A Bouquet of Brides: Romance Collection by Mary Davis, Kathleen E. Kovach, Paula Moldenhauer, Susanne Norquist, Donita K. Paul, Donna Schlachter, Pegg Thomas ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

In this new novella collection, each of these women have a flower name and find love.

Holly and Ivy
Holly accompanies her sister Ivy to try and dissuade her sister from marrying a man that she hasn't met, on a train ride to meet Ivy's mail-order groom. Rancher Nick sees them being harassed on the train and sits beside them, and gives them a place to stay when Ivy's intended doesn't show up.  Nick is kind and protective.
Will they find love on the range?

Periwinkle in the Park
Peri loves the beauty of God's creation and wants to share it with others, which is why she works as a trail guide at Estes Park and wants it to be protected as a National Park. While Clay is a rancher and hunter, and doesn't like the idea of a National Park, when he comes across Peri with a sprained ankle he helps her out, and challenges her to come hunting with him to see his side of the conflict. Clay is a good man, and he shares Peri's love of God's creation though expressed a little differently.

At Home with Daffodils
Dilly works with her mother in the general store, she is protective of her nephew who is often a target of town bullies. When a childhood friend from the past steps up to help her nephew, she is surprised as she has been awaiting his return for years. Will Dilly and Jace get a second chance at love?

A Song for Rose
This story was one of my favorites, with humor, great characters, and excellent dialog. Rose dreams of the opera and being a star, while Patrick wants to protect her from the dangers and disappointments of life on the stage. Patrick is the manager of the opera house, so he knows firsthand what it is like. Rose is determined and knows how to care for herself, she is resourceful and he likes the challenge of learning her ways. Rose comes from a big family that welcomes Patrick. Will they be able to find common ground for love to grow?

The Beauty of Tansy 
When Tansy's uncle dies, her aunt sells the farm and buys a store in Pierre, SD. Much of the work falls to Tansy to make the disheveled store presentable. Art owns the store next door, he makes furniture and musical instruments. Art rushes to her rescue when he hears a crash, and helps her to the doctor. Art helps Tansy with the store, and helps her come out of her shell.

A Prickly Affair
Lily and Peter are an unlikely pair. Lily runs her own ranch in Arizona, and writes romance novels for a New York magazine under a pen name. Peter is a City Slicker sent by his uncle to convince Lily to come to New York. Peter doesn't understand right away the beauty that she finds in life on the range, but he determined to get to know the woman behind the stories.

In Sheeps Clothing
This story is probably the most different, set in 1702 during the Wool Act that restricted colonists from selling wool outside their own colony. Yarrow is a skilled spinner and weaver, and she must turn to secretly selling it through a peddler to her customers. Peter is training to be a master fuller, he admires Yarrow's skill, and he encourages her to teach other ladies her skills to help her earn a legal income and it give him better cloth to work with.

I loved the variety of this collection, full of strong women, and the good men who love them.

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