Calico Brides by Darlene Franklin
Publisher: Barbour Books
Series: Romancing America
Goodreads Summary: Determined to sow good deeds into the lives of needy people, the four youngest members of the 1876 Calico, Kansas, sewing circle reap romance. Gladys Polson, designing to aid a crotchety widower, falls for a stranger. Annie Bliss, knitting for soldiers, has a fort chaplain on pins and needles. Birdy Landry, sewing dresses for saloon girls looking for a new life, has her feathers ruffled by a beneficent shopkeeper. Schoolteacher Ruth Fairfield is about to teach a new guardian a few lessons in life and love. Will God stitch forever-after romances into the lives of these four women?
This is the story of four friends who each take on a “project” to help a person in need. The book tells the short story of each of them as they do their good deeds.
What I liked: The stories where interesting and I liked all the characters. I also liked how all the stories where tied together and each story followed the other so it felt more like one book then four short stories.
What I did not like: Being short stories I know that the development of each of the separate stories is not going to be as in depth as a full length novel but I felt the romance of each of the stories could have been better. The couples would know each other a very short time and it just felt like they needed just a little more time to make it feel believable.
Over all this was a good addition to the Romancing America line and I really liked how all the stories tied together and the unique plot of each individual story. I just wish the romance could have had a little more development and not felt so rushed.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a free copy of this ebook from the publisher through NetGalley to review it. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.