Friday, August 28, 2015

"With This Spark" historical collection of novellas by the Seekers of Seekerville

The Seekers of Seekerville have put together another lovely collection of historical novellas.

With This Spark"Texas Tea" by Mary Connealy: Connealy returns to her original Lassoed in Texas series to look in on Luke, the youngest of the five Reeves boys (not including the children that were born after) from Calico Canyon and Libby, Hannah's little sister/daughter (don't worry--it gets explained) from Gingham Mountain. Being as these were some of the first books I read by the author, I enjoyed catching up on what happens to the kids as they grow up.

"The Pastor Takes a Wife" by Ruth Logan Herne: I really liked Hattie, the seamstress who hires Macy, even knowing that Macy knows little about sewing. That woman is gem and positively steals the show. Well, she and Chickie, the pastor's daughter, who's an awfully cute little bugger.  For any woman who has had or ever desired a child, this one will have quite the emotional tug.*

"Castaway with the Cowboy" by Pam Hillman: There's a touch of Swiss Family Robinson and The Black Stallion in this island romance! Though taking place in the Caribbean, it has a very western feel, what with the cowboy title character.

"Lifetime Investment" by Myra Johnson: This one stands out in that its main characters are newlyweds rather than first falling in love. And, as is the case for most newlyweds, happily ever after is a little rocky after all. Just about anyone who's ever been married can relate--finding that balance of when to give and when to take, learning to compromise, and, maybe biggest of all, communication.

Overall, it could do with another edit through for some grammatical issues and unclear sentences, but the stories are an enjoyable collection of westerns. "The Pastor Takes a Wife" wins for emotional impact, while "Texas Tea" has the most humor. "Castaway with the Cowboy" has the most creative storyline, and "Lifetime Investment" is the most relatable.

*Note: the story of Moses is in Exodus, not Genesis

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