Collections seem to be all the rage these days, and you won’t find me complaining. If the size of the stories must be limited, it helps there are so many (in this case nine) in each. I’ve enjoyed seeing one story after another come to life, giving essence to new characters, different locales, and a wide range of scenarios. While some of the plots are similar to ones I’ve seen before, there is enough freshness to keep me reading, not just to the end of the story, but on to the next one, and the next one.
My favourites in this collection were the two by Erica Vestch. She sets up a scenario of four sisters from the East agreeing to marry Western men. Rushed for time, the preacher takes each to her new home and gives them precious little time to be wed and to say goodbye to their beloved sisters. I would have liked to have seen a novella for each sister, but was limited to two (though the results of the other sisters marriages comes up). The two Erica did chose though were very interesting. The oldest is a war widow who arrives with her citified son to marry a rancher with a hoyden for a daughter. Neither knew the other was already a parent. Tensions mount when he wants her to make a lady of his daughter while he makes a “man” out of her ten year old son. The third-born sister is the dreamer of the family and is eager to meet her romantic hero, a real-life cowboy. Unfortunately all the reading she did on the West in preparation, hasn’t prepared her for the reality of her new husband—a despised sheep-herder.
I hope you will enjoy these tales as much as I have. Thank you to NetGalley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and especially Barbour Publishing for providing me with this great collection of stories to read and review.