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A Wyoming Summer
(Timeless Western Collection #4)
By Carla Kelly, Christine Sterling, & Heather B. Moore
Historical Romance, Western Romance, Inspirational Fiction
Paperback, Audiobook & eBook, 330 Pages
June 20, 2023 by Mirror Press

Summary

A Wyoming Summer is the fourth book in the Timeless Western Collection, a bestselling anthology series from Mirror Press. The book features three novellas from acclaimed historical romance authors whose stories ask if true love can survive the changing seasons?

“Ellen Found,” by Carla Kelly

Set in location of Old Faithful Inn, 1903-4. Working in a discouraging cafĂ©, Ellen escapes an awful situation in rough and tumble Butte, Montana, and goes to work as second in command to a wary cook in the shell that will become Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone Park. She meets Charles Penrose, head carpenter on the massive project of Old Faithful Inn, which is being finished in a harsh Wyoming winter. Will it really open June 1, 1904? Can Ellen start to trust the other workers? What will she learn about the other employees? And Charles. He's a widower with a young daughter there, too. Like Ellen, he wants more.

“The Widow of Daybreak,” by Christine Sterling

Doris Whistler is learning how to survive in a town taken over by outlaws. When the leader of an infamous gang murders her husband, her choices are to tuck tail and run, or stand her ground and make Daybreak as promising as its name. It proves to be a difficult task with the good citizens in fear of the corrupt mayor and godlessness that abounds. What she doesn't expect is the support of a traveling lawman who believes in her and the tiny town she loves so much.

“May I Kiss the Bride,” by Heather B. Moore

Viola Delany is not happy about being sent to the middle-of-nowhere, small town Wyoming. Yes, it will be good to let the gossips find something else to talk about other than her failed engagement. And yes, it will be nice to spend the summer with her Aunt Beth. But as Viola sits on the train heading for Wyoming, wondering how she'll ever occupy her time in such a small town, none other than a real-life cowboy sits across the way. She can't help but take peeks at him, noting that the condition of his unpolished black boots and scuffed rawhide jacket seem to be authentic . . . All right, so he might be tall, dark-haired, and handsome if a woman doesn't mind green eyes and a dangerous-looking scar, but this man certainly has nothing to do with her. Besides she'll never see him again. What are the chances he's traveling to the same middle-of-nowhere small town?

About the Series

Since 2015, Mirror Press has been presenting the Timeless Romance Collection, a curated anthology of novellas and short stories featuring bestselling authors from the contemporary and historical romance genres. The collection has hit the USA TODAY bestselling list and charted at #1 at Amazon.com. Learn more about the series and other anthologies published by Mirror Press at their website.

Advance Praise

5 STARS – “…my new favorite of the Timeless Romance Anthologies.”— Maria Thomas, Goodreads

5 STARS – “Another wonderful collection from the Timeless Romance Anthologies...A perfect read for your summer enjoyment that just might have you planning some trips to Wyoming or another western historical feeling location. ”— Julie Carpenter, Goodreads

5 STARS – “A clean, fun, well-written collection by three talented authors.”— Lorieah, Goodreads

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My Review

A WYOMING SUMMER is a compilation of three novellas set in different historical time periods in Wyoming. Each story is completely different and can be read on their own. An overall enjoyable read with plenty of heart and sweet endings.

ELLEN FOUND by Carla Kelly

Kelly is truly a vastly talented storyteller. This story tugged on my heart and brought out all the feels. I loved how she worked in all the little historical facts flawlessly into this story. The setting felt fully immersive and nothing felt like an info dump, pushed or fabricated. I also loved how the characters came alive. I loved them in all their heartfelt simplicity with the sweetness of friendships and characters developing over time as they all worked to get the hotel built. There was a contrst between parts of deep grief and loss to moments of happiness and joy, making the sweet moments that much sweeter. A five-star story!

THE WIDOW OF DAYBREAK by Christine Sterling

I believe this is a new author to me so I was curious to see what I felt about her writing style. I think she has a lot of potential. I really liked the characters and the overall western-shoot-out feel of the story. However, there were a couple pet peeves that didn't work for me. One was the insta-love. Literally the two main characters talk once and are in love. They don't act on it right away, but in their heads they're already there. What made it worse was that the heroine just buried her husband who she loved a few weeks earlier. I think if the timeline would have been re-written then the insta-love at least would have been a bit more palatable. The second pet peeve was that the story is really unrealistic with some inconsistencies. It honestly didn't work for me or make sense.

MAY I KISS THE BRIDE by Heather B. Moore

This story has a pertty fun meet-cute. There's plenty of tension, chemistry, and mystery keeping the story engaging from start to finish. I adored the two main characters and how they play off of each other. Rey's daughter, Elsie, is a sweet and fun touch with her sass and planning as is Viola's aunt. I loved how these characters tried to give themselves logical arguments that they then fail to follow. I also appreciated Viola trying to follow her own dreams and how encouraging Rey is. However, the humor and banter that fed the chemistry was the best. I loved this story!

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was another enjoyable compilation of historical romances all set in Wyoming. All three had delightful characters and happily-ever-afters.

Content: Clean
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Austenprose PR, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Authors


Carla Kelly started writing Regencies because of her interest in the Napoleonic Wars. She like writing about warfare at sea and ordinary people of the British Isles, rather than lords and ladies. In her spare time, she likes to read British crime fiction and history, particularly the U.S. Indian Wars. She is a former park ranger, and double Rita Award and Spur Award winner. She currently lives in Utah, has five interesting children and four grands. Carla’s favorite authors include Robert Crais and Richard Woodman.



Christine Sterling is a USA Today best-selling author who writes small-town inspirational romances with a touch of humor. Most of her stories take place in the plains of Nebraska or Colorado, but she will write wherever there are cowboys needing to find love. Her favorite stories involve tight-knit families, and you will often find that her characters cross over in many of her stories.

She lives on a farm in Pennsylvania with her husband, four dogs, and one spoiled cat, aka The Floof. She can often be found in her garden with a notebook and a cup of tea.



Heather B. Moore is a USA Today best-selling and award-winning author of more than seventy publications, including The Paper Daughters of Chinatown. She has lived on both the East and West Coasts of the United States, as well as Hawaii, and attended school abroad at the Cairo American Collage in Egypt and the Anglican School of Jerusalem in Israel. She loves to learn about history and is passionate about historical research.



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