Sincerely Yours – a novella collection

Sincerely Yours  - a novella collection

This is the first novella put out by Revell and they have set the standard HIGH! Wow! I enjoyed and loved every one of the four novellas in this book!

Moonlight Promise by Laurie Alice Eakes

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and six of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and probably too many cats.



What it’s about:
While fleeing false accusations, Camilla Renfrew, an English lady of high class, jumps onto a steamboat to make her destination! But complications arise, and she might not make it to her destination in time! Is fresh, new love enough when pasts are exposed?

My thoughts:
Camilla, the main character is spunky and courageous! The first few pages had me laughing out loud and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire steamboat ride and novella! The themes or lessons of trusting God, making our hearts and actions right with God and others and clinging to our faith, even if it’s only a shred or mustard seed, are wonderful and inspiring.



Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey

ANN SHOREY has been a story collector for most of her life. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul, and in the Adams Media Cup of Comfort anthologies. She made her fiction debut with the At Home in Beldon Grove series for Revell. The Edge of Light, released in January 2009, is the first in the series, followed by The Promise of Morning and The Dawn of a Dream. Her new Sisters at Heart series for Revell debuted on January 1, 2012, with Where Wildflowers Bloom. Book Two, When the Heart Heals, will release Feburary 1, 2013.  When Ann’s not writing, she teaches classes on historical research, story arc, and other fiction fundamentals at regional conferences. She lives with her husband in Oregon.


What it’s about:
M. M. Bentley writes a marriage advice column for Kipler’s Home Weekly…. what no one knows is that M. M. is single and not a Mr. as the editor and everyone assumes! When the editor asks to meet with M. M. (Marigold Montgomery), she must come up with a plan so she can keep her job!

My thoughts:
One thing that really stuck out to me in this novella that I thought was great; was the kindness of Marigold and her aunt. They treated their maid more like family and I think their treatment really showed Christ-like love. This was a fun story about a non-traditional female who refused to conform to society’s expectations and I love that!


One Little Word by Amanda Cabot

With both parents avid readers, it’s no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction, which included a play for her fifth grade class entitled “All About Thermometers,” were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than twenty five novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.



What it’s about:
Lorraine Caldwell travels to find her brother who disappeared a while ago as her last hope in saving her inheritance/family fortune. Lorraine finds not only her brother, but a man who is carving a beautiful carousel who turns her life around (carousel pun intended) 🙂 !

My thoughts:
Lorraine comes off wealthy and well put in her “station” in life at first, but very quickly I discovered she has a heart of gold. The carousel history is so interesting and the mishaps are so comical; this novella is just a delight!

A Saving Grace by Jane Kirkpatrick

If you’d like more information about me, please come visit my website at and click on my blog. My dog also has a blog and you can find out what it’s like to be Bodacious Bo, too. A monthly newsletter called Story Sparks is my way of sharing books about authors I enjoy as well as commenting on life and love. You’ll find out more about me than you probably ever wanted to know!

One item not listed on my lists of books is my selection included in an anthology called “Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West” published by Houghton Mifflin I also have a piece in Storytellers II, a book published a few years ago by Multnomah Press and a few short selections in Daily Guideposts of a few years back. My first novella, “The Courting Quilt” is part of a collection that made the New York Times bestsellers September 2011 in a collection called Log Cabin Christmas. The rest of my writing, as they say, is history. Or it was until my first contemporary came out. Called Barcelona Calling, it’s the story of a writer who loses her way as she seeks fulfillment thinking she’ll find it with fame. It’s a laugh out loud book according to reviewers. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

What it’s about:
Grace Hathaway must go get a friend from a clinic where patients are not known to leave… ever! This clinic is remote and hard to get to, let alone get inside to visit loved ones, so Grace devises a plan! But who can she trust to help her and the patients before it’s too late?

My thoughts:
I read the letter from the author at the end of the story first after loving the letter in the previous novella…. and I am so glad I did! It was a bit confusing with some names and information, so some may wish to wait and read it after the novella. I think I would have thought this story was a bit far-fetched if I had not read the letter first to see how much of it was based off of real history! So With that history behind this story and this intriguing story; I devoured it and could not put it down!

I highly recommend Sincerely Yours! Every novella was rated with 5 stars from me!

I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

Go to one of the author’s (Jane Kirkpatrick) blogs for a chance to learn more about another one of these authors (an interview with Ann Shorey) and a chance to win this book and a neat gift!

Good luck if you enter and I hope you pick up a copy of Sincerely Yours and enjoy it as much as I did!



3 thoughts on “Sincerely Yours – a novella collection

  1. Katie, I’m late reading your lovely review, but I “sincerely” thank you for reviewing Sincerely Yours. So glad you enjoyed our stories. Thank you for the 5 stars!

  2. Thank you both so much for stopping by! It makes my day when an author responds to a review and now with TWO of you responding, it’s even better! Sincerely Yours is one of my all time favorite novella collection books! 🙂

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