Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson~a review~

About the Book:

With the promise of prime homesteads and fresh starts, sixteen Civil War widows uproot and move out West. But they soon find that more than land is awaiting their arrival.
When the women finally stumble off the train, they are greeted by the local bachelors--eager to propose marriage! As the true motive behind the offered land is revealed, the women muster all the faith, courage, and cunning they can to survive their new circumstances.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House; Original edition (April 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764205137
ISBN-13: 978-0764205132
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches

About the Author:

Stephanie Grace Whitson, bestselling author and two time Christy Award finalist, pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home studio in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her husband and blended family, her church, quilting, and Kitty--her motorcycle--all rank high on her list of "favorite things". Visit www.stephaniegracewhitson.com

My Review:
This book starts out with sixteen women going West to claim a homestead to begin a new life. The ad they saw featured some of the words "Only women need apply," " Take control of your own destiny by acquiring land in your own name." So these sixteen ladies set out all looking forward to land and having a place they can call their own. Tricked by the con artist, Mr. Drake, the women accidentally discover that his real intention is to provide them as brides for some lonely men at a nice profit for himself. They find this out one town before the place they were suppose to live. Ten of the ladies decide to go on, but six of them decide to stay where they are to help out in town at different places and they get four plots of land that connect at the corners. These six women are Ruth, Caroline, Hettie, Ella and her mother Zita, and Sally. Many reviewers said this was very confusing at the beginning because of sixteen characters, but I had no trouble at all.
Then Stephanie narrows it down to six women and keeps each ladies story separately interesting and fun, but she brings each of their lives together as well. This book was fun, touching and very hard to put down. I wanted to read it every second I could. This ladies will stay in your heart and I wish the book was MUCH longer. Really loved it. Another super book to keep on your book shelves. Make sure if you don't read any other book this year{shame on you if you don't read lots of books ;) }, you need to read this one. Highly recommended.

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Thanks to Bethany House and Jim Hart for the book Sixteen Brides for review purposes.


Julia M. Reffner said...

I really want to read this one as I keep hearing great reviews...however, think I will wait awhile as I've had one too many mail-order bride stories lately.

csthankful said...

I have been curious about this book. Stephanie Grace Whitson writes fantastic stories. Sounds like one I MUST get. THanks much. Blessings

Trinity Rose said...

Julia you can never read to many mail-order bride books. This one has a different twist with the 6 women.
Connie Sue you will LOVE this book!

Katie said...

This sounds like the kind of book I would like! I will have to put this on my wishlist! :)

God bless!

Unknown said...

I loved this book! It's one of my favorites this year. I agree that you can't read too many mail order bride books. And this one was different from your typical story.