FAITHFUL AND TRUE Jill Marie Landis
After a romantic interlude, 18 year-old Beth Brown returned home to find her father furious because of Beths interest in a poor Irish immigrant (Michael Shaughnessy), studying at university.
Papa hastily finds an older man to marry Beth and the couple moves out West. Since that night of passion, Michael has not heard from her (7 years). Michael meets a relative of Beths, who gives her address. Michael, now a successful businessman, is on a mission to find out why Beth left without a word.
At first, I wasnt impressed with this story; however, it grew on me. The story is fairly common; the difference? Excellent characterizations.
HEART ON HIS SLEEVE Jodi Thomas
Gunfighter Clint Matthews has been hired to protect a rich rancher, Colonel Winters. His boss insists that Clint attend a Valentines Day Dance with him. The hostess has placed the name of each lady on a red heart (in a large bowl) and each unmarried man is required to draw one. Clint gets the last heart (hes watched several men exchange hearts before claiming his partner). He knows hes gotten the bottom of the barrel.
It belongs to a tall woman who happens to be editor/writer/publisher of the local newspaper. Neither is particularly impressed with the other.
This highly unlikely tale is engaging but unlikely! Theres lots of action.
RIBBONS AND LACE - Colleen Quinn
Clayton Girard, an old school friend, calls upon Victoria Wickersham (a famous valentine artist) to help him woo a woman he hopes to marry. Unfortunately for Victoria, she has been in love with Clayton since childhood.
However, she swallows her desires and helps him by writing love letters. Before long, fate takes a hand; this is a cute, quick story.
TEMPTATION'S BRIDE - Maureen Child
Rachel Hayes was left at the altar with no notice from her intended, Jake Travers. She leaves town in a tizzy because she was humiliated before the entire town. She stays away for almost a year; now shes back.
Jake isnt doing very well trying to convince Rachel of his innocence. She is having none of Jakes sweet talk!
This story is a laugh-out-loud hoot! Dont miss the 3 Bees!
Overall this was a good book. It doesn't have the depth I prefer, but with short stories you rarely get that anyway. I thought the second two stories were much better than the first two.
Maureen Child - "Temptation's Bride."
Left standing at the altar months ago, Rachel returns to Temptation, California, to give her fiance a second chance -- maybe . . .
Jill Marie Landis - "Faithful and True."
It's been seven long years since Michael Shaughnessey last saw his one true love. Had she left him because of his humble Irish heritage? Michael was about to learn the hidden secrets of a heart in love . . .
Colleen Quinn - "Ribbons and Lace."
A creator of beautiful Valentines, Victoria was falling helplessly in love with a romantic client who hired her to write love poems -- for another woman!
Jodi Thomas - "A Heart on His Sleeve."
A Valentine's Day dance sparks an unlikely tryst between a handsome gunslinger and a headstrong lady reporter.