The Bartered Bride Collection: 9 Historical Stories of Arranged Marriages  -     By: Cathy Hake, JoAnn Grote, Kelly Hake
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Barbour Publishing / 2012 / Paperback

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Follow nine adventurous young women as they journey to Oregon, Dakota Territory, Colorado, Missouri, and Louisiana in this romantic collection from your favorite authors! Includes Joie de Vivre, Button Strong Bride, The Wedding Wagon, From Halter to Altar, From Carriage to Marriage, From Pride to Bride, From Alarming to Charming, A Vow Unbroken, and Finishing Touches. 448 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 162029155X
ISBN-13: 9781620291559
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Publisher's Description

Treasure this beautiful collection packed with all the angst of romance founded upon practical arrangements. Four sisters travel in answer to an ad before even corresponding with potential husbands. Two women bend to the will of their parents in taking husbands. A widow commits to a stranger in name only. And two women on the Oregon Trail hitch their lives to men they’ve just met. Will love blossom for convenience sake?

Author Bio

Cathy Marie Hake is a Southern California native. She met her two loves at church: Jesus and her husband, Christopher. An RN, she loved working in oncology as well as teaching Lamaze. Health issues forced her to retire, but God opened new possibilities with writing. Since their children have moved out and are married, Cathy and Chris dote on dogs they rescue from a local shelter. A sentimental pack rat, Cathy enjoys scrapbooking and collecting antiques. "I’m easily distracted during prayer, so I devote certain tasks and chores to specific requests or persons so I can keep faithful in my prayer life." Since her first book in 2000, she’s been on multiple best-seller and readers’ favorite lists.

JoAnn lives on the Minnesota prairie which is a setting for many of her stories. Once a full-time CPA,  JoAnn now spends most of her time researching and writing. JoAnn has published historical nonfiction books for children and several novels with Barbour Publishing in the Heartsong Presents line as well as the American Adventure and Sisters in Time series for children. Several of her novellas are included in CBA best-selling anthologies by Barbour Publishing. JoAnn’s love of history developed when she worked at an historical restoration in North Carolina for five years. She enjoys researching and weaving her fictional characters’ lives into historical backgrounds and events. JoAnn believes that readers can receive a message of salvation and encouragement from well-crafted fiction. She captivates and addresses the deeper meaning between life and faith.

Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, shes fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, shes attained her BA in English literature and composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in writing popular fiction.

Writing for Barbour combines two of Kellys great loveshistory and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, shes been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Readers Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances. A newlywed, she and her gourmet-chef husband live in Southern California with their golden lab mix, Midas!

Amy Rognlie has drawn on her home in Colorado for scenes in her story that assure readers God is love and He is ever willing to forgive. Amy is a middle school language arts teacher. She and her family recently relocated to Central Texas, where she loves teaching, reading and writing (of course), gardening, and hanging out with her family and three dogs. “God’s word is precious to me,” Amy says. “In all of my stories, I strive to remind readers that God is faithful to His word, and can be trusted in every situation.” Amy has had two historical romance novels published by Heartsong Presents.

Janelle Burnham Schneider has published six novels with Heartsong Presents. After thirteen years as a Canadian military family, she and her loved ones are now settled in Manitoba, Canada, near the geographic center of North America. In addition to being an author, wife, and mother, she has also worked as an administrative assistant, catalog delivery person, school bus driver, and Starbucks barista.

Pamela Tracy started writing at a very young age (a series of romances, all with David Cassidy as the hero. Sometimes Bobby Sherman would interfere). Then, while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, she picked up the pen again (only this time, it was an electric typewriter on which she wrote a very bad fiction novel).  First published in 1999 by Barbour Publishing, she has since published more than twenty-five books in multiple genres. She’s a Carol Award winner (from American Christian Fictions Writers) as well as both a Carol and Rita finalist (from Romance Writers of America).     

Lynette Sowell is an award-winning author with New England roots, but she makes her home in Central Texas with her husband and a herd of five cats. When she’s not writing, she edits medical reports and chases down stories for the local newspaper.

Editorial Reviews

The books weave history, romance and faith together to create a wonderful book that readers will enjoy!

Being Christian in nature, The Bartered Bride Collection would make for a wonderful afternoon curl-up with a cup of herbal tea, perhaps on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.  Take your time to savor each sweet story in order to find yourself loving that feeling of falling in love for the first time all over again.

