Book Review

Review: Sealed With a Kiss

Short stories offer a wonderful way to glimpse a writer’s style of writing or to even sample a genre you don’t typically read. This collection offers a range of both. For myself personally, I don’t recall having read anything by the authors in this collection before, though I had heard of a couple of them. 

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From the back cover: 

When mail-order bride, Eleanor O’Reilly, arrive in the Montana Territory the only one on the railway platform to greet her is a dangerous-looking man who claims to be the sheriff. Where is her intended husband? Janet Tronstad delights readers with another of her popular mail-order bride stories.

Texas Ranger Sarah Osborn is sent to investigate the kidnapping of a prize stallion from the Shamrock Ranch, owned by Ian O’Leary, an ex-FBI agent and Sarah’s high school sweetheart. Someone from Ian’s past has a grudge against him and intends to make him suffer. Can Sarah help Ian find who wants him dead?

A mysterious young woman warns Dr. Geoffrey Whelan and nurse Maylin Kinley that they are in mortal danger. Geoffrey and Maylin run for their lives, determined to figure out who is after them and why. They must race to stop the person who wants them dead—before everyone they care about it caught in the crossfire.

When the love of his life is injured in combat, Ryan Michaels promises himself he won’t let any more time go by without declaring his love. Veteran Ashley Reynolds returns home a changed woman, but is she ready to see the truth about the cowboy she left behind?

The stories in this collection all read really fast, and were quite well written.

Janet Tronstad’s story is the only historical fiction piece in this collection. It was an interesting take on a mail-order bride story, and a joy to read. The stories pacing was well-done, but the characters felt somewhat flaky and quick to change their minds at times.

Margaret Daley’s story had the perfect amount of mystery to keep you reading. The history the main two characters had also added a lovely component to the short story as well. My only complaint on this one was that the story wrapped up a bit too quick.

Camy Tang’s story was the longest one in this collection. I felt myself tense as the peril that the characters kept finding themselves in became more and more intense. As with a number of short stories, I think this one could have been made into a full length novel. It was an intriguing story.

Lacy William’s story was a sweet ending to this collection. In my opinion, there wasn’t a whole lot to keep this story moving forward. It was a slow read. The characters were well done and the concept a nice idea.

Overall, this collection of stories is worth a read. I wish the stories had a bit more in common with each other. The fact that there was one historical, two mysteries, and a contemporary romance involved some jumping around. Each story has it’s strong points. A couple of them (can’t remember which ones) are companion stories to other novels, but the short stories in this book can be read on their own.

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**I received a free copy of this book from Aspendawn Books and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review**

 

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2 thoughts on “Review: Sealed With a Kiss

  1. Just saw this today. Thanks so much for the review! I’m so glad you liked this collection. When I wrote it, my contribution ended up being longer than I expected, around 50,000 words, which is long for a novella (which is what the other authors wrote) but shorter than my Love Inspired Suspenses. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I did enjoy it quite a bit. It was the first thing I have read by you, although I recently won a copy of Sushi for One? from Shannah McClamrock’s blog, so I’m looking forward to reading more of your novels. Thanks again for stopping by!

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