The Homestead Brides Collection: 9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and LandMary Connealy, Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne & 5 OthersBarbour Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback$7.99 Retail:4.5 out of 5 stars for The Homestead Brides Collection: 9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land. View reviews of this product. 6 Reviews
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JH5 Stars Out Of 5must readFebruary 27, 2020JHQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Homestead on the Range
This story was so adorable! I love Mary Connealy's writing! She always writes with such spunk!
Elle is a fierce and determined lady who has endured the hardships of prairie life but is still a kind and tenderhearted woman! Colin is a wonderfully kind doctor who gets in a little over his head with prairie life. Together they form a team that is unbreakable and completely wonderful!
Rick & America's story was very well written. I loved how Rick always seemed to come to the rescue even if sometimes it exasperated him. America was determined to be a good prairie woman and learn all she could. She seemed to have more sense about prairie life then her parents. Rick had big dreams and was doing all he could to attain them.
Ok I loved Nils & Elsa's story. It was full of laughter and warmth. I thought Nils was such a gentleman and had such big dreams. Even when it seemed like everything was falling apart he never the less persisted. Elsa was such a kind and compassionate lady, I picture her with a lot of spit and spunk. She could stand up to her brothers and anyone really. It was such a beautiful story!
Bridget is as tough as nails but as compassionate as ever too. I loved how she met Jack, way too funny. Jack is a very stubborn man but he has a heart of gold. I loved how this book dealt with all sorts of issues, war, prairie life, widowhood and learning to be kind. It was so well wrote and I wasn't ready for it to end.
This Land is our Land
This story is one that just makes your heart flip! It is so adorable! I loved every second of it and did not want it to end at all. Seriously this story can go on for several books as long as it is centered on Lasso and Mollie. Mollie is so brave taking her family across the country on her own. She never looses faith in God. Lasso is a true cowboy. Seriously how could you not fall in love with him. There story is just so beautiful and I loved it.
I loved this story of God's love and redemption. God will forgive sin from a repentant soul. Starr was trying to flee her past on her own, little did she know that she needed God to forgive her and help her along the way. Aaron was trying to raise his children on his own the best he could. God gave him more than he thought to ask for. This story is a definite must read.
A Palace on the Plains
Elizabeth was pure spunk and sass. She had no trouble standing up for herself. I loved how kind she was and that she was always willing to learn and help. Cyrus was such a kind man who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. God brought them together at just the right time. This story is so good and I honestly didn't want it to end.
Waiting on A Promise
Oh I enjoyed the mystery and intrigue of this story. I loved how stubborn both Marta and Karl are. They are absolutely perfect for one another! I now want to make strudel. I loved how Karl wanted to protect Marta no matter the cost. Marta wanted to help but sometimes trusted people a little too much. There story was so lovely and I am glad that they included an epilogue.
The Bogus Bride of Creek
Well I wasn't sure where this story was going to end up. It was really good. I liked Iz slot. He was such a kind man regardless of the situation and he always wanted to do the right thing. Cora learned that lies eventually catch up with you. She was trying to correct a wrong but learned the hard way that honesty always is the right way to go.
I recieved a copy of this book in return for an honest review. Thoughts and opinions are completely mine
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Fun collectionFebruary 9, 2020Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 44 Stars: 4/5 Star Rating
Ohhh, I love novella collections! I can read them quickly and I can pick the book up and choose one when I only have a short time to read. It fits this busy grandma's life for me! I also like getting to meet so many different characters and different circumstances.
The Homestead Brides Collection takes us to a different time in our country's history and allows us to experience life as new homesteaders were putting down roots. Life wasn't easy and it definitely wasn't easy for our delightful heroes and heroines, but that makes it more realistic.
I highly recommend this novella collection to romance lovers and those who love historical fiction.
I received a complementary ARC from netgalley and Barbour Books. I was not required to write a review and all opinions expressed are my own.
Faith S MBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 655 Stars Out Of 5The Homestead Romance CollectionOctober 10, 2019Faith S MBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 65Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book has 9 stories in it which makes it interesting to review as the stories are all unique.
"Homestead on the Range" is a lively tale of two families, one with 4 children and a Mom, the other with 3 children and a Dad. Will they ever see themselves as one cohesive unit or are they always to be two separate ones?
"Priceless Pearl" is about mistletoe berries, grandma's ring, perseverance, endurance and surrendering.
