The Clayborne Brides: One Pink Rose by Julie Garwood + E-book Annoucement

E-book: 162 pages
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: May 9, 2016 (reissued)
Source of my copy: publisher
Series: Rose Hill #2
First introduced in Julie Garwood's magnificent New York Times bestseller For the Roses, the Clayborne brothers of Blue Belle, Montana, have been embraced by millions more through this trio of #1 bestselling novels. Now collected in one volume for the first time, these stories tell of three spirited brothers -- once a mismatched gang of street urchins -- who learn that love flourishes in the most unexpected places....

One Pink Rose
Headstrong Travis takes a journey that opens his eyes to the splendor of his beloved West -- and his heart to Bostonian Emily Finnegan.

When I was contacted to read and give my thoughts about The Clayborne Brides I jumped at the chance. I first discovered romance novels when I was 14 years old and my favorite to read were historical romances--Johanna Lindsey, Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Catherine Coulter, and of course Julie Garwood were my go-to faves. 

I read For the Roses back then (the novel before the Clayborne Brides novellas), but I didn't get to read Travis, Douglas, and Adam's stories (I think because my public library didn't have them). I am so happy I got to remedy that because reading One Pink Rose, One White Rose, and One Red Rose was a treat. The stories brought me back to those long ago days when I'd rush through my homework so I could get back to my historical romance novel hidden under my pillow. And since these are set in Montana in the late 19th century they suited my perfectly--I love Western historical romances.

I'm going to share my thoughts about each novella and if they interest you read on because Pocket Books is rereleasing each novella in e-book format starting in May and the next two months thereafter (scroll below my review for more info about the rereleases).

A Bit of Background
If you didn't know, the Claybornes are not biological siblings. Con man Travis, pickpocket Douglas, runaway slave Adam, and gunslinger Cole met as young boys in New York City. They protected each other from older gangs, but became a family when they found a baby girl (Mary Rose) abandoned in an alley and decided to take care of her together. They headed west, and settled in Montana Territory. Many years later they were joined by Adam's biological mom Mama Rose, but she's a mother figure for all the men. After Mary Rose got married (her book is called For the Roses--correct me if I'm wrong, but I vaguely remember there being a Hallmark made for TV movie based on the novel with a young Jennifer Garner playing the role of Mary Rose), and Mama Rose turned her matchmaking attentions on the men starting with Travis.

One Pink Rose
One Pink Rose is Travis and Emily's story. Emily was jilted at the altar after ex-fiancé ran off with her sister. Humiliated and angry, she rashly agreed to move to Montana and marry a man she exchanged letters with but never met named Clifford O'Toole. But, O'Toole lived in the backwoods of town and she needed an escort to get there. Enter Travis Clayborne. Travis thought Emily was out of her mind agreeing to marry a man she doesn't love, let alone never met. But, he decided to help her anyway as a favor to his Mama Rose (the brothers' adopted mother) and they bickered their way through the wilderness all the while falling for each other.

This one was my least favorite of the three novellas. It was a fun read overall and I liked it, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I did the other two novellas. Emily came off as overly silly and childish in her stubbornness and impulsiveness. Some of the things she said and the way she acted, she sometimes came off like a silly 13-year-old. I mean, I was never annoyed by her and she kind of endeared herself to me halfway through the story because she had that sweet innocence about her, but at the same time she wasn't going to survive long in the wilderness of Montana with the way she was acting and her attitude towards certain things. She redeemed herself though in the end because she came through for Travis.

As for Travis, he wasn't my favorite brother, but I liked him okay. Before he met Emily, in the beginning of the novella, there was this long scene with all four Clayborne brothers and their brother-in-law Harrison and they were having this long, manic conversation about four different things at once and whoa--Harrison who commented on how the brothers like to include irrelevant facts as a way to confuse him so he doesn't question their motives. It was done to set the story arc of a mysterious law man named Daniel Ryan, who will play a part in each novella, and that whole scene set the tone for the brothers' relationship, which was nice to start with and see--some of my favorite scenes in the novellas are the ones with the brothers together. I liked how Travis called out Emily on some of her silliness. Travis and Emily were well-matched, and I enjoyed their story overall.

Get ready for wedding season Clayborne style!

Pocket Star E-books will be releasing Julie Garwood's three stories of the Clayborne brothers a la carte as separate e-books. One Pink Rose will be out on May 9th and will cost $1.99. It will be followed by One White Rose on June 13th ($2.99) and One Red Rose on July 11th ($2.99).

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