03 May 2013

Bachelor Buttons by Kathleen L Maher Reviewed by Marian Baay

Bachelor Buttons



Reviewed by Marian Baay

Kathleen Maher writes a sweet story about a violin teacher named William Lee who is trying to win the hand of the pretty Miss Rose. There is another man—Dr. Ian McGuiness—who is also hoping to court Miss Rose.

On Saturday, July 11 1863, Dr. McGuiness calls on Miss Rose to ask her out. Shortly thereafter William also arrives at her doorstep with an invitation to take her out. Rose respects both men; the doctor would make a good catch because of his money—she won’t lack for anything if she is to marry him, but William makes her heart beat faster. With both men on her doorstep she must choose one of them, but she decides to let the men run a race. The winner shall take her out that night.

Something happens that causes William to get into trouble and Miss Rose’s father forbids his daughter to see William again. Will William keep his distance? And what about Dr. McGuiness—is he the one who will steal her heart now? Then a family member gets sick and important choices must be made. Can Dr. McGuiness heal the sick? And is there anything William can do to help?

Bachelor Buttons is a lovely story about regular people’s lives during the Civil War. Kathleen Maher has a fresh and pleasant writing style which makes this story an enjoyable read.
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GIVEAWAY: Kathleen is giving away a PDF copy of Bachelor Buttons to one commenter. All we're asking is that you post a review on Amazon if you liked the story.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment and your email (if we don't know you) to be entered in the contest.

56 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your review, Marian! Two of my favorite things on the cover- the violin and Bachelors Buttons :)

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I also like the cover.

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    2. Thanks, Anne! I am so touched you like it. My son designed it. He's a talented kid. Thanks for coming by!

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  2. Lovely review MARIAN! I really got into this story and loved the wonderful characters, the history in the story, and of course the sweet romance - GREAT story!! Like ANNE and yourself, I really love the cover also. :)

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    1. Glad to hear you also liked the story, Noela! I wonder what Kathleen is going to write next...

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  3. Thank you, Noela. you wrote a lovely review, too! I am so blessed by all of you. Thanks a million. We can offer a giveaway of the novella today if you want to. PDF copy.

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  4. You already know how much I love your review, MARIAN, but I'll tell you again--I love your review, MARIAN! :P

    Congrats, KATHLEEN, on what sounds like a wonderful story!

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    1. Thanks, Diana! you ladies have made me so honored this week with all your hard work and kind words. Bless you all!

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    2. Thanks again, Diana! I appreciate your kind words. :)

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  5. Love the review, would love to win this give away so please enter me
    thanks jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Hi, Shirley! So nice to meet you! Thank you for coming by today. Have you seen Carrie's novella, it has your name on it! Its called Return to Shirley Plantation. :) Good luck on the giveaway today.
      Blessings,
      Kathy

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    2. Great to see you, Shirley! All the best in the drawing.

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  6. Well, guess I will get back in the contest game. Haven't commented for awhile. This was a really fabulous review, Marian, as they always are. Aside from this being one of very favorite genres you made it so appealing. Count me in again! Blessings. Darlene
    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi, Darlene! Its nice to see you back. I hope everything has been okay with you--I hadn't realized it's been a while since we've seen you around. Thanks for those kind words. Best of luck on the giveaway!

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    2. Thanks for the kind words and it's nice to see you back, Darlene.

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  7. I Loved the review and would love to be entered in this giveaway.I have not read any of your books ,but always love to try new authors..
    Elizabeth
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. This is Kathleen's debut, Elizabeth! I hope we will see many more of Kathy's books in the future.

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    2. hi, Elizabeth I would be delighted if you get to read it. Good luck on the giveaway. And the neat thing about novellas is they're not a big commitment in time or money. Just $2.99 on Kindle. :)
      Blessings,
      Kathy

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  8. I've read this and it is great! I don't remember if I posted a review yet or not. I guess I should get myself over to Amazon and check it out! Congrats again Kathleen! Hugs and God bless.

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    1. Great to hear you also enjoyed this story, Debbie! Yes, you better check Amazon - Kathy deserves some great reviews. :)

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    2. Thank you ladies! I believe you did post a lovely review, Debbie. At least, I know I got to read it, but maybe it was email. Now I want to go check. LOL

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    3. Okay, I hadn't posted it yet, but now it is posted. I think I was waiting until Kathleen was on my blog, but that isn't until next week. :)

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  9. I have not read it yet, but purchased it yesterday for my Kindle. I most certainly will write a review and post it. Looking forward to reading it as well as all the rest of the anthology!
    Congratulations again, Kathleen and God bless!
    Betti
    bettimace(at)dot)com

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    1. Thank you for purchasing the novella, Betti! Enjoy!!