"Proving Up" shows us the determination that many Swedish Emigrants had who settled in the prairie states of Kansas and Nebraska. This story takes place in Nebraska which like Kansas was devoid of trees. Here is one determined man who faced hardship several times but managed to adhere to the tenets of the Timber Culture Act of 1873, was granted land, 40 acres to be planted with trees. In 1878 the law was amended to read 10 acres. A person receiving such grant had eight years to file proof of meeting the requirements of this law to receive all land free.
On April 10, 1885 he filed notice of final proof in support of his claim after receiving three extensions after experiencing prairie fire, grasshopper infestation and drought. He appears before the Register or Receiver at Wahoo NB with two witnesses, and his Timber Culture entry information, said witnesses had counted his trees per acre.
As the story unfolds he is presented with a child from a deceased wife that he did not know he had and finds love residing on the adjoining land.
"Prairie Promises" is the story of two women homesteading in Nebraska. One is a mother with grown sons living in Philadelphia the other a pregnant widow. Between them they own three homesteads; the mother owns two, one hers and her deceased husbands, the other is from a son who returned back east giving up on the harshness of life on the prairies. The third is the widow's from the estate of her husband.
The mother's middle son arrives to bring his mother home but to his dismay she refuses to leave. Winter is swiftly arriving, gardens are being harvested and hay cut and winnowed. Will Mom return east with her son? Will the young widow be left on her own? Does the prairie win and all go back east? The author answers all these questions.
"This Land is Our Land" finds a lone cowboy heading to the Double M ranch when snow turns to a blizzard. Heading to an abandoned cabin he encounters a family in a wagon riding out the storm. Together they find said cabin and hunker down for a few days to ride out the storm.
A lost child, a dog and her puppies, a land claim, and an attempted robbery make for anxious times and happy endings.
"Flaming Starr" tells of a soiled dove, a card game, title to land in Texas, a sore loser, and a misunderstanding. Who really owns the land, is a soiled dove any less a sinner in God's eyes? What does God see when He looks at us; our outer appearance, our reputation, how much power or money we have or is it our hearts? Will anyone other than God truly see who she is?
"A Palace on the Plains" where a bride groom pays a seamstress to come to his homestead to sew a wedding dress and trousseau for his bride to be. Envision her doing this in a soddy on the prairies where there is one large room which is a kitchen, a living space and bedrooms for two children and three adults, none married to each other.
The seamstress, use to moving often with her father, a tailor adjusts easily. The wedding dress is finished first then the rest of the trousseau follows. There is a "soddy raising", a wedding and a blizzard to make for interesting reading.
"Waiting on a Promise" a man homesteading leaving his lady at home waiting for the letter asking her to come west to marry him.
A letter more a note, arrives but does not say the words she has waited over 15 months to receive. Knowing something is wrong she packs and goes anyway. What does she discover when she arrives? Who is the person causing trouble and why does he covet the homestead and then discredit the prospective groom? Interesting developments, and the bride to be becoming enmeshed in the coveter's schemes.
"The Bogus Bride of Creed Creek" is a lady looking to recover the land and house that was swindled from her deceased father in a card game. Marriage to a bigamist, expecting a baby, conflict over who owns the ranch all make for a great read by one of my favorite authors.
I wish to thank the authors, NetGalley and Barbour Publishing for allowing me to read this book.
TracyColumbia, TNAge: 35-44Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable Christian short storiesOctober 2, 2019TracyColumbia, TNAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Homestead Brides Collection is a collection of 9 short Christian romance stories set in pioneer days, when Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Texas were first being settled. Each of the stories is about 50 pages long, and each is by a different author.
For the most part, I did enjoy reading the Homestead Brides Collection. Of course, each author has a different style, so there were some stories that I connected with more than others. My only real criticism is that 50 pages doesn't give a lot of room for character and plot development, so the story lines have to stay fairly simple. (I would probably prefer there be fewer, maybe 3 or 4, novellas that are 150 pages each and have a little more character and plot development.) But overall, the stories were enjoyable, and each of them had a strong focus on God and Christian principles.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Good CollectionAugust 1, 2019SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleThese collections are wonderful for anyone who desires a quick read. You can read one selection and then go back and read another later on. Some seriously good authors here, to name a few: Mary Connealy, Erica Vetsch, Kathleen Y'Barbo. Nice stories. Recommended
*My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book via Net Galley. All opinions here are entirely my own.