Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sincerely Yours - A Novella Collection

In this collection of brand-new historical novellas from four outstanding storytellers, four young women find their lives altered after each receives a letter that sets her on a new path toward a changed life--and perhaps lifelong love. From a Hudson River steamboat to a lush drawing room, from a carousel carver's workshop to a remote and controversial hospital, readers will love being swept into the lives of four young women who are making their way in the world and finding love where they least expect it.

I LOVE Novellas!  

I read a lot of books, most of which are novels, that work very hard to engage your whole brain as you make your way through meeting the characters, getting lost in their problem, and then going with them through the climax of the story to the ending.  Sometimes, though, when you read a lot of deep and intricate plot lines, your brain needs a break.  You just want a nice, light story that doesn't make you think overly hard.  A story that makes you smile and maybe, hopefully, even laugh.  

I am happy to say that the Sincerely Yours Novella Collection does exactly that.  The first story made me laugh at the spunkiness of the heroine on the second page.  Gotta love a gal with gumption! :-)  The story about the Carousel carver made you want to see the finished carousel so bad, and I literally busted a gut as our heroine tried to prove she was worth something by attempting to cook and do the laundry for a hotel.  The second story gave you insight into the world of writing in the late 1800's or early 1900's, and I think I enjoyed the author's note at the end as much as I did the story.  The fourth story was simply fascinating.  It was not necessarily a funny, make-me-laugh kind of story, but it took a true story and gave a twist to it that brought characters to life.

Absolutely loved this collection of stories.  These are quick reads (I think I finished it in about a day and a half), but the stories are excellent!  l highly recommend.

I also wanted to let you know of a give-a-way being done by one of the authors, Jane Kirkpatrick.  Her blog, http://janeswordsofencouragement.blogspot.com/, gives you some behind the scenes on one of the stories as well as a chance to win a pen and stationary gift set!  Check it out.

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  1. Karen -- Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review Sincerely Yours. I'm delighted that yu enjoyed our stories.

  2. Karen, I'm late catching up on the reviews, but I "Sincerely" thank you for your lovely review of Sincerely Yours. So glad you enjoyed our stories!