The Immigrant Brides Collection: 9 Stories Celebrate Settling in America - eBook
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Lofty dreams of a new and better life lured untold thousands to America between 1775 and 1906. Among those “huddled masses yearning to be free” are nine displaced individuals dumped upon American soil and trying to figure out how to pursue happiness, make a home, and secure love. Journey with them through this beautifully packaged collection of nine romances by top Christian authors, including Judith Miller.
Kristy Dykeswife to Rev. Milton Dykes, mother to two beautiful young women, grandmother, and native Floridianwas author of hundreds of articles, a weekly cooking column, short stories, and novels. She was also a public speaker whose favorite topic was on "How to Love Your Husband." Her goal in writing was to "make them laugh, make them cry, and make them wait" (a Charles Dickenss quote). She passed away from this life in 2008.
NANCY J. FARRIER is an award-winning author of numerous books, articles, short stories, and devotions living in Southern California. She is married and the mother of five children and one grandson. Nancy feels called to share her faith with other through her writing.
PAMELA GRIFFIN lives in Texas with her family. She fully gave her life to Christ in 1988 after a rebellious young adulthood and owes the fact that she’s still alive today to an all-loving and forgiving God and to a mother who steadfastly prayed and had faith that God could bring her wayward daughter “home.” Pamela’s main goal in writing Christian romance is to help and encourage those who do know the Lord and to plant a seed of hope in those who don’t.
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.
Sally Laity considers it a joy to know that the Lord can touch other hearts through her stories. She has written both historical and contemporary novels, including a co-authored series for Tyndale House and another for Barbour Publishing, nine Heartsong Romances, and twelve Barbour novellas. Her favorite pastimes include quilting for her church’s Prayer Quilt Ministry and scrapbooking. She makes her home in the beautiful Tehachapi Mountains of southern California with her husband of fifty years and enjoys being a grandma and great-grandma.
In first grade, Janet Spaeth was asked to write a summary of a story about a family making maple syrup. She wrote all during class, through morning recess, lunch, and afternoon recess, and asked to stay after school. When the teacher pointed out that a summary was supposed to be shorter than the original story, Janet explained that she didn’t feel the readers knew the characters well enough, so she was expanding on what was in the first-grade reader. Thus a writer was born. She lives in the Midwest and loves to travel, but to her, the happiest word in the English language is home.
Linda Owens4 Stars Out Of 5Experience the challenges of women immigrants...November 17, 2014Linda OwensQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Although this book was not what I anticipated, it delivered a surprising historical, cross cultural collection of stories. It was not the expected northern European immigrant's story. It offered insight and credance to our varied backgrounds, portraying the real life struggles women faced when they came to America. As a history buff I was delighted to learn a great deal in each of the 9 short stories. Each American's legacy is unique and this book reinforces that concept. You can't help but personally absorb a part of each woman's struggle as they navigate the differences in culture they encountered.
In the era of e-books, the external presentation of this book alone draws you to open its' pages. The pages are of varying size and give the appearance of a personal journal. The painting on the cover further beckons you to explore the way our ancestors and neighbors came to this country.
A hearty thanks to each of the authors and the work of heart they contributed to this book. I appreciate the integration of living faith, including the plan of salvation, that is often lacking in christian stories. This collection is appropriate for young and old alike; each story is shared in a way that is neither prudish nor too explicit.
IreneUnited States5 Stars Out Of 5All Good StoriesNovember 8, 2013IreneUnited StatesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There are multiple stories in the book and each one is unique. I enjoyed each story and thought they were all well written. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I really liked how the stories included a diverse group of women. I did not expect that when picking up the book. The women are all written with intriguing personalities and interesting story lines. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for some small stories that are enjoyable to read. You can choose to read one or a few and not spend too much time. I highly recommend this collection and hope each author continues to write other stories like these!
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.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 59 Stories of Dreams Fulfilled In America By ImmigrSeptember 5, 2013VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nine authors team up in their new book, "The Immigrant Brides Collection" published by Barbour Publishing Inc. to give us nine Historical Romances that celebrate settling in America.
From the back cover: Seeking second chances
Lofty dreams of a new and better life lured untold thousands to America between 1775 and 1906. Among those "huddled masses yearning to be free" are nine displaced individuals dumped upon American soil and are trying to discover how to pursue happiness, make a home, and secure love.
A displaced Acadian in "Capucine: Home to My Heart" by Janet Spaeth
A Hessian soldier in "The Angel of Nuremberg" by Irene Brand
An indentured servant in "Freedom's Cry" by Pamela Griffin
A Mexican Loyalist in "Blessed Land" by Nancy J. Farrier
A Swedish immigrant in "Prairie Schoolmarm" by JoAnn A. Grote
A Chinese slave in "The Golden Chord" by Judith Miller
A desperate Scottish widow in "I Take Thee, a Stranger" by Kristy Dukes
A homeless Irish servant in "Promises Kept" by Sally Laity
A Chinese orphan in "The Blessing Basket" by Judith Miller
From the four corners of the globe they came, placing their hopes on the American dream. Can they truly find the new life they desire and the freedom to let their hearts soar in love and faith?
"The Immigrant Brides Collection" is great fun to read. Each story, though different, gives you the sights and sounds and feel of giving up your native country to begin a new life in America. This is a book where you wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, make yourself comfortable in your favorite chair and have warm cider to drink as you savor each story. All the stories are so well written and the romance is perfect, tender not overboard or forced. Through the different stories about immigrants from different countries we learn that we are all the same, we all have hopes and dreams and it is wonderful to see how, in each story, the characters realize those dreams. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more collections like this.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 4, 2013lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Capucine: Home to My Heart by Janet Spaeth
A mixture of love, forgiveness and mystery as three women bound together come to New Orleans due to a death in the family. Coming from a French heritage, Capucine and her sister are given into the care of a nun who is also coming to America. Capucine is filled with anger and brokenness from her past and must decide whether she will allow God to love her and her young man. Will she? Believe me there is more to the story than I am revealing. The story is very entertaining!
