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Bethany House Book Review: “With This Ring?” by Various Authors

 

“With This Ring?” By Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears

A Novella collection of Proposals gone awry.

Review copy source: Bethany House Book Program

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

About the Book:

Sometimes Love is Found in the Most Unexpected Places!

Love isn’t always a fairy tale, and it doesn’t always go as planned. Sometimes the best stories, though, are the ones that are the most unexpected. Join Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears for novellas that celebrate the power of love to triumph . . . even when circumstances go awry!

“The Husband Maneuver”
When ranch foreman Daniel Barrett seems ready to leave her life forever, Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins on their relationship. But to have any hope of maneuvering him into a proposal, she has to act fast or risk losing him completely.

“Her Dearly Unintended”
Josiah Huckabee just wanted to make sure Katie Ellen Watson was safe, but when the only bridge to her farm is washed out, the two find themselves alone. Alone, that is, until a menacing stranger appears. Maybe by pretending to be newlyweds, they’ll save their reputations–but can pretending to be in love turn into the real thing?

“Runaway Bride”
Hired to help Carrie Halsey escape from a dangerous man intent on making her his wife, Big John Conroy never expected the job to interrupt his solitary Texas Ranger life. But now that he’s promised to keep Carrie safe, he discovers he may just want to make a few more promises.

“Engaging the Competition”
Harrison Gray and tomboy Charlotte Andrews have been rivals for years. With Charlotte intended for someone else, it seems they’ll never settle their differences until an accident changes things completely. When Charlotte breaks Harrison’s glasses–without which he’s nearly blind–she must help with his teaching position, and working together forces these former adversaries to reconsider everything.

My Thoughts:

1st Novella “The Husband Maneuver”:
This was pretty cute and entertaining. It started off with a piece of a dime novel which was endearing to the story, and the whole tale just felt very much like a dime-novel western and was fun. As I said, I think this was a cute story, though there was an awful lot of physical contact – just hugging and kissing, but it got pretty ‘heated’ at times.
There was also no faith-strand, just so you’re aware.  It was entirely a fluffy romance, which isn’t necessarily bad, but if you’re expecting more than that, this novella doesn’t contain it.
2nd Novella “Her Dearly Unintended”:
Another endearing story! I quite liked Josiah and found him a very strong and enjoyable character. Katie Ellen sometimes got on my nerves with her extreme stubborness, but she was still a good character, and their story was a fun one.
The danger and adventure presented in this story was rather exciting too. :)
3rd Novella “Runaway Bride”:
This was probably my favourite thus far. I was truthfully unsure what I’d think about it, having never known much about the author, but it was such a good story! I loved the characters so very much and the entire tale was lovely and exciting and fun. I would’ve enjoyed for it to have been a full-length novel! :)
4th Novella “Engaging the Competition”:
Another favourite! I really like Mrs. Jagears and so I figured I would like this novella and I was most certainly correct! The characters were well-rounded, the dialog realistic, and the plot full and complete.  This one probably had the most depth of each of the four novella’s, which I definitely appreciated.
Harrison was splendid and despite her sometimes stubborness, I liked Charlie (Charlotte) quite a lot – she had a story.
All in all, these tales were very like-able and I’m so glad to have read them! Being romances, there was a great deal of kissing going on in each of them, but they were still sweet, and I enjoyed each story. :)
I received a complimentary copy from the publishers in exchange for my honest review which I have given.
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I am a 22 year old homeschool graduate who is passionately in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love writing, reading, knife/tomahawk-throwing, and letter-writing, among other things. :)

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