21 May 2015

Most Eligible Bachelor Collection Review by Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection

A WINNER!!!
WONDERFUL collection of nine Christian historic romance novellas! The earliest story is set in colonial times and the latests in the early 1900s.

I predict this will become a CBA Bestseller! This is one of the best collections from Barbour I have ever read. This will be on my Best of 2015 list on this blog!


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Love's Reward by Susanne Dietze
I absolutely loved this novella by debut author, Susie Dietze, who is also our featured author this week on OWG blog!!! 

When a rather mean-spirited "friend's" ad drives unmarried ladies to pursue talented architect, Daniel Blair, the San Franciscan's life takes a turn. I felt so badly for the young women who believed the advertisement was genuine. Life at the rooming house begins to sour as his landlady tires of the deliveries made by young women to her home. Meanwhile his longtime friend, a sweet and spunky young lady, finally seems to be realizing what a wonderful man Daniel is. Josie is definitely her own woman and a bit avant grade for the times. Her brother is a piece of work.

The scheming behind the scenes was especially well done. Even thought this was a novella, Susanne did a great job of working in the elements of a large architectural contest and also used that to show the competitive nature of various characters. Many characters, and their situations, aren't at all what you think they are. This is the kind of complex and layered novella that I love to read.

Lovely job of showing the whys and the why nots of Josie's and Daniel's relationship. I see Josie as rather adorable and ADHD and when... (never mind--I won't spoil that one scary scene for you!!!)

This was a darling story and Daniel was a sigh-worthy hero! Fantastic debut!

*****

The Highwayman by Shannon McNear
This lovely colonial story features a young wagon master who simply cannot get his tongue to work properly when he is around Long Tall Sally, the daughter of the main innkeeper on the Great Wagon Road in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  However, she's frustrated by his lack of communication, especially since she has known him for years. Her brothers constantly thrill over the adventures of "The Highwayman" a savior who swoops in and rescues people.  When Sally is rescued from a local miscreant, by the famed masked man, her heart thrills. But she doesn't know the wagon master is the one risking all for her. Shannon was a Rita nominee for her first colonial era novella and this new release is a great read!

Four Brides And A Bachelor by  Gabrielle Meyer
I love this story set in the 1800s in Minnesota. Being from upper Michigan myself, this particularly interested me.  In this novella, the your women teaching in a mission are told they MUST be married to continue in their jobs. One of the teachers was originally supposed to marry a minister from another mission. This eligible bachelor has been summoned forth but doesn't realize that NOW he has four young women to select from, which was decided by the directors of the mission as being most fair.  Very nicely done, especially with the little twist with the father at the end! 

Baker's Dozen by Gina Welborn
I had high expectations of this story, which were fulfilled. As per usual, Gina writes a compelling story which great characterization.  Set in the household of Duke, a wealthy widower whose daughter needs a mother, he has decided to bring in a bevy of young women to find a wife to be mother to his child.  Having grown up in the household,  Irie secretly was in love with Duke before she left for training school. Her mother is employed by his father. Duke's father asks her to help his son find the best woman to be his wife and mother to the granddaughter. This is one of the first stories I have read with a divorced heroine in it, so that was an interesting twist and far overdue. 

A Doctor's Agreement by Cynthia Hickey
I had the privilege of reading this excellent story as a Beta reader but then forgot I'd read it! Cynthia Hickey consistently writes great books and this is no exception. When the newspaper owner's daughter places an ad for a lottery to obtain a spouse for the single physician, she doesn't realize she'll be entered! 

The Final Baker Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Determined that she can prove herself capable of being self-sufficient, heiress Octavia doesn't realize there are many forces at work. She finds a "taxi cab driver" in New Orleans, Merritt Baker who may be the antidote to her marriage avoidance. Charming tale.

The Most Ineligible Bachelor In Town by  Connie Stevens
Turn of the century Kansas is the setting for an unappreciated postmaster's fine traits to finally be noticed. But first it will take a visit from his flashy cousin, supposedly a Pinkerton agent, to have the pastor's daughter finally be able to see who the best man in town is. But when danger comes to town, will they survive to finally express their affection to one another?

"A Bride For A Bargain" by Amanda Barratt
Fired from her lousy job,  Ada McClane calls out to God to help her figure out how to pay for her younger brother's treatment for his lung ailment (t.b.).  Meanwhile the richest bachelor in the city, Geoffrey Buchanan wonders how he can get his mother off his back. The society matron has set up yet another weekend at their posh country home in which she'll parade more single women from the proper "set" in front of him. Geoffrey contracts with Ada to act as his fiance for this event and offers her too much to refuse. But when the farce ends, will Geoffrey be able to leave Ada behind?

Archeologist's Find- by Erica Vetsch
This is the most unique of the stories which made it just a little jarring although it was good.  A wealthy young lady, Ally, is given an ultimatum by her mother to either find herself a husband within three weeks or agree to be courted by someone her parents approve of. Egyptologist and archeologist Max falls for the young art student who has so beautifully captured the essence of his collection. But when he discovers her true identity can their relationship survive?


Giveaway: We're giving away another copy of Most Eligible Bachelor Collection choice of paperback or ebook.

