Three worthy women embrace their communities’ values and find true love in these sweet novellas. Beckstrand (the Honeybee Sisters series) spices up “The Reluctant Groom” with humor as Suvie hangs her hopes on widower Aaron and convinces his mischievous great-grandmother Anna to assist in matchmaking. Anna, a notoriously awful cook, is delighted: “They’d mix like oil and vinegar, raisins and meatloaf, peanut butter and maple syrup.” Stilted dialogue slows the pace in Jebber’s (Two Suitors for Anna) “Joshua’s Bride” (“I enjoy helping the doctor. To me, medical care is interesting. It’s rewarding to take part in helping the injured or sick. I admire nurses”), but lovers of the genre will be satisfied as Madeline finds joy by staying true to her beliefs, refusing to marry Joshua against his parents’ wishes, and praying for God’s intervention. Sparks fly in Lillard’s (Courting Emily) delightful “A Summer Wedding in Paradise,” which features a spunky schoolteacher heroine, a handsome outsider with a runaway horse and “dastardly dimples,” and three impish children determined to see their old-maid aunt married. Readers need not be fans of Amish romance to enjoy this final story’s wit and chemistry. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/24/2017 Release date: 05/30/2017 Genre: Fiction
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