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  1. South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lots of Great Quick Reads
    May 10, 2014
    South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's certainly a different style of writing, and reading, with 9 short (50 pages each) stories in one volume. I found I quite enjoyed it, finishing each in a day. Even though they were short, the characters were still nicely filled out, and there was enough activity to make each story full and satisfying. I especially enjoyed the 4 stories about the 4 Craig sisters sent as mail order brides to the small town of Lickwind. They flowed together so it was like reading one full length novel, but 4 authors were involved. Each story goes to show that love can grow when people who are thrown together by circumstance choose to put God at the center of their marriage and determine to make a go of it. Even though they were all fictional, that sort of thing happened a lot in those days. It's a good lesson for all those in shaky marriages today. A very enjoyable read.
  2. St. Petersburg FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very pleasing reading!
    October 4, 2013
    St. Petersburg FL
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a handy book to have around. The stories are not long or laborious. They are upbeat and positive and are a delight to read. This is light, encouraging reading that's good before bed at night or other times when you want to enjoy a good story and come away feeling encouraged in the Lord! I will order more of these collections.
  3. Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love Is In The Air
    January 30, 2013
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Book 1

    Josée has been brought up by LaBlanc family since she was 6 years old. She is starting to have feelings for her friend/brother. It is the custom in this Buyou Community that the father pick a spouse for his daughter when she reaches 18. That is where Josée is now, and is surprised when she finds herself engaged to wed Edouard, the older aloof brother.

    Will she give up her feeling for one and turn them to another? Will she be able to reach Edouard?

    We shall find out!

    Book 2 One of my favorite authors Cathy Marie Hake wrote this short story and she does not disappoint. We are traveling on a wagon train to Willomet Valley, and when the story opens Ethan's wife has passed and he is traveling with his two young children, and having a hard time and needing to depend on others to help with their care. Charity was traveling with her Mother and Father, when first her Mom and then her Dad died.

    The Wagon Master is insisting Charity cannot travel alone, and must be sent back_.or combine the two wagons. So begins, a really sweet journey, with Charity and the children, and Ethan.

    You will have to read this one! It is a must read!

    Book 3 When Bethany's friend Penny brings her home over a Christmas Holiday, she loves being part of this family. A relationship develops between Penny's brother, Dr. Joshua Rogers, and Beth.

    He eventually asks her to be his wife, and travel with him to go to Oregon, by wagon train.

    Did Bethany marry him for love, or a family, that is the question to be answered in this story!

    Book 4 Starts out quite funny, James Collingsworth has ordered 4 horse bridles, and ends up receiving 4 brides! He is not interested in a Woman. He can't leave them in town, and ends up bringing the sisters to his Ranch. He and his brother Luke end up sleeping in the barn. Will either he or Luke end up with one of these pretty woman.

    Book 5 This is the second and continuing story of the Brides..not bridles, and this is Corrie Craigs. Her husband died a few months prior and she is in a family way, but that doesn't keep Luke from having feelings for her. Can Corrie who really loved her husband, ever have feelings for Luke?

    Book 6 This is also a continuation of the Craig Sister. Bess Criag wants to move to town and Mr Riker or Gideon, offers Bess and Bertie his new house to use. Bessie sets up a kitchen and starts earning money from baking, and cooking meals. She also starts teaching some of the young boys how to read, and then some of the Soiled Doves from the Saloon. She begins to have feeling for Gideon, but as a Christian can not have anything to do with a saloon.

    Book 7 This is Bertie's story, and the final and youngest of the Craigs Sisters. She is the a "tomboy", and loving it_that is until she meets Thomas Harding. All of a sudden another woman her age appears, married, and in a family way. It was like a light bulb went off in Roberta's head. You will have to read to see what happens to this one.

    Book 8 The eighth novella is Abby's and James. Abby's Aunt plays a big trick on both of them! Abby is very pregnant when she arrives to be James's new Housekeeper, and James is surprised to find his new mail order bride to be with child.

    Will Abby ever be able to break her vow to God? Will there ever be a real marriage? Surprising turn of events!

    Book 9 Captain Gregory Royce has lent Mr Collier a lot of money to save his business. In return he is to marry Tabitha, whom he is in Love with. When the day before his wedding Tabitha elopes with another, her father offers his other daughter, Elizabeth or Libby as she is known.

    Does this marriage have a chance? Will the Captain be able to Love Libby, and not pine for Tabitha.

    A surprising romance.

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour Books, and was not required to give a positive review
  4. United States
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Collection!
    December 30, 2012
    United States
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a great collection of 9 stories. Each story can be read on its own and all are about brides and weddings. I liked that these were all put into one book; it makes for a great gift book.

    I will not go into the details of all the stories as you can read the summary for that. I will say however that each story is worth reading. The characters and stories kept my attention. I thought each author wrote well and kept their story moving with interesting dialog and fun characters.

    I gave this collection 5/5 stars. I enjoyed each story and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction. I especially liked that although this book has the 9 stories they still kept the print normal size and therefore it is easy to read. I highly recommend this book!

    I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
  5. U.P Mi
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Read!
    December 8, 2012
    U.P Mi
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a nice collection of historical romances. Though not all of the stories are arranged marriages exactly.

    What I liked: I really enjoyed the four stories about the sisters who came west. They where very well written and considering the stories are shorter then a normal novel they really did not feel shorter they where so well written. I really enjoyed all of these stories!

    What I did not like: Nothing really. This was a very well written and put together collection.

    Over all I really liked this book! I liked all the stories for the most part and was kind of sad to see the book end. If you like collection books this is a great one!
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