21 January 2016

Teresa S. Mathews reviews The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer



WITH THIS RING? A NOVELLA COLLECTION OF PROPOSALS GONE AWRY
By Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears

Bethany House Publishers  January 5, 2016

THE HUSBAND MANEUVER
by Karen Witemeyer

5 Stars*****

There is nothing Marietta Hawkins likes better than hiding out in the hayloft devouring dime novels featuring larger-than-life Dead-Eye Dan. Well, there is one thing she likes better; that's dreaming of being married to the real Dead-Eye Dan, Daniel Barrett, former bounty-hunter, now the foreman of Hawk's Haven, her father's ranch.

Daniel Barrett doesn't like the idea of those books being written about a part of his life he wants to leave behind. He certainly isn't happy when he finds out his boss' beautiful daughter Marietta has been reading them. Daniel thought she knew him for the real man he has proved himself to be, not the larger-than-life Dead-Eye Dan!

When Marietta overhears Daniel telling her father it's time for him to move on, she knows she can't let him leave without getting a proposal out of him. When she comes up with what she thinks is a good plan to prove to Dan she would make a wonderful wife, things gets a little out of hand! Will her scheme work or will her dreams of becoming Mrs. Daniel Barrett be shot down?

Karen Witemeyer's talent once again shines through in this novella. It doesn't matter the length of the story, she grabs your attention from the very beginning and holds it right up until the sigh-worthy end! 

***Thanks to NetGalley and the Bethany House Publishers for 
providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. ***

You can find this exciting novella at AMAZONCBDBAM and Barnes and Noble


GIVEAWAY: Melissa Jagears is generously donating a copy of WITH THIS RING? for one commenter over this week. (A comment on Noela Nancarrow's amazing review from Tuesday 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!*




68 comments:

  1. Terrific review, Teresa!! Karen Witemeyer certainly has a knack for writing stories that seizes your attention and heart. I adore her writing and I so enjoyed The Husband Maneuver and reading about Dead-Eye Dan and Daniel Barrett! :-)

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    1. NOELA, amen to that!! GOD has blessed Karen with an amazing writing talent!

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  2. I haven't read one of Karen Witemeyer's books in awhile b/c of lack of time, but she is an amazing author. Hmmm...I'd love to see how things get so out of hand for Marietta. lol What a wonderfully enticing review, TERESA! Thank you!

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    1. Thanks DIANA, you know it's been a while since I reviewed anything. I won't give away spoilers but let me say the Lord moves in mysterious ways! -wink wink- lol

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  3. Teresa, It's good to read one of your reviews again! Of course, you may written some on here recently and I just missed them.

    I always enjoy Karen's stories. She has a special way with words! I'd love to win a copy of this book. {{hugs}}

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    1. Awww...thanks ANNE, it's been a while since I have reviewed a book on here. Slowly but surely I am trying to get back into my routine. You know how hard it is after losing a loved one.

      Karen really does have a way with words; I feel bad that my puny review doesn't do it justice!

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  4. Can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win!
    candicervaldez at gmail dot com

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    1. CANDICE, I'm so glad to be able to offer you the chance to win!! :) I know you will love this collection!

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  5. Love these authors! They are all such talented writers, and without a doubt some of the best in the Christian fiction genre. I read the excerpt of Karen's story and it sounds so humorous, I'm just waiting to get my hands on a copy to see how the story ends! Thanks for allowing me to enter!

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    1. ALICIA, you are so right, I love everyone of these talented authors!!! Karen is a wonderful writer and I will have to say I did LOL on more than one occasion while reading this. :)

      You are so welcome and thank you for dropping by OWG!

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    3. Email is poodlesandbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

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  6. Thanks for your wonderful review, Teresa - they're always full of joy, just as you are!! "The Husband Maneuver" sounds like such a fun romance, I can't wait to read "With This Ring" - love each of the amazing authors!!

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    1. BONNIE, thank you so much, it's been a little hard lately to be filled with joy but I have to say reading this collection put more than one smile on my face. :)

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    2. I probably didn't word my comments correctly, Teresa - sorry!! My meaning was that even when finding it hard to personally feel joyful, your inner spiritual joy radiates to others, a true inspiration!! Love, hugs, and prayers!!

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  7. Great review Teresa! I really enjoyed The Husband Maneuver too! Ever since Karen Witemeyer's A Worthy Pursuit, I wanted to know about Daniel and Etta, plus whatever happens to Dead-Eye Dan!! (No need to put me in the giveaway.) Thanks!

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    1. OHMYGOODNESS....ole DEAD-EYE-DAN made me want to swoon....Karen sure got my attention with him. lol Thanks for coming by ANNIE!!

