Book Review: To Have and To Hold – Multi-author book set

to-have-and-to-hold-multiauthorThis 3-in-1 novella set has just what the romance reader needs while on the go. In my case I was going to the beach for some sunshine, bike rides, tasty seafood, etc.  However, the remnants of tropical storm Julia decided to dump about 8 to 12 inches of rain in three days which basically left me in a hotel room reading to my hearts content.  Needless to say, I polished off this set in no time.  Here is my synopsis/review:

Love Takes The Cake by Betsy St. Amant features bakery owner, Charlotte, who has a crush on regular customer, Will.  But Will is buying cookies for another woman and Charlotte is not the kind of woman to compete.  When an order for a bridezilla throws Charlotte and Will together more often, the chemistry builds, but why won’t Will tell her about the ‘other woman?’  Sweet romance that had me wanting to go buy some snickerdoodles and snuggle up with my sweetheart.

The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert is about florist, Amelia, and her unexpected encounter with Nate, a groomsman at her ex-fiance’s wedding.  An insurance claim starts the conversation, but this romances is love by letter, or in this case, e-mail.  This was probably my favorite out of the series as it had anecdotes about some of my favorite classic movies and even a little Jane Austin thrown into the correspondence which I found clever and witty in relation to what was occurring in the story.  I will add more of Katie Ganshert’s books to my reading list for the future.

Love in the Details by Becky WadeLove in the Details by Becky Wade is why I picked up this book, but I was disappointed to find I had already read this story as a stand-alone earlier in the year.  Still, this is Becky Wade, who has thrilled me with her other books, so it was no problem rereading Holly and Josh’s story.  Highschool sweethearts, Holly and Josh, know they are the love of each other’s lives.  But college, and some parental prodding, forces Holly to break off her relationship with Josh.  Josh returns to Martinsburg for a wedding and runs into Holly.  He is polite, but anger and mistrust leave him guarded.  Holly longs to tell him the truth…she’s never stopped loving him and she gave him up so he could be successful.  But, what is success if your heart is empty of the love that gave it joy?  Josh loves Holly, but hurt and unforgiveness keep his emotions in check.  Can he trust God enough to realize that he and Holly have been given a second chance?  This is the story that prompted me to start binge reading all of Becky Wade’s books.  Now I’m patiently waiting…okay, not so patiently waiting for more of her stories.

So all three contemporary, faith-filled romance novellas were easy, feel good reads which I devoured while on vacation at the beach.  I enjoy sets like this as it gives me the opportunity to try new authors like Betsy St. Amant and Katie ganshert, who will find their books added to my TBR shelf.  I did receive this set from Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

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