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Sixteen Brides Paperback – April 1, 2010
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I found the book easy to read but hard to put down, as chores and meals were pushed aside to follow the stories of these brides to the end of the book.
Stephanie Grace Whitson always produces good writing as she carries you along on the journey with these women. Based on historical facts, she weaves the stories of these brides into the landscape of the prairie of Nebraska that leaves one at the end of the story with a nod and sigh of satisfaction.
Seven of these women had no intentions of being anyone's bride. They'd come west for the land. And they were determined to make it work. With Ella's planning, they devised a plan where they could all stay together and yet form four different homesteads.
There these seven women make their stakes on the land and on the hearts of the town. As they struggle to survive in an unforgiving land, will they find more than what they came for?
SIXTEEN BRIDES is by far the best historical I've read by Ms. Whitson. I totally loved this story, the seemingly seamless way the points of view of five women and two men were woven into it and excitement that lit the pages.
All of these characters were touched by death, yet the deaths were not portrayed in the pages of the book. The characters were ready to move on, to battle the demons that tormented them, and to start making changes in their lives. I really enjoyed this book, and if you are looking for a good historical, then you won't want to miss SIXTEEN BRIDES. It is a wonderful read.
Stephanie Grace Whitson has just became an author that I have add to my favorites list. She has true talent and researched enough to make this story feel real. I felt as though I was a war widow, stepping into a whole new town for a whole new adventure. I was captured from the beginning and quickly befriended all these amazing brides, and I was held til the very last page. This was a simple read, though, as I said, a bit overwhelming in the beginning. The author created a story full of humor, charm, wit, and God in such a way that, even though in the beginning there were so many different characters, it wasn't jumpy or confusing.
I highly recommend this book with 5 stars, especially if you love historicals and well created characters. I will be looking forward to many more books by Stephanie!
Many thanks to Bethany House and CFBA for my review copy!
Eight ladies are brought together under the misrepresentation that they would be traveling to a different state to obtain land under their own name. The book, set in 1871, is a wonderful example of how women were not considered equals during this era. As women we were meant to be seen and not heard....so for a woman to even think about owning land was almost unheard. Needless to say when the opportunity arose for these ladies to claim their own homestead...they were eager to do so. Each lady had her own reasons for signing up and as the stories progress you learn more about their choices.
Along the route to the original destination the sixteen ladies discover that they are not going to their planned destination to claim homesteads but were rather are going to be offered as Widow-brides. Apparently a practice that was very common in the early 1800's
Of the 16 original ladies...8 chose to stay in Plum Grove, Nebraska rather then make the trip to become a strangers' bride. They came for land and land they intended to claim. This unlikely group of women quickly formed a bond and became a makeshift family. As the story unfolds so does each of the ladies' personal life stories and you find yourself drawn to each one.
I loved each of the colorful personalities of the 8 ladies that chose to forge their own destiny rather then waiting for a man to do it for them. But, I was most drawn to the beautiful Southern Belle, Caroline, and the pretty and gutsy, Ruth.Read more ›
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This is a very engaging epic story of the women pioneers of the west. It follows the lives of five women who immigrated to the west without knowing that they were being shipped... Read morePublished 10 days ago by NenetteU
These women were awesome. They had all came bad situations and the were out in another. But they decided to let go and begin anew. I think everyone could use that lesson.Published 1 month ago by Kitty Sutton
I keep coming back to this story and find new things every time. Maybe I read to fast or am distracted to easily but every time I fall in love with these ladies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
the book is excellent as it gives us a good view of women in the late 1800hundreds to the early 1900's who weren't afraid to strike out on their own with out men backing them... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bernice K. Holcombe
I read this book last year and despite having a large quantity of books to read, I decided to reread this story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer Berry
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