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I applaud the author on writing a book that had so many characters and giving them space to live their story for us. If that was not remarkable enough, imagine picking up this book and being able to keep all their stories separated and straight with no problem. That is surely a very good author. I enjoyed this book very much, was sorry it ended but am ready for the next book by her. I highly recommend you read this one.
It was refreshing to read about how people lived during the late part of the nineteenth century. It is also assuring to know that the same life values from long ago are still very much applicable to this day and age of high technology. As they say, we can't go wrong with the basics, even more so if we're talking about basic human interaction.
Each chapter starts with a quote from the Bible, and references to God and faith abound all through the whole book. Just the same, it was not at all preachy. I believe it is the author's intention to open the readers to a renewed or strengthened faith in God. In that regard, I am confident that she has well succeeded.
Best bits: Skillfully done. It's got to be a challenge to weave together so many storylines and POVs and have it work, and the challenge was met. It seems like we hear from a whole host of characters, but really there are only(!) 5 POVs: Caroline, Ruth, Ella, Matthew, and (to a lesser extent) Hettie. I am left wanting to read a sequel, not because we don't get a satisfying conclusion, but because I want to keep hearing about the lives of these people I feel invested in. All the characters are dealing with painful pasts in some form or another. Those that turn to God are the most emotionally stable and healthy. Zita, Martha, and Jeb all model genuine Christianity, and they offer good advice and prayers for the others. Matthew's transformation is the most dramatic, as he takes steps toward healing on his own, but is finally able to forgive himself and his cousin after reading the Bible Jeb gives him and hashing it out with God.
Issues: I am a bit thrown by the title, as there are 16 ladies only for the first few chapters, we don't even meet them all, and they don't all become brides.
I can't think of anything I didn't like about this story. In fact I would enjoy reading it again!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and good character development.
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