A few years ago you would never find me reading novellas, much lesson eBook novellas. However, time went on to where it was time, space, and financially-worthy for me to get an eReader. Then I discovered a freebie one day in the title of Gentleman of Her Dreams and read it. It was an author that I didn’t know but the cover and description were awesome. I loved every minute of it! You can read my review of that novella and the books in the series that it prequels as well (here). After this I became thirsty for anything written by the author Jen Turano and she remains a favorite author of mine today!
Now I think e-novella books are awesome! The freebies are a wonderful idea and have introduced me to a few favorites that I am glad to buy and recommend and buy for family & friends in the future. However let me tell you… When there is an e-novella that is priced at the same price as a full book I’m not interested. I’m personally not willing to pay $3+ for 96 pages of text. Yes, I love my authors. Yes, I promote them and buy books and get books for review that I turn around and promote and buy for family and friends if they’re are just that awesome. But no, I’m not going to buy an individual novella for such a price. However! I’ll gladly buy an e-novella or novella treasury such as today’s review Among the Fair Magnolias, or A Year of Weddings, A Match Maid in Texas, Four Weddings and a Kiss, Sincerely Yours and A Bride for All Seasons.
One of the reasons why I was against reading novellas was because they are so short that I felt that a good story couldn’t really be told in that amount of time. However, after reading a Christmas author pick up blog I found things to be clear and entertaining with only a paragraph at a time. And what makes it even better for me with a lot of these e-novellas they are continuations or side-stories of one of their main series which I love! For instance in A Time to Mend, Dorothy Love writes a short 96 page story continuing in the scenery and era of Pawley Island such as she had in her full length novel Carolina Gold. In A Cowboy Unmatched, Karen Witemeyer writes a 136 page story continuing in her Archer Brother’s series.
E-novellas that I have enjoyed:
One Little Word by Amanda Cabot and Lessons in Love by Ann Shorey from Sincerely Yours Collection.
An Ever After Summer by Debra Clopton, And Then Came Spring by Margaret Brownley, and Winter Wedding Bells by Mary Connealy from A Bride for All Seasons.
Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall including The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Dawn of Christmas, and The Christmas Singing.
There are also the little bonus e-novellas that I enjoy. Such as treasures from certain authors like Julie Lessman, Liz Curtis Higgs, and Mary Connealy around Christmas time. Or one of my favorite general fiction authors Deanna Raybourn. While I’ve been waiting for her newest series debut I’ve been biding my time with her mini stories that pick right up and entertain a Christmas or honeymoon mystery I might have missed.
A Wreath in the Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs
A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman
Silent Night, Twelfth Night, Bonfire Night and others by Deanna Raybourn
E-novellas on my TBR list:
The Vow by Jody Hedlund
A Proper Marriage by Dorothy Love
A Christmas Hope by Stacy Henrie
A Perfect Fit by Lynne Gentry
A Lady of Esteem, Out of the Storm, Appalachian Serenade, and Love by the Letter…
Hidden Faces (novella collection) by Golden Keyes Parsons
An Amish Wedding Invitation by Serena B. Miller
Hope for the Holidays Historical Collection, With this Kiss Historical Collection, With this Spark Collection by various authors…
And many others! Especially the romance collections from Barbour Books!