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.
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.
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
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.
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!