader who loves a good western romance.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer When ranch foreman Daniel Barrett seems ready to leave her life forever, Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins on their relationship. But to have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or risk losing him completely. My thoughts: Daniel was a gruff man, very unkind and mean in some of his actions. I really didn't see what Marietta saw in him. Hardworking, yes, but who wants to live with a mean grouch all her life? I think Marietta was infatuated with the man behind the dime novels more than the man himself. I did admire how honorable Dan was though and how intent he was to keep promises he made. 3 stars. Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings Josiah Huckabee just wanted to make sure Katie Ellen Watson was safe, but when the only bridge to her farm is washed out, the two find themselves alone. Alone, that is, until a menacing stranger appears. Maybe by pretending to be newlyweds, they'll save their reputations--but can pretending to be in love turn into the real thing? My thoughts: This was an adorable story. I couldn't help but fall in love with Josiah! Silas got on my nerves right quick, and his identity came as a complete surprise. Katie Ellen had some control issues to work through. A really adorable story that held my attention all the way through. Loved it. 5 stars. Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy Hired to help Carrie Halsey escape from a dangerous man intent on making her his wife, Big John Conroy never expected the job to interrupt his solitary Texas Ranger life. But now that he's promised to keep Carrie safe, he discovers he may just want to make a few more promises. My thoughts: Classic Mary Connealy, this story starts out with a crash and with a series of mishaps and nonstop action, it doesn't let up. Like an old wild west tv series, it came complete with gunslingers and hired guns. Unlike the old westerns, the women are just as strong as the men. Great story, nonstop adventure. 5 stars. Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears Harrison Gray and tomboy Charlotte Andrews have been rivals for years. With Charlotte intended for someone else, it seems they'll never settle their differences until an accident changes things completely. When Charlotte breaks Harrison's glasses--without which he's nearly blind--she must help with his teaching position, and working together forces these former adversaries to reconsider everything. My thoughts: I've only read one of Ms. Jagears' stories, a novella, so I was anxious to see what her story telling is like. I fell in love with Harrison. Even though he was almost blind, he was an awesome hero. Charlie was like none other, and sometimes she made me mad, but that is the marks of a good storyteller. Definitely enjoyed this story. 5 stars. I love these collections Bethany House and Revell and Thomas Nelson have started putting out and this was a good one. 4.5 stars for the collection. A great line-up of historical romance novellas for the avid reader.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
I picked up this novella collection with high expectations. I’ve read all of these authors before and love their styles and stories. With This Ring did not disappoint. It was just as entertaining and romantic as I had hoped it would be. Each individual novella read so sweet and smoothly, with some surprises thrown in. The heroes and heroines were all fun and unique. As the reader, I enjoyed stepping into these pioneer days and watching these western folks figure out how to make love work. The characteristic wit and charm I’ve already come to admire from these authors was easily found in this work as well. The End always arrived too quickly and I found myself wishing the stories could go on a little longer. To me, that’s the sign of a successful novella collection. ;) This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Regina Jennings and Bethany House for my copy.
