Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review: Sincerely Yours by Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, & Ann Shorey (Revell Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Title: Sincerely Yours
Author: Jane Kirkpatrick, Amanda Cabot, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Ann Shorey
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2204-3
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014

Synopsis:
Four unexpected letters. Four intrepid women. Four lives changed forever.

Spanning a century and a continent, these romantic novellas will lead you on a journey through the landscape of love. Four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote hospital, you'll be swept into the lives of women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes
Camilla Renfrew is a highborn English lady fleeing false accusations when she runs smack into love on a steamboat bound for the new Erie Canal. But can this unexpected attraction survive the treacherous journey?

Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey
Marigold Montgomery Bentley writes marriage advice for Kipler's Home Weekly even though she is single. Everyone assumes from the initials that "M. M." is a man. When the editor asks to meet Mr. Bentley, can Merrie come up with a ruse to keep her writing job?

One Little Word by Amanda Cabot
Lorraine Caldwell will lose her family fortune to a reckless cousin if she doesn't marry quickly. When she learns her long-lost brother is alive, she hopes she's found the answer to her problems. What she finds instead is a mysterious carousel carver who turns her life upside down.

A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick
Grace Hathaway must rescue a dear friend from a remote and notorious clinic that promises healing but delivers only heartache. In a place laced with deceit, where lives hang in the balance, whom can she trust to help her?

Review:
Novellas are such fun books! Whenever you're in the mood for a little more of a lighter story or you want to sample several authors, this type of book is perfect. It's also a good way to be introduced to new authors. I have read a couple of books from two of the authors in Sincerely Yours and I was excited to read from the two new to me authors.

Since this book was a combination of four short stories, I'm going to keep it short, so nothing is given away. Each one of these stories was a delight to sit down and read. I could easily read a story in one sitting. I loved the history that the authors included. We were able to get a look into the early times of steam ships on the northern rivers, then carousel carving and building, and then on to published journal writing, oh, how times have changed in articles published! Then last, to a medical treatment center and some questionable medical practices. The first three stories by Amanda Cabot, Ann Shorey, and Laurie Alice Eakes focused more on sweet romances, while the fourth story, by Jane Kirkpatrick, did have a sweet romance to it, also had a bit of mystery. 

These fourth authors were a wonderful combination for this novella. Even though they all had different styles, they flowed together well and made me anticipate to what the next story brought.

Too Read
4 out of 5

About the Authors:
Jane Kirkpatrick is the award-winning author of many novels, including A Flickering Light. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and lives in Oregon. Visit www.jkbooks.com for more.

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. She lives in Wyoming. Visit www.amandacabot.com for more.

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of The Midwives series and The Daughters of Bainbridge House series. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband. Visit www.lauriealiceeakes.com for more.


Ann Shorey is the author of the At Home in Beldon Grove series and the Sisters at Heart series. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon. Visit www.annshorey.com for more.








Giveaway:

Author Jane Kirkpatrick is hosting a giveaway on her blog. Just click on the link and it will direct you to the page you need to go to! Check out the fun that is going on in honor of Sincerely Yours! http://janeswordsofencouragement.blogspot.com/


Thank you to the Revell Reads Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

4 comments:

Ann Shorey said...

Thank you for the lovely review, Kate!
Many blessings,
Ann Shorey

Kate said...

Hi Ann, You're welcome. Sincerely Yours was a sweet book to read. :-)

Amanda Cabot said...

Kate -- Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review Sincerely Yours. I'm delighted that you enjoyed our stories.

Kate said...

Hi Amanda! Thank you so much for stopping by! :-) I was happy to read and review it. All the stories were fun.