Tuesday, June 27, 2023

A Wyoming Summer: Timeless Western Collection


A Wyoming Summer: Timeless Western Collection by Carla Kelly, Christine Sterling,
 and Heather B Moore
Genre: Historical Western Romance
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Source:  Received to Review

Book Description:  

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 café, 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, 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? 

My thoughts: You can always go right with a book from the Timeless Collections.  It doesn't matter the time period or where it is set.  I know that I am about to read something good.

I love the variety of the three stories.  You start off with the construction of the Old Faithful Inn.  Along the way, we are introduced to an ornery cat, a couple of bears, military men, a disgruntled cook, a handsome carpenter, an adorable little girl, and a young woman looking to find a place that felt like home.  It was such a cute story.  I admired Carla Kelly's characters, writing, and attention to historical detail.

The next two stories take us into the "Old West".  Christine Sterling is a "new-to-me" author and I looked forward to reading her story.  I'm glad that I did.  A young woman is left to care for her two young daughters after the outlaw in town kills her husband.  A lawman is tasked by her brother to check on her and assess the situation.  One of the things I love about Westerns is when the lawman swoops in and saves the day.

Heather B Moore has long been a favorite author of mine.  I know when I pick up something she has written, it's gonna be good.  A long train ride and chemistry, you know I want to read it. :)

This is a fantastic collection.  You can binge-read a story or two in a day, or savor them over time.

Source:  I received a complimentary copy.  All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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About the Authors:

Carla Kelly started writing Regencies because of her interest in the Napoleonic Wars. She

likes 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.



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.