15 April 2015

Noela Nancarrow reviews HIS BELOVED BRIDE by Ruth Logan Herne

With This Kiss Historical Collection

His Beloved Bride
(With This Kiss Historical Collection)
April 10, 2015

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

A truly beautiful love story..

This incredibly charming story is dedicated to the courageous pioneers who helped settle and shape America, perhaps never realizing the great cost that would often be debited from their lives. ‘His Beloved Bride’ poignantly portrays the laudable bravery found in these folk, but then also shows the crushing heartbreak that’s just as much a part of this challenging time in history.

The likable, straight-talking, no-nonsense Phillip Dickerson needs a wife and child so he’s able to claim his inheritance. What with working so hard on his large land claim, he’s had no time to even think about courting. So when he overhears that Grace Hawthorne is widowed and alone with an infant and is lacking proper shelter, food, and fuel, Phillip naturally sees marriage as a solution to both their dilemmas. Can love grow out of practicality and if so, will it be robust enough to withstand tragedy?

I don’t know that I've ever smiled so often or for so long while reading before! Those smiles were provoked by the entertaining story-telling, the sigh-worthy devotion and love... Then moments later, I was in tears! Author Ruth Logan Herne has truly done a masterful job of evoking emotions for her characters. She also effortlessly inspires and uplifts the reader with this deeply beautiful and heart-warming tale, reminding us to always trust in God’s goodness and grace. Highly recommended!!

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You can find this beautiful collection of stories here on Amazon!

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment to enter for a chance to win a copy of one of Ruth's books! We'll be giving away TWO this week and Ruthy will be giving away ONE, too!




39 comments:

  1. I love marriage of convenience stories, and Ruthie is a gifted storyteller! Thanks for sharing your thoughtful review- I look forward to reading this story!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Same here Heidi, and this one is right up there with the best marriage convenience stories that I've read! :-) Totally agree about Ruthy's gift of writing too! Thanks for coming by Heidi, and I hope you get to enjoy this fabulous collection of stories soon. They are a real treat!

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    2. Aw, thank you! Your kind and beautiful reviews came the same day that Dana Lynn messaged me that "Healing the Lawman's Heart" was given 4 1/2 Stars by Romantic Times, and these three things... your review, Carrie's review, and the RT review, made my day. I am blessed to work with wonderful editors, Melissa Endlich at Love Inspired, Becky Monds at Zondervan and Beth Jamison of Jamison Editing for His Beloved Bride. (The last one happens to be my daughter, so that's a double win!)... So your sweet words are also kudos to them for helping tweak, polish and fix the errors that come with the territory. You guys have totally blessed me! I'm GRINNING!!!! With my big teeth, LOL! :)

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    3. Haha you make me laugh Ruthy, which is a great way to start off the day I say! I'm blessed that you have had such an awesome day, you so deserve it for your hard work and the blessings that you give others with your writing!! How wonderful too that your daughter Beth is an editor! My son helps me edit my reviews sometimes and so I call him 'my editor', but I'm thinking lately he needs to do a course or something... Never mind that he has a full-time job, lol. God bless you and your writing Ruthy and thank you again for being with us this week on OWG. We've thoroughly enjoyed having you!

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  2. What a beautiful, touching review - Noella!! Thank you!!

    I have both of the "With This Kiss" collections, however, have only had time to read one of the novella's - will have to make it a point to read "His Beloved Bride". Sounds like an awesome, emotional story!! I love stories of pioneers - admire their courage, and ruminate on how I might have fared if born during that era and setting. I enjoy stories, like Ruthy's, that, alternately, evoke smiles and tears within the same book.

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    1. Thanks so much Bonnie! Yes, definitely make it a priority to read Ruthy's novella from this collection!! I've read two others from this collection so far, and they were very memorable also. Definitely a set of stories that needs to be in everyone's library! :-)

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  3. I love anything with Ruthy's name on it! Thanks for the great reviews

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    1. Thank YOU Marianne... I reckon you're going to 'double' love this one, lol! ;)

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  4. So enjoyed your review Noela. I have not read anything by Ruth yet, this book sounds great.
    Blessings,Tina
    tfrice(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Mrs. Tina, I would love for you to read this! It's part of a collection I did with writer friends, and I'm so delighted to be part of it!

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  5. What a lovely review, NOELA! I was so touched by it as well as Ruth's comment above. I still want to read her Christmas book. Guess I'll try to fool my brain into thinking it's cool outside and have Christmas in July with that one!