HeidiMain More than 1 year ago
The Husband Maneuver ~ three-dimensional characters come alive in this novella by Karen Whitemeyer. A well-thought out plot leads to a quick and satisfying read. Her Dearly Unintended ~ The main characters are forced together through a conflict filled story that is well-written and engaging. The romantic tension between these sweet characters makes you flip the pages to discover what happens. Runaway Bride ~ A unique plot brings John, a Texas ranger, to Carrie’s rescue, a well-written page-turner. Engaging the Competition ~ This story is a nice set-up for a novella full of conflict and tension. When Harrison Gray’s pastor subtly announces that Charlotte Andrews is about to become entangled in a marriage of convenience, he knows he must stop her.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Sometimes love doesn't start exactly as planned. This novella collection is four stories from famous Christian fiction authors about love and proposals that aren't quite the way the couple intended them to be. Sometimes it's from the wrong person, sometimes it's a matter of circumstances gone wrong, and sometimes it's all the result of an accident. But each couple leans to trust in God to find the perfect spouse for them, regardless of how everything started out. These are four of my favorite authors, so I expected to enjoy this book. It met all of my expectations. Each story was unique and stand-alone. The authors did a great job of creating a story that was full of humor, clean romance, and endearing characters. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys romance and Christian fiction. The authors did a great job. The Husband Maneuver - Sweet, romantic story that was based on misunderstanding. I especially enjoyed the foreman Daniel. He seemed like such a solid character. Her Dearly Unintended - I liked the premise of this story and it ended sweetly. I wasn't as fond of the fighting. That was something I could have done without. Runaway Bride - This was a super sweet story that will be enjoyed more if you've read all of the author's previous books. Because she tied characters from so many of them into this novella it was a little crowded for me. But overall I really enjoyed it. Engaging the Competition - Romantic story of misunderstanding. The couple in the story were clueless about what the other person felt, but thankfully figured it out just in time. I received this book free of charge from Bethany House and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Cute and entertain novella collection With This Ring? A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry By Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears Fans of these four authors can find an enjoyable escape within the pages of these four novellas. First up is Karen Witemeyer with The Husband Maneuver. Marietta Hawkins has had high hopes for Daniel Barrett these last three years. But when she overhears his plans she knows she needs to take action to get a proposal out of him. And if she has to resort to deception and manipulation to get him to promise to say "I do" she'll do it. The second offering is from Regina Jennings with Her Dearly Unintended. Katie Ellen has forever captured Josiah Huckabee's heart. Only problem she sees him as little better than an annoyance. But when a heavy rain traps them at her farm with stranger they play the perfectly wedded couple (who seem intent on killing each other). But Josiah is determined to keep Katie Ellen safe from this stranger who is acting mighty suspicious to their eyes. Get ready for some eye rolling as Josiah and Katie Ellen attempt to pull off the act of playing newlyweds. Mary Connealy fans will enjoy seeing Big John Conroy find and fight love in the Runaway Bride. Carrie Halsey is determined to escape the man who is getting her hand in marriage to pay her father's gambling debts. To keep Carrie safe Big John needs to call on the Regulators to back him up and they are more than willing to help him out. And maybe give him a nudge in the romance department. The final offering is Engaging the Competition from Melissa Jagears. Harrison Gray has always felt that he has had something to prove to Charlotte Andrews. Scholarly speaking he's always excelled but when it came to shooting Charlotte was the champion. And riding and roping she held her own. So when he glasses get broken he needs help and Charlotte is his not quite willing teacher's aid. But two weeks in the same building just might help them clear up the grudges and hurts from the past. But with Charlotte promised to another is a schoolhouse romance a possibility? This is a cute story collection that will entertain the reader, perfect for a afternoon with nothing to do as one can easily read one within a few hours. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Melissa Jagears in exchange for my honest review.
