With This Ring is a collection of heartwarming stories of engagements that didn’t start out in a normal way. This collection was written by four well-loved authors….Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings and Melissa Jagears. These authors are known for writing Christian stories set in the 1800’s.
The Husband Maneuver was written by Karen Witemeyer, and tells the story of a young woman who has been in love with her father’s foreman for a few years. As far as Marietta Hawkins knows, Daniel Barrett thinks of her as his boss’s daughter and not someone of marriageable potential. Marietta overhears Daniel tell her father he is leaving the ranch for his own ranch and future plans. Determined that he won’t be leaving without her she decides to show him she is the perfect wife and just what he needs. Daniel on the other hand wants to be with Marietta but hides his love because of her father. When a natural disaster throws the two together, their feelings are brought out into the open but a misunderstanding sets them apart again. An unexpected push will come to help these two find their way to their future.
Her Dearly Unintended is another story written by Regina Jennings and involving the families of Pine Gap, Missouri which was introduced (to me anyway) in her book At Love’s Bidding. In Her Dearly Unintended Katie Ellen has loved Josiah for some time and thought at one time they would marry, but when he didn’t seem to act as if he wanted to be with her anymore, she shut herself off from any pain by denying her feelings. Josiah loves Katie Ellen but has a secret reason for his behavior towards her. When the river washes out the bridge to Katie Ellen’s family home, Josiah goes to check on her but never thought a stranger would force them the two of them to pretend to be married. Josiah isn’t about to leave Katie Ellen alone with the stranger so when they must act a husband and wife their hurt feelings surface in witty encounters. When a flood and a stranger work together to help these two individuals admit they belong with each other, you can surely believe God has had a hand in the situation.
Runaway Bride is wonderful adventure written by Mary Connealy. Carrie and her brother Isaac are running away from the lives that will only set them up for a future of pain or possibly worse. Carrie has been traded to a cruel man as his bride in exchange for her father’s debt. Their older sister has sent in a friend to save Carrie and unknowingly their little brother. Big John Conroy, a Texas Ranger with a band of friends which are more like family and willing to fight as an army, to save Carrie from the evil that is tracking her. Big John never thought he would settle down and have a family, but with Carrie he finds himself with feelings he can’t shake. When the suggestion comes for the two of them to marry in order to keep Carrie safe, Big John and Carrie both say no. But when her stalker closes in, Big John and Carrie find themselves agreeing to this wild plan.
Engaging the Competition is the last story in the collection and is written by author Melissa Jagears. In this story we have two people who aren’t really “friends” but are thrown together when the one causes the other a setback. When Charlotte Andrews is forced to accept a marriage proposal, Harrison finds that their time together has shown that Charlotte means more to him than he thought. Harrison will step forward in a marriage proposal that will help Charlotte if only she will accept.
Each of these authors tells stories of love and of people who are brought face to face with a plan they never considered. With love thrown at them when they were not expecting it or never considered it possible, they find themselves falling in love and heading to the alter!
These authors have a wonderful style of writing where you find yourself stepping into the story along with the characters and laughing at their antics, cheering them on or wondering what they will do next.
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