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    1. It's my birthday in July, which is sorta like Christmas in July for me... When the family is feeling generous that is LOL, so yeah go for it! Put the aircon on freezing and snuggle up with a hot chocolate and enjoy! But remember to read His Beloved Bride in the meantime... Definitely a not-to-be missed one! :) Thanks for your sweet words btw!

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  6. I don't think my comment went through so I will try again. I often wonder why God didn't allow me to be born during a time like the early days of America. I do not care for the hustle and bustle of this world today. I am a simple person that enjoys diving into a different time in my mind and pretending sometimes that I lived back then. I would love to be able to read this series and do just that.....go back in time for a little while!

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    1. Destry, I have that yearning too. My kids used to laugh at me for loving the simplicity of the Amish life, but piffle. What do kids know???/ :) So now I'm using that love of history, faith and simpler times to write historical fiction that pleases mind and soul... and makes you smile, too!

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    2. I'm with you two, which is why I looove your stories Ruthy!! And yeah, what do kids know.. lol!

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  7. Noela, thank you for the wonderful review! I've not read any of Ruthy's books. I would love to do so. Thank you for the opportunity. :)

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    1. Oh Caryl, then you absolutely, most definitely, will have to! ;) I know you will love Ruthy's writing just as much as I do!! Blessings!

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  8. I love when a story takes you through the whole gambit of emotions, but it's got to end on a positive note! ;) HIS BELOVED BRIDE sounds like an awesome read! I would love to win. Thanks for sharing!
    Robin in NC rw620 at aol dot com

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    1. Totally agree with that Robin, and I assure you 'His Beloved Bride' does that in a most beautiful way! :) I hope you get to enjoy this awesome read soon!!

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  9. Nothing like a love story!!!! A beautiful post!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Absolutely, Melanie, that's what I say too!!! :) Thanks so much and I hope you are blessed to read this beautiful love story soon!

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  10. Smiles & tears?? Sounds like these will bring out the emotions! I'd love to read these..
    dkstevensne AToutlookDotCOm

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    1. Oh most definitely Deanna!! You will LOVE these beautiful stories that touch your heart and soul! All the best Deanna!

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  11. NOELA this sounds so good, I just grabbed a copy of this set a little while ago. I saw it about a month ago and thought I HAVE to have it!! Wonderful job on the review as usual! :-)

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    1. I'm SO glad you have a copy of this collection, Teresa!! Because I know you will LOVE all these stories, and I especially can't wait for you to read Ruthy's! Let me know when you do! :) Thanks for your sweet words, big hugs, and of course all our love and prayers for you and your family. x

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  12. Sounds Really Good !!! Thanks ,DanaGirl

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    1. It certainly is Dana! :) God bless, and all the best Dana Girl!!

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  13. What a beautiful review you have done once again Noela. What a beautiful name by the way = - )
    After reading one of your reviews I always feel lime I am right there a character in whatever book you have reviewed at the time. I very much enjoy reading stories of pioneers and women who show how strong they are when times are tough. I just finished A Light In The Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick, wow, what she went through ! Excellent book there !

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    1. You are SO sweet Deanne, thank you for your kind words!! Hey if you come back, can you reply to your comment and leave your email, it's just that we have so many Deanne's on here!
      I'll have to check out that book you mentioned. Weren't they just amazing people, the pioneers. And especially the women!

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    2. Oh goodness, now isn't that funny. I don't usually have a problem with my name since it's not a common one . I did forget to leave my email though, silly me. Sorry about that Noela.. Deanne
      Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    3. Thanks so much Deanne, I know who you are now! ;) Seems like only a 'Deanna' came by this post, but we do have other Deanne's popping in now and then on other posts! Blessings!!

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  14. I'm going to love this. Marriage of convenience stories are favourites of mine.

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    1. Yes you are! Haha thanks for your comment Mary, they're my favourites too!! Hey I just noticed you had a 'u' in favourites... Am I beginning to influence y'all like you've done to me?! :D

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  15. I ordered both of with this kiss. I have started reading and they did not disappoint I love them. No need to enter me since I already have them,

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    1. That's wonderful Wilani! Thank you for coming by anyway sharing that, as I'm sure that's encouraging to anyone considering buying the collection. Enjoy!!

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  16. The whole With This Kiss collection (both of them) sounds so good.

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    1. I completely agree Becky, which is why I put them both on pre-order myself as soon as I heard about them! ;) It was impossible to for me go past all those amazing authors in each of those collections! All the best!

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  17. Another great job with your review Noela. You always make it sound like a have to read. I would love to read Ruth's book. Hoping to be one of the winners. Thanks and GOD bless the OWG girls. (((Hugs)))
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Thank you so much Maxie!! God bless you too sweet lady! Hugs!!

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