56 comments:

  1. These stories in this novella sound really good! I look forward to reading them! Thanks for the chance to win the book!

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    1. GREAT collection!!!Thanks for coming by Nancy!

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  2. This book sounds so interesting, I would love to read this book
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. You'll be sorry if you don't read this collection, Danie! It is SO good!

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    2. Well if I don't win it then I will buy it at barns and noble then :) oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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  3. What a recommendation, CARRIE! Best of 2015?? Wow! Thx for the lovely reviews!

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  4. These reviews just make me want to read these even more! Would love to win :)
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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  5. Agree with you Carrie, this is a great book.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks for reading along with me, Tina! Will be looking at your review and will let you know when it is up!

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  6. Thank you for the wonderful review, Carrie! I am delighted you enjoyed the collection. Thanks so much for hosting me this week. It's been an honor and a pleasure to spend time with you!

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    1. We were so happy to have you on, Susie! So happy to get to read your delightful debut novel! You are very welcome, we always love to have sweet authors like you on!

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  7. Wow, one of the best collections? Definitely going to be a must-read for me, especially since I just love novella collections! Thanks for sharing what you enjoyed about each story!

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    1. Yes, Heidi, of all those I've read, this is right up there!!! Do you also write novella length or just novel length, Heidi?

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  8. Thank you for the review, Carrie!! I'm so happy you enjoyed the collection. 😊

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    1. You are welcome, Gabrielle! Great story and great collection!

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  9. All of the stories in this collection sounds delightful, and I don't usually read novella's but this one reads as a keeper... adore the cover illustration! Thank you for the giveaway chance! Here's my e-mail address... silhouettesinscale @yahoo.com

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    1. I am finding myself preferring novellas a lot of the time unless it is a novel by one of my very fave authors like Tamera Alexander's book for example. Will enter you!

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  10. Well, my first comment seems to have vanished, so, I will try again :).I really enjoyed your review Carrie of this wonderful collection! Love the artwork as well on the cover! Hope you continue to feel better!

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    1. Thanks, Gracie! I think you would love this great collection! Am icing my incision cite and reclining. Blessings!

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  11. I am so happy you are giveaway another book. I hope I win. I am trying so hard. I entered your other giveaway for this great book.

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    1. We usually only give away one book from the blog each week, unless an author donates one. Susie was kind enough to offer one, Tammy, and I really believe in this book and want to get another one out there, too! Best wishes!

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    2. Thank you Carrie. I love all the authors in this book.

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  12. I love reading your thoughts, Carrie, and am eager to read this wonderful collection!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. You've got to review this on your lovely blog, Britney!!!

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  13. What a great review and awesome collection of novella's to have by some great authors!! I'm with everyone here, sure would love to win the paperback, thank you for the chance!

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  14. I like how the novellas span very interesting times in history. Great reviewing thank you.

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    1. Me, too, Mary--I find the ones where it is only say mid-to late 1800s kind of bore me. I love how they spanned time in this book!

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  15. Another giveaway! Love it! Your reviews make this sound like an awesome collection! Thanks so much for sharing!
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    1. Yes, ma'am! LOL Robin! Do not miss out on this!

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  16. Great review.. Yes, definitely a Winner! I'm wanting to read this :)
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    1. Don't miss out on this one, Deanna! My only regret is I kinda read through it fast and if I had NOT been reviewing it I would have taken my time and savored each one!

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  17. This looks like a great collection and a great group of authors. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.
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    1. It is just the right mix Susan. I think that's a big part of the issue--too much alike and bland but this one has great variety!!!

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    2. Congrats, Susan, you are the winner of a signed copy from Susie Dietze!!!

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  18. I was hooked when I saw the cover and read Nine historical romances Celebrate Marrying for all the right reasons.

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    1. That was one reason I decided to submit to this collection, Jan, sadly they did not buy my novella :( but I have so enjoyed reading the collection the editor did put together!!!

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  19. Great review! I can not wait to read this collection. It is already on my TBR list.
    ldwrncpn(at)comcast(dot)net

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  20. I loved your review, Carrie, and I would love to read this lovely book. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks so much, Melanie! We need to get Britney to read and review it and share the copy with her mom! Hugs!

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  21. This collection looks great and with such well known and good authors. It has to be a wonderful book! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail.com

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    1. The new authors who contributed did an awesome job, too, Sonja!

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  22. This collection looks great!! Hope to read it sometime!

    amyputney89 [at] gmail [dot] com

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    1. About to draw the first winner, Amy, best wishes!

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  23. I agree about it being one of the best collections Carrie... I find it hard-pressed to even pick a favorite!! :) Great reviews!

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    1. Yes this in my all time faves from Barbour's collections, Noela!

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  24. Looking forward to this collection, especially Gabrielle Meyer's novella!

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    1. Loved Gabrielle's novella and all of them, Patty!

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like an excellent collection!

    writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like an excellent collection!

    writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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    1. You are welcome, Anna, and thanks for giving us your email addy. Blessings!

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  27. Great, nine good stories. Good authors and great reviews from our Carrie. I would love to win this for a Graduation gift for
    my oldest great-granddaughter. Thanks for a chance. GOD bless you all. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. It's a great book Maxie and she would love it!

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