Author: Carla Kelly, Kristin Holt, Sarah M. Eden
Series: Timeless Western Collection #1
Genres: Romance Anthology
Date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Mirror Press
Three brand new Historical Western Romance novellas by Carla Kelly, Sarah M. Eden, and Kristin Holt.
THE KEEPER OF THE WESTERN DOOR by Carla Kelly
When Mary Blue Eye travels to Wyoming Territory with her friend to help her settle into her new married life at Fort Laramie, Mary is treated more like a servant than the friend she thought she was. Thankfully, she finds a new friend in Sergeant Blade, though Mary fears that her Seneca Indian heritage will keep a man like Blade from truly caring for her. Soon Mary is tasked with making fourteen calico dresses in two weeks, and Blade turns out to be the best ally she could ever ask for.
A CONVENIENT ARRANGEMENT by Sarah M. Eden
Patrick Quinn needs a wife. Hiring maids who leave within weeks to marry another fellow in a female-scarce Wyoming town hasn’t been helpful. Quinn needs a woman who will stay. When he writes to a mail-order bride service, and four-foot-eleven Mirabelle Smith shows up, they agree to each attend to their own duties and tasks. Their marriage will be a convenient arrangement for them both. But sometimes the heart has other ideas.
ISABELLA’S CALICO GROOM by Kristin Holt
Dr. Henry Merritt is desperate for dental patients, especially since Dr. Isabella Pattison arrived in the growing town of Evanston in the Wyoming Territory. It seems the female patients want a woman’s touch, and the male patients are quite fond of a pretty dentist. But if Henry doesn’t find a way to put Isabella out of business, his own practice will go under. When Isabella proposes that they team up together, and Henry gets to know her, he discovers the last thing he wants is for Isabella to leave.
I enjoyed this group of novellas. It seemed that each had something unique about them. I was not familiar with the concept of a Calico ball so that was interesting to learn about.
The first, The Keeper of the Western Door by Carla Kelly was unique since the female main character is a descendant of a captive that married a Seneca Indian. So that was atypical of the stories I usually see. I loved Sarge as he was so thoughtful and kind to everyone and recognized how ill treated people were by snobbish white folk and did all he could to lift other’s burdens.
A Convenient Arrangement by Sarah M. Eden. This story had me at the first paragraph.
“Before leaving for the annual cattle drive, Patrick Quinn sent telegrams to several Topeka
establishments, placing orders for the whet stone, a cast-iron stove, four pairs of heavy work trousers, and a wife. He was really only particular about the trousers.”
lol. He was a bit of a dolt when it came to relationships but eventually came around. If I remember correctly he is 6’3″ and there were many references to him being sooo tall. I think maybe it would have been more giant-like if he’d been taller than that since I know a lot of 6’3″ people but maybe that is just me. I am actually friends with a couple who are about the same heights of Patrick and Mirabelle and it is an interesting sight to see. I think my friend is taller than Patrick though. I loved that Mirabelle was big on gumption if she wasn’t on height (like my friend). I kept expecting her to lose it with Patrick and his father but she really did keep calm through everything. The father turns out to be a lovable softy even though he is pretty crusty on the outside. I was glad he helped to show his son the way. What was unique about this story was that Patrick didn’t spend the entire time attracted to her and fighting the attraction. He was pretty satisfied with their working relationship for most of the story. But I didn’t understand why he didn’t buy her a dress or fabric as soon as he found out she only owned one. He was a little slow on the uptake.
Isabella’s Calico Groom by Kristin Holt. This story was unique since it dealt with professional working women during a time that expected women to cater to home and family instead of a career. Henry is, once he finally gets to know Isabella, very accepting of a woman working in his field (dentistry) and admires her abilities etc yet he still struggles with the expectation of wanting a wife that will cater to home and family. He has to learn how to be a feminist along side her. More power to him.
No sex, language or violence