A Bride for All Seasons with Robin Lee Hatcher (and Mary Connealy)

Robin Lee Hatcher

A Bride for All Seasons

Novella Collection

Autumn Angel by Robin Lee Hatcher

1) Please share a little about your plot and how your hero and heroine first meet.

Luvena’s parents lost their wealth under questionable circumstances, making Luvena, a young woman with a beautiful singing voice, unwelcome in the fashionable circles she grew up in. She survives losing her parents, one after the other. But then her sister and brother-in-law die in an accident, leaving her the guardian for her young nephew and two nieces. She has no way to support them, other than marriage, and her prospects are not great in Boston where the scandal is still known. So she answers an ad in a mail order catalog.

Clay’s luck has changed. He won an old hurdy-gurdy house in a poker game in the gold boom town of Grand Coeur. But now that he is a changed man, thanks to his friendship with a local minister, he wants to turn the old theater into something grand––an opera house. He needs a wife to work beside him. But no kids. The country is crawling with widows and kids since the Civil War, and he knows from bitter experience that he’s not meant to be a father.

Thanks to the meddling by the Hitching Post editor, Luvena doesn’t know Clay specifically said, “No children,” and Clay doesn’t know the woman whose travel expenses he’s paid is arriving broke and with three kids in tow. Clay has sunk all of his money into the remodeling of the opera house, so he can’t send her and the children back to Boston. They’ll just have to make do until he comes up with the cash.

2) What makes your hero and heroine all wrong for each other? What makes them completely right for each other?

They are all wrong for each other because of the children. Luvena is devoted to her sister’s children, but Clay is packing a load of guilt from the past that has him convinced he should never be a father.

They are completely right for each other because both love God and want to do His will––if they can only discover what that is.

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Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher (author of 70 books) is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, Robin is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award.

A Bride for All Seasons

Novella Collection

Winter Wedding Bells by Mary Connealy

1) Please share a little about your plot and how your hero and heroine first meet.

Megan is a hard working little Irish woman who has raised five little brothers and now finally has a chance to make a life for herself. She answers a mail order bride advertisement and is delighted when a handsome prosperous rancher writes back and then meets with her. They are married the day after they meet. On their way home to his ranch she discovered that a page of his letter to her was missing, the page that tells her he has less than a year to live and he’s searching for a wife to care for his sons after his death.

Megan is shocked and she’s also very skeptical. True David has been sick but he looks like he’s still got a lot of life in him. She’s not interested in accepting his death, that smacks of playing God. If David thinks he’s going to die, she’s got new for him. Not while she’s caring for him. She sets out to drag her hopeless husband back into the world of the living with all the faith, and common sense of a plucky Irish working girl.

2) What makes your hero and heroine all wrong for each other? What makes them completely right for each other?

David is a wealthy man who marries Megan for the most practical of reasons. He wants a mother for his children. Megan doesn’t kid herself that a marriage arranged through a mail order bride catalog is based on love but practical girl though she is, she still had dreams of love…someday. Pessimistic David and determined Megan are no kind of match at all. But perky little Megan fills all the empty places in David’s heart and the terrible losses she had at a young age with her mother and father’s deaths, give her all the skills she needs now to hold David on this side of the Pearly Gates with her bare hands.

A Bride for All Seasons

A Novella Collection

1800s mail-order bride catalogs facilitated many happy marriages. Here are the stories of four couples who owe their wedded bliss to creative editing by The Hitching Post publisher.
And Then Came Spring“–Margaret Brownley When mail order bride Mary-Jo Parker arrives in town she receives the shock of her life; not only is her fiancé dead, he left behind an eight-year-old son he neglected to mention. But the biggest challenge of all is the boy’s way-too-handsome uncle.
An Ever-After Summer“–Debra Clopton
Widower Matt McConnell wrote his ad with no room for misunderstanding–Bible believers need not apply. But then Bible-thumping Ellie shows up on his doorstep. Matt’s so desperate for her help that he accepts.
Autumn’s Angel“–Robin Lee Hatcher
Luvena Abbott’s privileged childhood didn’t prepare her for the hardship she now faces as an adult, especially when it comes to being the guardian of her nieces and nephew. Marriage seems the only answer to her dilemma. Clay Birch hopes to change the hurdy-gurdy house he won in a poker game into the finest opera house in the Northwest, but he’ll need help to do it. Could this unlikely couple actually be the perfect match?
Winter Wedding Bells“–Mary Connealy
David Laramie is looking for a woman to care for his children. In exchange he’ll make her financially comfortable for life. But no woman wants to marry a dying man. Then Megan responds to his ad. It seems his “edited” letter contained no mention of him dying.
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23 thoughts on “A Bride for All Seasons with Robin Lee Hatcher (and Mary Connealy)”

  1. I can’t wait to read this book! I love novella collections and it has some of my favorite authors!

  2. Big congrats on the new release. It looks wonderful! All the stories sound fantastic. I can’t imagine a more enjoyable read. And how fortunate to work with such talented ladies. Wishing you much success!

  3. I’ve been looking forward to this book ever since I first heard about it! I love all the authors involved and it is my kind of book! Can’t wait to read it! Thanks ladies!

  4. Hi Mary – all the stories sound delightful!! Great to see two filly’s names on the cover!! Will put this collection on my TBR list. Congrats Mary and Margaret!!

  5. Sounds sooooo good! First heard about it in Seekerville, so the more I read about it, the more I want to read it (and this from a person who doesn’t read historicals that much any more…yeah, tell that to the Love Inspired Historical I am currently reading!).


  6. Thanks for “hosting” me, Mary. I cannot think of a book that I have had as much fun with as this one. And I think readers are going to love the interview with the authors in the back of the book, too. It gives a little glimpse into how our minds work. Oh, dear. Maybe that’s not such a good thing. 😉

  7. Hi Mary and Robin, I love wedding stories, interconnected stories, and anthologies because the novellas are a bit shorter and I don’t feel so pressed for time. Win, win, win! I Can’t wait to read this. And if it’s been fun as well, sheesh, be still my heart. xo

  8. Hello Ladies, nice to see you gals together and talking about this great book, I want to read as I like all the authors. Thought of you Mary this morning on Pam Hillman’s blog when she had cow stuck in the mud..Knew you could take care of it.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  9. Hi everyone. So sorry not to check in until now. I was SUPER busy today putting my 85 year old mother onto an airplane that spent the day flying into a tornado.

    Last I knew she was grounded somewhere and they were taking off soon………for the third or fourth time

  10. I love both anthologies and mail-order-bride stories. The description of both stories’ characters and situations sound good. Marriages of couples who have known each other for months or years do not always go smoothly. I can’t imagine marrying someone I have just met and know little about.
    I look forward to reading the stories of all these couples. Best of luck for a great release.

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