Although 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.
There 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.
Nine 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.
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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?
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.
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. :)