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 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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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.
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!
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