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The Backcountry Brides Novella Collection ~ My review



 Angela K CouchDebra E MarvinShannon McNearGabrielle Meyer Carrie Fancett Pagels ,Jennifer Hudson Taylor Pegg Thomas Denise Weimer 


Review copy from author Debra E. Marvin – thank you!!


My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars





Love on Colonial America’s Frontier

Travel into Colonial America where eight women seek love, but they each know a future husband requires the necessary skills to survive in the backcountry. Living in areas exposed to nature’s ferocity, prone to Indian attack, and cut off from regular supplies, can hearts overcome the dangers to find lasting love?

Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1754 – Great Wagon Road, into the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia)
As the French-Indian War commences, Magda Sehler wonders if Jacob Owens lost his mind to have abandoned his Philadelphia business and moved to the Shenandoah Valley. Or has he lost his heart?

Heart of Nantahala by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
1757 – (North Carolina)
Joseph Gregory plans to buy a lumber mill, but Mabel Walker becomes a formidable opponent. When she’s forced to make a painful decision, she must choose between survival and love.

Her Redcoat by Pegg Thomas
1763 – Fort Michilimackinac (Michigan) during Pontiac’s Rebellion
Laurette Pettigrew grew up in the northern frontier. Henry Bedlow arrived against his will. Their chance meeting changes everything. Will a deadly clash of cultures keep them from finding happiness?

A Heart So Tender by Debra E. Marvin
1764 – (New York)
As thousands of Native warriors converge on Fort Niagara, jaded British Lieutenant Archibald Walsh and idealistic schoolmistress Susannah Kimball learn the greatest risk lies in guarding their hearts.

A Worthy Groom by Angela K. Couch
1771 – Sapling Grove settlement on the Holston River (Tennessee)
The Cowden temper has been Marcus’s lifelong bane. A trait Lorinda Cowden curses. Now, winning the heart of his bride hinges on fighting a war without raising a fist.

Across Three Autumns by Denise Weimer
1778-1780 – (Georgia)
Fighting Loyalists and Indians, Jenny White settles for strength over love . . .until Scottish scout Caylan McIntosh leads her family on a harrowing exodus out of Georgia’s Revolutionary “Hornet’s Nest.”

The Counterfeit Tory by Shannon McNear
1781 – (South Carolina)
Tasked with infiltrating an infamous Tory gang, Jed Wheeler has no wish to endanger the leader’s cousin, Lizzy Cunningham. He risks not only his life. . .but his heart.

Love’s Undoing by Gabrielle Meyer
1792 – Fur Post on the Upper Mississippi River (Minnesota)
When Englishman Henry Kingsley meets Abi McCrea, the daughter of a Scottish fur trader and Indian mother, will their worlds keep them apart, or have they finally found somewhere they truly belong?



My Review:

I love how beautiful these Novella Collections are! I own several and have found they make beautiful decorations ;)
But besides being beautiful on the outside, they are lovely on the inside too – particularly this collection! Below are my reviews for the ones I’ve read so far, and I will add the rest to goodreads as I read them! :)
Shenendoah Hearts by Carrie Facet Pagels 
The beginning was interesting, and it seems like I’d like the characters, but as I continued to read, I had a hard time connecting to the story. I felt like it jumped around a lot, but that could very well just be me. So while I didn’t connect to this story, I don’t think that means others won’t – it could’ve been the mood I was in, timing, etc. and I may revisit the story in the future. :)
Her Redcoat by Pegg Thomas  
Giving vivid imagery and character-depth, it was easy to fall right into the pages of this short story. We’re at once sympathetic to Laurette and her dislike of being alone after her father’s instruction to keep her safe, and how can you not like Henry’s noble-spirit? He’s a gentlemen for certain. Watching their relationship begin and grow was delightful. I also liked seeing Laurette’s relationship with her Indian friends, and how that influenced her too, in good ways. And yet how she felt she didn’t belong there either – for she worshipped the One True God.
I would’ve liked a bit more scenes for the end – a lengthier ending, but I do understand that it is a novella, and they can’t be full-sized novels no matter what I say. ;)
A Heart So Tender by Debra Marvin: 
This was a sweet novella! The hero, Arch Waters kind of gave off a slight “Mr Thornton” (played by Richard Armitage of course) feel – can’t complain there ;) I very much liked heroine Susannah. She really had such a sweet and caring heart and attitude. The romance was a pretty quick one without a lot of in-between moments, but I wanted the two together, so again – I am not complaining. Arch needed a woman like Susannah to soften him up, and she needed someone like Arch to lead, guide, and protect her. A lovely match indeed!
Being a novella, there were parts that could’ve been expounded on but are easily understandable as it is. If you’ve read any of my reviews, you’ll know I love a good, long, indepth story, but this novella was well-written, and I enjoyed it!
Loves Undoing by Gabrielle Meyer  
Really enjoyed this story! I loved that it was set in Minnesota. :) And in Winter.   In reading it, you could almost feel the winter wind knocking at the door. Each character was well constructed and portrayed in this small novella, and relatable. I was impressed with everything that occurred smoothly in a short amount of time. There was definitely a moment or two where there was a little tension, but that’s the good thing about novella’s – you know it’ll be resolved sooner than a normal novel. :D
A good conclusion to this collection.


I am a peculiar treasure 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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