Review – With This Ring? : A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry

by Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Mary Connealy, and Melissa Jagears

with this ringAlthough I love full-length novels, I must admit that I am also a fan of novellas. Sometimes it is so nice to read a shorter story, especially when it is well-written and feels complete. That is exactly what this collection contains. Each of these novellas was very nicely crafted, presenting stories that made me feel that I had peeked into the characters’ lives and gotten to enjoy their special moments. All four of the stories contained interesting situations, detailed characters, and a satisfying resolution at the end.

The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer – What a fun story! I loved the way each chapter began with an excerpt from a dime novel titled Dead-Eye Dan and the Outlaws of Devil’s Canyon. This was the book that the heroine of the story was reading and ties into the novella beautifully. Daniel and Marietta were great characters and the attraction was flowing through this story! It was wonderful from start to finish.

Her Dearly Unintended by Regina Jennings – This novella can stand alone from the Ozark Mountain Romance series that it is connected with. But if you have read books one and two of the series, you will be happy to see what happens with Katie Ellen and Josiah. This was such an enjoyable story, full of misunderstandings, mishaps, and a pretty amazing kiss! I loved the situation these two characters were trying to navigate through.

Runaway Bride by Mary Connealy – It was so much fun to see many characters that I had previously met in other books by this author show up in this story. The novella stands alone if you haven’t read other books by Mary Connealy before, but I was very happy to find out that Runaway Bride was Big John Conroy’s story! The romantic tension in this novella is palpable and I just absolutely loved the way the relationship progressed between Carrie and John. This was a very exciting and romantic story that I didn’t want to see end.

Engaging the Competition by Melissa Jagears – What a unique and absolutely wonderful novella this was! The author did such a good job at creating two characters who have flaws, but are utterly likable, as well. Harrison and Charlotte (Charlie) have great chemistry, a problematic history, and I had to laugh at the fact that their first kiss wasn’t all that great for them! I really enjoyed this story and loved watching these two characters grow so much from beginning to end.

This is a great novella collection that I definitely recommend to fans of historical fiction.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


with this ringFour top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer’s “The Husband Maneuver,” Marietta Hawkins decides to grab the reins when the ranch foreman she loves seems to be leaving forever. Regina Jennings offers “Her Dearly Unintended,” where friends stranded by a rising river pretend to be newlyweds when a dangerous stranger arrives.

Mary Connealy’s “Runaway Bride” finds a Texas ranger getting more than he expected when he rescues a young woman fleeing a dangerous arranged marriage. And Melissa Jagears’ “Engaging the Competition” finds a young woman forced to assist the man she’s often sparred with after an accident leaves him helpless. Each tale is a fun blend of history and romance that will delight readers.


Karen Witemeyer

Karen Witemeyer – websiteFacebook, Goodreads


Regina Jennings – website, blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, Twitter


Mary Connealy – website, Facebook, Twitter

Melissa Jagears

Melissa Jagears – website, Facebook, blog, Goodreads, Pinterest

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with this ring


About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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