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    2. Aw, Betti, thank you! I hope you win something between here or Debbie Lynne's blog for your trouble! :D

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  10. I love reading about the civil war era. Sharma Darby rdarby@roadrunner.com

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    1. Sharma, it's so nice to meet you! Thank you for checking the blog here today, and for being a fellow Civil War lover! Good luck on the giveaway.

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  11. On my to read list! Lovely review and I just love the love story in this. Can't wait to read it. :)
    Susan P
    farmygirl@hotmail.com

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    1. Sounds like a great one to put at the top of your list, SUSAN! Thank you for coming by! Our Marian is sawing logs in Holland right now, so you'll have to settle for me instead of the writer of this lovely review. :)

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    2. Susan, thank you for your kind words! The love story that its based on is even more tragic and romantic. Its based on my great, great grandmother's courtship with a doctor and a violin teacher. She had them run a foot race, that much was true. The winner, the violin player, remained poor through their marriage, and the doctor never married. He sent a ton of coal to her family every winter.

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    3. Diana, You're so funny! When do you sleep? :D You are such a kind and charming hostess. Thank you for everything.

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    4. LOL Diana! I hope you are sleeping now. :)

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    5. Oh boy, did I ever sleep! I went to bed a little after 12 am and woke up at 9:15 am. :o 9 hrs! YIKES I must have needed it. :)

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    6. OH you ladies crack me up!

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    7. And Kathleen, I just love that it is your history in the love story! Makes it all the more special. Very intriguing about the doctor sending the coal!

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  12. I read one and two of series and would love to read this one too. RHONDA
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. Isn't it a great series, RHONDA!? Such diversity and talented authors! Wow!

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    2. Rhonda, I would be honored if you checked out Bachelor Buttons. Thank you! Carrie and Murray have written amazing contributions, and it is a privilege to be included alongside them.

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  13. What a wonderful sounding book. I enjoyed your review. Would love to win this one.
    Thank you

    Diane C.
    dian429@yahoo.com

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    1. I know MARIAN will appreciate your kind remarks, DIANE! Good luck to you!

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    2. Diane C., Marian has made my heart smile with her wonderful review. If you love Irish history and Civil War romance, I think you'll enjoy this, too. Good luck on the giveaway!

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  14. Absolutely love the gorgeous cover. I wish it were a jigsaw puzzle because my daughter is a strings player and really enjoys pictures of stringed instruments. I like to do jigsaws and have done many and framed them. The story seems charming. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win a great read.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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    1. This WOULD make a lovely jigsaw puzzle, Barb! The last puzzle I put together was The Incredible Hulk with my gson. There was nothing lovely about it, and it was quite difficult finding the pieces b/c everything was green. lol Hoping for a win for you for what certainly does seem like a charming read!

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    2. Barbara, that is just way too cool! I love that idea. Thank you for your kind words. How proud you must be of your talented daughter. Funny enough, my son designed the cover for me. Proud Mama moment for both of us! :D

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  15. MARIAN great review of what sounds like a wonderful book! KATHY I can't wait to dive right in to reading it, was going to tonight but I can barely keep my eyes open, hopefully tomorrow. :)

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    1. Thanks T. Hope you also enjoy reading this wonderful novella when you get to it! Hugs!

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  16. great writing from Holland as always & great review of a great story!

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  17. This sounds really good! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  19. I just selected a winner via random.org. Congratulations to Barbara Shelton! Barbara, you won the PDF copy of Bachelor Buttons! I'll be emailing that to you shortly.

    Thank you to everybody for making this week amazing and touching and completely wonderful! Special thanks to Carrie, Noela, Diana, Marian, and Teresa for all you have done to promote and get the word out. God has used you ladies mightily in my life, and in countless others' too. You are all such an incredible blessing. Thank you for helping me fulfill one of the biggest dreams of my heart. God bless you!!!

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  20. Love the review, & I am sure I will be loving this book, just as I have enjoyed the previous two. You gals are introducing me to a lot of new debut writers, and I like it! I would ove to win this book. I'm not quite ready to start reading it yet (in the middle of another...) so I will wait for a bit to see if I am lucky enough to win it, before, I purchase it.
    Vicki
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. OOPS--guess I should have read the newer comments before making my post--I still want to read this book, and will keep trying to win it until, I give up and buy it. ;-)
    Vicki

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