19 January 2016

Noela Nancarrow reviews WITH THIS RING? Novella Collection

With This Ring?
With This Ring?
A Novella Collection of Proposals gone Awry.

Bethany House Publishers (January 5, 2016)
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

Unpredictable Plans precede unexpected Proposals!

Life and love can be vastly unpredictable which can add plenty of intrigue and sparks. This is exactly what transpires in these four novellas of love and proposals emerging from unforeseen circumstances!

THE HUSBAND MANEUVER by Karen Witemeyer

What’s a gal to do when for far too long she’s pined after the foreman of her daddy’s ranch, while her continuous attempts to demonstrate what a great little wife she’d make—goes completely unnoticed? Well when Marietta hears this foreman talk about moving on to his own homestead, she realizes her window of opportunity to orchestrate a proposal from him must happen when her father and the ranch hands leave for the cattle drive. While Marietta’s foreman stays behind to look after her father’s ranch and move his mule stock to his new spread, she plans to leave her Aunt’s place early to go back to her father’s ranch unaccompanied. Sounds like the perfect plan, right? What a shock for the foreman to find his boss’s daughter and himself alone at the ranch—the little lady he’s trying to get away from! Absolutely loved this captivating, enchanting, toe-curling Texas romance!

HER DEARLY UNINTENDED by Regina Jennings

Generous rains, gushing rivers, and a stranded cow… Josiah relishes a great adventure and he found it and a whole lot more at the Ozark homestead of Katie Ellen’s. With her parents away, the perfectionist Katie insists she needs no-one. But then her plans go astray when Josiah and a creepy stranger become stranded at her farm when the bridge washes out. Josiah has always pestered Katie rather than allowing her to know his true feelings but he’s thinking he needs to modify that soon. Perhaps pretending to be her husband in front of the grim-talking stranger in order to protect Katie and her reputation—will give him that chance. But Katie has been hurt by Josiah before, and keeps those walls erected. Can these two find a way to work together to keep safe? What an intriguing, engaging, and delightful tale that demonstrates we don’t always have to do it alone.

RUNAWAY BRIDE by Mary Connealy

When Carrie’s poor excuse for a father, arranges for her to marry the loathsome Damien Kearse to absolve himself from a large gambling debt, Carrie must clandestinely flee her home and the imminent wedding. Escaping with her younger brother, Carrie literally runs into Texas Ranger, Big John Conroy who was sent to deliver Carrie to Colorado. He becomes Carrie’s hero many times over as he comes up against Damien’s men and unscrupulous bounty hunters along the trail. Before too long Big John realizes he needs to make a detour and enlist the help of his war buddies, the Regulator’s. Damien Kearse doesn’t take kindly to having pride stomped on and pulls out all stops. Will Big John be able to keep her safe, along with his heart from this little lady he’s protecting? Not many can pen such an entertaining story infused with genuine western flavour throughout—but Mary Connealy does it so efficaciously!

ENGAGING THE COMPETITION by Melissa Jagears

When Harrison Gray is asked by his concerned Reverend to talk to Harrison’s childhood friend about her upcoming marriage, he figures he oughta do it regardless of his mixed feelings. While tomboy and ranch owner Charlotte (Charlie) Andrews has always fascinated Harrison, she’s also been an annoying itch with her competitive nature. He’s given her a wide berth ever since she humiliated him in a shooting competition a decade ago, but now he needs to man up and ensure all is well. When the bespectacled teacher Harrison who can’t see anything past a blur without his glasses, has them broken by Charlie, she offers to help him in the classroom until he gets a new pair. Will this half-blind teacher and his assistant learn a few lessons along the way and have their eyes opened? Or are there too many obstacles to trip them up? This is a wonderfully engaging and beautiful story of learning from each other and discovering your worth!


*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Find this book at these places and others: Amazon; CBD; BAM; Barnes &Noble

GIVEAWAY: Melissa Jagears is generously donating a copy of WITH THIS RING? for one commenter over this week. (A comment on Teresa Mathews' review on Thursday will give you another chance!) The format will be winner's choice. E-book only outside of US unless available through Book Depository. *Leave a comment to enter, along with your email!*

80 comments:

  1. Oh, I love reading books by each of these authors. This one sounds really good.

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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    1. Sylvia, you just know it's going to an awesome book don't you... When it's written by by FOUR fabulous authors! :)

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  2. I'm sure this is great, such a wonderful team of authors. Thank you for the chance to win. Have a blessed day.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Every story is a real treat, Lucy! Thanks and blessings upon your day, too!

