Colonial Courtships: Connecticut  -     By: Laurie Eakes, Carla Gade, Lisa Richardson, Amber Stockton
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Unexpected adventure catches the Ingersoll brothers by surprise-and brings unexpected love into their lives. Nathaniel has his sights set on becoming a master figurehead carver, until he risks everything for a woman. Jonathan's merchant trade and his new love are in jeopardy from a brother's animosity. Micah expects to settle down to peace after a life of fighting on the frontier but finds a young woman hiding from an abductor. Alden is press-ganged into tending an ailing naval captain, then catches sight of the captain's fetching niece. Will the unexpected end in four courtships?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1616266945
ISBN-13: 9781616266943
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Series: Romancing America

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Head to Colonial Connecticut where unexpected adventure catches the Ingersoll brothers by surprise—and brings unexpected love into their lives. Nathaniel has his sights set on becoming a master figurehead carver, until he risks everything for a woman. Jonathan’s merchant trade and his new love are in jeopardy from a brother’s animosity. Micah expects to settle down to peace after a life of fighting on the frontier but finds a young woman hiding from an abductor. Alden is press-ganged into tending an ailing naval captain, then catches sight of the captain’s fetching niece. Will the unexpected end in four courtships?

Author Bio

Award-winning author LAURIE ALICE EAKES has always loved books. When she ran out of available stories to entertain and encourage her, she began creating her own tales of love and adventure. In 2006 she celebrated the publication of her first hardcover novel. Much to her astonishment and delight, it won the National Readers Choice Award. Besides writing, she teaches classes to other writers, mainly on research, something she enjoys nearly as much as creating characters and their exploits. A graduate of Asbury College and Seton Hill University, she lives in Texas with her husband and sundry animals.

Native New Englander Carla Olson Gade writes adventures of the heart with historical roots from her home amid the rustic landscapes of Maine. With seven books in print, she is always imagining more stories and enjoys bringing her tales to life with historically authentic settings and characters. An avid reader, amateur genealogist, photographer, and house plan hobbyist, Carla’s great love (next to her family) is historical research. Though you might find her tromping around an abandoned homestead, an old fort, or interviewing a docent at a historical museum, it’s easier to connect with her online at carlaolsongade.com.

Lisa Karon Richardson is an award-winning author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Influenced by books like The Little Princess, Lisa’s early books were heavy on creepy boarding schools. Though she’s mostly all grown-up now, she still loves a healthy dash of adventure in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling new adventures—starting a daughter-work church and raising two precocious kids.

TIFFANY AMBER STOCKTON has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today she is an award-winning author, speaker, social media consultant, and a freelance website designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son and a vivacious Flat-coated retriever named Roxie. Her writing career began as a columnist for her high school and college newspapers. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Historical Romance Writers. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards, and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for the Heartsong Presents book club. You can read more about her at her website.

Editorial Reviews

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.

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.

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  1. Fairhaven, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this book
    October 27, 2013
    Eleanor
    Fairhaven, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    I love the time period of the 1700's that this book is set in. All four authors not only did a great job with their individual stories but also in weaving them together into a cohesive book. It was interesting to learn about the trades in that time period.
  2. United States
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved the time period
    February 18, 2013
    Irene
    United States
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book has four stories that take place in the 1700's. It is not a time period I often read about but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the authors described their settings. I found each story to be thoughtful and the characters likeable. I really enjoyed the male characters in these stories. They were all written to be smart and likeable.

    I gave this book 5/5 stars. I liked the time period and the stories were each so different in plot! The main characters conversations were all well written. There was one story that dragged a bit; this was due to not enough conversation and too much introspection! That said I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes reading short yet detailed love stories.

    I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
  3. Redding, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderfully Written!
    January 21, 2013
    Deborha Mitchell
    Redding, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    My Review of 'COLONIAL COURTSHIPS' by Laurie Alice Eakes, Carla Olson Gade, Lisa Karon Richardson and Amber Stockton:

    Why did I wait so long to read this book!! Colonial Courtships is four short stories that come together to make a wonderfully written novel. Each story depicts the life of one of four brothers and their own personal search for purpose and love. These four ladies did a great job melding their stories together. Each author's unique style shows through her writing and after reading this book, I look forward to reading more from each of them. I invite you to partake of this wonderful book and get to know the Ingersoll brothers. You will feel like part of the family once you enter the beautiful Red Griffin Inn and meet the wonderful Mrs. Ingersoll, the matriarch of the family. As each brother embarks on his own destiny, you will find yourself captivated by the sights and sounds that emanate from these pages. It is a quick read, for you do not want to stop reading once you begin!