DaphSelf More than 1 year ago
This collection of novellas were highly entertaining and humorous. Perfect for those cold winter days or those rainy days where all you want to do is curl up with a cup of tea or coffee and read a book. Although I had a tough time relating to characters, basically I found that I would have enjoyed the rancher's daughter to be a little tougher and not so tenderfoot or the Arkansas farmer to be more Annie Oakley or tougher than bullhide, etc., I did find situations these women got themselves into to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. If you love historical novels and love how romance buds in the most unlikely of ways, then you will enjoy this collection. ***I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for a complete and honest review.***
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I love novella collections and this one delighted me with its charm! These four stories of love and laughter are sure to please fans of historical romance! The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer is such a fun story! I loved Marietta and Daniel and especially enjoyed the dime novel excerpts that were woven through the novella. Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings is a humorous story, and I really enjoyed the unexpected romance that developed. Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy is an entertaining tale populated with numerous characters from her earlier novels. I loved this marriage of convenience story! Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears boasts endearing characters and an engaging story line. I really enjoyed this unique story. With This Ring is a great collection! Witemeyer, Jennings, and Connealy fans will love catching up with characters from their earlier novels, and readers will be pleased to meet characters from Jagears’ upcoming Teaville Moral Society series. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved all these stories! They were each so interesting and unique with the angle of the plot, and all the stories have vibrant characters and settings. We get to revisit great characters from other books by Karen Witemeyer and Mary Connealy, but they are perfect as stand alone stories too. There is a fantastic element of humor throughout which kept me smiling as I read the predicaments the couples found themselves in. And the romance? So wonderful! I enjoyed all the novellas equally and highly recommend this collection! (Thank you to Karen Witemeyer and Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
This work is a collection of four short stories, delving deeper into the lives of minor characters from each of the authors. The Husband Maneuver, by Karen Witemeyer A very cute tale, told from both perspectives equally. I liked the back and forth look inside the character’s heads, so that the reader would get a full understanding of each person, and really get invested in their relationship. The big takeaway at the end of my reading was the importance of looking at, and loving your loved ones as who they are, not an unfair, unrealistic “if only they were like this” you mentally rate them against. Her Dearly Unintended, by Regina Jennings “A Comedy of Errors” would be another great way to title this work, but that’s already been used. This story is a very strong message about clear communication in your relationships, and never assuming anything, by way of a tale of OVERT miscommunication that keeps the reader chuckling. Another good teaching moment in this work is a look at the problems of pride in a relationship. Runaway Bride, by Mary Connealy What jumped out to me most in this story was the distinct and vivid characters throughout the story, sketched out in a minimum of words, but really brought to life through their actions and words on the page. It was a masterful example of character development packed into so short a space. I especially liked the women characters, as these are historically-set novellas, and this one broke the mold you normally see in works like this. The characters were unique, fun to read, and I loved watching them save the day. Engaging the Competition, by Melissa Jagears This one rolled along a little faster than the others, but still took the time to point out some important steps to a good relationship. First and foremost, like the stories above, we see the importance of never making assumptions. You can ruin friendships, relationships, and overall happiness when you don’t take the time to talk, even if it’s uncomfortable, about what was really intended. This goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones. I also liked the emphasis on listening to, and acting on, the advice and prompting of your elders and trusted advisers. This makes sure you don’t become too shortsighted in your ability to see those around you correctly. (No pun on the story intended.) I really liked the full list of books by each author in the back pages of this work. The only thing that I would have also wanted was an indication of which novels these minor characters appear in; helpful if someone is not familiar with the author, and wants to use this as an entrance into their work. I received a review copy of this work from the publisher through NetGalley
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
