Friday, November 11, 2016

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

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About the Book

Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?
My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this collection of novellas - they were all light-hearted and a nice break from reality. As usual, I am going to give a short review on each story in this collection and then give my overall thoughts. 

Requilted with Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels: 
I enjoyed this story that was about moving on from the past. However, I didn't like the insta-love between the man characters. It was interesting to find out more about "ballooning" and state fairs. 3/5 Stars. 

Seven Medals and a Bride by Angela Breidenbach: 
This was another cute story, however it skipped ahead to muh and I found myself lost several times. I also didn't like the constant tension between Luke and Bettina, however I did like how it was eventually resolved. 2.75/5 Stars 

A Taste of Honey by Darlene Franklin: 
I really liked how honey was at the center of the story. I thought that Grant and Edith were an adorable couple, although I felt like he was too gruff at times. 3/5 Stars 

Altered Hearts by Gina Welborn: 
This was another cute lighthearted story. I liked how both Luke and Reba were stubborn and had some lessons to learn along the way. I felt sorry for Reba because he mother was a pill! 3.5/5 Stars 

Better with Butter by Jennifer AlLee: 
I really enjoyed the Romeo and Juleit elements in this story. I loved the tension between the two characters. I was hooked from beginning to end. 4/5 Stars. 

Driven to Distraction by Becca Whitham: 
I found the prologue confusing but otherwise it was a cute story. However, I felt like Jolene didn't really have much of a personality. But I still enjoyed this story, especially since I have never heard of auto polo before. 3/5 Stars. 

First Comes Pie by Niki Turner: 
I really enjoyed this novella, however the scene that was added as the climax seemed to be thrown in to add more tension to the story. I loved Lorelei, she had such a spunky personality and I loved her reason for being so dedicated to making the best apple pie. 3.5/5 Stars. 

Front Page Love by Tiffany Amber Stockton: 
This story was alright, again I didn't like the insta-love between the two charaters. However I did like they they eventually to the time to get to know each other. I do wish that the characters had been developed a bit more. 2.75/5 Stars. 

Competing Hearts by Cynthia Hickey: 
Again, this was a cute story. I loved how both Annie Mae and Jonathan had issues they had to work through over the course of the novel. I loved the last chapter of this novella 0 I felt like it was the cherry-on-top for this whole collection. 4/5 Stars. 

As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed this collection of stories. Most of the authors were new to me and I enjoyed getting a taste of some different voices. I can't wait to read other works by each of these authors. I am giving this collection 4/5 Stars because I enjoyed all of the stories, even though I had few issues with some of them. 

About the Authors

Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in God—a theme that carries throughout her stories. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and RWA’s Faith, Hope and Love Chapter. When she’s not spinning tales, she enjoys board games with friends, movies, and breaking into song for no particular reason. Jennifer lives with her family in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Please visit her at
Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author, host of Grace Under Pressure Radio, and the Christian Author Network’s president. And yes, she’s half of the fun fe-lion comedy duo, Muse and Writer, on social media.
Note from Angela: “I love hearing from readers and enjoy book club chats. To drop me a note or set up a book club chat, contact me at Let me know if you’d like me to post a quote from your review of this story. If you send me the link and your social media handle, I’ll post it to my social media with a word of gratitude including your name and/or social media handle, too!”
For more about Angela’s books (especially more Montana-inspired romances) and podcast, or to set up a book club chat, please visit her website:
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Bestselling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online at
Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of storytellers and moved around the country a lot as an army brat. Her desire is to write about real, but flawed characters in a wholesome way that her seven children and five grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia is a full-time writer.
Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!
TIFFANY AMBER STOCKTON has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today she is an award-winning author, speaker, social media consultant, and a freelance website designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son and a vivacious Flat-coated retriever named Roxie. Her writing career began as a columnist for her high school and college newspapers. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Historical Romance Writers. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards, and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for the Heartsong Presents book club. You can read more about her at her website.
Niki Turner is a novelist, journalist, and blogger. Her first completed manuscript earned second place in the Touched By Love 2009 contemporary category romance contest. She writes for local newspapers and won second place for best agriculture story at the 2013 Colo­rado Press Association annual convention. She is a coblogger at Niki is the president of the Western Slope chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Connect with Niki on Facebook or Twitter, and visit her website for information on her other books:
ECPA- bestselling author Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. Sharing her husband’s love for the premier American sportscar, she is a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn’t realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Find her online at!
Becca Whitham (WIT-um) is a multi-published author who has always loved reading and writing stories. After raising two children, she and her husband faced the empty nest years by following their dreams: he joined the army as a chaplain, and she began her journey toward publication. Becca loves to tell stories marrying real historical events with modern-day applications to inspire readers to live Christ-reflecting lives. She’s traveled to almost every state in the U.S. for speaking and singing engagements and has lived in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Alaska.  She can be reached through her website at

