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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Jamie by Caroline Clemmons

Jamie (The Surprise Brides #1)Jamie by Caroline Clemmons
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jamie, by Caroline Clemmons, is the first book in the Series, The Surprise Brides.

5 Stars

This story takes place in Colorado in 1880.

The Surprise Brides is a set of four books, each written by a different author telling the story of one of four brothers and his “surprise” bride. This whole idea of my favorite authors coming together and collaborating on this multi-faceted story is exciting. From the prologue to the end of Jamie’s story there are tantalizing tidbits that spark the reader’s curiosity about this thrown-together family and builds anticipation for the next story.

Jamie is the oldest of the brothers and so to me his and Olivia’s story seemed to be the reasonable one to read first. Each book is a stand-alone story, but the way the stories naturally blend, you cannot read just one and stop.

Kind of like eating potato chips.



In the prologue we learn Fiona Fraser decided to take the problem of her poor, lonely, unmarried sons into her own hands and surprises each one with his very own mail order bride. You can imagine the ruckus when these unexpected wives-to-be arrive at the Fraser home and are presented to the four, self-reliant, independent Fraser men, none of which felt he needed a wife at this particular time in his life. Each of Fiona’s sons have good reason not to be happy with the situation his mother is forcing upon him.

Jamie has been married before and the only good thing to come out of that challenging union was his two beautiful but undisciplined children. Mama Fraser appears to be quite proud to announce that Olivia is a teacher in her introduction to her oldest son. Olivia will soon realize that between the scars Jamie suffers from his first experience with marriage and the unruly children her heart goes out to, that her work to make this marriage a happy and loving one will not be easy.

Olivia steps up to the challenge when her mother-in-law injures her leg and must take to her bed. As Olivia manages the household and makes progress with the children’s behavior, she falls in love with her new family and husband. She doesn’t realize her love and courage will be tested in a most severe way that could end in tragedy if she fails to protect all she holds dear.

Will Jamie recognize the blessing he received when Olivia entered his life? Will their marriage ever become the union they both long for? Will tragedy bring an end to their story?

All the questions are answered in this well-plotted and beautifully told story. I was captured from page one and my interest did not waver once throughout the story. This is a book for someone that enjoys stories of big families filled with big personalities lots of changes. I look forward to reading more of this family’s adventures.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015...

Jamie is the first book in the Series, Surprise Brides.
5 Stars
This story takes place in Colorado in 1880.
Surprise Brides is a set of four books, each written by a different author telling the story of one of four brothers and their “surprise” bride. This whole idea of my favorite authors coming together and collaborating on this multi-faceted story is exciting. From the prologue to the end of Jamie’s story there are tantalizing tidbits that spark the reader’s curiosity about this thrown together family and builds anticipation for the next story.

Jamie is the oldest of the brothers and so to me his and Olivia’s story seemed to be the reasonable one to read first. Each book is a standalone story, but the way the stories naturally blend, you cannot read just one and stop. Kind of like eating potato chips.

In the prologue we learn Fiona Fraser decided to take the problem of her poor, lonely, unmarried sons into her own hands and surprises each one with his very own mail order bride. You can imagine the ruckus when these unexpected wives-to-be arrive at the Fraser home and are presented to the four, self-reliant, independent Fraser men, none of which felt they need a wife at this particular time in their lives. Each of Fiona’s sons have good reason not to be happy with the situation their mother is forcing upon them.

Jamie has been married before and the only good thing to come out of that challenging union was his two beautiful but undisciplined children. Mama Frazer appears to be quite proud to announce that Olivia is a teacher in her introduction to her oldest son. Olivia will soon realize that between the scars Jamie suffers from his first experience with marriage and the unruly children her heart goes out to, that her work to make this marriage a happy and loving one will not be easy.

Olivia steps up to the challenge when her mother in law injures her leg and must take to her bed. As Olivia manages the household and makes progress with the children’s behavior she falls in love with her new family and husband. She doesn’t realize her love and courage will be tested in a most severe way that could end in tragedy if she fails to protect all she holds dear.

Will Jamie recognize the blessing he received when Olivia entered his life? Will their marriage ever become the union they both long for? Will tragedy bring an end to their story? All the questions are answered in this will plotted and beautify told story. I was captured from page one and my interest did not waver once throughout the story. This is a book for someone that enjoys stories of big families filled with big personalities lots of changes. I look forward to reading more of this family’s adventures.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015...

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015...

The other three brothers' books are:

The Surprise Brides: Caleb by Callie Hutton http://amzn.to/1KvP4id.

The Surprise Brides: Gideon by Cynthia Woolf http://amzn.com/B015JLMQBU

The Surprise Brides: Ethan by Sylvia McDaniel http://amzn.com/B015PG1FOI

All four books are available in print and also from Nook, iTunes, and Kobo.


Mary Adair is the author of the award winning, bestselling Native American Passion series set in the Colonial Carolina and England. She and her husband live on the side of a mountain in Eastern Oklahoma with a menagerie of pets.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review: Winter Bride by Caroline Clemmons

Winter Bride (Stone Mountain, Texas)
Winter Bride is Caroline Clemmon’s latest addition to her Stone Mountain Texas Series.  I read this book in one sitting. Winter Bride is not a short story, it is just that absorbing! I could not put it down!
The story opens with Sheriff Butch Parrish
rushing to the livery to save a woman from a brutal beating by her husband. Her husband is gone by the time he arrives to find a gruesomely battered Glenna Tucker. Despite the poor woman’s seriously battered condition, she manages to tell him her husband is likely on his way home where her sister and children are trapped and likely without food. She begs the sheriff to help them.
Sheriff Parrish packs supplies and hurries out to the small farm the family is leasing from Zach Stone. If you have read the Men of Stone Mountain stories, you will remember handsome Zach Stone.  HIGH STAKES BRIDE (A Stone Mountain Texas Book 2)

 Okay… I digress! Back to the story.
The sheriff is unable to track down the scoundrel on his way to the farmhouse, but he does rescue Glenna Tucker’s sister, Kendra, eight-year-old Caleb, and his two younger sisters, Mittie, and Abby.
Every man in Kendra’s
  life has been no better than her brother-in-law. This lack of fatherly support, though it molded her into a strong, dependable, independent woman it also, sadly, caused her to have a distrust for all men. Kendra loves her nieces and nephew and is determined she will open her own business and provide for her family. Her fear is her brother-in-law will return to still away his son and murder anyone standing in his way. Sheriff Parrish is there to give her the support she needs and unbidden her trust for the handsome sheriff grows. 
Sheriff Butch Parrish still mourns the loss of his wife. He is not ready to love again. Yet the three children touch a place in his heart that he cannot ignore and his attraction to Kendra is simply undeniable. As he supports Kendra in purchasing a business and home for her family as well as watching over the family’s well-being and keeping the peace in town, his admiration and love for her grows.
I do not want to put in any spoilers, but I do have to say if you enjoy Caroline’s books, you will love this one. Ms. Clemmon’s writing style is unmistakable. Her stories are filled with a love and warmth that leaves you running to Amazon to look for more of her work, and there are many to choose from. 
Author Caroline Clemmons knocked another one out of the park with Winter Bride. This story is filled with personal growth, budding love and the hometown and family interaction that I so enjoy in her books.
I would give Winter Bride an easy 5 Stars.