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The Captive Brides Collection: Nine Women Bound by Great Challenges Discover Faith, Hope, and Love
Nine historical romances … by various well known authors…Can love bring Freedom?
Authors: Jennifer AlLee, Angela Breidenbach, Susan Page Davis, Darlene Franklin, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Lucy Thompson, Gina Welborn
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
The Captain's Daughter, London Beginnings Series #1Jennifer DelamereBethany House / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 35 Reviews
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Journey along as nine historical women are about to make their escape from some of lifes greatest challenges. Can their captive hearts be freed to dream, to dare, to love?
Loves Labours Found by Jennifer AlLee - Montserrat, West Indies, 1655
Temperance Simms only wanted a better life. Instead, she finds herself labeled a criminal and sold as an indentured servant. After a kind man saves her life, can Temperance trust that God will turn her sorrow into something beautiful?
His Indentured Bride by Angela Breidenbach - Pennsylvania, 1773-1776
Leaving Scotland for a short indenture with her betrothed, Maire Greers contract is sold when disaster strikes her kindly owner, and then extended through cruel circumstances. Can Kirk Lachlans service in the American Revolution save her or will she lose love and freedom forever?
The Suspect Bride by Susan Page Davis - Oregon, 1890s
Verity Ames cooks at the restaurant where shy lawyer Jack Whitwell eats lunch daily. As Jack works up courage to ask her for a date, the sheriff walks into the restaurant and arrests Verity for murder.
His Golden Treasure by Darlene Franklin - San Francisco, 1873
Goldie Hatfield grows up on the Barbary Coast until her guardian demands she pay the cost of her upbringingor work at her brothel. How far will Pastor Joshua Kerr go to set Goldie free?
Through Stormy Waters by Patty Smith Hall - Atlantic Ocean, 1745
Deported to the British colonies for her fathers crimes, Charlotte Singleton helps Captain John Randall when an epidemic breaks out on his ship. Can two battered hearts find love in the midst of a storm?
Moiras Quest by Cynthia Hickey - New York, 1869
A quest for revenge ends in a marriage of convenience and a feisty Irish lass discovers that not everything is as it seems as family secrets are revealed. An Irish cop, bent on saving the fallen women of Five Points, New York, finds himself thrust into the role of husband with a woman determined to break down a notorious crime boss. Can these two pull together and find a love bigger than they are?
Loves Escape by Carrie Fancett Pagels - Virginia, 1850
With her life in peril, Lettie seeks escape from slavery. When Nathan offers to "conduct" her North via an unusual segment on the Underground Railroad, will his efforts help or do them both harm?
Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson - Sydney, Australia, 1821
Henry didnt plan on a runaway convict masquerading as a shepherd. Or on the womans baby. Keeping them safe will cost him his freedomor will it?
A Score to Settle by Gina Welborn - On the Missouri River, 1870
For JoJo the kiss was a means to an endshe wanted his wallet. For Cyrus her kiss changed everything. He vows to help her escape the snake oil salesman she works for, but exposing the mans lies may mean settling a score at a cost neither JoJo nor Cyrus can pay.
Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in Goda theme that carries throughout her stories. Shes a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and RWAs Faith, Hope and Love Chapter. When shes not spinning tales, she enjoys board games with friends, movies, and breaking into song for no particular reason. Jennifer lives with her family in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Please visit her at www.jenniferallee.com.
Note from Angela: "I love hearing from readers and enjoy book club chats. To drop me a note or set up a book club chat, contact me at email@example.com. Let me know if you'd like me to post a quote from your review of this story. If you send me the link and your social media handle, I'll post it to my social media with a word of gratitude including your name and/or social media handle, too!"
For more about Angela's books (especially more Montana-inspired romances) and podcast, or to set up a book club chat, please visit her website: http://www.AngelaBreidenbach.com
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Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. She lives in western Kentucky with her husband. Shes the mother of six and grandmother of ten. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com.
Bestselling author Darlene Franklins greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online at www.darlenefranklinwrites.com
Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of storytellers and moved around the country a lot as an army brat. Her desire is to write about real, but flawed characters in a wholesome way that her seven children and five grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia is a full-time writer.
ECPA- bestselling author Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. Sharing her husband's love for the premier American sportscar, she is a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Find her online at www.ginawelborn.com!