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  3. This is an awesome group of authors and they're all in one book! Woot! Would love to read this, but if I don't win...will definitely have to put on my to-be-read list! Exciting times! famhriv(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. I know, B Hriv, it's like finding gold isn't it?! :-) All the best with your entry!

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  4. Looks like great stories and great authors. ahenderson312(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. They most definitely are, Melissa! I hope you get to read it soon, all the best, and thanks for coming by!

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  5. Great review, Aussie Angel! I really enjoyed Melissa's story and am looking forward to the rest!

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    1. Thanks Carrie!! I loved Melissa's story and the competitiveness between the two main characters! :-) You'll love the others as well, Carrie!

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  6. I love the assortment of authors. Hoping for a win!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. An awesome assortment that's for sure, Kate! Here's to a win and some enjoyable reading! :-)

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  7. All of these authors are outstanding and I would love to read this collection. Thanks for this giveaway.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. They certainly are, Connie, and I really hope you get to read this wonderful collection soon! Blessings!

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  8. Love all these authors. Thanks for the chance to win!
    candicervaldez at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome Candice, and thanks so much for coming by to read about this amazing collection!

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  9. Mary Connealy is the best and I have enjoyed Karen's books for years.

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    1. They're wonderful aren't they, Susan! This collection definitely has some of the best writers out there and it makes for such an enjoyable read!

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  10. Great review Noela! Enjoy reading books by these authors and this one sounds wonderful.
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. It truly is a wonderful book, Tina! But how could you go wrong with these great authors! :-) Bless you!

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  11. What a dream team of authors! I'm sure that this one is certain not to disappoint. Mary's wonderful books are the ones that got me into loving Westerns. Thank you for sharing your review with us, Noela. You are awesome!! 😊- Blessings, Julianna emeraldelena(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Julianna, a dream team for sure!! I wish I'd used that great line in my review! :-) Mary writes such wonderful westerns doesn't she?! Thanks for your sweet words Julianna, you're pretty awesome yourself!

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  12. Noela, thanks for the great review of these wonderful authors. I already know and love Regina Jennings, but the others sound very exciting too. This is definitely a book I would like to read. It will end up in my Kindle collection either as a gift or a purchase. Thanks, again. Joyce * Heart"wings" e-mail joyce1510(d0t)jrg(at)gmail(d0t)com. j

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    1. Thank you Joyce! I'd love for you to read and get to know all of these wonderful authors too so I wish you all the very best with your entry! Regina is a sweetheart!

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  13. Noella! Thanks for the nice review! I really appreciate it!

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    1. I'm so glad, thanks Mary! It was a wonderful read and I just LOVE your stories!!

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  14. I would love to win. angelachesnut246@gmail.com

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    1. It'd be a wonderful book to own, Angela! All the best!

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  15. Noella! Don't you just love this?!! I did! It's so much fun to read and to have some connection to the authors' other novels, yet still be a stand alone. Great one here. (Just dropping by, no need to put my name in the hat. I have a copy). =)

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    1. Oh thanks so much for dropping by Annie, it's always a pleasure to see you! Yes, I absolutely loved this collection, lots of fun!! :-)

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  16. I'm not familiar with the other authors but I love Mary Connealy's books! This one has to be good, too!!

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    1. Lynna I suspect you'll fall in love with these other authors just as much!! But we will need your email to contact you, so please leave it here if you come back, thanks!

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  17. I've heard so many wonderful things about this collection, I can't wait to read it!!

    alander87 at allcom dot net

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    1. I so hope you get that chance soon, Abby, you'll love it! :-)

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  18. Love getting a book that I know without a doubt is going to be fantastic!!! I am excited about getting this one in my hands for sure! Thanks for the giveaway!
    betherin02 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I know what you mean, Beth! :-) Hope you get it in your hands soon!

