As usual, it is difficult to pick a single favourite story However, I have to say that my favourite scene was in Tamela Murray s Gamble on Love I loved the coffee date between Benjamin and Pearl I loved their sweet and honest couple s conversation.
At the heart of these stories is the theme of grace was quite apparent as most of the characters were struggling with a past downfall or dark secret I was also entertained with the Texan slang and could at times, read the dialogues with the drawl at the back of my mind The Texas Brides Collection is great as a pick me up.
S I received a complimentary ARC from NetGalley A Texas Brides Collection is a collection of nine stories These stories include Serena s Strength by DiAnn MillsThe Reluctant Fugitive by Darlene MindrupSaving Grace by Kathleen Y BarboAn Inconvenient Gamble by Michelle UleAngel in Disguise by Darlene FranklinReuben s Atonement by Lynette SowellThe Peacemaker by DiAnn MillsOutlaw Sheriff by Kathleen Y BarboA Gamble on Love by Tamela Hancock MurrayI enjoyed this collection was introduced to a few new authors My favorite stories would be Kathleen Y Barbo s Outlaw Sheriff and Saving Grace.
Great collection 4 1 2 stars.
A Texas Brides Collection has the most WONDERFUL romances nine in all from authors new to me, but I loved each one and grant this anthology a hearty 5 5 Pub Date 01 Nov 2018 Thanks to Barbour books and NetGalley for the review copy Opinions are fully mine TheTexasBridesCollection NetGalley Title The Texas Brides Collection 9 Romances from the Old west Authors DiAnn Mills, Darlene Mindrup, Kathleen Y Barbo, Michelle Ule, Darlene Franklin, Lynette Sowell, Tamela Hancock MurrayPages 448Year 2013Publisher Barbour books Here we have a collection of short stories that are set in Texas during the mid 1800s Some of the stories have the uniqueness of Texas Rangers added to the spice of romance Serena s Strength by DiAnn Mills weaves the story of a girl coming into womanhood She is a daughter of a ranger, who wants for his daughter than marriage to a ranger When Serena finds herself falling in love with Chet, what will it take to change her father s heart so he will let her go to discover what God has in store for her The Reluctant Fugitive by Darlene Mindrup is a new author to me The story includes characteristics of frontier danger, romance and bank robbery April has been a dressmaker since her parents passing Her brother, Ted, has not been around in a while and when he shows up, she finds herself entangled in a dangerous situation On top of that, the Ranger who comes to track the robbers and April is the best and begins to battle his heart as to April s innocence There is a mystery involved here plus whether the past will determine the path of faith in the lives of the main characters Saving Grace shows how much love a woman has for her ranger husband and the children they had together Suddenly, finding herself a widow with a third child on the way, the business her husband had started may not survive because the boat captains don t want to interact with a woman Then, right after a time of prayer, a ranger rides into her yard, but he has no idea what is to come and neither does Grace Kathleen Y Barbo writes a wonderful story that shows the way God answers prayer may not exactly be the way we expect An Inconvenient Gamble by Michelle Ule follows a man named Charles Moss, who, after the Civil War, travels the state of Texas surveying with a former colonel A young widow, Jenny, is caring for her mother in law and two remaining brothers on what was once a thriving horse farm With surprising twists and turns in the story, the reader will love the way the author ends this story by showing the hope that can come from leaving behind reminders of the past Angel in Disguise tells the tale about a poor young woman named Rosie, who loves the Lord Rosie has a criminal record that causes some women in society not to trust her Owen is a Ranger who is longing to return to duty, but can t until the doctor releases him Written by Darlene Franklin this story of hope, forgiveness and truth is very enjoyable It also gives readers a message to contemplate Rueben s Atonement by Lynette Sowell explores the theme of believing in the grace of God and His complete forgiveness versus trying to work for one s own atonement Here is a story of brothers who made a choice that changed the lives of many folks in the town of Raider s Crossing A young lady is heartbroken and wants to believe in a future filled with family fun Will Rueben learn to receive God s grace as he seeks forgiveness Will the brothers come together to work the family land as their Pa had hoped and find forgiveness in the Lord as their Ma prayed they would DiAnn Mills second story in the book is titled, The Peacemaker This tells of how a young widow learns to take over her husband s ranch after his death It also is about Colt, who is released from prison and bent on seeking revenge on the man who put him there When he rides to his destination ready for carrying out revenge, he ends up finding way than he ever bargained for including a future he thought would never be fulfilled Outlaw Sherriff written by Kathleen Y Barbo shares an entertaining western romance about an outlaw who the Lord saved and an adventuresome woman named Lydia Both Caleb and Lydia arrive in town with different hopes and vastly differing pasts So, how do these two people discover what the Lord has in mind and what His will is for both of them To conclude this collection is story written by Tamela Hancock Murray titled, A Gamble on Love Left with a saloon girl for longer than expected, Benjamin has retained a lot of his virtues Pearl is leaving the saloon to go and take care of ma on the ranch where she grew up Now they have realized feelings for each other never before recognized and not spoken of plus Pearl s ma is quite a character What happens here is sure to be a surprise These stories are very enjoyable and entertaining when sitting outside with a soft drink, some shade with some time on readers hands They each are faith filled as well as unique in some ways, but there is something else that ties them together To know what that is you need to read the book Don t feel you have to read the book in one sitting I enjoyed pulling out the novel and reading a whole story or just a couple chapters at night to ease the mind before bed Each story reminded me of different aspects of God s character and His ways being something of a mystery to mankind I hope you enjoy reading each story and finding the tie that binds them all together My rating is 5 stars.
Note I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility Other reviews can be read at Also follow me on Twitter lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at 9 stories with multiple authors Each story was a wonderful reminder that we are saved through grace, it is a gift from God, not anything we can receive through ourselves by redeemption There is no sin too great for God to cleanse and forgive, if we ask forgiveness.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to friends and family.
Enjoyed the stories was great when the writers wrote about the 4 brothers individually not everyone turned out to be about Texas Rangers But being outlaws changing their lives by prayerful women asking God to intervene in the men Also a ma who was influencial also.
A delightful mix of humor, history, and heartwarming romance
The strength that many of these characters in the various stories exhibited and the growth of many of the characters in their walks with God was refreshing I enjoyed the many different stories set out in the old west of Texas as these men and women found love through their struggles.
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Enjoy The Rich History Of Texas Penned By An Exclusive Selection Of Christian Fiction Authors Including DiAnn Mills And Kathleen Y Barbo This Collection Of Nine Romances Brings Together The Lawful, The Lawless, And The Lonely In The Lone Star State Watch As Three Texas Rangers Turn From Chasing Outlaws To Courting Women Who Are Determined To Remain Independent Experience The Trials Six Outlaws Have As They Turn Into Respectable Citizens And Seek To Settle Down With A Spouse To Love