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Meet 12 adventurous Victorian era women—a beekeeper who is afraid of bees, a music teacher whose dog has dug up a treasure, a baker who enters a faux courtship, and six more—along with the men they encounter while making summertime memories. Will these loves sown during summer be strengthened by faith and able to endure a lifetime?


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Meet 12 adventurous Victorian era women—a beekeeper who is afraid of bees, a music teacher whose dog has dug up a treasure, a baker who enters a faux courtship, and six more—along with the men they encounter while making summertime memories. Will these loves sown during summer be strengthened by faith and able to endure a lifetime?

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    The 12 Brides of Summer is a collection of 12 new historical Christian romance novellas published by Barbour. This collection seems to be a sequel of sorts to The 12 Brides of Christmas, with all the same authors, and at least some of the stories in this collection are about secondary characters from the Christmas collection. I give this collection 4.5 stars with star ratings from 3 to 5. ------------------------------------ #1: The Honey Bride by Diane Lesire Brandmeyer 5 Stars / Set in Trenton, The 12 Brides of Summer is a collection of 12 new historical Christian romance novellas published by Barbour. This collection seems to be a sequel of sorts to The 12 Brides of Christmas, with all the same authors, and at least some of the stories in this collection are about secondary characters from the Christmas collection. I give this collection 4.5 stars with star ratings from 3 to 5. ------------------------------------ #1: The Honey Bride by Diane Lesire Brandmeyer 5 Stars / Set in Trenton, Illinois in 1887 Katie Tucker’s home is being bombarded by a storm. Lightning strikes her family’s barn and it catches fire. When Katie sends her brother Henry to look for help at their neighbor’s house, he finds the neighbor’s farm hand, Pete Dent. Pete, who wants to own his own farm someday, likes shy Katie and would like to get to know her better. He does come to help, but the fire ends in tragedy and it falls to Pete to explain to Katie that her father died of smoke inhalation. The farm now belongs to Henry, who is only ten years old, so Katie needs to share in the burden. Pete becomes a friend and protector for the siblings when he helps build a new barn. There are several layers to this story, and I really enjoyed it a lot. I will be looking to see if Diane Lesire Brandemeyer has any other offerings. ------------------------------------ #2: The Dog Days of Summer Bride by Margaret Brownley 5 stars / Set in the fictional town of Bee Flat, Kansas in 1883 Marilee Davis, 24, is a piano teacher. Her dog Mozart knows when her students make mistakes. She loves her dog, but finds it frustrating when he takes off every Friday. Marilee plays piano extremely well. “She loved what the music helped her remember. She loved even more what it helped her forget.” Jed Colbert is the town blacksmith. He has a cow dog named Dynamite. “Who ever heard of a dog disappearing four out of seven days a week?” The dialogue between Marilee and Jed are quite fun, and I so enjoyed seeing how two such different people interacted. There were many places in the story that tickled my funny bone. This is a story I might read again someday. --------------------------------------- #3: The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot 4 ½ Stars / Set in Wyoming Territory in 1886 Naomi Towson’s mother’s eyesight is deteriorating. The doctor has recommended a new very expensive surgical procedure for the removal of cataracts. The expense would be more than a year’s wages at the bakery where Naomi works, which she certainly doesn’t have. Gideon Carlisle, 28, a local cattle baron, wants to find a temporary fiancee to prevent his mother from setting Gideon up with a mail-order bride. GIdeon and Naomi already admire each other due to their frequent interactions at the bakery. This story does a great job of handling the topic of a Christian marrying an unbeliever, which I really appreciate as a theme because it’s not done much. I’m not qutie giving it 5 stars because I believe that in Christian fiction, there should be a naturally occurring consequence of deceit to illustrate both to the reader and to the characters that deceitfulness is not only wrong, but it doesn’t pay. So I can’t quite bring myself to give 5 stars to this story by Amanda Cabot, who is a favorite author of mine. ------------------------------------ #4: A Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connealy 5 Stars / Set in Montana in 1894 Matt Reeves goes to Montana to visit his brother’s family and finds they’re not all there. His brother and sister-in-law are gone on a cattle drive, and his three nieces are in the care of their aunt, Besty Harden. Annie, Susie, and Lilly are very high maintenance and difficult to keep safe. The cowhands have all quit, leaving Besty to handle the barn chores in addition to the house chores and the care of the young girls. Matt takes pity on her and agrees to stay and help. This story is fun to read, because there is cleverness and humor in Mary Connealy’s writing. I’m a fan of hers and will continue reading her books. ------------------------------------ #5: Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis 4 1/2 Stars / Set in Wyoming Territory Ava Neal, 22, was disappointed in love when her sweetheart died six years ago. Now her younger sister Sarah is getting married, and Ava wants to travel to Wyoming Territory to visit her friend after the wedding. Joe Logan would like to be an illustrator someday, but for now he is eking out a living by doing courier jobs for a lawyer. His current job is to transport some jewelry and legal papers to San Francisco. He hasn’t given much thought to courting because his job provides barely enough income to support himself. For part of their journeys, Ava and Joe are on the same train headed west. They end up as seatmates and talk for hours, enjoying each other’s company… until their train is held up! I’ve read this author’s Prarie Dreams trilogy and enjoyed it very much. This short story was also wonderful! I stopped short of giving it 5 stars because there were a couple of times that I felt confused about something. ------------------------------------ #6: The Dogwood Blossom Bride by Miralee Ferrell 3 ½ Stars / Set in Goldendale, Washington in 1883 Gracie Addison’s father wants her to marry a politician who is coming to dinner, but she has no interest in him. Further, her father feels that at nineteen, it’s high time for Gracie to act like a lady. “Climbing trees and riding astride, not to mention wading into the creek to set traps for fish and any of the other numerous things you do, aren’t becoming.