Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Publisher: HQN Books
This is a fun anthology of stories that follows four violet-eyed half sisters who are starting a life together after not getting to be around each other much growing up. All four girls are roughly the same age since their no good father impregnated all their mothers’ and then left town. Each of their mother’s dealt with this in different ways and we see each of their choices play out in their daughters and how they regard love and life.
Each author takes a sister and gives us her tale of love with a cowboy and I was constantly blown away by how well the four authors worked together. The stories all work seamlessly together and it’s hard to believe it was more than one person writing them. Each of them had a firm grasp on not only her character, but everyone else’s as well. They also had the same perspective on the setting and I loved uncovering more about their farmhouse and plans for their future with every story.
While I loved all the different romances and the different tropes that they had, it was hard to really care about them when everything was happening so fast. There were so many great themes and ideas brought up regarding trauma from abandoned parents and loss in general and I think each author did a great job with such heavy topics. I enjoyed these things in each character by themselves but I didn’t really need to have the happily ever romances that went along with it. Three out of the four romances have a substantial virgin trope which made it even harder for me to believe these rushed romances. The exception is the last romance, which coincidentally, is not a virgin romance, that spans the longest and which was my favorite. However, all of them had rewarding emotional moments that make them all great romances. It is no secret around here that I am not a fan of epilogues but this one had me tearing up and was the perfect ending to the stories.
If you love romance and are looking for a collection of shorter stories than I highly recommend this one. The world of Jasper Creek that these authors have created is unique and fun but also has strong emotional moments. This is the third collection in this series and I definitely plan on reading the other two books I have missed and I have my fingers crossed for a fourth.