    I received my copy of Colonial Courtships as a gift from a Colonial Quills tea party. I wish to thank the ladies of CQ for not only a great party, but for a wonderful prize.
  4. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely Collection
    November 20, 2012
    Faye
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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, plus 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.

    The characters were highly likable and I liked how the story moved along quickly :)

    Over a Barrel by Laurie Alice Eakes

    Sarah is on the run from a man who wants to marry her and take away her late husband's plantation. When Micah Ingersoll finds her daughter, Eliza in a barrel he is determined to help Sarah start a new life.

    But could that new life include...him?

    A sweet sort of antagonistic relationship, that moved along steadily and enjoyably. It was a bit hard for me to understand why Micah couldn't have been more understanding, though I did end up liking him :)

    It was a sweet tale that I enjoyed.

    Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson is the last in the series, and the story of the youngest Ingersoll son, Alden, who is a doctor who is press ganged onto a British ship to treat an injured man. There he meets the lovely Phoebe Carlisle the neice of the man he is tending. Will Alden be able to escape the British, and if he does escape will he be able to do so with his heart still intact?

    This story had alot of suspense to it with Alden being held against his will, and the currents leading up to the Revolutionary War growing stronger.

    Alden and Phoebe had to make choices and trust their futures to God, because often God's plan is not our plan, but it's better. I thought they interacted well, and that it had a touch of forbidden love to it which added to the tension!

    Overall this was an excellent collection of novellas, about how three brothers found brides in the most unexpected ways and had to learn to lean on God's understanding an not their own. A most enjoyable read!

    I received this book from Carla Olson Gade in return for an honest review. Thanks!
  5. U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable!
    November 4, 2012
    weatherlover1
    U.P Mi
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Four brothers Nathaniel, Jonathan, Micah and Alden live in the mid 1700's and are working to help keep the colonies going. Nathaniel is working at a carver and finds himself helping a woman who claims to be wrongly brought to the new world. Jonathan is the captain of a merchant ship and one stormy night takes refuge at an inn and finds a young woman who steals his heart. Micah is a baker and finds a child hiding in a barrel of flour. The mother claims to be on the run but can Micah find out the truth before its to late? Alden is a doctor who finds himself on a British war ship thanks to the Captains niece. Will he forgive her in time to find love?

    Another book in the Romancing America line and it was a good read.

    What I liked: I liked how the stories went in order and intertwined. I also find this time period interesting to read about. I thought all the characters where likeable and each story could have been a full book in itself. I also really liked the cover image of this book.

    What I did not like: The 2nd story about Jonathan was kind of boring. It just needed something to give it some excitement and I would have liked it better.

    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.
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Amber Stockton
Located in: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Submitted: August 03, 2012

    Tell us a little about yourself.  Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, as an award-winning author and speaker, she lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, their daughter and son, and their two Australian shepherds, in beautiful Colorado.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Carla Gade approached me with the idea of 4 brothers all pursuing different trades in Colonial Connecticut and centered around what was then The Great River, now the Connecticut River. My first series was set in Colonial America, so I jumped at the opportunity to team up with Carla, LaurieAlice and Lisa.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  As my tagline states, I write real life empowered by faith and share faith-based history through story. I love to share the faith foundation of our roots in America in the hope that people today won't forget the origin from which we came.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  One of my characters had another character spread some false rumors about him, and he had to work hard to disprove the lies. I experienced that myself with someone I thought was a friend, only to find out she'd betrayed me in order to get what she wanted. It took a long time before I could "clear" my name of the lies. The success of my hero only made my own eventual success

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  Tracie Peterson, Tamera Alexander for authors. And I always use a Bible verse for overall inspiration on the themes in my books.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  This team had a lot of fun working together, and some of us might team up again in the near future, so stay tuned!

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