“ After this conversation, Gracie promptly goes on a walk, plotting to discourage the politician’s attention by climbing a tree and bringing herself to his notice as he rides under it. Contrary to Gracie’s plan, Will Montgomery and his eight-year-old niece end up being the ones who notice her in the dogwood tree. Will is now guardian to his niece, and he has just accepted a new job in town as a carpenter’s apprentice. Until now, his occupation has been a cowboy, but he feels he needs to provide her with a more stable life. The conflict in this story arises from Will’s overprotectiveness of his niece and the influence of Gracie’s tomboyish qualities on the girl. Miralee Ferrell does a good job with the setting and the writing of the story. But I just didn’t feel a connection with the hero or the heroine. Gracie is too reckless and Will is too protective. I felt annoyed with each of them. They are able to meet halfway in the middle, eventually, so perhaps I’m being too hard on the story. -------------------------------- #7: The Lumberjack’s Bride by Pam Hillman 5 Stars / Set in Sipsey Creek, Mississippi in 1889 Lucy Denson is newly living at her cousin Jack’s logging business, following her Papa’s decision to accept a position managing the books there. She works in the kitchen, and has been asked to deliver lunch to some of the loggers. Eli Everett is working hard with his brothers cutting down trees, when he sees Lucy bringing their lunch… “right in the path of the severed pine tree.” He risks his life to protect her from the falling tree, which makes for an intriguing introduction. Lucy and Eli’s relationship is very sweet, and the secondary characters in this story are so well done. Ms. Hillman also did an excellent job of showing how Lucy had to change some of her accustomed ways of life now that she lives on a logging camp. I’m going to check out Pam Hillman’s book list. ---------------------------------- #8: The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang 4 ½ Stars / Set in Finchville, lllinois in 1851 Sensible and quiet Sally Hobson, a farmer’s daughter, receives attention from Willis, the mayor’s son. Lukas Daughton and his family have come to Finchville to offer their expertise in designing and building a gristmill for the town. Sally and Lukas are attracted to one another, but Sally knows Lukas will likely be leaving for another town once the gristmill is built. I was entertained by Lukas’ insistent charm, and the building of a gristmill made an interesting storyline. I took away half a star, because I felt that the attraction Lukas and Sally felt for each other shouldn’t make a case for the possessiveness I was feeling from these characters. I enjoyed this story and will take a look at Maureen Lang’s other titles! --------------------------------- #9:The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard 3 Stars / Set in the Ozark Mountains in Calico Falls, Arkansas in 1871 Grace Sinclair’s younger sister Maddie is getting married. Grace is convinced she is destined to be an old maid, continuing to help her father with his church. Ian McGruer, a kilt-wearing Scotsman and a newly-hired pastor, has come to town for the wedding to stand up with Maddie’s fiance. Ian feels that Grace is his true love before he has even spoken to her. This is a severe case of instalove, and I just can’t accept it. One of the characters indicates a similar skepticism - “the nonsense of love at first sight” - but I still just cannot believe in the possibility of this. And for me, that colors the whole story negatively. “Never before had words not been necessary in getting to know another.” Really?!? Again, I just cannot swallow that. There were some humorous moments that I enjoyed, but overall, I found the story frustrating. ----------------------------------- #10: The County Fair Bride by Vickie McDonough 3 ½ Stars / Set in Bakerstown, Missouri in 1892 Prudence Willard is returning to her hometown because of the illness her father is facing. She’s never been close to her father, but “she hoped she might be able to cheer him during his remaining days on earth.” Prudy left town a while back “after her shameless pursuit of Clay Parsons, the town’s only pastor” and her attempts to “get Clay’s fiancee -- Karen Briggs, who was now his wife -- to leave town.” She has recently become a Christian while living with her aunt for a year and a half, and has been trying to change her ways. Adam Merrick is acting mayor in Prudy’s father’s stead and meets Prudy when she arrives at the train station. I like how Clay and Karen are kind to Prudy in this story, exemplifying Christian forgiveness. I didn’t love Prudy, unfortunately. Yes, she is trying to change, but not to my satisfaction as a reader. She pushes herself forward to monitor Adam in the mayor’s office with the misguided idea that she’s protecting her father’s interests. Some of her internal (and external) thoughts are illogical. And I cannot relate to why Adam finds her interesting. “This Prudy intrigued him -- interested him -- but what if she turned back into yesterday’s shrew?” Yes, indeed! The story skips ahead after several months of working together on a project, so I presume Prudy is more “interesting” and less shrewish in this timeframe. But the reader doesn’t get to see this. I feel compelled to note that I have previously read two of Ms. McDonough’s other stories, which I gave 4 and 5 star ratings. ------------------------------------- #11: The Columbine Bride by Davalynn Spencer 5 stars / Set in Colorado in 1886 Widowed Lucy Powell and her two children encounter a familiar-looking tall, bearded man at a mercantile. He kindly pulls a penny from each child’s ear so they can purchase some candy. Lucy has been the Spruce City schoolteacher all year, and now she and her children are returning to their ranch. Lucy’s husband died almost a year ago, and she wants to proceed with her husband’s dream of being a rancher. The bearded man is Buck Reiter, “the next rancher over the ridge who ran horses with his widowed sister” and who took twelve years to help raise his nephew. While at the mercantile, Buck offers Lucy some of his firewood, but she pridefully turns him down. When Buck recounts the tale to his sister Lilly, she asks him, “So when will you be taking the wood to her?” (That’s one of my favorite lines.) Buck continues to help Lucy and her children in many ways, and I loved watching him do it. Here’s another of my favorite lines: “Don’t you be ashamed of your tears. Even Jesus cried.” I enjoyed so many, many lines in this story. “Hot cakes. Cold cakes. Any kind of cake Lucy Powell offered, he’d take.” I’m keeping my eye on Davalynn Spencer. ---------------------------------- #12: The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule 4 Stars / Set in Fairhope, Nebraska in 1874 Malcom MacDougall delivers cargo for Fairhope’s general store. Sally Martin works across the street as a seamstress and hat maker. A “funnel cloud” has gone by, and Sally is concerned about her father and her sister out on the farm. Malcom and Sally already like each other very much, unbeknownst to each other. Sally feels comfortable asking Malcom for a ride, and they go together to check on her family. Malcom helps others again and again, and I think he exemplifies how to be a servant of Christ. I liked him very much. The four star rating is because I didn’t like Sally’s second suitor and how he fit into the story. -------------------------------------- I’d recommend this collection to readers who enjoy Christian historical romances set in late 1800’s America. Thanks to Barbour and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy of all twelve stories.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rochelle

