Summer Bride by Shanna Hatfield – Book Review, Preview

Posted July 19, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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Summer Bride by Shanna Hatfield - Book Review, Preview

by Shanna Hatfield Genres: Clean Romance
Also in this series: Easter Bride

Felix drools. Not all the time, but when he is happy. It’s kind of gross, but kind of cute, too. What makes me laugh is the way he stops eating once he has drooled all over his food. (Well, I guess I can see that.)

This crazy, scrappy, neighborhood cat never ceases to amuse me. He has adopted me as his “mom” and comes to visit at least twice a day, loudly demanding attention and, of course, food. Due to his eating habits, I have found myself feeding not only him but also Casper, another neighborhood cat, a possum and a few raccoons. Oops!

Summer Bride by Shanna Hatfield – Book Review, Preview

Summer Bride
by Shanna Hatfield

Series: Holiday Brides #2
Publication Date July 12, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 237


Two octogenarians won’t stop until they make a match. . .
Sage Presley loves her job as the receptionist at Golden Skies Retirement Village in Holiday, Oregon. She enjoys the residents and their wisdom, even if some of them are more than a little quirky. Determined to ignore the matchmaking efforts of two women at the retirement home, Sage’s sole focus is on raising her brother, Shane. In spite of her best efforts, she can’t help but notice the hunky electrician who continually comes to her rescue.

Grateful for the opportunity to open his own electrical business, Justin James moves to Holiday full of plans and dreams. He’s quickly drawn in by the close-knit community, but finds the lack of suitable single women disturbing. Despite himself, his attention is captured by the receptionist at the retirement home where he’s working on a big job. Yet, he can’t begin to understand why two matchmaking octogenarians are intent on forcing him together with the woman he’s convinced is married.

A sweet romance novella sprinkled with humor, hope, and the meaning of real love, Summer Bride will warm the hearts of readers while bringing them a smile.

I would like to thank Shanna Hatfield for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: , Easter Bride

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When Justin bought his business and house, he inherited an eccentric cat, Crosby (if cats can be eccentric, that is). I loved reading about Crosby and his idiosyncrasies. He reminds me quite a bit of Felix, the cat who visits us, with the exception that Crosby is scared of mice.  The fact that Justin happily accepted him and took over his care was just one of the examples of what a great guy Justin is.


So, Justin. He’s smart, handsome, compassionate, and patient. What’s not to like? His longing for love was so sweet, and I loved that his list of what he was looking for in a woman had nothing to do with appearance. The opening of the book with him wondering, “What’s a guy gotta do to get a girl in this town?” led to some fun ribbing from the construction workers he was with and some pretty funny suggestions. Fortunately for Justin, he didn’t have to resort to any of their ideas with Tilly and Ruth around.


If you read Valentine Bride by Shanna Hatfield, you met Ruth and Tilly. They are the scheming elderly women living at the retirement home where Sage works and they love to play matchmakers. And they are a fun pair. I am hoping that Ruth will get her own story at some point in time. . .




Sage is my heroine. Despite an almost tragic childhood, she was a woman of honor. She sacrificed her own wants and needs to care for her younger brother, Shane. She was convinced that no man could ever want both of them and resolved to remain single until Shane was on his own. The essay Shane wrote reflected her personality so well and was incredibly sweet and sensitive for a pre-teen boy!



I read a lot of stories by Shanna Hatfield. In fact, each time I see she has a new one coming out, I am so glad. As with her other books, this story is a combination of witty, tender, romantic, and swoony.





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About Shanna Hatfield

Shanna Hatfield

From the author:

Convinced everyone deserves a happy ending, USA Today bestselling author Shanna Hatfield is out to make it happen one story at a time. Her sweet historical and contemporary romances combine humor and hopelessly romantic moments with unforgettable characters.

When this farm girl isn’t writing or indulging in rich, decadent chocolate, Shanna hangs out with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna loves to hear from readers.

My Notes: I have read around 30 of Shanna’s books, so that should give you a pretty good idea what I think of her writing. The average rating is 4.5 stars. My favorites have been the stand-alone books she writes, but they are all enjoyable and worth taking the time to read.

Series-es written by Shanna


Pendleton Petticoats – Brave, strong women forge their own paths and fall in love with determined heroes in this series set in the Wild West town of Pendleton, Oregon.

Baker City Brides – Sassy women tangle with headstrong men in the historic town of Baker City, Oregon, known as the Denver of the Blue Mountains during its days of gold in the 1890s.

Hardman Holidays – A blend of Victorian splendor and Old West rugged charm, this heartwarming series takes readers on lovely holiday adventures in the once thriving town of Hardman, Oregon.

Hearts of the War – The poignant romances in this series remind readers of the struggles Americans faced during World War II while highlighting the triumphs found in hope, joy, and love.


Rodeo Romance – Laced with humor and rural life, in this series hunky rodeo cowboys tangle with feisty women who can’t help but love them.

Grass Valley Cowboys – Meet the Thompson family of the Triple T Ranch in Grass Valley, Oregon. Three handsome brothers, their rowdy friends, and the women who fall for them are at the heart of this sweet contemporary western romance series.

Women of Tenacity – Tenacious, spunky women give the wild, rugged men who love them a run for their money in this contemporary western romance series.

Silverton Sweethearts – Sweet love combines with romantic comedy in this fun contemporary series set near Portland, Oregon.

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2 responses to “Summer Bride by Shanna Hatfield – Book Review, Preview

  1. Thank you so, so much for that awesome review and the beautiful graphics you shared. So appreciated. And I loved reading about Felix. If our crazy cat enjoyed other felines, I bet they’d be friends. Thanks again!

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