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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sixteen Brides...Review

About the book:
Sixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising "prime homesteads" in a "booming community." Unbeknownst to them, the speculator's true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledgling community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they will accept marriage proposals shortly after their arrival! 

Sparks fly when these unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. These women are going to need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances--especially when they begin to discover that none of them is exactly who she appears to be. 

An enjoyable read.  I was so glad that the original 16 war widows narrowed down to 5, which was a much more manageable number.  The premise was a bit different and refreshing take on the mail-order bride scenario.  These women had spunk and drive and weren't afraid to stand up to the sneaky land speculator who deceived them.  They go off on their own and, together, establish themselves on joined land claims.

As they ingratiate themselves into the community, they make friends and predictably, a few enemies.  But, love conquers all.

5 is much more manageable than 16 main characters, but when you add the supporting characters and love interests, it could be difficult to keep track of everyone.  Stephanie Whitson does a great job of making it all work.  These are likeable women and you really cheer for them to succeed. I found her take on the premise interesting.

This is an easy enjoyable read, especially for those who love historical novels, and especially historical westerns.  Light Christian. 

Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Stephanie Grace Whitson here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 6/10

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3/5 Stars

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