    SOoooo... I loved the two stories I've read so far but thankfully one of my Goodreads friends, Kirsty Pearce, left a review mentioning that she discovered half way through this book that EVERY story in this collection is connected to EVERY story in The 12 Brides of Christmas collection, which was published first. Thank you, Barbour Publishing. Why was there no mention of this anywhere on or in this book? So I stopped at the two stories I read and I shall wait to finish it until I've read the fir SOoooo... I loved the two stories I've read so far but thankfully one of my Goodreads friends, Kirsty Pearce, left a review mentioning that she discovered half way through this book that EVERY story in this collection is connected to EVERY story in The 12 Brides of Christmas collection, which was published first. Thank you, Barbour Publishing. Why was there no mention of this anywhere on or in this book? So I stopped at the two stories I read and I shall wait to finish it until I've read the first set of stories. A Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connealy 4.5 Stars I was super excited to find that this short story was about one of the little boys (now grown) from Calico Canyon AND Belle Hardin's youngest daughter who was born in The Husband Tree. Those are two of my very favorite books by Mary Connealy so I was completely entertained, and completely nostalgic. I always enjoy when she writes with familiar characters. The Lumberjack's Bride by Pam Hillman 4.5 stars This was such a cute story! The H/H had such caring personalities! I only wish they were given an entire book dedicated to them.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Chind

    Originally released in four parts to fill excitement in the summer of 2015. And finally in a full omnibus in the summer of 2016, Barbour has provided a treat for readers and lovers of Christian Historical Fiction with these delightful authors. Originally released in four parts to fill excitement in the summer of 2015. And finally in a full omnibus in the summer of 2016, Barbour has provided a treat for readers and lovers of Christian Historical Fiction with these delightful authors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tori (Book Chick)