I always love when a good novella collection featuring a beloved author introduces me to similar writers. I've enjoyed Regina Jennings and Mary Connealy's historical westerns with touches of humor and I was glad to find the stories from Melissa Jagears and Karen Witemeyer are just as entertaining. These four novellas all revolve around couples where the path to love runs rough, but will be sure to draw a few laughs. The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer: Marietta Hawkins has a crush on her father's ranch foreman, partly because of what she actually knows of the man, and partly from the dime novels based on his earlier life when he was known as Dead-Eye Dan. Daniel Barrett despises the stories written about him, more fiction than fact, and he'd rather forget about his days as a bounty hunter. He's ready to move on with his life, leave the ranch and build his own spread. Marietta has one last chance before he goes to win his heart, but her love of the dime novels may get in the way. I really enjoyed how the story included little snippets from the novels at the beginning of chapters, showing the contrast between the fictionalized and real man. The characters were nicely developed, so even for a novella, I felt like I knew them well. She has a great writing style. I am looking forward to reading more books by Karen Witemeyer. Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings: Katie Ellen is taking care of the family farm while her parents are away. When neighbor Josiah comes over to check on her, the bridge washes out, stranding the pair. A suspicious-looking stranger has Josiah fearing for Katie Ellen's safety, so the two pretend to be newlyweds in order for Josiah to keep her safe. Only problem is, the pair can barely get along, so convincing the stranger will take a lot of effort. Regina Jennings part in this collection is what made me want to read this book. Josiah and Katie Ellen's story was my favorite, a couple of childhood best friends that grew apart . I enjoyed how they kept their sense of humor, even with a dangerous stranger watching them. Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy: Carrie is being pressured into a marriage she doesn’t want, so when she decides to run away, she writes to her sister for help. Carrie and younger brother Issac sneak out one night and run into Big John, the Texas Ranger sent by their sister to help them cross country to safety. I enjoyed all the characters in this story, main and supporting. I wanted to know more of their stories, which I’m hoping will be connected in the rest of the Kincaid Brides Series. Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears: Harrison and Charlotte (AKA Charlie) have been competing since they were kids in school. Charlie is in danger of losing her family home, which would be devastating to her ailing mother, so she plans to marry August Whitacre. While taking refuge in Charlie's barn during a storm, Harrison's glasses get broken, leaving him nearly blind. Feeling responsible, Charlie agrees to help Harrison with his teaching job until he can get replacement glasses. This was my first time reading anything by Melissa Jagears. I highly enjoyed this story. I love that she gave the main character a physical flaw, being nearly blind without glasses. This was a charming novella, and I will be looking for more books to read from this author. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this collection to anyone who enjoys light-hearted reads and old west cowboys. This
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
My Review With four great authors, how can you go wrong with a great novella collection like this? The answer? You can’t! With This Ring? Is a fun read about happily ever afters that don’t exactly fit the stereotype. I loved it and found myself laughing along with the stories. My favorite was Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy. Guaranteed to keep you smiling and page turning, this story told of a woman who fights to get away from an arranged marriage she doesn’t want only to find herself in the place of needing another marriage to save her from the first. Set in the wild, wild west, Carrie Halsey’s rescuer is a handsome rock of a man who steals her heart and changes her life forever. With this Ring? Is worth every penny and every moment to read. Four great authors and four fabulously romantic stories. I received this book from Bethany House publishers in exchange for my honest review which I’ve provided here. https://wordynerdyblog.wordpress.com/2016-book-reviews/with-this-ring-by-karen-witemeyer-mary-connealy-regina-jennings-and-melissa-jagears/
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
I normally prefer novels to novellas, however when four of your favorite authors (Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Mary Connealy and Melissa Jagears) get together to write a novella collection, wow, you know you must read it :) Each author has their own humorous style, with spunk, love and surprise. Sometimes you only have time for a quick read, so a novella is just perfect. The Husband Maneuver - by Karen Witemeyer This is almost two novellas in one, I loved the intro into each chapter from Dead-Eye Dan and the Outlaws of Devil’s Canyon. Witemeyer always has a fun style of writing. Marietta Hawkins knows what she wants and is willing to do all she can to get it. When she learns her plans must be pushed up will she be able to find the love she wants from the handsome, Daniel Barrett? Daniel is determined to make his own way and try to ignore the man he was, yet can Marietta see him as who he is or does she only see who she thinks he is? Her Dearly Unintended - by Regina Jennings Katie Ellen is trying to prove herself to her family. When disaster strikes can she trust her childhood friend Josiah Huckabee, even when he once hurt her deeper than he is aware? Katie is a determined, opinionated girl, in which everything has its place and it all needs to be in its place. Josiah Huckabee has his own way of doing things. When Katie needs him, will she allow him to help her anyway he can? Even if they drive each other crazy? I loved the humor, misunderstandings, and the romance. Runaway Bride - by Mary Connealy Carrie Halsey is not sure exactly what she wants, but knows it is not the life her father has planned out for her. When she