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  8. Love the review! sounds like a good read :) brendak081018@hotmail.com

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    1. BRENDA, yes, it was an amazing read, just like all of KAREN's are. Thanks for coming by! :-)

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  9. Thank you for posting this! This is definitely on my tbr list! dance.yourself.silly18atgmaildotcom

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    1. RACHEL glad to hear you have it on you TBR list, maybe you will win it here! Thanks for coming by!! :)

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  10. I can hardly wait to see how Mariette's plan turns out!

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

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  11. Karen's book always give me a chuckle. Love humor mixed with romance.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. PATTY there's nothing better than a humorous love story! :)

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  12. Thanks for the review. This sounds like such a fun book.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. SUSAN you are quite welcome, thank you for dropping by OWG. This collection was very delightful! It made me lol a lot!! :)

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  14. I enjoyed "meeting" Dan and Marietta in A Worthy Pursuit so I'm looking forward to reading this novella about them. This whole book (With This Ring) is one I really want since I enjoy all of these authors' works. Unfortunatly the books I want exceed my budget, so I'm thankful for the chance to perhaps win it.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Well PAM I do hope you will be blessed with a copy of this outstanding book!! So glad you came by!! GOOD LUCK!! :)

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  15. Fun story! Sounds like a laugh a minute, would love to find out what schemes Marietta comes up with to get "Dead-eye Dan" to marry her! :-) This whole set has some fun authors & I'm sure they write with all the humor I've come to expect out of them....definitely on my want-to-read list! Thanks for the chance to win a copy for myself, wonderful review!!

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    1. Oh TRIXI, it was so much fun reading this!! These talented ladies DO NOT disappoint, and I promise you will love Miss Marietta's scheme! lol

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    2. Twice in one day I forget this...OY!!

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  16. Thank you for a great review. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. MELANIE it would be great for you to win! I know you will love it!!

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  17. A great review thank you. What a marvellous collection.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. MARY thank you, so glad you dropped by. You are correct this is an outstanding collection!

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  18. Each story sounds wonderful!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Hi MELODY! YES! Each one was fabulous! Thanks for coming by!! :)

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  19. I'm addicted to novellas and anthologies! Especially when you get to read a bunch of stories from great authors and you get to meet new ones.

    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

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  20. Sounds like 4 great stories. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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    1. Yes KIM, four great stories by four great authors!

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  21. A dime store cowboy sounds like a fun catch!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes Merry, Daniel was quite the catch for Marietta!! :)

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  22. Thanks for the review.. This looks like another winner for Karen! love her books..
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    1. DEANNA, you are very welcome! KAREN always does a terrific job with her stories! :)

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  23. Wonderful review Teresa. This books sounds really good and I enjoy these authors books.
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. TINA, if you love these authors, you won't be disappointed with these stories! They are all amazing! :)

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  24. Teresa, thank you for the wonderful review. This book sounds like a great read.

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    1. CARYL, you are welcome! This book was an outstanding read; it was so enjoyable! :)

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  25. I can hardly wait to see how Mariette's plan turns out!

    lientjiehuman@yahoo.com.au

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  26. My comment keeps disappearing,so I hope this one works:)
    I can hardly wait to see how Mariette's plan turns out!

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

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  27. I don't read many novellas, but I loved the "Match Made in Texas" set of novellas and the inclusion of Melissa Jagears makes it that much more enticing. tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. TERRILL, novellas can be fun, these four authors sure made this one enjoyable. Thanks for dropping in!! :)

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    2. TERRILL, novellas can be fun, these four authors sure made this one enjoyable. Thanks for dropping in!! :)

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  29. Wonderful review!

    Ember99 at Hotmail dot Com

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  30. Wonderful review!

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  31. What a wonderful collection of stories by four very awesome authors!
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  32. Teresa, your review has caused lots of commenting, which encourages lots of us to want to read this book. Thank you so much. I would enjoy reading this collection, too. AVID

    Phyllis gpk1946(at)gmail dot com

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    1. Phyllis, per random.org you are the winner of a bonus giveaway of With this Kiss paperback! Congrats!

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    2. Phyllis, per random.org you are the winner of a bonus giveaway of With this Kiss paperback! Congrats!

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  33. Oh this one sounds right up my alley! Please enter me into this AVID drawing. Thank you so much!!

    Georgianne Barnett
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  34. Some of my favorite authors! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  35. Wow! That sounds like a fun story! AVID

    kathae@jacobfam.net

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  36. Book sounds great! Praying for you Teresa! Shelia Hall sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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