    This collection includes 12 novellas found in the smaller 12 Brides of Summer collections. Overall, the 12 novellas were entertaining and charming. I, of course, had my favorites. ;) I've reviewed each smaller collection individually, but compiled my reviews here, as well. The Honey Bride by Diana Brandmeyer - 4 stars After her father dies, Katie is left to try to save the family farm. Pete, a ranch hand from a nearby farm, has been pining for Katie for a long time. Now is his chance to help her o This collection includes 12 novellas found in the smaller 12 Brides of Summer collections. Overall, the 12 novellas were entertaining and charming. I, of course, had my favorites. ;) I've reviewed each smaller collection individually, but compiled my reviews here, as well. The Honey Bride by Diana Brandmeyer - 4 stars After her father dies, Katie is left to try to save the family farm. Pete, a ranch hand from a nearby farm, has been pining for Katie for a long time. Now is his chance to help her out and hopefully win her heart. I just adored Pete. He was protective, patient, and kind. Katie was a cutie, with her shyness, and her determination to save the farm. Sweet story! Dog Days of Summer Bride by Margaret Brownley - 5 stars This was a super cute novella about a man, a woman, and a dog. Marilee has been taking care of a "stray" dog for months, even though he mysteriously disappears for a chunk of time each week. Jed has raised his dog since he was a puppy, but for the last few months he's been running off several days a week. Eventually they realize they're sharing the same dog, and have to decide what to do about it. A sweet, fun story!! The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot - 3.5 stars This was only the 2nd work I've read by Amanda Cabot, but from other reviews I can see that the characters in this novella, Gideon & Naomi, were introduced in other novels. I think that's always fun to have that connection. The relationship between Gideon and Naomi starts out as a business deal. It kind of made me think of the 80's movie "Can't Buy Me Love" & the Sandra Bullock movie "The Proposal." We all know what happened with those faux romances. Cute story. I enjoyed it. ;) A Bride Rides a Herd by Mary Connealy - 4 stars I was excited to read this novella because it stars Betsy, the daughter of Silas and Belle, from one of my favorite Connealy novels The Husband Tree. Betsy is taking care of Matt's nieces. (Matt is also introduced in earlier books!) He's never met them before and when he does he can see why Betsy is being run ragged. The girls are a handful!! The parents, Mark & Emma, have left on a cattle drive, all the ranch hands have quit, and Betsy is going crazy! She is determined to make Matt stay and help with the girls. Neither really know how to care for kids, so it was pretty funny watching them try. This was a fun, cute romance. :) The Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis - 4 stars Ava meets Joe on a train ride heading West. Little did she know that this meeting would change her life... This was a sweet novella. I liked the mystery regarding the train robbers intertwined with the romance story. Being married to a police officer, I understood Ava's worry for Joe all too well. I enjoyed this novella, although I think it ended abruptly. I liked Ava and Joe and wouldn't mind reading more about them in the future. :) The Dogwood Blossom Bride by Miralee Ferrell - 3 stars Eh, not my favorite. I never really gelled with the characters. Gracie is a 19 year old tomboy who still likes to climb trees. I'm all for having fun and not being prissy. But, really? You're gonna hide in a tree to make the man your dad wants you to marry, NOT want to marry you? That's weird. Will is an over-protective uncle who won't let his 9 year old niece live a little. His personality irritated me. I never knew if he liked Gracie or not, he went so up and down. So, this novella was just ok for me. The Lumberjack’s Bride by Pam Hillman - 4 stars Lucy is a city girl who is forced to move to the backwoods of Mississippi when her dad leaves to be a bookkeeper for a logging camp. Eli is a lumberjack at the camp. He falls hard for Lucy, but doesn't think he's good enough with his lack of education, lack of money, and lack of city-boy manners. Lucy doesn't feel like she could ever be a wife fit for a lumberjack because she can't cook and even nearly gets killed by a falling tree! This was a cute story I really enjoyed. I felt it ended kind of abruptly, but the characters were well-developed and the story was charming. :) The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang - 3.5 stars This was my least favorite of the novellas in this collection, but I still thought it was sweet and I thought the characters were well-developed. Sally is in a relationship with the Mayor's son- and everyone expects them to marry- when Lukas's family moves to town to build a gristmill. They have a connection immediately. The more Sally tries NOT to have feelings for Lukas, the stronger they grow. This was a good novella, that although short still seemed like a complete story. :) The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard - 3 stars Ian is a sweet Scottish preacher destined to preach in New York. Grace is a preacher's daughter who has decided her "call" is to help in her dad's work and never marry. But when Ian and Grace meet they seem to know they are destined for each other- but how can that work when Grace is in the Ozarks and Ian is suppose to return to NY in a couple days?? This story was cute. Not my favorite, but an ok quick read. The County Fair Bride by Vickie McDonough -3.5 stars This is a fun novella. Basically it's an "opposites attract" story. Prudy Willard returns to town to find a new mayor, Adam. Prudy has lots of ideas to improve the town, and Adam tries his best to keep his patience. It's a cute, quick read and made me laugh. :) The Columbine Bride by Davalynn Spencer -4 stars Lucy Powell's husband died, and she is left with their 2 children and a neglected farm. She is sad and bitter, yet determined to save her farm. Buck, her cowboy neighbor, comes to help. Lucy isn't having it at first, but slowly Buck earns her trust, and the trust and friendship of her children. I loved Buck. He was thoughtful and quietly determined. It was refreshing to see Lucy's walls come down. <3 The Sun Bonnet Bride by Michele Ule - 3.5 stars After a tornado destroys a farming community, Sally is able to see the true colors of the 2 men who want her hand. To me, the choice wad obvious. But when one man basically courts you and the other is too shy to express his feelings, it can make the choice hard. I liked this story. I thought the character development was well done and I loved seeing the community come together to help each other out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    So Barbour Publishing took four compilations and put them under one cover. The stories in this olio are timeless and so enjoyable. Each one is a great afternoon read or bedtime read to fill in those moments when the reader doesn't want to start some project, but wants to spend the time enjoyably. I've already reviewed these collections, so I will just repeat the reviews I've already written in no particular order. Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis. Ava meets Joe on the train while she's on her So Barbour Publishing took four compilations and put them under one cover. The stories in this olio are timeless and so enjoyable. Each one is a great afternoon read or bedtime read to fill in those moments when the reader doesn't want to start some project, but wants to spend the time enjoyably. I've already reviewed these collections, so I will just repeat the reviews I've already written in no particular order. Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis. Ava meets Joe on the train while she's on her way to see her best friend, Polly. The train ride is interrupted by some train robbers who take a packet that Joe is supposed to deliver in San Francisco. Joe's ability to sketch the robbers helps catch them. Joe is intrigued by Ava and truly enjoys talking with her, and explains to her that the month they are meeting will have a blue moon--a full moon that occurs twice a month. Joe comes by often to see Ava at Polly's house and they intrigue grows to love. The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule. Sally works for the milliner and Malcolm is a teamster who loves Sally but has never had the guts to tell her. When a tornado strikes Sally's father's farm, Sally sees how Malcolm gets his hands dirty helping those who lost so much in the storm. On the other hand, Sally sees how Josiah, the local banker, seeks to profit from other's tragedy. Sally decides to make sunbonnets to sell for the disaster relief fund and her sister Lena embroiders a tornado on the brim of the bonnets. It is at the relief auction that Malcolm finds his gumption to tell Sally how he feels. The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard. Grace is standing up for her sister, Maddie, at her wedding to Harlan. As Grace walks down the aisle, she sees Ian standing with Harlan in his full Scottish regalia, it seems as though Grace has been struck by lightning. Ian is just as elecrified by Grace's appearance, but he's called to pastor a church in New York, or is he? Mary Connealy -- A Bride Rides Herd. Betsy is babysitting her sister's rowdy, rambunctious girls when Matt comes riding up to the ranch. Matt watches Annie and Susie playing in a rather dangerous part of the river and hears Betsy yelling for the girls. Betsy doesn't quite know what to do with Matt, even though he is her sister's brother-in-law. Kissing him is such a good/bad idea, but eventually she gives in. Amanda Cabot -- Fourth of July Bride. Naomi is worried about her mother, especially her mother's eye sight. She needs an operation, but has no way to pay for the doctor's fees, much less the rest of the costs of the operation. Gideon finds out that his mother will soon be visiting and needs a "stand-in" bride, so he offers to pay for the operation if Naomi will pretend to be his fiancee. His offer includes all the new gowns and dresses she will need. Maureen Lang -- The Summer Harvest Bride. Sally is not looking for love, and she's certainly not looking for Willis Pollit, but when Lukas Daughton and his brothers come to town to build a new grist mill Lukas finds Sally is a sight for his sore eyes. There is a bit of sabotage to the mill and Sally believes the blame lands at Willis' feet. Maureen has woven a bit of mystery into her offering of this grouping that makes the story more interesting and more enjoyable. Margaret Brownley's Dog Days of Summer centers around Marilee and Jed and the ownership of one dog who claims them both. Miralee Ferrell's The Dogwood Blossom reminded me of the old movie, "Support Your Local Sheriff." Grace Addison is seen early in this novella up a tree. Pam Hillman's The Lumberjack's Bride takes us to a lumber camp in Mississippi. Each story has a winsomeness that draws the reader in and doesn't let go. They are easy reads for that rainy afternoon where the reader wants to cuddle up with a book, a cup of tea, and a blanket, and dream of warmer days. In the County Fair Bride, Prudence has come home to take care of her father, but finds that he has been replaced by someone else. She is incensed because she feels he was pushed out of his job. When she finally takes the time to talk to her dad, she finds he's happier not being mayor of the town. She joins forces with the new mayor to plan and produce a county fair and to fall in love. In the Honey Bride, Kate is deathly afraid of the bees her father ordered for the hives he got. He thought that she'd be able to make a bit of money selling the honey and beeswax that the bees produced. When her neighbor's cowhand comes to help, she is not sure if she can trust him or not, especially when a drunken man shows up on her front porch claiming that her father promised him a job. In the Columbine Bride, Lucy is widowed with two children and fighting to hold body and soul together. Buck finds himself intrigued by the young widow and starts showing up to help out--even with her cattle round up. She hates being beholdin', but what else can she do? These authors know how to develop a character, set them in a plot, and keep the plot moving along to engage the reader till the very end. This is a five star book, two thumbs up, and twelve afternoons to enjoy the stylings of these talented authors. My thanks to Barbour Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The 12 Brides of Summer - Novella Collection is a collection of twelve stories. The stories include: The Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard A Bride Rides Her by Mary Connealy The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang Dog Days of Summer Bride by Margaret Brownley The Dogwood Blossom Bride by Miralee Ferrell The Lumberjack's Bride by Pam Hillman The County Fair Bride by Vickie McDonough The Honey The 12 Brides of Summer - Novella Collection is a collection of twelve stories. The stories include: The Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard A Bride Rides Her by Mary Connealy The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang Dog Days of Summer Bride by Margaret Brownley The Dogwood Blossom Bride by Miralee Ferrell The Lumberjack's Bride by Pam Hillman The County Fair Bride by Vickie McDonough The Honey Bride by Diana Brandmeyer The Columbine Bride by Davalynn Spencer Wow! This collection is fabulous. I loved all of the stories. I highly recommend this book! 5 plus stars.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    The 12 novellas in this collection are set in the 1800s which is a favorite of mine. I love reading how people met and fell in love back in those days. Each story is a sweet romance set in a turbulent time. Collections such as these give the reader a chance to read stories from favorite authors as well as find new authors to enjoy. From the beekeeper who is afraid of bees to a dog that feels his two owners need to be together, the reader will enjoy these short but fun stories. I love books such The 12 novellas in this collection are set in the 1800s which is a favorite of mine. I love reading how people met and fell in love back in those days. Each story is a sweet romance set in a turbulent time. Collections such as these give the reader a chance to read stories from favorite authors as well as find new authors to enjoy. From the beekeeper who is afraid of bees to a dog that feels his two owners need to be together, the reader will enjoy these short but fun stories. I love books such as this when you want something light to read. I received a copy through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Look for my full review on Faithfully Bookish on 6/1/16 http://www.faithfullybookish.com/revi... This is the first Barbour collection I've read. These stories made me laugh, cry, and smile at my Kindle a lot! In my opinion, these are all four to five-star stories and I enjoyed every one. This is a great book to savor all summer long and an excellent means for discovering new to you authors! I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my o Look for my full review on Faithfully Bookish on 6/1/16 http://www.faithfullybookish.com/revi... This is the first Barbour collection I've read. These stories made me laugh, cry, and smile at my Kindle a lot! In my opinion, these are all four to five-star stories and I enjoyed every one. This is a great book to savor all summer long and an excellent means for discovering new to you authors! I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through NetGalley. The opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alecia

