Today's review is on The Texas Brides Collection by several authors.
Since the book is made up of 9 different stories, I am going to do a mini review on each of them and then conclude with what I though of the collection as a whole.
Serena's Strength by Diann Mills:
This was a sweet, predictable story. I liked the heroine, Serena and how she was developed. However, I felt like the romance was rushed, and that the climax was predictable. However, because it kept my attention I am giving it 3/5 Stars.
The Reluctant Fugitive by Darlene Mindrup:
I was not epecting that first plot twist even though it is kind of the basis for the story, unfortunately I cannot say what it is becuase it is a spoiler. Again, the story was short and sweet, and somewhat redictable except for a couple of plot twists that I was not expecting at all (especially at the end). However, there seemed to be several grammatical errors so I am only giving it 3/5 Stars.
Saving Grace by Kathleen Y'Barbo:
This was a nice, sweet story, but it was predictable, therefore I am giving it 3/5 Stars.
An Inconvenient Gamble by Michelle Ule:
This story had several surprises along the way, even though the ending was predictable. I am giving it 4/5 Stars because it surprised me.
Angel in Disguise by Darlene Franklin:
This story was okay, but I felt like it was the worst one in the whole collection. There wasn't much romance until the last 10 pages. The story was a little bit too far-fetched, but it was still interesting.
I am giving it 2/5 Stars because it was just okay.
Reuben's Atonement by Lynette Sowell:
This was another nice, sweet story. It was also predictable. However, it was a good reminder that I cannot earn my salvation and that I have already been saved and cleansed by the blood of Christ. I am giving it 3/5 Stars.
The Peacemaker by Diann Mills :
The second story by this author in the collection. I liked how it was linked to the Reubens Atonement, as it is Colt's story (Reuben's younger brother). It was cute, but it was predictable and the roamnce felt kind of rushed. I am giving it 3/5 Stars.
Outlaw Sheriff by Kathleen Y'Barbo:
This is also the author's second story in this collection. It is linked to the previous two stories because it is Caleb Wilson's story (brother of Reuben and Colt). It was an interesting concept, but it was kind of predictable. I liked how the author tied up all the loose ends so there were no questions left unanswered. However, the romance comes out of nowhere. I am giving it 3/5 Stars.
A Gamble on Love By Tamela Hancock Murray:
This story is linked to the previous three stories. It is Benjamin Wilson's story. It was a cute, sweet romance which was predictable, not much happens. I am giving 2.5/5 Stars.
Overall this whole collection was a nice read and the stories weren't cheesy. All of these authors were new to me, and I look forward to reading more of their works in the future. I liked how the last 4 stories were connected to each other. This is something one could read if they want something lighthearted or want to read something with more romance. I am giving the whole collection 3/5 Stars.
I will definitely read more of these collections put out by Barbour publishing, in fact I have another collection called The Log Cabin Christmas collection in my TBR pile at the moment.
P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know and I will check them out. :)