is forced to runaway, she is not sure exactly what to expect. Big John Conroy is not sure what he has gotten himself into. When on the long trail he has feelings he has never experienced, he is not sure what to do with them. Carrie and John must make many decisions that will not only impact their lives but possibly the people all around them. Connealy always keeps suspense, laughter and love throughout her novels and this novella does not disappoint. Engaging the Competition - by Melissa Jaggers Charlotte Andrews is a determined, tomboy who only wants what is best for her family. When she has finally found the only way to be of any help will Harrison Gray mess up all her plans? Harrison Gray is a structured, well educated teacher. When he is forced to help his childhood friend is there more at stake than he realizes? I loved the banter between Charlotte and Harrison and their near kiss and then their not so romantic first kiss. Will they ever agree on what is worth fighting for and what is not? I loved all four novellas, each author has their own style and humor. If you enjoy good quick reads you will love this book. If you enjoy one of these authors you will like them all. I was given a copy of this book from one of the authors for my honest opinion.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
In this anthology, four Christian fiction authors have created stories of love. Love can be messy and frustrating, but love is powerful, so each story showcases how love triumphs. 1. The Husband Maneuver by Kate Witemeyer: The bounty hunter extraordinaire is not the work of fiction Marietta Hawkins truly loves, but the real-life counterpart, foreman Daniel Barrett, is. Daniel will leave Hawk’s Haven soon, and Marietta is devastated by this news. When the spring trail drive is on, she conspires to return home. Miscommunication will ensue. How will these two finally figure out their love for each other is reciprocated? 2. Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings: When torrential rains come to Dewey Bald Mountain, Josiah Huckabee crosses the bridge to check on Katie Ellen Watson, who is tending to her parents’ farm. The river floods and washes away the only access bridge to and from the Watson farm. While they try to appeal to the other, they also struggle to maintain a ruse when a stranger appears in the Watson home, uninvited and unannounced. He carries something suspicious in his coat. Which doesn’t sound like it bodes well for them, does it? 3. Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy: Sometimes it is a good idea to flee from an impending marriage. Carolyn ‘Carrie’ Halsey has fled with her younger brother, Isaac, and they’re making their way to their older sister with the aid of John Conroy. Big John is a Texas Ranger, used to a solitary life. But he’s agreed to keep Carrie and Isaac safe. Danger is pursuing them, but Big John has friends in Broken Wheel. When one of his friends suggests marriage, how will they handle it? One believes his solitary life as a Ranger is the best way and the other wonders how she could marry someone she doesn’t know … 4. Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears: During a storm, intellect Harrison Gray breaks his glasses at Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Andrews’ family farm. He has to send away for more, but in the meantime, Charlie acts as his eyes in class, which is sometimes rocky. She thinks he doesn’t like her because she isn’t smart enough. And Harrison thinks she embarrassed him purposely as a youth. Miscommunication again. Besides, Harrison’s too late, since Charlie’s engaged to a man from a bullying family. Why would she say yes to such a man? Where is the love? Overall: Perhaps the best potential thing about reading anthologies is that one may discover a new author. Of the four contributing authors, I’d only read a novel by one of them (Jagears), but after reading these novellas, I’m interested in reading stories from the other three authors! These historical romance stories are not steeped in obvious faith, which is a good thing, for it allows the reader to enjoy the story and not feel as though one is being preached at about anything. I found all four stories to be charming, and I couldn’t help but root for all of the couples. It was entertaining to read how each author stitched together their respective characters’ paths to togetherness. They’ve created quite a canvas for this collection. I didn’t mentally rank each of the four, but the story that stood out the brightest for me was Mary Connealy’s ‘Runaway Bride.’ I thoroughly enjoyed the escape, the running, the defending, the suspense. I enjoyed the adventure of the story. Overall, a fun read if you enjoy love in a past time with elements of humor, danger and faith.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Although I love full-length novels, I must admit that I am also a fan of novellas. Sometimes it is so nice to read a shorter story, especially when it is well-written and feels complete. That is exactly what this collection contains. Each of these novellas was very nicely crafted, presenting stories that made me feel that I had peeked into the characters’ lives and gotten to enjoy their special moments. All four of the stories contained interesting situations, detailed characters, and a satisfying resolution at the end. The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer – What a fun story! I loved the way each chapter began with an excerpt from a dime novel titled Dead-Eye Dan and the Outlaws of Devil’s Canyon. This was the book that the heroine of the story was reading and ties into the novella beautifully. Daniel and Marietta were great characters and the attraction was flowing through this story! It was wonderful from start to finish. Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings – This novella can stand alone from the Ozark Mountain Romance series that it is connected with. But if you have read books one and two of the series, you will be happy to see what happens with Katie Ellen and Josiah. This was such an enjoyable story, full of misunderstandings, mishaps, and a pretty amazing kiss! I loved the situation these two characters were trying to navigate through. Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy – It was so much fun to see many characters that I had previously met in other books by this author show up in this story. The novella stands alone if you haven’t read other books by Mary Connealy before, but I was very happy to find out that Runaway Bride was Big John Conroy’s story! The romantic tension in this novella is palpable and I just absolutely loved the way the relationship progressed between Carrie and John. This was a very exciting and romantic story that I didn’t want to see end. Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears – What a unique and absolutely wonderful novella this was! The author did such a good job at creating two characters who have flaws, but are utterly likable, as well. Harrison and Charlotte (Charlie) have great chemistry, a problematic history, and I had to laugh at the fact that their first kiss wasn’t all that great for them! I really enjoyed this story and loved watching these two characters grow so much from beginning to end. This is a great novella collection that I definitely recommend to fans of historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
JuneMJ More than 1 year ago
This collection of four romantic Wild West adventures was a fun read! These talented authors contributed an enjoyable novella featuring well-developed characters, interesting settings, and engaging plots. A common component in the novellas was the humor/comedy present in the characters and the situations in which they found themselves. I frequently smiled and laughed aloud at the antics of these characters. The female lead characters were all strong and headstrong. The male leads were pretty much clueless about love and romance. These seemingly incompatible personality traits led to the kind of 'match and dynamite' energy that makes romance stories so entertaining. I've read and reviewed other novels by Mary Connealy who is known for her western-themed romantic comedies. I've also had the pleasure of reading other historical novels by the gifted Karen Witemeyer. The other two authors were new to me, but I will be looking forward to reading more of their books now that I know the high standards of their writing style. I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, historical romance, western romance, and clean fiction! NOTE FROM REVIEWER: I was given a paperback copy of this book by Bethany House Books in exchange for an honest review of this book. The thoughts shared here are entirely my own. I was not compensated for posting my review on this site or any other site.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I was totally caught up in the first novella, as I had already read A Worthy Pursuit by the same author. Although a total stand alone, it contained characters from a previous book that made it all the more exciting for me to ready. I enjoyed Marietta's subtle manipulation techniques, while she tried to get Daniel's attention totally in the dark about the promise he made to her father and the fact that he was desperately trying to keep that promise, while totally in love with her. Is she going to ruin it all for them? The second book by Regina Jennings - a newly found author, that I totally enjoy, is about a young man who has had a crush on a friend of his for as long as he can remember. But she, being a total perfectionist, along with a bit of misunderstanding added to the mix, has totally misread his intentions towards her. Now, her parents out of town, the bridge washed out, and a creepy stranger in her home, will she give Josiah a chance to prove himself to her? Or will she take the reigns and control things the way she has always done? Mary Connealy has concocted a story with a fun, romantic twist as Texas Ranger, Big John helps rescue Carrie and her brother from their abusive father who is trying to marry her off to settle his gambling debt. This book has danger, mystery, and romance. With her intended husband hot on their trail, will they get to safety before he finds them? Desperate times require desperate measures, but will they be willing to take a chance? The only reason I did not enjoy this book as much as the others, was the the characters and their relations were a bit confusing to me. It was almost like I had missed something somewhere. So I am wondering, if maybe, there is another book related to this story in which the characters have previously been introduced. Last but not least, Melissa's novella. This is the first time I have read a book by this author. A school teacher and a rancher ... Yeah I know what your thinking, but nope, she is the rancher and he is the teacher. Always competitive and ready to outsmart the boys with her wits, she must now do whatever it takes to save her father's homestead. After a providential divine intervention, the two must now spend unwanted time together. Even as she is promised to another, can these two make peace with their past and possibly still save her father's home? The first two were my favorite stories, but I enjoyed the other ones also. I am beginning to really love these short stories that can be read in a day and leave lasting memories. I would certainly recommend all of these novellas, as well as other books by these authors. I was blessed with a copy of this book courtesy of the Bethany House Bloggers Group in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive review and no other compensation has been given.