    First things first….If you read 12 brides of Christmas you need to read this!! Almost all of the stories are connected, but don’t worry you won’t be lost. i was halfway through when i did a double take and realized the authors, and set up were the same…..and  I received this book free from netgalley in exchange for my honest review www.cherishedbyalecia.WordPress.com First things first….If you read 12 brides of Christmas you need to read this!! Almost all of the stories are connected, but don’t worry you won’t be lost. i was halfway through when i did a double take and realized the authors, and set up were the same…..and  I received this book free from netgalley in exchange for my honest review www.cherishedbyalecia.WordPress.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    Great read

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    The 12 Brides of Summer Collection has been on my radar for several years, but for whatever reason I just kept putting off picking it up. But now, I finally have, and I'll be honest, I have mixed feelings on it. As I have done for novella/short story collections in the past, I will write a short review for each story in the collection and then do my overall thoughts. The Honey Bride by Diana Brandmeyer This was a sweet story. I enjoyed getting to know Katie and Pete and watching their romance blo The 12 Brides of Summer Collection has been on my radar for several years, but for whatever reason I just kept putting off picking it up. But now, I finally have, and I'll be honest, I have mixed feelings on it. As I have done for novella/short story collections in the past, I will write a short review for each story in the collection and then do my overall thoughts. The Honey Bride by Diana Brandmeyer This was a sweet story. I enjoyed getting to know Katie and Pete and watching their romance bloom. I also liked how Katie comes to realize that she is so much more than what people assume of her. 4/5 Stars. Dog Days of Summer Bride by Margaret Brownley I loved how the main couple got together in a sort of unconventional way - through their dog who has been living part-time with both of them. A couple of the side characters got on my nerves, but it was still a cute story. 3.5/5 Stars. The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot This was a cute fake engagement story set in the Wyoming territory. Even though story ends in the way you would expect it to, I did like that Naomi stuck to her guns in not marrying a man who does not share her faith. I also liked that Gideon did not want to say he believed in God for the sake of marrying Naomi. 3.5/5 Stars. A Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connealy I enjoyed this story set in Montana, especially since Betsy and Matt met under unusual circumstances. I would have loved to see more the nieces' antics, but I also could not help wondering why they lacked discipline so much. I was also reminded of how I really want to read more of the author's works. Maybe I'll try and make it a project for the Fall. 3.5/5 Stars. Blue Moon Bride by Susan Paige Davis I liked certain aspects of this story, such as train robberies in the Old West. However, I found that the romance was too insta-lovey and that the main characters - Ava and Joe - ended up together a little too quickly (literally within a week). 3/5 Stars. The Dogwood Blossom Bride by Miralee Ferrell This was another cute story, but also very much an instant love situations. The couple get engaged after two days of having met. However, I did love Willis' niece, Laura, and would love to read a book about her antics as she grows up. I also liked that Gracie was a tomboy and not ashamed of it, even if it meant that some considered her unmarriable. 3.5/5 Stars. The Lumberjack's Bride by Pam Hillman I enjoyed this story set in the woods of Mississippi at a lumber camp. I liked learning about the camp and some of the work that the lumberjacks did. The romance was okay, I just felt like the characters barely knew each other before getting engaged. I would have loved to see them get to know each other more and have discussions about different topics. 3/5 Stars. The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang I liked this story, however, I do wish we could have gotten the antagonist's perspective because the parts involving him seemed rushed. I think this story could easily have been longer than it was. 3/5 Stars. The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard This was my least favorite story of the collection. It was too insta-lovey, and I felt like the relationship was built upon infatuation. However, I did like the secondary love story involving Grace's father, I'd love to read more about his relationship. 3/5 Stars. The Country Fair Bride by Vickie McDonough This was probably one of my favorite stories in the collection, with some cheesy moments peppered throughout. I liked how we meet Prudence post-redemption and her adjustment to being back in a town where many know what she did before, plus being under mother's bad influence again. I loved her relationship with Adam, ad it was one of more realistic romances in the collection. 4/5 Stars. The Columbine Bride by Davalynn Spencer This was another good addition to the collection, with a focus on learning to trust God after tragedy. I enjoyed getting to know both of the main characters, as well as the side characters. I also like that couple spent a good chunk of time together before getting engaged. 4/5 Stars. The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule This was another sweet story set in Nebraska after a tornado hits. Sally has caught the attention of two men, the hardworking Malcolm, and the bank owner's son, Josiah, who would never get his hands dirty. Over time, Sally learns more about each man and discovers the best choice for her, someone that isn't afraid of doing hard work and getting his hands dirty. I enjoyed it, and I liked that the characters knew each other before the start of the story. 3.5/5 Stars. Overall, this was a sweet collection of stories, although I'll admit that stories like these are not my cup of tea anymore. As mentioned in some of the individual reviews, I found some of the couples got together way too quickly, without really getting to know each other. There were couple of stories I really enjoyed and I plan on checking out more from those particular authors. Overall rating: 3.5/5 Stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Thanks to Barbour Publishing Via NetGalley I was given a ebook to read and review The 12 Brides of Summer Collection. Which is 12 historical novellas. Women and men finding out who they are and how to be. 1. The Honey Bride ~~~ Diana Lesire Brandmeyer 1887 Trenton Illonis. Kate just lost her Pa in a barn fire. She lives with her brother and grandma. She finds out that her Pa took a loan out and are in danger of losing the farm. Along comes Pete he's been wondering if he should stay in Trenton and Thanks to Barbour Publishing Via NetGalley I was given a ebook to read and review The 12 Brides of Summer Collection. Which is 12 historical novellas. Women and men finding out who they are and how to be. 1. The Honey Bride ~~~ Diana Lesire Brandmeyer 1887 Trenton Illonis. Kate just lost her Pa in a barn fire. She lives with her brother and grandma. She finds out that her Pa took a loan out and are in danger of losing the farm. Along comes Pete he's been wondering if he should stay in Trenton and buy some land or keep moving along. He hears that Katie may have to sell her farm. Where are the missing bees that Katie is so scared of? Will Pete help her or buy it out from under her? I loved Katie and Pete. Katie the shy girl. I wish there was more of W.D. I was hooked on this novella since the fire in the first couple of pages. 2. Dog days of Summer ~~~~~ Margaret Brownley 1883 Kansas This a story about Marilee the piano teacher. She has a dog named Mozart (Mo). Jed and Marilee figure out they share the same dog. Who gets to keep him? They, he, or she? A cute novella very sweet. It's a funny novella. Dyna/Mo always smells like a girl and Jed doesn't know why. The town thinks he is a womanizer. So now the woman stay far away from him. When the dog under covers something who gets to keep the prize? Who is the owner? It's funny at times. I enjoyed it. 3.The fourth of July Bride ~~ Amanda Cabot Cheyenne Wyoming, 1886. Naomi is struggling with her mom. Her mom is nearly blind. She needs a operation, but doesn't have the money for it. Gideon is a rich man, he is smart. He made a good investment. He is a cattle baron. He enjoys his talks with Naomi. When Gideon's mother arrives in town she wants him to get married. Gideon doesn't want to get married, but he doesn't wan't to disappoint his ma. When Gideon propes a propitiation to Naomi to pretend to be his fiance. Will she accept so her mom can get the operation. Under the pretense can the cattle baron and the waitress learn to love each other? Is Gideon ready for marriage or not? 4. A Bride Rides Herd ~~~~~ Mary Connealy Montana 1894. Matt runs into 2 little girls riding towards a waterfall. He saves them and finds out that they are his nieces. Betsy is taking care of her sisters 3 kids. While they she is away on a cattle drive. It gets hectic for Betsy. She wants to pursued Matt to help and stay take care of the ranch and the girls until is brother is back from the cattle drive. The kids are always gettin into something. With the kids and the ranch keeping them busy. Can these 2 fall for each other? I've loved Mary Connealy books. I didn't know that she was a author of one of the novellas when I asked to read and review this book. I'm glad I was approved. I loved this novella. 5. Blue Moon Bride ~~~ Susan Page Davis Ava always thought that her she would be the first one to get married. Her sister is gonna get married. She has memories of Will he beloved that fought and died in the war. She wants to visit Polly ( her best friend) in Wyoming. To get away from everything and memories. Joe wants to be a illustrator he is always drawing.Joe is traveling to California. He and Ava wined up on the same train sitting next to each other. After a train robbery, Joe losing his job. What can happen next. This was a sweet romance. 6. The Dogwood Blossom Bride ~~~ Miralee Ferrell Washington 1883. Gracie doesn't want to get married and become a high society bride to a politician. She is a tomboy whom would rather wear boots and pants. Will is traveling with his niece. Her Ma died so he is taking care of her. He is suppose to start a new job and give up the cowboy life. The first time he meets Gracie is hilarious. Gracie was trying to run off the man her Pa instead of her marrying and she spooks Will's horse. Not the way normal people meet.Will has to get past the saddness he has to open to Gracie. 7. The Lumberjack's Bride ~~~~ Pam Hillman Mississippi June 1889. Lucy wanted to stay in Chicago instead of heading back to Mississippi so her Pa could help out the Lumberjack business.Just when the guy she liked started to notice her they up and moved. Eli works as a lumberjack. He saves Lucy from a falling tree that they just cut down. Lucy works in the kitchen.Lucy is a city girl. Will a city girl and a lumberjack work out? Can there relationship work? 8. The Summer Harvest Bride ~~~~ Maureen Lang Illonios Spring 1851. People has been thinking that Sally will marry Willis the mayors son. She moved from Chicago. Lukas and his family are new to town. They want to build a gristmill that will help the farmers. Sally is scared that Lukas will stay long enough to build the mill and leave and go to another town. Will Lukas decide that he is tired of traveling and stay and build a life with Sally? 9. The Wildflower Bride ~~ Amy Lillard Ozark Mountains Arkansas 1871. Grace believes that she will never marry.She is the pastor's daughter. She believes herself to be a old maid. Her younger sister is getting married. Ian is the best man. He is suppose to only be in town for a couple of days. He is scottish and wears a kilt. He wants to train for be a assistant pastor. So he needs to leave town so he can begin his learning. 10.The County Fair Bride ~~~~ Vickie McDonough Baserstown Missouri 1892. Prudence arrives on the train. Her pa is real sick. She has a reputation of causing trouble. Who is Adam? He arrives to take her to her house. Adam is the interim mayor since Purdy's Pa can't do the job, since he is sick. Adam just wants to do and good job. 11. The Columine Bride ~~~~~ Davalynn Spencer Colorado 1886. Lucy is a widow with 2 small children. She is a teacher and barely makes ends meet.Buck took care of his widow sister and her son for the past 12 years. He believes it's time to move on. He sees Lucy travel to survive on her land. Her late husband died because of a freak accident. Lucy needs help and Buck knows it. They are neighbors. Buck wants to help her out. He knows that it's hard for a woman living and doing the chores by herself. Buck is a mountain man he loves the outdoors. Can the widow and the beard man grow to love each other? I loved this novella just a sweet novella. 12. The Sunbonnet Bride ~~~~ Michelle Ule Fairhope Nebraska 1874. Malcolm delivers cargo. He has liked Sally since she arrived in town. He likes dancing with her. Everyone thinks that they will end up together. Sally is the new seamstress. She has a strong faith. What happens when a tornado ruins everything that Sally's family has? Will Malcolm's father take advantage on the family since he is the banker? Can Sally and Malcolm make a relationship work? I always enjoy these collections of novellas. I went on 12 journeys based on love and faith. Thanks again Barbour Publishing and NetGalley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Terry Yaceyko

