Reviewed by Amanda Farmer
A Bride for All Seasons is a collection of four stories by four well known authors who capture the stories of four different women and their plans to be mail order brides. Each of the women is trying to better her life and move on towards greater things, and the hardships that often face mail order brides do not deter them. Each of the stories are set in the 1870’s and each of the brides is looking for a second chance at happiness when they see ads in the Hitching Post Mail Order Bride Catalogue. However, the editor of the catalogue, Melvin Hitchcock, does take some liberties with the ads he posts to ensure that the ladies and gentlemen are shown in the best light possible and that the ads are answered.
Out of the four stories I loved And Then Came Spring by Margaret Brownley and An Ever-After Summer by Debra Clopton. In And Then Came Spring, we are introduced to Mary-Jo, daughter of a gambler, who leaves him to live with her aunt. Mary-Jo answers Daniel Garrett’s ad in the catalogue but when she arrives she discovers there’s been a shooting and she is no longer able to marry Daniel. Now she’s trapped in a town where she knows no one and has no money, until Daniel’s brother, Tom, proposes that she marry him so they can give Eddie (Daniel’s son) a proper home. I enjoyed reading this story and hated to see it end. I loved reading about the high jinks that Eddie put Mary-Jo and Tom through to get what he wanted.
In the other story, An Ever-After Summer, we are introduced to Ellie who has a hard life. She is told by everyone that she is cursed and that anyone who knows her is prone to have accidents and be killed. She answers Matthew’s ad and is excited to meet him and his daughter, Sophie. Although she isn’t what Matthew asked for in his ad, they are able to come to agreement when it comes to Sophie. I truly enjoyed reading this story about how Matthew and Ellie were able to grow to love one another.
The other two stories, Autumn’s Angel and Winter Wedding Bells, were just OK to me. I found those two stories hard to believe at times given the circumstances the characters were put in.
Overall, this is a great collection of short stories. I wished the first two would have been longer. Maybe the authors will elaborate more on their stories at another time. The four stories were well written and flowed nicely. My only complaint is that some of the stories were at times preachy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian fiction.
Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.