Friday, November 27, 2015

Jacqueline's holiday review of Silver Belles and Stetsons

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Silver Belles and Stetsons by various authors

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Ten Western Romance Christmas Novellas by Amazon bestselling and Award-Winning Authors, available as a boxed set for a limited time. Bestselling and Award-winning authors bring you ten western romance novellas featuring alpha-cowboys from the past. This boxed set will take you back in time when men were rugged and handsome and the women who loved them courageous and daring.

Book creation ratings:
* Max. total of 30 possible *
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --

The Greatest Gift: A Montana Cowboy Christmas by Kathleen Ball.
5 stars - Awesome story about a young woman who is taken advantage of, and who is helped by the brother of the man who took advantage of her. A warm sweet christmas story set in the old west. A must read story.

Stone Mountain Christmas by Caroline Clemmons
5 stars - A very sweet romance story of a young widow who travels across the country to live with her parents. She finds the town they live in severely lacking in Christmas spirit, so she sets out to change that. Along the way she finds romance, and a new love. A darling story.

Catherine’s Cowboy by Cait Braxton
3 stars - Tale of a woman who escapes her Indian captors in a desire to give her baby a better life. She is helped by a traveling rancher who must face his demons in order to help her. Christmas plays a minor role in this book, but a good book, none the less.

Angel and the Texan from County Cork by Carra Copelin
4 stars - He was searching for shelter from the cold and the storm, and she was afraid of trouble from him, and she grazed him when her gun went off. As it turned out, she was who he was looking for, and together, they have to find out who killed her husband and his friend. And along the way, they find love. A great story.

The Drifter’s Proposal by Kristin Holt
4 stars - Woman in trouble meets kind man who wants to help, and together, they have to unravel the mystery of a debt, and whether it was owed or not. A very sweet story.

The Perfect Gift by Lyn Horner
3 stars - Nice story about young love, but does not have a conclusion, as it is a prequel for a yet unwritten book.

Marshal Mistletoe by Susan Horsnell
2 stars - This is your basic lost love type story, with a child involved. One of the reasons why this gets 2 stars is that in 2 different places, the sentence at the end of a paragraph is not finished, but simply stops. Not something I've ever ran across before.

Christmas Redemption by Paty Jager
5 stars - He made a mistake at a young age, and went away to jail and paid for it. Now he is back home again, and unsure of his welcome. A truly great book with an awesome story.

A Hard Candy Christmas by Hebby Roman
5  stars - He suddenly gets the job as sheriff, which means he needs to live in town. She runs her father's boarding house, and does little else. Together they free each other from their demons, and find love. Awesome story.

Christmas Cowboy by Margaret Tanner.
5 stars - She lies pregnant, in a wagon about to go off a cliff; and her husband lies below, dead. He's on his way home, from going to town and getting supplies. He likes being alone. But that all changes when he comes across the wagon. This book has a wonderful ending.

Summary -- You can't go wrong with this box set. It's well worth the money that you'll spend, and you get 10 books. These are full length books in this box set, not short stories. If you're looking for a great box set to carry you through the Christmas holidays, this is the set you want.

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- romance, western, historical
Age recommendations -- 18 plus
Sex content rating -- mild to moderate
Violence rating -- mild to moderate

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  1. As the author of Cowboy Christmas in this Anthology, I would like to sincerely thank you for the wonderful review you gave my story and also for the Anthology as a whole. It is very much appreciated.
    Regards, Margaret Tanner

  2. Thank you for your review of our anthology. I'm glad you enjoyed Christmas Redemption. Van and Tessa are two of my favorite characters.

  3. Thank you, Jacqueline Driggers, for your thoughtful and detailed review of SILVER BELLES AND STETSONS, including each novella contained within. Finding this review on your blog was a bright spot, and the ten of us are most pleased with your choice to read and review our Cowboy Christmas Anthology. My genuine thanks for your kind review of THE DRIFTER'S PROPOSAL.
    Warm holiday regards,
    Kristin Holt

  4. I would like to echo everyone's thanks, Jacqueline, for reviewing our anthology overall and for the thought-provoking and thorough reviews you did for each book. I'm so honored that you liked my book, "A Hard Candy Christmas, as it was a book close to my heart.
    Thank you again and Happy Holidays to you!
    Hebby Roman