    The only negative to this book was that each story was too short. I enjoyed reading all of them and want to read more of each author. Good book. Many of the stories I would have loved to read in a longer version.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Purcell

    A lot of these novellas were sequels to stories in The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection, and it was fun to revisit the characters. There were some really good stories in this collection. Some I didn't like as well as others, but otherwise it was a great collection and I thoroughly enjoyed it. A lot of these novellas were sequels to stories in The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection, and it was fun to revisit the characters. There were some really good stories in this collection. Some I didn't like as well as others, but otherwise it was a great collection and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linea Winter

    One or two brighter lights in this collection. Most were pretty forced. Short stories using the plots of a novel. Didn’t work very well. Wouldn’t read again.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Traci

    This was a good collection of novellas. I had read 2 previously somewhere else. And others seemed to be connected to the christmas time one. It was well worth the read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sara Brooks

    I’ve read lots of novellas recently, but I think this is my favorite collection so far! All but one or two are some of the most interesting stories I’ve come across in a while. I think you’ll enjoy these short and sweet stories that only take about 3 hours to read (or less if you’re a fast reader.) The Honey Bride by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer – 4 stars Katie comes to depends on Pete for help and protection after her father dies, leaving behind a debt she can’t pay without facing her fear of bees. Th I’ve read lots of novellas recently, but I think this is my favorite collection so far! All but one or two are some of the most interesting stories I’ve come across in a while. I think you’ll enjoy these short and sweet stories that only take about 3 hours to read (or less if you’re a fast reader.) The Honey Bride by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer – 4 stars Katie comes to depends on Pete for help and protection after her father dies, leaving behind a debt she can’t pay without facing her fear of bees. The story and plot are good, but the love story just didn’t feel real to me for some reason. Dog Days of Summer Bride by Margaret Brownly – 5 stars Marilee, an uppity music teacher is confused by the weekly disappearance of the stray dog she took in. Jed, a victim of the rumor mill wonders why his dog also disappears during the week only to return on Friday smelling like perfume. I LOVED this one! I love the humor and uniqueness of this story! The Fourth of July Bride by Amanda Cabot – 5 stars Can Gideon and Naomi keep up a fake engagement all summer? Naomi needs the financial assistance to pay for her mother’s eye surgery and Gideon wants his own mother to leave off with the matchmaking. This one is another unique story that shows how God can make all circumstances work together for good. A Bride Rides Herd by Mary Connelly – 5 stars Betsy needs Matt to help with her VERY unruly charges while her neighbors are on a cattle drive. Sparks fly between them as they work together to run the ranch alone. I loved the humor and the emotion in this one. Blue Moon Bride by Susan Page Davis – 5 stars Joe and Ava make friends on the train west, but after being robbed their lives become entangled. Luckily neither of them mind very much. This was an adventure about finding yourself (and love) along the paths God puts you on. I liked the bit of suspense in this one. The Dogwood Blossom Bride by Miralee Ferrell – 5 stars Will has feelings for Gracie, but he puts distance between them when her tomboyish ways start to put his niece in more danger than he is comfortable with. This one starts out humorous and is a good example of how unrealistic our fears can become when we don’t trust God to take care of us. The Lumberjack’s Bride by Pam Hillman – 5 stars Lucy’s family drags her to a lumber camp in Mississippi from their home and her suitor in Chicago. Eli is a lifesaving lumberjack who isn’t afraid to help out in the kitchen or show Lucy what she’s been missing in the wilderness. I thought this story a refreshing break from the standard cowboy/wild west romances. It is a sweet story and I enjoyed it very much. The Summer Harvest Bride by Maureen Lang – 5 stars Sally is practically engaged but when Lukas, a handsome heartbreaker, arrives with his family to build a mill in their small town she doubts everything when feelings for him grow. This is a great romance about trust and true love. I liked it a lot. The Wildflower Bride by Amy Lillard – 4 stars Ian and Grace never believed in love at first sight, until it happened to them. They both have plans for their lives that don’t cross, but God shows them His plans are better. I found it hard to believe in this story. Attraction is mistaken for love all too often and I don’t believe you can selflessly love someone without knowing them. Just my two cents about “love at first sight”. This was a cute story, just too farfetched for me. The County Fair Bride by Vickie McDonough – 5 stars Prudence returns to her hometown to visit her ailing father despite her less-than cordiality growing up. She’s turned over a new leaf with God’s help, but old patterns are hard to break. Ian is newer to town and needs help increasing the towns funds. Together they plan a County Fair and its all downhill from there. This is a favorite of mine from this collection. The Columbine Bride by Davalynn Spencer – 5 stars Lucy is a widow on her own to manage her farm and her two little children. Buck puts off his plans to leave the area when he sees Lucy’s need for help. As he helps out, their love blossoms. I enjoyed this story as well. The romance was sweet and believable. The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule – 4 stars Sally’s family and many others in their area have lost their homes to a tornado. As their community works together to help those in need, two men vie for Sally’s hand. This story was a bit lackluster after the previous stories, but it was still sweet. I received a copy of The 12 Brides of Summer Collection from Barbour Publishing to read and give my honest critique.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tima

