The Homestead Brides Collection: 9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land - eBook
The Homestead Brides Collection: 9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land - eBook  -     By: Mary Connealy, DiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781630586881
ISBN-13: 9781630586881

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Promises of free land lured thousands to stake their claim to the vast American plains. They built make-do homes and put all they had into improving the land. Very often romantic thoughts took a back burner to priorities having to do with the land. In these nine novellas, individuals are forced to encounter romance when neighbor helps neighbor, when land ownership is debated, and when natural disaster blows them off course. Readers will enjoy the adventures as God helps each land dreamer find someone with whom to share the dream—the work—and the love.

Author Bio

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of the Wild at Heart series, which recently began with book 1, Tried & True. She is also the author of the Trouble in Texas series, Kincaid Bride series, Lassoed in Texas trilogy, Montana Marriages trilogy, Sophie’s Daughters trilogy, and many other books. Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and a little bevy of spectacular grandchildren. Find Mary online at www.maryconnealy.com.
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love chapter; and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.
 
Erica Vetsch was Kansas born and raised, but this award-winning author now makes her home in Minnesota. This wife and mother of two teens is thankful God gave her a wonderful imagination that helps to weather the storms of life and contributes to great stories set mostly in the nineteenth century.

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of forty-five novels with almost two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified family law paralegal, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and several Top Picks by Romantic Times magazine. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and a former member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, she is currently a proud military wife and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River.


Award-winning author and speaker, Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son’s family; her daughter, Jolene, has preceded her into glory. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading, and reality TV. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene has published several titles with Barbour Publishing.

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.

Award-winning and bestselling author, Ruth Logan Herne likes to be called Ruthy, loves God, her family, dogs, coffee and chocolate, and thinks possums should leave the cat food alone and snakes should always live outside. She lives on a farm in upstate New York and loves to connect with her readers via her website http://ruthloganherne.com, e-mail at loganherne@gmail.com, or Facebook.
Award-winning author Pam Hillman, a country girl at heart, writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. She lives with her family in Mississippi. Contact Pam at her website: www.pamhillman.com.
Becca Whitham (pronounced "WIT-um") is a new author whose love of reading goes back to the days of hiding under the covers with a flashlight and a novel. Her love of history comes from those same novels where the past came alive. Her husband’s midlife crisis sent them into the army, where he serves as a chaplain. Together, they minister to couples in trouble. Her passion is to see all marriages thrive through a clear understanding of Biblical principles. She is active in the ACFW both locally and nationally, won the first Pikes Peak Writers Contest, and was a 2012 Genesis Finalist in the Historical Romance category. She and her husband are empty-nesters who currently live in Oklahoma, but home is wherever the army sends them. She can be reached through her blog at becca-expressions.blogspot.com.

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  1. LiannevdB
    The Netherlands
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful series
    May 18, 2015
    LiannevdB
    The Netherlands
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As all brides series this one was also a wonderful read. I loved it!
  2. Eleanor
    Fairhaven, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Homestead Brides Collection
    April 16, 2015
    Eleanor
    Fairhaven, MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Homestead Brides Collection.
    I loved this book, especially the novella written by Carla Olson Gade " Proving Up". As expected Carla's novella is well written, and kept me interested and anticipating what the next step in the book was going to be. Based in Swedeberg, Nebraska in 1885, two competing neighbors are working to develop tree farms with neither one knowing what the other was doing until they met in a chance encounter. One person's nursery was on the land the other person wanted to expand onto. Will Elsa and Nils be able to move past the initial difficulties and be able to work for the benefit of the community or will competition between them destroy any hope of being even friends? Elsa is raising two brothers on her own and using scientific procedures to grow trees and Nils who is the competition is amazed by her knowledge and wants to learn from Elsa. I also loved the information at the start of each chapter that was taken from records back in homesteading days in Nebraska about what the requirements for homesteading were as this added an additional dimension to the story and made it more relevant. What happens in the end to Elsa and Nils?
  3. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Refreshing and Entertaining!
    April 3, 2015
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Homestead Brides Collection.
    Reading a set of novellas is a bit of a gamble for the serious reader; on average the shorter stories are "fair" at best, but occasionally a collection is surprisingly good. "The Homestead Brides" falls into "really good" category; written by a variety of seasoned authors and sprinkled with stories from new-to-me writers, this book provided a nice diversion from full length novels and a renewed appreciation for women who followed their men into the vast unknown territories of historically uncivilized America.
  4. Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Join these homesteaders as their hearts blend into all that is waiting for them.
    March 19, 2015
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Homestead Brides Collection.
    Thursday, March 19, 2015

    Proving Up, A Novella by Carla Olson Gade, 2015

    I love the texture of the collection books with the rippled page edges!

    The Homestead Brides Collection: Nine Pioneering Couples Risk all for Love and Land by authors Mary Connealy, Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, DiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch, Becca Whitham, Kathleen Y'Barbo.

    Timber Culture Act

    March 3, 1873

    "An Act to encourage the Growth of Timber on the Western Prairie"

    Many hoped that giving settlers deed to public lands in return for growing trees would reshape the environment of the West, giving the claimant possession of 160 acres of public land for no cost in exchange for making improvements to the land if a person planted and nurtured the growth of trees on forty of their 160 acres for ten years, they could claim the land.

    In 1878, the Timber Culture Act was amended again. This time, the amount of land that had to be covered in trees was reduced from forty acres to ten and also made exceptions for trees that had been destroyed by harsh climate or grasshopper plagues. --statistics reference

    ~* Review of Carla Olson Gade's Proving Up *~

    "Proving Up" by Carla Olson Gade ~ ~ Elsa Lindstrom applies her scientific theories to growing trees on the Nebraska plains, intruding on a handsome homesteader's hard work and experience. Will their dreams come to ruin, or will love prove their success?

    Swedeburg, Nebraska, April 1885.

    "I'm read to prove up, Nettie." Nils Svensson spoke out loud, his only audience his grove of trees...and God. The hearty cottonwoods, with their leafy branches, reached into the sky above in agreement.

    --Proving Up, 107

    With trees on 30 acres, triple the claim requirement for his 160-acre section, Nils has been hard at work beneath the Nebraska skies.

    This is a sweet story of hope and love beyond all that could be imagined! Join these homesteaders as their hearts blend into all that is waiting for them.

    ~*~

    ***Thank you to author Carla Olson Gade for sending me a copy of The Homestead Brides Collection for review of her novella, Proving Up. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

    For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

    --Isaiah 55:12
  5. jenilee220
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    a great collection
    February 28, 2015
    jenilee220
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Homestead Brides Collection.
    I thought this was a great collection of stories. Some of the books were very simple and predictable. But a few of them were also very good to read and full of wonderful characters and sweet stories.
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