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Friday, January 3, 2014

South Carolina Brides

I've read several Vickie McDonough novellas and find them quite engaging. This series is no different--it takes the reader through three different generations of one family and their loves. Life just can't get much better.

Heather is taking Jamie to Lucas by her cousin's request, but not without inner protest. Heather believes that Lucas sired Jamie and then left her cousin to fend for herself. While staying on as Jamie's governess, Heather becomes the object of Lucas' affections, but the truth has to be exposed first.

Hannah finds a man who has suffered a tragic beating in the field of her neighbors. She takes him up to the neighbor's house and nurses him back to health while he tries to remember who he is. The owners happen to be away at the time, but Hannah has been looking after the place while she waited for them to come back. The problem is who is this stranger that is growing on Hannah's heart?

Carina's brother was killed in a duel by a Reed, and Carina is left to tend their plantation alone. Her father is of no help to her, spending most of his time in bed or drunk or both. Now the Reed has come back to the area as a doctor and Carina wants nothing to do with him, but she takes care of her slaves and has to call on him from time to time for their care. How can she get past the fact that he's a Reed and she loves him?

These are the three conundrums set up by Vickie in this collection of stories that begin soon after the Revolutionary War and end sometime before the Civil War. I really appreciated Vickie's wit, humor, faith, and continuity in the way these stories weave seamlessly together. The men have to prove themselves to the ladies, the ladies are strong women able to handle themselves with aplomb and dignity, and their love rings true.

Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a plantation in South Carolina.

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