Pooke More than 1 year ago
A Funny Little Thing Called Love “The course of true love never did run smooth,” Shakespeare said, and that is certainly the case in this novella collection. Taking place in Texas, Kansas and the Ozarks, and spanning the time from the late 1870's to 1901, join these four couples in their lively misadventures with romance. In The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer: For a long time, Marietta has been in love with Daniel, whose life has been fictionalized in the "Dead-Eye Dan" book series. Daniel works at her family's ranch, and acts like Marietta is invisible. That is other than the time he saw her reading a Dead-Eye book, that sent him into a rage. He hates the book series, and the way people think he is just like that character. Marietta still has hopes for the two of them, until she heard he is quitting the ranch in just a few weeks. Can she plot a way to win his heart in that short time, especially since she hasn't been successful in the years he has worked there? In Her Dearly Unintended, by Regina Jennings: Katie and Josiah were once childhood friends, but now are squabbling adversaries. Unfortunately, they must pretend to be married in order to be safe from a killer, one who is watching their every move. Katie can hardly keep a civil tongue in her mouth when Josiah is around. Now she is forced to stay in the same room with him, and act like she loves him. Can they be convincing, or will their ongoing constant irritation with each other be the literal death of the two of them? In Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy: Carrie and, her brother Isaac, are chased hundreds of miles by a dangerous man, along with his seemly unending band of hired thugs. The man is intent on forcing her to marry him. A wonderful group of people has pledged to help Carrie, but she is concerned they might lose their lives in her defense. The safest solution for all concerned seems almost as unthinkable as marrying the brute who is chasing her. Can she do that? In Engaging the Competition, by Melissa Jagears: Bookish, school teacher Harrison finds himself uncomfortably involved with the biggest tomboy in the area, Charlotte. He hasn't wanted anything to do with her since they were children. That is when Charlotte bested Harrison at shooting, in front of all the boys in town, and he has never forgotten it. He now finds himself too close for comfort with the rough, tough ranch owner Charlotte has become. These two couldn't possibly find romance together, or could they? These stories contain good clean fun, excitement, and clever story-lines with lots of twists and turns. I enjoyed these four adventures, and their Christian viewpoint. Somehow love and romance works its way into the relationships of all of these somewhat unlikely couples. As is the sign of any good work, I was sorry for them to end. I highly recommend you open up this 5-star book for some rollicking, good tales. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of With This Ring through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
With This Ring is a wonderful collection of four stories by four of my favorite authors. These stories include: The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer Her Dearly Intended by Regina Jennings Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears These four authors are the best at writing fun historical romances that make a reader laugh out loud. And boy did this reader do a lot of that while reading this book. I HIGHLY recommend this book for all! 5 plus stars.
