I want to share some reviews from some ladies who've read Kathy's novella. I've been raving all week about Bachelor Buttons and today I want you to hear it from some other friends and very talented authors.
Review by MaryLu Tyndall
Wowza! Great debut novella!!
I'm not sure how this author packed so much good stuff in one tiny book, but only Kathleen Maher's exquisite pen could pull off such a feat. There's so much history here, plus incredible romance, then add action and suspense and you've got a perfect getaway on a hot summer's night. Another fun fact is that Kathleen modeled the romance and story after real life events of her great, great grandmother!! How cool is that. I love the romantic triangle too, and the great details she added from her great, great grandmother's life like the way her two suitors ran a race for the opportunity to take her out. A very sweet, fun, adventurous and engaging story you won't want to miss!
Review by Carrie F. Pagel
Kathy Maher is a fantastic new talent with a lovely voice full of sweetness and hope as well as determination. What a fresh take on the Civil War--I'd never heard about the riots in New York over the draft during that time! I had the privilege of critiquing this manuscript. You'll not read about people getting blown apart in the battles, in this book. Instead, you get a slice of life in a 1863 Irish borough of New York City. Inspired by Kathy's real-life ancestor, Rose is a sweetheart torn between two suitors. Excellent characterization and a unique fascinating story combined with a gorgeous voice--this novella has it all! This is Volume 3 in Murray Pura's Cry of Freedom and readers will be blessed by this story! For a longer review check out Carrie's blog.
Review by Debbie Mitchell
Wonderfully entertaining story!
Kathleen L. Maher has written a wonderfully entertaining story. First of all I must say that I simply love the title and cover of this novella. I also love that the main characters are based on Kathleen's own ancestors.
Miss Rose Meehan, a young woman with two suitors, is a delightful character. She had me smiling at times...a race comes to mind... But, alas, you must read the book to know to what I am referring. Her suitors William and Ian are on totally opposite ends of the scale. I found myself cheering on one and feeling sorry for the other.
Not only does Bachelor Buttons give you laughter and entertainment, but it also gives a glimpse into the uglier side of people during this time....rioting and bigotry. I was totally impressed how Kathleen was able to balance this story out. While reading about a riot going on, I couldn't help but wonder about another scene going on somewhere else....my mind was all over this story and in the end I was totally satisfied. This may be a short story, but I savored every morsel. Well done, Kathleen.
Review by Jocelyn Green
Fascinating history, sweet romance!
I knew I would like this novella even before I opened it because it dares to set the story against a very tumultuous piece of American history: the New York City draft riots of 1863. That's why I started reading it in the first place. But what kept me reading--and what made me LOVE it--was Kathleen Maher's commitment to history (even the parts we're not proud of), and the sweet romance that unfolded against the backdrop of war. Having researched this time and place myself, I found myself nodding and mentally applauding the author for capturing cultural nuances and delivering them to us in such an intriguing package. I can't wait to read more from Kathleen Maher.
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