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Historical FctionNovember 17, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Captivating Brides is a compilation of nine novellas in one book and is a mix of both favorite and new to me authors. I liked the play on words in the title, too.
In the first story, Love's Labor Found, by Jennifer AlLee, I was shocked by the gruesomeness (for lack of a better word) of the story. I was also shocked at the callousness portrayed by the victim, though I will say the villain got what he deserved. In fairness to the author and the story, when a book elicits a strong reaction, it usually means it was well-written and developed. I perceived a cavalier attitude toward barbaric cruelty and found it disconcerting.
If I had been steeped in the seventeenth-century moral insensitivity, I might have found the plot less repugnant, but Love's Labor Foundis a novella with word constraints. I never felt fully in the seventeenth century, and I felt twenty-first-century revulsion for a setting inwhich torture, beatings and murder were the norm.
The cavalier attitude toward evil reminded me of a story (required school reading) I LOATHED, The Great Gatsby. Even Love's Labor Found doesn't deal with characters as horrific as The Great Gatsby's but leaves the same sour taste in my mouth.
Several of the stories deal with abhorrent issues; others aren't quite so repugnant. Some deal with horrendous acts of enslavement, while others deal with false accusations and arrest, a marriage of convenience, runaway slaves and other tales where women are "captive" to their situations.
Each narrative is well written and thought-provoking. Some elicit more emotion than others, but they overall show how faith and belief in God can draw you out of horrible situations into lives of hope and potential.
I received this book from NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely Diversity!November 2, 2017Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free." - Psalm 146:7
The beauty of this collection is in its diversity. Women from all walks of life, who have been unjustly bound by the chains of their predicaments, courageously battle their way towards freedom. Along the way, the Lord gives each of them the gift of love, not only in the form of a life partner, but in the assurance of everlasting life.
I was gifted a copy of this book from one of the participating authors, Carrie Fancett Pagels, whose tale of bravery along the Underground Railroad took my breath away. The opinions stated are entirely my own.
LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Original Novella CollectionOctober 26, 2017LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a great novella Collection by very gifted Christian authors. These stories share a bride that is in captivity, but each brings something different to the table. I enjoyed all of them, but for me Loves Escape by Carrie Fancett Pagels was outstanding. I love reading about the perils of the Underground Railroad and this is well written and brings to life Letties plight and the risk Nathan takes to assist her. One of my other favorites was Darlene Franklins contribution entitled His Golden Treasure. Goldies story grips your heart and you will need tissues for this one. The best I have read by Ms. Franklin. All of the stories share the recurring theme of Faith and a hero who seeks to help the female in a desperate situation. Moiras spunkiness makes her a favorite, as her spirit isnt broken and even in her plight she is considerate of others and helps them in their time of need. Cynthia Hickey doesnt fail to deliver in Moiras Quest. Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson has you swooning over Henry, as she brings to life his flirting ways, but also his kindness and strong Faith. I loved the waltzing scene with Matilda and her protectiveness of her baby. Gina Welborn never fails to deliver a tale that entertains and is original in thought. I highly recommend this collection if you need some quick reads and besides it is so pretty with its deckled pages.
I received a complimentary copy from the author. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5BondageOctober 4, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Nine novellas that all can be read separately, but all dealing with the same subject of bondage, but coming from different angles of slavery.
Each author will have you thinking and quickly draw you into their story, and each has a woman that is being really held against her will. You will be quickly sympathizing with each of the victims and hoping for their release, and that is where the stories differ and we see the different ways the imprisonment happens.
You dont want to miss this book, each read can be done by itself, and they are all page-turners, you will not be disappointed, and in the end I wanted to keep on reading.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publish Barbour Books, and was not required to give a positive review.
RosieAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Great ReadingSeptember 28, 2017RosieAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a great collection of nine totally unrelated stories of women who were indentured, imprisoned, enslaved and endangered. I met some new authors, gained respect for some new heroines and heroes as I totally enjoyed these stories of redemption that I felt really came out of history. They were not sappy love stories although they all did have a happy ending; they told of others characters who did not. All nine stories are set either in the 1700s or the 1800s, which is my favorite time frame for historical novels.
These were such good stories that I hated to come to the end of the book.
I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.