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
The Husband Maneuver When ranch foreman Daniel Barrett seems ready to leave her life forever, Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins on their relationship. But to have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or risk losing him completely. This is the story of Dead-Eye Dan. He was introduced in a previous book. Dan is the ranch foreman where Marietta or Etta as she is called is the ranch owner’s daughter. She has been in love with Dan for years. He is getting ready to leave and work his own spread. She will do anything to wrangle a proposal out of him before he leaves. I found Marietta to be a little silly at times. But I did enjoy this short novella. Her Dearly Unintended Josiah Huckabee just wanted to make sure Katie Ellen Watson was safe, but when the only bridge to her farm is washed out, the two find themselves alone. Alone, that is, until a menacing stranger appears. Maybe by pretending to be newlyweds, they'll save their reputations--but can pretending to be in love turn into the real thing? This was probably my least favorite of the four novella’s. I just wasn’t very fond of Josiah or Katie. They were too intent on arguing with each other to pay too much attention to the stranger that came into their lives. I also didn’t like the stranger. Especially after I found out what his profession was. Without giving anything away, he was uncouth. Runaway Bride Hired to help Carrie Halsey escape from a dangerous man intent on making her his wife, Big John Conroy never expected the job to interrupt his solitary Texas Ranger life. But now that he's promised to keep Carrie safe, he discovers he may just want to make a few more promises. This novella was my favorite. I have not read anything by Mary Connealy that I haven’t liked. This novella has characters from two of her series. It’s not necessary to read either of the series. But it might make some of the character references from other books a little easier to follow. You would just plain enjoy the books too. Engaging the Competition Harrison Gray and tomboy Charlotte Andrews have been rivals for years. With Charlotte intended for someone else, it seems they'll never settle their differences until an accident changes things completely. When Charlotte breaks Harrison's glasses--without which he's nearly blind--she must help with his teaching position, and working together forces these former adversaries to reconsider everything. If I were to list the novella’s in order of favorites, this would be third. Harrison might be nearly blind without his glasses. But Charlotte doesn’t wear glasses and she can’t see what’s right in front of her face. Of course everything works out in the end. I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
I loved all four of these novellas. The heroines and heroes get themselves into strange predicaments, which forces them to work together, ending with them falling in love (not a spoiler, since we expect this in romance). The writing style of the four authors is compatible as they all used humorous incidents to their fullest potential to engage me, the reader. Each story took me (a fairly fast reader) about two hours, so, as with most novellas, it's a nice break from life's responsibilities. I received this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.
BookLover16 More than 1 year ago
With just one glance at this book I already knew I'd love it. How could you not with such great authors writing it?! I hadn't realized that most of the novellas were connected to previous stories. Once I recognized the characters, Daniel and Marietta from Karen Witemeyer's book, A Worthy Pursuit I was drawn into the story even more because I already felt a connection with them. Even though you could read these novellas as stand-alones I would recommend reading the authors' previous books too for more insight on the characters. I enjoyed each of the novellas; my favorite being The Husband Maneuver. I loved that each of the stories had a western theme, as that time period is one of my favorites to read about. My thoughts on each novella: The Husband Maneuver I'm never disappointed with books by Karen Witemeyer. Her stories are sure to have well-developed characters, humor, an entertaining plot, and superb romance. This story was no exception. Her Dearly Unintended Regina Jennings' novella, Her Dearly Unintended, is humorous from the very beginning. I love to read stories that make me chuckle. I also appreciated the plot with the "mysterious stranger". It kept you guessing till the end. Runaway Bride I've read all of Mary Connealy's previous books and enjoyed each one. I had almost forgotten that John Conroy, who you know from the previous books, hadn't had his story concluded yet. I felt that maybe his and Carrie's relationship was rushed a bit. I didn't feel that way with the other novellas in this collection because the characters had a history together. That was basically the only thing I could fault in this whole novella collection though. :) Engaging the Competition I think what I liked best about this novella was the amount of the "Old West" that was incorporated into the story. The story, with the help of your imagination, painted a vivid and colorful western scene. While all the novellas had a western theme I would have to say that Melissa Jageurs' wins the prize for a fuller immersion into that time-period.