The Angel of Nuremberg by Irene Brand
Nicholas comes to America as a Hessian soldier during the Revolutionary War. With no living relatives, he thinks life as a soldier would be fine. Comfort, along with her father and little sister, lives in the town of Trenton. Comfort is responsible for the needs of the home. One day Comfort opens the door to her home to find a Hessian soldier with an order for him to bivouac there. What will happen now that Nicholas is in the home and Marion, who is Comfort's brother and off fighting with the Patriots, comes home without warning? What a stirring story of love, forgiveness and hope set in the timeframe of the War of Independence. The story is intriguing, fraught with danger as well as adventure during a time when the winter winds are blowing fiercely.
Freedom's Cry by Pamela Griffin
Can you guess what time frame in history the story is set? Sarah comes to America as an indentured servant. What is her crime? Thomas is a well-known cabinet maker who works with his apprentice who usually makes deliveries, except for today when Thomas makes the deliveries. Going to the estate of Bartholomew Wilkinson to deliver an order, the stage is set for Sarah to make his acquaintance. With her contract almost up, Sarah is ready to leave the estate to search for employment, but evil intentions may soon find Sarah trapped in a dangerous situation without hope. "Where is God in all of this?" Sarah wonders. In a beautifully crafted story, the author shares hope, faith and love in the lives of her characters. Very intriguing!
Blessed Land by Nancy J. Farrier
Palomita comes to Tucson to find her sister and brother in-law with only one desire in her heart_to bring them home to her parents in Mexico. With America acquiring land that belonged to Mexico through the Gadsden Purchase, Palomita wants her family together again. However, when she arrives, she cannot locate her sister. The search brings her into an adventure that challenges her heart, faith and obedience. Learning to trust not in one's self but in the Lord as well as praying, listening for His voice is a strong and true theme powerfully presented in this work of fiction.
Prairie Schoolmarm by JoAnn A. Grote
Here we find a family and young man coming to America from their native land of Sweden. While they bring traditions and few possessions with them, hope is stirring in the heart of all but one. As the county grows in size in the north, so the need to be able speak in English becomes apparent. Marin and her family open their small sod home to welcome the various ages to start the new school. All, however, is not easy such as finding supplies and traversing the miles between homes in bad weather. Lives are adjusting. For some, their hearts are wondering what God will do. In the pages of this story, the reader will be reminded that our choices don't just affect the one choosing, but those who are in contact with them.
The Golden Cord by Judith Miller
Born the oldest in the family, Qui Jin will not be forced to leave her home by her father because he sees her as a liability. Qui Jin is sold to a captain of a vessel heading to America. Without any knowledge of the language or customs, she is forced to remain in a small cabin below deck. However, she ventures up on the deck in search of fresh air and answers to her questions. What she receives changes the course of her life forever. Like Rahab with her scarlet cord, Qui is given a golden one to show others in the new land if she ever requires help. How does the cord eventually become the beacon of hope and freedom for her?
I Take Thee, a Stranger by Kristy Dykes
Corinn McCauley has an uncertain future. The town's doctor may have an answer or at least an option that might provide for Corinn. In Florida facing a stranger with his two young daughters, she is briskly taken before a preacher to become a wife. Can holding onto her Scottish heritage that is rich and colorful also be a source of division within the new household?
Promises Kept by Sally Laity
Kiera MacPherson waited a long time to be brought to America by her fiancÃ©e. Now she is in a new land without hearth and home. She is brought into a mansion as a servant to care for an elderly matron, who at first seems bent on being most uncooperative. Devon brings her answers to her seeking heart, but can he face the matron bravely while answering the call to ministry?
A Blessing Basket by Judith Miller
A home is set up to care for girls without family members. Their heritage is Chinese and many are devoted Christians. In one night, a city, home and lives are forever changed due to an earthquake. Will two young people find each other and get married? Will one young man help clarify a woman's true desire for herself and her "mother"?
Each of these short stories shares the hopes, dreams and sometimes heartaches of those coming to America from other lands. I loved reading the various plots, scenes and characters as each author painted different aspects of faith in their story. Some showed the courage it took to carry on in a brand new country with new people and customs, especially when plans failed to materialize. The element of faith, obedience to the Lord, and trusting in Him is a reminder to readers how important these are in everyday living. The only change I would make is not placing so many short stories in one book as it can be a daunting task to read as well as review so much in small snippets of time or writing space.
LarikSan Antonio, TXAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5informative and interestingJune 22, 2013LarikSan Antonio, TXAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Immigrant Brides Collection
This is not what I expected! I thought there will be just some new brides coming and meeting charming men here in US. I didn't know those brides will be from all over the world -- France, Germany, Britain, Swidden, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico, China, Japan.. Ohhh you name it!
What really touched me was the reality of their feeling about this new blessed FREE land in which they certainly didn't feel all that free and blessed. But all of this is before God touched their heart and shows them that we are truly blessed and truly free only with God in our lives and it matters little where we live.
Amazing stories that portray real straggle and effort it took to make America into what it is today. Plus interesting customs and traditions from different countries. And of course true all- sacrificial love.
I loved them all, cried, worried, and laughed with each character. I hope you will enjoy these stories as much as I did!!
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this collection from Barbour Publishing, through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. :)