Bethany House’s latest novella collection “With This Ring?” was a group of four short stories that made the reader long for elaborate weddings. Out of the four stories strictly about getting a proposal, I’d say Regina Jennings’ “Her Dearly Unintended” was the only treasure worth reading a second time. Josiah and Katie Ellen’s story was full of suspense, action and a sprinkle of love. Their pretend marriage in front of an unwelcome guest was so entertaining. Eleven chapters was nowhere near enough!
Unfortunately, Karen Witemeyer’s “The Husband Maneuver” was a bit too racy for Christian fiction, and Mary Connealy’s “Runaway Bride” story was so focused on running away from the enemy they forgot to fully develop Carrie and Big John’s love story. The ending felt very rushed. Melissa Jagears’ “Engaging The Competition” made me long for a complete story to be developed. Despite the sad narrative about her mother not accepting her husband’s death, the love story between Harrison and Charlotte (aka Charlie) was postponed because of Harrison’s poor eyesight. In my opinion, it ended before it even got started.
“With This Ring?” was disappointing (excluding Jenning’s tale), but it did give me a glimpse into four different worlds.
*BTSCelebs thanks Bethany House for the complimentary copy of the book.*