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Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
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 Americas 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.
Bestselling author Kathleen YBarbo 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 Readers 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 countryOklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her sons 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, Carlas 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, its easier to connect with her online at carlaolsongade.com.
LiannevdBThe NetherlandsAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful seriesMay 18, 2015LiannevdBThe NetherlandsAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4As all brides series this one was also a wonderful read. I loved it!
EleanorFairhaven, MAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Homestead Brides CollectionApril 16, 2015EleanorFairhaven, MAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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?
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Refreshing and Entertaining!April 3, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reading 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.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Join these homesteaders as their hearts blend into all that is waiting for them.March 19, 2015KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thursday, 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.
jenilee220OhioAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5a great collectionFebruary 28, 2015jenilee220OhioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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.