This touching anthology covers one year, 1870, during the four different seasons with four novellas written by four different authors. All the stories have one thing in common: mail-order brides hoping for a second chance at love and making the most out of their situations, knowing they have nowhere else to go.

MaryJo is frantic when her groom, Daniel, doesn’t meet her at the train station in “And Then Came Spring,” by Brownley. When she learns he has died, Daniel’s brother, the local sheriff, comes up with a plan — marry him instead! Clopton’s Texas-set tale, “An Ever After Summer,” stars a proud Bible thumper and a rancher who has lost his faith. In “Autumn’s Angel,” by Hatcher, Luvena travels from Boston to Idaho territory with her younger siblings in tow. She hopes that Clay will still agree to marry her and that they all can adjust to new circumstances. David is convinced he is dying in “Winter Wedding Bells” by Connealy. He needs to find a woman who can take care of his young children and run a ranch. Megan is certain that David is not going to die and has to turn his thinking around and focus him more on life than death. (THOMAS NELSON, Jun., 400 pp., $15.99)

Reviewed by: 
Patsy Glans