Humorous Historical Romance Novella
Collection Offers Love and Laughs
Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer’s “The Husband Maneuver,” Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins when the ranch foreman she loves seems to be leaving forever. Regina Jennings offers “Her Dearly Unintended,” where friends stranded by a rising river pretend to be newlyweds when a dangerous stranger arrives.
Mary Connealy’s “Runaway Bride” finds a Texas ranger getting more than he expected when he rescues a young woman fleeing a dangerous arranged marriage. And Melissa Jagears’ “Engaging the Competition” finds a young woman forced to assist the man she’s often sparred with after an accident leaves him helpless. Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.
**I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
The Husband Maneuvar by Karen Witemeyer
This first novella on this collection picks up with a couple of characters we first met in Karen Witemeyer’s novel, A Worthy Pursuit. The novella alternates between a dime-novel about Dead-Eye Dan and the real man the character is based on.
The Dead-Eye Dan moments had me wondering what would happen while I also enjoyed the sheer cheesiness of the Western novel. But then in the real world, the story between Dan and Etta was so sweet. I simply loved it!!
Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings
I adored this story of assumptions. It seems everyone in this story is leading others to an assumption or is mistaken with assumptions of their own. The novella is filled with quite a few humourous moments, and Silas takes the cake as one of my favorite characters ever. Just something so likeable about an old man who knows he isn’t wanted sticking around and causing mischief.
Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy
Mary Connealy’s novella in this collection is a true western. Outlaws and Rangers are at the forefront. From the beginning of this story, I was hooked and had to keep reading to learn more of what would happen to these characters. The chemistry between the hero and heroine came across well and never felt rushed despite the situation. It was a truly charming story.
Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears
Melissa Jagears’s novella was a wonderful finale to this collection. This final story incorporates two people who have had a misunderstanding that has shaped how they deal with each other for years. It’s a slow process of setting wrong to right, but the whole thing made for a sweet novella to read.
Overall, I thought this was a fantastic collection. It offered a chance to revisit some characters that we have met in previous novels by these authors, but I think without having read those novels, anyone would enjoy these novellas just fine. All the stories definitely had moments that made me style and I really enjoyed this collection.