Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Love For All Seasons: Four Inspirational Historical Romance Novellas by Stacy Henrie

Love For All Seasons

Release: November 9th, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Historical Romance, Inspirational Romance

If you like the inspirational historical romances of Deanne Gist and Lauraine Snelling, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie! With four novellas—one for each season of the year—you’ll find a heartwarming collection of couples from a simpler time in America who discover the redeeming powers of faith and love.

A Long Winter Kiss
As Samantha and Rex’s childhood friendship matured into young love, they promised their hearts to one another, even as Rex headed off to war. But their hope for a bright future was shattered when Rex succumbed to his belief that the horrors of war had made him a man no woman could love. Now he has returned, and Samantha must help Rex see that he still has much to give—and much more to gain—by replacing fear with faith and opening himself to love.

An Unlikely Spring Courtship
Tempest worked hard to secure her independence as a woman running her own mercantile, so when Bram has the audacity to open a competing shop in a town with only enough room for one, Tempest is driven to despair. And then to retaliation. But when tragedy strikes their community and threatens everything they both hold dear, will they be able to recognize that what they share is far more important than what separates them?

A Summer for Love
Loralee’s life has changed dramatically in the eight years since she’s last seen the resort town of Bayocean, but one thing that has never changed is her feelings for Wyatt, a man she promised to meet at the resort on a specific day if they were both still unattached. When Wyatt appears on that date, as hopeful and uncertain as Loralee, the two must see if an old and abiding love has outlasted the changes wrought by time—and begin to build a new life together.

Romance in Autumn
Phoebe and James grew up together but apart in the same beautiful mansion, he as the son of the owners, she as the daughter of a servant. In the years since Phoebe’s fortunes have changed dramatically, and she carries the dream of one day owning the mansion that is still close to her heart. Until James—now a deeply compelling man—delivers the bad news that securing the purchase will be all but impossible. As Phoebe reluctantly relinquishes her dream, she will also look deep into her soul to learn that a true home might exist in her budding love for James.

Theme Songs
Does anyone else just adore a good anthology? They are so satisfying and the HEA’s just make such an impact when they are lined up in quick succession. When I heard that Stacy Henrie was releasing an anthology in November I quickly added it to my Goodreads list. I knew I had to pick up this book! Henrie’s work has been pivotal to me as a romance reader. Her book Hope at Dawnintroduced me to inspirational, historical romance and opened up an entirely new sub-genre to my romance reading tastes. I found Hope at Dawn and the entire Love & War series at Christmastime last year and I’ve been an avid inspirational historical reader ever since.

Love For All Seasons is an anthology in which there are four stories (one for each season). They are all inspirational and historical, but the time periods and characters in each story are not linked at all. I’ve chosen a historically accurate song, or work, for each of Henrie’s seasonal novellas.

A Long Winter's Kiss
Set in post-Civil War Michigan in 1861, A Long Winter’s Kiss is the story of Samantha and Rex. This second-chance romance takes place primarily over the Christmas season and involves some Christmas cheer and gift delivery. For A Long Winter’s Kiss, I’ve chosen the song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” because it’s specifically mentioned at one point in the story.

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas" from An English Folk Christmas

An Unlikely Spring Courtship
This novella was SO GOOD guys! Set in 1867 Idaho, Tempest and Bram’s story was funny, and cute and altogether very charming. These two are both mercantile owners and they are duking it out in business full tilt. However, they just can’t help but fall in love with each other’s ingenuity and work ethic. An Unlikely Spring Courtship is a bit of opposites attract romance in terms of personalities so that hooked me right from the beginning. I chose Carmen’s "Bizet" for this novella since Bram took Tempest to the opera at one point. "Bizet" was a popular opera post-Civil War and there were several companies that toured the US via the railroad system performing works (such as "Bizet"). You can read more about opera in America after the civil war here.

“Bizet: Carmen"

A Summer for Love
Oh, Lorealee and Wyatt! Also a second-chance romance A Summer for Love is set in Oregon in 1922. Loralee is a singer and Wyatt owns a successful logging company, but they knew each other and fell in love years earlier when Loralee was a servant at a resort in which Wyatt was staying. Break out the tissues for this one, it’s certainly an emotional endeavor! For A Summer of Love I’ve chosen Marion Harris’ “Look for the Silver Lining”. Marion Harris was a popular singer in the early 1920’s and this song is something that Loralee would have, perhaps, sung as she toured the US and Europe.

“Look for the Silver Lining" by Marion Harris

Romance in Autumn
Yet another second-chance romance (are you sensing a theme) Romance in Autumn is Phoebe and James’ story. This novella is set in Rhode Island in 1905. A bit like A Summer for Love, Phoebe used to be a servant for James’ family. Now, years later, she is attempting to make a life for her mother and herself by buying the home in which they once lived and served. For Romance in Autumn, I chose a waltz. Waltzes were immensely popular in the late 1800s for big, ballroom parties (like James’ family would have held). As such, I’ve chosen “Die Schönbrunner” a waltz by Joseph Lanner. Lanner was an Austrian composer whose work helped propel the Viennese waltz to popularity in America (along with Johann Strauss). More information on Waltzes in the early 1900s can be found here.

“Die Schönbrunner” by Joseph Lanner

About Stacy Henrie

USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all, laughing with her husband and kids. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website at stacyhenrie.com.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing the anthology, Erin! I LOVE the playlist you chose for it, especially the opera and the waltz songs. Love the historical tie-ins too. So fun to hear you enjoyed Tempest and Bram's story the most. I would very much love to be a customer in their mercantile. ;)