Guest Post from Carrie Fancett Pagels

Welcome to the Celebrate Lit Blog Hop!!!
Carrie Fancett Pagels
Gina Welborn is the brainchild of this collection. The majority of the authors had participated in another collection with her and she got the notion of doing a fair-themed collection set at either state fairs or county fairs and the heroine going for the Blue Ribbon! We all agreed that it sounded like great fun! So Gina threw out the idea to us and we each picked the state we wanted and then the type of Blue Ribbon activity our heroines would have. Fortunately, we all chose different things!
Why I wrote “Requilted with Love” for the collection:
I am from Michigan, so I immediately thought of the Michigan State Fair. And when I go to the fair, I love to go to the Quilting Pavillions and my mother was an excellent quilter so I grew up sleeping under beautiful quilts and have many of my own that she made. For my novella, “Requilted with Love,” I got the idea of having a wedding quilt requilted with appliqués because my mother had made me a gorgeous wedding ring quilt for my first engagement. When we broke up, she held onto it. Later I told her, Mom, I’m not getting married – how about you just send it on to me, and she did. Then when Jeff and I got married, she made us a beautiful appliquéd quilt. I put those two together, so that my heroine, Sarah Richmond, whose first two fiancés died, has requilted atop the wedding ring quilt and is trying to win the Blue Ribbon as a vehicle to promote her wish for better medical care in upper Michigan, where she is from. Gina had suggested I include a balloonist, thinking that would be a fun addition at the fair. So Grant, my hero, is a balloonist who is also an engineer – but Sarah is confused by his uniform and thinks he is a state fair groundskeeper!

Blog Stops

November 1: Simple Harvest Reads
November 2: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
November 3: Bibliophile Reviews
November 3: Smiling Book Reviews
November 5: A Greater Yes
November 6: Artistic nobody
November 7: cherylbbookblog
November 8: Jeanette’s Thoughts
November 9: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner (Spotlight)
November 9: inklings and notions
November 10: Lighthouse Academy
November 11: The Scribbler
November 12: Karen’s Krayons
November 13: Daysong Reflections
November 14: Splashes of Joy
November 14: Blogging With Carol


To celebrate their tour, The Blue Ribbon Brides authors are giving away an award winning themed basket that included a quilt and an Amazon Kindle Fire!
Be sure to comment on this blog post below. If we have ten commentors (not including the authors), I will be picking one person to win a book!


  1. Thank you for taking the time to review each story and for your participation in the blog hop! I've been following along and have enjoyed each bloggers take on the books. Sounds like one I'd want on my shelf :-)

    1. Thanks for coming by, Trixi! I think you deserve a copy for commenting on each hop! Many blessings!

  2. Excellent review! I ADORE these collections. Sounds like one for the keeper shelf!

    1. I love reading these collections and writing! The novellas are, of course, going to have a quicker romance than a novel. Hugs!

  3. Beautiful review! This was an awesome book by nine great authors! Please don't include me in the contest.

    1. Regina, you're such a God-sent blessing to me! Thanks for hopping by!

  4. I'm looking forward to reading this collection from authors whose stories I always enjoy reading.

  5. Thank you for hosting us on your blog! blessings!

  6. A great review! These nine novellas were great!! Written by nine talented and amazing authors!!

  7. I love these collections and so many terrific authors participating in this book . Hope to get to read it soon!

  8. I am looking forward to this collection. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I'm looking forward to reading this collection of stories. I will be introduced to some new to me authors. I'm really surprised that more people aren't leaving comments on these blogs. Thanks for all of these reviews and giveaways! I love reading Christian fiction.