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  19. I have been looking forward to reading this book, with several of my favorite authors!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. It's a wonderful book Melody and I so hope you get that opportunity soon! :-)

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  20. Often with novella collections, I'm very familiar with a few authors but don't know much about the others. For With This Ring? I know that ALL these authors write great books I've read and enjoyed. This has been on my wish list since I first heard of it. Thanks for the review and chance to win it.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Although I like to try out new authors occasionally, knowing this collection had such accomplished and polished authors really appealed to me as well, PAM! You just knew you were going to get some pretty special stories. :-) All the best with your entry!

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  21. I have read all of these authors and there all AMAZING! Would love to win there newest collection!

    lientjiehuman(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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    1. I'll agree with that, Lientjie! :-) Hope you get to read this fabulous collection sometime soon!

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  22. This sounds like such a fun collection of stories. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. You're welcome! You will absolutely love this entertaining collection of novella's! :-)

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  23. Definitely one already on my want-to-read list....it has 4 awesome authors in it! Thanks for your review Noella, enjoyed it as always :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail(dot) com

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    1. Thank you so much, Trixi! It's definitely a collection that should be on everyone's list... Especially if they love being entertained by historical romance! :-) I wish you all the best my friend!

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  24. I really enjoy novella collections & with these authors, there's no way this isn't going to be an awesome book! Thanks for sharing your review & the chance to win!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Exactly what I thought too, Robin! And we were right! ;) Thanks and all the best with your entry!

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  25. NOELA, thank you for all of these absolutely beautiful reviews! I confess I find the thought of reviewing novella collections quite daunting, but you make it look so easy! Which I know it definitely isn't. So many great authors represented here...all but one whose books I have read and enjoyed.

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    1. That's really sweet Diana, thank you! The collections can indeed be daunting but when you've reviewed collections with 9 novella's in them, 4 doesn't seem so much. ;) All equally wonderful authors here which equals an amazing bunch of stories!

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  26. I've been hearing such good things about this book! I can't wait to read it!

    mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo dot com

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    1. I hope you get to do that soon too, Karen because there's some wonderful reading in store for you! :-)

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  27. What a fabulous idea for a collection.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Isn't it, Mary?!! It sure made for some different sort of stories! :-)

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  28. With this group of writers, this book is a winner!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Absolutely and most definitely, Melanie! :-) All the best!

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  29. I love each if these authors and am looking forward to reading it soon, one way or another. Ccaudill(at)Gmail(dot)com

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    1. Great to hear, Crystal!! But here's hoping for a win!

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  30. I'd l love to move this to the top of my TBR pile! castfalk(at)verizon(dot)net

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    1. Hopefully we can help you with that, Carolyn! :-) Thanks for coming by!

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  31. I've been pretty excited for this collection. Thanks for the great descriptions!

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    1. Thank you, Katherine, I appreciate that! And here's hoping you get even more excited by winning! ;-) Need your email though Katherine!

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  32. Always great when authors get together to write a novella. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. I agree, Kim! Hope you get to read this great collection soon!

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  33. I've had several people recommend this book to me. Throw my name in the hat, er.... Random Generator. :)

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    1. It's thrown in, Anne, and tossed around too! You'll love this book, Anne! :)

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  34. Beautiful, enticing review, Noela - thank you so much!! 4 wonderful authors with 4 winning stories - can't wait to read them!! I love novella collections - a wonderful break between longer books, and the opportunity to read more amazing authors within a short time span.

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    1. Very true, Bonnie, and why I enjoy them too! Thanks!

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  35. I have read and enjoyed books by each of these ladies, what a lineup!

    Pattymh2000(at)Yahoo(dot)com

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  36. Adding my second entry to pile!

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    1. Got it, Alicia! I saw your entry on Teresa's review, but it's actually more helpful to us if you can add your email. If you use the words (at) and (dot) in your email, that protects you against any spammers.

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  37. What a fun group of ladies and their stories!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Merry, they are some of the best aren't they?!! :-)

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  38. NOELA, thank you for bringing this book to my attention. I've heard great things about these authors.

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    1. You are welcome Caryl! Awesome authors and really terrific stories too!

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  39. I think that these are my favorite novellas to read, especially when they tie in with the author's other series. I love that Melissa Jagears was included with these other fun authors.
    tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It's fun catching up with past characters isn't it, Terrill?! Adds something special to already great stories! Melissa's amazing, I'm glad she has your support Terrill!

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