Sewing Sisters Society: Novella Collection by Ruth Logan Herne ~ Review


The Pastor Takes a Wife

Macy Evers comes to Second Chance, South Dakota in hopes of starting anew, leaving her secret on the Preacher's doorstep.

Reverend Will Barber is a single father with secrets of his own, he comes to admire the woman who has charmed his young daughter and the young child in his care. But after one act of mercy his past is revealed, and he must decide what to do when he finds that Macy isn't all that she appears.

Macy is looking for a new start, she doesn't want to start out her new life on a dishonest foot, so she does what she can to tell the truth without revealing everything. Macy is befriended by Hattie McGillicuddy, a straightforward woman who can't bear foolishness, and who also invites Macy to work for her in her shop. I admired Macy for her sacrificial choice, and her deep love for the ones closest to her, she is serious about starting over and chooses against the more obvious shortcuts.

Will is a dedicated father, and enjoys his life as a preacher in Second Chance. He has his secrets, but chooses to help others rather than to save his own secret.

Overall, I enjoyed this start to a novella series, Hattie McGillicuddy was my favorite, and I have a feeling that she will be popping up more in the upcoming installments! A touching western romance, with great characters, adorable children, and a hopeful small-town setting.

Second Chance Christmas

After Macy's marriage, Hattie McGillicuddy is in need of more help for her sewing shop. So she advertises and in answer to her advert Nellie Bausch comes to Second Chance.

Nellie left her last job working in a dressmaker's shop in disgrace after being wrongly accused of theft. But is the small town of Second Chance ready for the high fashion of the big city?

Levi carries alot of responsibility on his broad shoulders, he runs the foundry and wagon shop, while his three sisters work the dairy farm. Since their father's death all of the siblings have taken on a lot of work, and when he sees Nellie and her beautiful dresses, he asks her to make new clothing for his sisters in time for Christmas.

Levi is a serious man who bears the weight of a lot of responsibility, he admires Nellie's way of bringing beauty to small things with little touches. He loves his sisters, and wants them not feel so burdened by their work.

Nellie sees past the rough exterior to see the promise of a better life in Second Chance, I liked her optimistic attitude and the way that she keeps encouraging Levi to not take things so seriously and smile more.

Overall a great read, full of hope, and a likable optimistic heroine. This book also sets up well for the next installment, with the arrival of Levi's cousin Sol, who encourages him to dig back into his faith. Hopeful, and totally enjoyable, as Hattie works her matchmaking skills.

Second Chance Love

Sol Eichas left everything behind in Minnesota to start over working for his cousin Levi, and now that everything is going well he decides to finally send for his children.

Ann Hazel lost everything on a stormy night on the water,she needs a new start so she takes the job helping Hattie at her sewing shop sewing hems. Ann wants to stay in her sadness, but finds herself helping Sol with his newly arrived children. The children take to Ann instantly, and she finds herself helping them more and more. Ann struggles with her sadness, but the children force her to break from her lonely routines to and see the beauty of the world around her.

A sweet and touching read to round off the novella collection, Sol and Ann have both experienced huge losses and I like how Sol and Hattie encourage Ann to look again at her faith. This was a good conclusion to the series and sets up wonderfully for the companion series that is coming soon.

A fantastic series of Inspirational Historical Western Romances, full of hope, new opportunities, and love with the help of matchmaker and sewing shop owner Hattie McGillicuddy.

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