Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A Bride for a Bit

"Misreading an order for bridles, a New England farmer sends his four sisters-in-law as mail-order brides to Lickwind, Wyoiming. When four women step off the train, astonishment turns to mayhem as the men of the town suddenly spruce up and make time for courting.

Since James Collingswood--still without tack for his horses--can't afford train tickets to send the women back, they'll have to stay. But what future is there in Lickwind for:

*Matty, the sociable sister who irritates James' very soul with her unending friendliness to the eager men of Lickwood.

*Corrine, the mom-to-be still so pained over her young husband's death that she barely knows Luke Collingswood is alive.

*Bess, who insists that the town must have a church, reform the brothel women, and straighten up the saloon keeper, Gideon Rikers.

*Bertie, who can out perform any man she ever meets...until the mysterious Thomas Hardin becomes her personal protection agency.

Under such absurd circumstances, the sisters will certainly find laughter in Lickwind...but will they also find love? One thing's for sure--the town will never be the same again!"

I really enjoyed this anthology. It is a "christian romance" so there is no sex and no kissing even. However, the love stories are good. I liked Matty's story best. It was written by Cathy Marie Hake, and something in the way she writes men has me smiling. There is a certain ruggedness in her men with their grumbling as well as gentlemanly ways. I thought everyone did a great job of continueing each others stories and keeping true to the characters.

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