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Product Details

  • Series: Romancing America
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc. (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616266945
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616266943
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This was a delightful novella with lots of colonial details that history lovers will enjoy.  Readers who enjoy colonial era Christian romance will be THRILLED with the authenticity of the information included and the lovely heroine and strong hero.  Carla has created compelling characters and a lovely tight storyline for this novella." Carrie Fancett Pagels, ColonialQuills.org

This collection takes place in the late 1700s, a different time period than many historicals and one I wasn’t particularly knowledgeable about (don’t forget I’m Canadian!) I found the stories interesting from that perspective. I also enjoyed cameo appearances by previous novellas’ characters, and watching their families grow and interact within the newer stories. If you enjoy this period of American history, I think you’ll like this collection.
(Valerie Comer Live Simply. Simply Love. 2012-10-10)

Over all I enjoyed this book. Of the four stories I liked that last two the best and my favorite was the last one with Alden. That story could have easily been a stand alone novel. I like the Romancing America line because they can be read easily and are great books for those days you find yourself waiting on your kids at practice or waiting at the doctors office. Looking forward to reading more of these books.
(Abbie Tireman Abbie's Reading Corner 2012-11-04)

Book Description

Unexpected adventure in Connecticut takes the Ingersoll brothers by surprise—and sends unexpected love into their paths. Will Nathaniel risk his future for a woman? Will animosity end Jonathon’s new-found love? Will a war-wounded Gideon find peace or more hurt? Will one young lady have Alden seeking love over freedom?


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Fans of colonial-set Christian romance will enjoy this collection.
S. Dietze
Nathaniel Ingersoll didn't come to buy a slave, but when he sees Constance faint on the deck of Smout's ship, he can't help but interfere.
Valerie Comer
It is not a time period I often read about but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the authors described their settings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Dietze on November 26, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Perfect for cozy reading, this story collection features four novellas: one each for the four Ingersoll brothers of colonial Connecticut. Nathaniel is a ship figurehead carver who risks his reputation for an indentured servant, Constance. Jonathon, a trader, is forced by a flood to seek shelter at an inn, but the young lady he meets there, Clara, comes with trouble. Micajah is a wounded soldier who longs for peace but finds himself protecting Sarah and her daughter. And the youngest brother, Alden, is impressed by the British Navy, but will he escape after falling in love with the captain's niece, Phoebe?

I love how the stories feature different aspects of life in colonial America. The heroes and heroines are all likable and strong, and their tales of love and redemption are encouraging and entertaining. Fans of colonial-set Christian romance will enjoy this collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Novel Junkie on November 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was a pleasant story collection about four brothers living in Colonial Connecticut. I really loved how all of the stories were related and each brother was able to finally find love through various and sundry means. And it was neat to see the different aspects of colonial life presented on various ways throughout the four stories. I especially liked some of the jobs, like the ship figurehead carver. Who would have thought such a job existed?

I know the publisher has had these Romancing America books out for a while. This is the first one I've looked at, and while shorter novels (or novellas) aren't really my favorite type of read, I did enjoy this book and I think other books in the series are worth checking into.

There was, however, a wide range of writing styles throughout the four novellas, and that kept jolting me. Just when I was getting used to how one author wrote, then the story was done and I was moving on to another author. I'm not sure that's something that can really be helped, given the type of book this was, but that's my reason for putting four stars instead of five.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Faye on November 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Four brothers find wives in this Colonial collection.

An enjoyable read from four lovely authors. I loved how well each of these stories fit together and the consistency with the characters that showed up in each of the novels.

Carving a Future by Carla Olson Gade is the story of Nathaniel, who is the oldest of the Ingersoll sons, and Constance, a young woman taken to be an indentured servant against her will.
Can love bring them together despite the obstacles in their way?

I really liked how this story introduced me to most of the main characters and the setting. The characters were really likable, and with Constance it was easy to understand where she had come from and that it was hard to adjust to being a an indentured servant, there were some pretty funny bits about her adjustment.

I really liked Nathaniel's mother and how she prayed for each of her sons to find the right woman :) A really sweet tale with twists and turns along the way!

Trading Hearts by Amber Stockton tells the story of Jonathan the second son, during a storm he takes shelter in an inn meeting Clara, who just may be his match!

What I liked about this story was how Jonathan dealt with the obstacles that Clara's brother put in his way. So Jonathan has to clear his name and prove himself to Clara. So it had a bit of a mystery and also a bit of a whirlwind romance to it!

I really liked Jonathan's character, because though most of the other brothers were introduced in the first story, Jonathan wasn't, because he was constantly traveling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Comer on October 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Life is full of the unexpected, don't you think? That seems to be the over-riding theme of this 4-in-1 collection from Barbour's Romancing America series, where each of the characters find that life has taken one or more turns they had not seen coming. Each of these authors takes those turns and gives them an extra twist in these tales of Early Americana.

Connecticut in the 18th century provides the setting for this group of stories about the Ingersoll brothers. They live in the town of Glassenbury up the Connecticut River, four young men whose father died an untimely death. Their mother operates the Red Griffin Inn, a popular boarding house, in an effort to see to the needs of herself and her sons. Their Uncle Phineas keeps an eye out for his nephews, as well as the entire town of Glassenbury. Against the backdrop of the French and Indian War, the lives and loves of the Ingersoll brothers take shape.

"Carving a Future" is the first novella in the collection, written by Carla Olson Gade. Constance Starling finds herself about to be sold as an indentured servant in America after a difficult passage from England, where she and a friend had been on an innocent errand too near the docks. Captain Smout was determined to make some coin on this woman, but she hadn't weathered well. Nathaniel Ingersoll didn't come to buy a slave, but when he sees Constance faint on the deck of Smout's ship, he can't help but interfere. Short on funds and a carver by trade, he bargains a new figurehead for Smout's ship in exchange for Constance, whom he takes to his mother's inn for recovery. Constance creates disasters as she's never cooked or cleaned before, lending credence to her tale that she had been abducted from a life she wishes to return to.
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