Book Review: The Bartered Bride Collection, Barbour Publishing

I’ve always loved to read. Really. In my 30 years, I can’t think of a time in my life when I didn’t love reading. I read whatever I could get my hands on. There was just one problem—I couldn’t stop. I remember being 10 or 12, and there was a light on a pole outside my window. If I held my book just right, I could lie in bed reading, long after bedtime. (I know, I was living on the wild side.)

I still love to read, and I still haven’t quite gained the self-discipline to put the book down. I no longer have to worry about reading in the dark after bedtime, but I do have to worry about being coherent the next day, and staying up till 2 am reading is usually not a good idea.

I know myself too well, and I know that interrupting my book for things like making dinner and going to bed at a reasonable hour is going to be difficult. Which is why, I have recently gained an appreciation for the novella.

And The Bartered Bride Collection is a great bargain. 9 books in 1? Yes, please!You get 9 stories, each of which is easily read in a single setting, and written by great authors (such as Cathie Marie Hake, who I love!). The stories are well written, although there were a couple of stories that I felt were a bit rushed.  However, that’s a common problem for novellas, and the stories in this collection mostly avoided the pit-falls of a rushed storyline and underdeveloped characters. Overall, I was really pleased with this entire collection. If you love to read and are looking for some stories that fit well into your mom-routine, I think this book is a great choice.

One note, the tagline says “9 historical stories of arranged marriages,” and this is slightly misleading because in actuality only a couple of the stories are ones where the marriage is arranged, most go through a period of getting to know one another before the marriage takes place.

(Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for sharing my opinion about it. I was not required or encouraged to post a positive review and all my opinions are my own.)


  1. says

    Crystal, I agree with you completely on the novella. It’s the ideal length! I’m not usually a fan of romance, but I like historical stories and the idea of an arranged marriage is intriguing. I’ll look for these. Thanks!

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