    The novellas in this book first began as four separate books that have now been combined into one book. Each story has been written by a Christian fiction author and the stories only tie together by their historical setting during the summer time. Otherwise, they work as a stand-alone novella. The short stories give the reader a moment to step back in time for a little faith and romance. It also gives you a small taste of the author's writing style. First, I loved this cover. It is incredibly bea The novellas in this book first began as four separate books that have now been combined into one book. Each story has been written by a Christian fiction author and the stories only tie together by their historical setting during the summer time. Otherwise, they work as a stand-alone novella. The short stories give the reader a moment to step back in time for a little faith and romance. It also gives you a small taste of the author's writing style. First, I loved this cover. It is incredibly beautiful. I have read books by several of these authors before so was excited to read something by them again. It's also nice to find new authors so you can sample their writing. Several of the stories were great and I really enjoyed them. I even gave one 5 stars. Others were just ok and while I didn't hate them, I wasn't in love. Because I'm a nerd, I gave each story a star and averaged out the ratings. It comes to a rating of 3.6 stars. So I'm giving the book as a whole a 4 star. Great book for taking alone on those trips or waiting times. The stories are short so you can put them down or finish them quickly. Overall, this was a good book and I'm glad that I own it. I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    AnnMarie

    This collection of novellas are perfect for the reader who likes a sweet, Christian romantic read. They are all set in the 1800's in America and each story left me with a smile on my face. They are all the perfect length for a summer time read, or when you fancy reading but don't want to get into an epic book. Each story had characters that looked to their faith to help them in times of trouble, and even though I am not a deeply religious person, I didn't mind the references to the bible, or pra This collection of novellas are perfect for the reader who likes a sweet, Christian romantic read. They are all set in the 1800's in America and each story left me with a smile on my face. They are all the perfect length for a summer time read, or when you fancy reading but don't want to get into an epic book. Each story had characters that looked to their faith to help them in times of trouble, and even though I am not a deeply religious person, I didn't mind the references to the bible, or prayer at all. If you are looking for a steamy read, this isn't for you. On the whole I enjoyed this collection, and loved reading about America in the 1800's instead of England for a change. I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)

    What an enjoyable summer read. I loved reading about the twelve ladies from the Victorian era and could picture myself in each of the stories. Each story and heroine had different characteristics which held my attention throughout the book. No one wants to read the same storyline over twelve times! When considered separately, I found each novella to be a quick and lovely read. I am so glad the authors teamed up to provide a sweet collection of stories, perfect for a warm sunny day. Or any time o What an enjoyable summer read. I loved reading about the twelve ladies from the Victorian era and could picture myself in each of the stories. Each story and heroine had different characteristics which held my attention throughout the book. No one wants to read the same storyline over twelve times! When considered separately, I found each novella to be a quick and lovely read. I am so glad the authors teamed up to provide a sweet collection of stories, perfect for a warm sunny day. Or any time of year! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Pearce

    Almost all of the novellas in this collection enjoyable and quick reads, I was about half-way through before I had made the pleasant discovery that they were actually continuations of those featured in the 12 Brides of Christmas collection. Getting to catch up with those couples, and figuring out how the new characters from this collection connected to the Christmas ones only added to the fun. My particular favorites are The Columbine Bride by Davalynn Spencer, The Lumberjack's Bride by Pam Hill Almost all of the novellas in this collection enjoyable and quick reads, I was about half-way through before I had made the pleasant discovery that they were actually continuations of those featured in the 12 Brides of Christmas collection. Getting to catch up with those couples, and figuring out how the new characters from this collection connected to the Christmas ones only added to the fun. My particular favorites are The Columbine Bride by Davalynn Spencer, The Lumberjack's Bride by Pam Hillman, Dog Days of Summer Bride by Margaret Brownley, and The Sunbonnet Bride by Michelle Ule.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I did a double take when I saw the title and authors of this book, and sure enough I have read and loved these stories. These stories were previously published as The 12 Brides of Summer Collection #1-#4 at about $2.99 each or the amazon collection of all four books is 4 x 2.99= $11.96... a bit cheaper to buy these stories separate but more convenient to have them all now in one book selling on amazon right now at $14.99 I think. Lovely stories! Worthwhile no matter how you buy them :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hillary Cummings

    Great, heartwarming stories! Great, heartwarming stories! I love the length too. One is a perfect companion to day of traveling by plane or an afternoon spent at a park or coffee shop. This is a great choice for anyone who doesn't have too much time and likes a good, clean romance. Great, heartwarming stories! Great, heartwarming stories! I love the length too. One is a perfect companion to day of traveling by plane or an afternoon spent at a park or coffee shop. This is a great choice for anyone who doesn't have too much time and likes a good, clean romance.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Another wonderful set of perfectly sweet historical western romances! This whole 12 book series is amazing and filled with favorite authors and a few new to me authors! I highly recommend this entire series!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dali Castillo

    An Entertaining Collaboration The 12 Brides of Summer Collection is comprised of twelve novellas. It is an entertaining collaboration by some wonderful authors which you are sure to enjoy. ***I received a copy of this book via NetGalley. All comments and opinions are my own.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lamar

    Great set of stories and I have found myself liking all twelve of them as I was amazed and inspired, will pass on to friends!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Marg

    Some of the stories were awesome, but some were slow and seems to drag on.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Farrell

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily Allen

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