From 1898 to present day, four generations of Texan women encounter love in Fredericksburg's Sunday Houses! Schoolteacher Amelia has been avoiding marriage until a carpenter crosses her path. Mildred is nursing a patient who begins healing her heart. Trudy's sense of adventure is challenged by a roving columnist. And Gwendolyn's world is rocked by a geologist. 352 pages, softcover from Barbour.
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SUNDAYS IN FREDERICKSBURG by EILEEN KEY,LYNETTE SOWELL,CONNIE STEVENS AND MAGGIE VAWTER is an interesting inspirational Historical Romance set in Texas. Part of the "Romancing America" series. "Sundays in Fredericksburg" is a 4-in-1 collection that follows several generations of families living in Fredericksburg, Texas. It is written by four very distinct authors, with four very distinctive writing styles that blends together an amazing story told through four different time periods. Generation of family stories that evolves around Sunday dinners in Fredericksburg, Texas, a German community. With engaging characters and an interesting storyline, you do not want to miss this tale of love, faith,and romance. A very interesting story indeed! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
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REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Sundays in Fredericksburg is a 4-in-1 collection that follows several generations of families living in Fredericksburg, Texas. We read these stories through the perspective of four different women from four different time periods. These stories revolve around the Sunday Houses that German communities often used. Our first story follows Amelia and Hank. Amelia has arrived in Fredericksburg to teach at the new school. When three orphans, unwanted by their uncle, come to school, Amelia falls in love with them. Hank also cares about these children and Amelia and Hank must find a way for these children to be provided for. The second story takes place after the end of World War I. Coming home from being a nurse, Mildred is quickly put back into nursing when the community is struck with influenza. Nelson, an out of town doctor, has come to help the town doctor. Mildred and Nelson work together to stop this epidemic, but when one of them gets sick, the other doesn’t hesitate to help them to return to health. The third story takes place after the end of World War II. Trudy loves taking photographs and longs to explore the world. When Bradley, an out-of-town journalist arrives, Trudy allows him to rent their Sunday House as he works on his journaling. As they begin spending more time together, Trudy finds herself drawn to Bradley. But is it Bradley or the idea of traveling the world that intrigues her the most? In the fourth story, we are in the present day. Gwen is working in her aunt’s antique store and Clay is in town for a class credit assignment. Both of them are staying in Sunday Houses and they enjoy spending time together.
Each story was short and sweet. I enjoyed learning about some of the German history and their community, as well as learning about Sunday Houses and what they were. While I enjoyed the stories, I just didn’t like how everything happened so fast. I realize that these are each novellas, but I still felt like there was not a lot of development and for me, to really enjoy a book, I need more development. However, this was still an enjoyable book and each story was fun to read.
I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions stated are my own.
This combination of novellas about love in Fredericksburg is very inspiring.. Each couple lived in a different time period and it surprised me that while the stories are romance they were very historical and showed the changes in history and how it affected the livelihood for these German settlers very accurately.. There is only one thing that never changed in the decades that passed-true love, its a constant. I was absolutely taken with each story, and i appreciated authors for letting few months pass from first meeting and actual attraction to the declaration of love and actual wedding even though its a novella and everything is expected to move too fast. I think the initial chemistry and gradually growing love rings more of reality... Great job authors!!! Cant wait to read more of your books... I got this book for free from Nethalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Review 4 for Sundays in Fredericksburg (Texas)
Date:June 14, 2013
Love reading books like this one that goes through generations of God's goodness!
This book contains four stories that take place in Fredericksburg, Texas and spans from the 1800’s to present day. Back in the 1800’s they had what was called Sunday houses and farmers who lived many miles out of town would own a small weekend house so that they could come into town for Church each week. The Sunday homes serve as the back drop for the stories and follow a few families through out the years.
What I liked: I liked how this book started with historical stories and worked towards the present and for the most part followed some of the characters from earlier stories. I like when they do this as it makes the short stories feel more like one book and its easier to get into each story when they share some details.
What I did not like: The last two stories where okay but I did not enjoy them as much as the first too.
Over all this as an enjoyable book and a solid add to the Romancing America series.
The Sunday House is not something I'd ever heard of before. German settlers in Fredericksburg, Texas, found their farms in the new country were too far from town to commute daily. This also meant that their farms were too far from town to attend church on Sunday, and that was unacceptable. So, many families lived on their farm but built tiny "Sunday Houses" in Fredericksburg. They'd come to town on Saturday to take care of business, stay over in their Sunday House, attend church, and then return to the farm for another workweek.
This collection of 4 novellas covers the history of the town. In "Hope's Dwelling Place" by Connie Stevens, Amelia Bachman arrives in Fredericksburg in 1897 to teach school. She chose this profession because teachers can't get married, and she can't handle the thought of a loveless marriage like that of her parents. She lives in the Sunday House of the school board chairman, so endures the family's invasion every weekend. Meanwhile, Hank Zimmeman has moved into his family's Sunday House (next door to Amelia) against his father's wishes. He is to be a farmer like his father, not a carpenter. Above all, Hank wants a family. Too bad the pretty teacher has no desire for marriage. . .or does she?
"A Shelter from the Storm" is the second story, by Marjorie Vawter. It's 1918, and Mildred Zimmerman is returning from nursing in the war only to find that Fredericksburg is under siege from the Spanish Influenza. Mildred had expected to have her family's Sunday House to herself but finds she must take in patients, as the local clinic is overflowing. A war hero, Dr. Nelson Winters, has arrived to help the town's overworked doctor and Mildred can't help but admire him, though she has no intention of falling in love.
Another war has arrived to take Fredericksburg's young men away. In "Letters from Home" by Lynette Sowell, amateur photographer Trudy Meier yearns for adventure, but is, instead, needed at home on the farm. She rents the family Sunday House out to a reporter, Bradley Payne, who's here to write a series on the town's greatest war hero. If only she could travel as he does and see the world. But Bradley has come to Fredericksburg to find his roots. Who will stay, and who will go?
"A Hint of Lavender," a contemporary story by Eileen Key, rounds out the collection. When Gwen Zimmerman's dad has a heart attack, her family needs her income from a job in town more than they need her at the farm's peach stand, so she moves into the family Sunday House and works at her aunt's antique store. Next door, geologist Clay Tanner is recovering from an accident that injured his leg, and Gwen's aunt has promised him meals. She shouldn't be falling for Clay. He doesn't share her faith or her love of farm life. But momentous things are happening in Clay's life. Will it be enough?
I enjoyed all four of these stories, but particularly the contemporary one at the end. I loved Gwen's deep roots into farming soil and her dreams of creating her own business on the farm. Throughout all four stories, I learned interesting tidbits about Texas and especially the fascinating concept of the Sunday Houses!