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9 Historical Romances Begin After Saying “I Do”

In The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection we meet nine couples who barely know each other before they find themselves suddenly married to please family, to stem the tide of gossip, to save the land and joined for life. But can love grow when duty comes before romance?

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​The Substitute Bride

​Elliot, Lord Carlyle, lifted his new bride’s veil only to find himself wed to the sister of his betrothed.
Finally married but to a man who doesn’t even like her Gwendolyn detests the thought of even another day. Especially since he still pines for her beautiful sister.

Review: ​I LOVED The Substitute Bride!! I really identified with Gwen. She’s a sweet person who sees herself as the ugly duckling ands her experiences have only solidified that perception. A great read!

Author: ​Angela Bell
Grade: A+
Ages: YA
Setting: ​England in June 1865

​Bridal Whispers

​When malicious gossip precipitates a marriage between Maila Holmes and her cousins widow Burton Rutherford they each wonder if anything will ever cause them to liked each other muchless make this a real marriage.

Review: ​I didn’t enjoy Bridal Whispers until about the halfway point and I never loved the characters. It’s an interesting story, if a bit meloncholy.

Author: ​Angie Breidenbach
Grade: B
Ages: YA
Setting: ​Saint Paul Minnesota March 1900

​Mule Dazed

​Sheriff Braxton Cashel isn’t thinking about a crazy haired blast from his past when he corners Harriet Brimfield for horse thievery. Yet a few memories and a shotgun wedding brings Harriet’s character right back into mind… and his house.

Review: ​LOVED IT! Mule Dazed is adorable! I loved every word and can’t wait to read more from Lisa Carter! These characters are fun and the plot felt new and fresh.

Author: ​Lisa Carter
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Setting: ​Montana 1885

​The Sweetwater Bride

​Living alone in her own little paradise Debba McClain is happy, if lonely until her new neighbor Tanner Harden stops by and her once peaceful content existence becomes much different.

Review: First, I loved that we, again, got to visit with characters that we sort-of know. It feels like coming home. Second, The Sweetwater Bride is hilarious! It’s a sweet romance with a little spark and plenty of snark!

Author: ​Mary Connealy
Grade: A+
Ages: 16+
Setting: ​Montana July 1897

A Highbrow Hoodwink

One mistake and Katie Dupont is marked for life. As the mother of an illegitimate son she has no hope for a better life until Henry Baxter comes to claim the heir to the Baxter fortune, none other than Katie’s son.

Review: Wow! I loved every word of A Highbrow Hoodwink! The characters are fun and multidimensional. The plot will leave you laughing and crying. And the mystery is intriguing but mellow.
You won’t put this one down!

Author: Rebecca Jepson
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Setting: Aspen Colorado, February 1883

Not So Pretty Penny

Framed, George Washington Brannock doesn’t figure on getting out of jail to enact revenge until Penelope Pinehurst arrives looking to purchase a husband to help her run her farm. Maybe a few months of work to pay her back wouldn’t be the worst thing.

Review: What a sad thought, never to be loved because you’re not thought pretty enough. Not So Pretty Penny is a great story to remind us of what’s really important.

Author: Amy Lillard
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Setting: Kansas 1867

All’s Fair

Coral Davies is earning money to leave her hometown and the fued between her family and the Kent family when an impromptu skirmish ends with her married to the eldest Kent grandson, Jackson. Will this marriage help to fix the fued or just make it worse?

Review: All’s Fair is a cute story but a bit sad.

Author: Gina Welborn
Grade: B+
Ages: 18+
Setting: Wathena, Kansas July 1900

The Colorado Coincidence

Gloree Lowe is left pregnant and widowed when Mack McCoy rides in to save her from the evils lurking in her neighborhood. Has she really been saved or is Mack just another looking for an easy way out?

Review: I enjoyed watching the coincidences pile up in The Colorado Coincidence. It’s a cute novella with interesting characters and plenty of twists.

Author: Kathleen Y’Barbo
Grade: B+
Ages: 16+
Setting: Calleyville, Colorado April 1878

Railroaded into Love

Noah Manning, the new chaplain of the railroad car Emmanuel, get stuck with Molly Callahan on his railroad car while the marshal tries to find Molly’s brother. And since it would be improper for them to live together unmarried… a marriage of convenience it will be.

Review: Awwww! Railroaded into Love is an adorable story with fun characters and a tense plot. I think I’d have enjoyed it more had it been a full length novel.

Author: Rose Ross Zediker
Grade: B+
Ages: 16+
Setting: 1895 Montana

Hott Overall Review of The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection:

Overall, I really enjoyed The Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection. It’s a cute set of novellas that gives the reader a great picture of life more than a century ago – along with some fun romances. While some of the books showed a great picture of Christianity others were just clean romances — giving a bit of something for everyone.

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Source: NetGalley
Publisher & Date: January 1st 2016 by Barbour Books
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
ISBN: 1634091205 (ISBN13: 9781634091206)
Pages: 448
Grade: B+
Ages: 16+
Steam: YA – Mostly, though there are a few streamy moments.

 

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