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Seven single women are determined to revive their dying Kansas town after the Civil War. Using their wits, they advertise for husbands in the newspaper. A wave of men answer the notices, but the women won't accept just any riffraff. How will they narrow the field? A heartwarming collection full of love, laughter, and faith!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 168322132X
ISBN-13: 9781683221326

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Seven women seek husbands to help them rebuild a Kansas town.

Meet seven of Turtle Springs, Kansas’, finest women who are determined to revive their small town after the War Between the States took most of its men. . .and didn’t return them. The ladies decide to advertise for husbands and devise a plan for weeding out the riff raff. But how can they make the best practical choices when their hearts cry out to be loved?

Abigail’s Proposal by Cynthia Hickey
When her father never returned from the war, Abigail Melton stepped into his role as town mayor. The town needs men, and she needs a husband—and she has a big idea how to find both—but her first duty is to hire a sheriff. And drifter Josiah Ingram will do just fine.

The Kidnapped Groom by Susan Page Davis
Riding through the Flint Hills on his way to Dodge City, cowboy Sam Cayford finds himself the kidnapping victim of two children. When he meets their lovely mother, Maggie Piner—whom the kids insist he should marry—Sam starts to question God’s plans versus his own.
 
A Clean Slate by Susanne Dietze
Schoolmarm Roberta "Birdy" Green won’t marry any of the prospective grooms flocking to town. After losing her fiancé in the war, the only love her broken heart can bear is for her students. But then she takes on a new pupil—Drew Cooper, one of the gentlemen drawn to Kansas by the advertisement for grooms.

Sunshine of My Heart by Darlene Franklin
Debbie Barker longs to bring beauty to her new home on the prairie, where her family moved after the war, and seeks a husband to help her father run the ranch. Zack Gage returned home from the war to a life in ruins—family dead and business bankrupted. He answers the mail-order husband ad to seek a fresh start. But neither Debbie nor Zeke know what they are doing when it comes to ranching. . .or love.

Come What May by Patty Smith Hall
Chardy Stevens is at the end of her rope. Between running her late father’s store and tending to her four younger brothers, she barely has time to breathe, much less look for a husband to help her. The boys scare off most of her prospects and throw Chardy together with her childhood friend Luke, a disabled veteran who seeks her happiness above his own.

Dime Novel Suitor by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Widow Caroline Kane is the proprietor of a restaurant and inn—and responsible for her five teenaged siblings. But she has no plans of finding a mail-order groom. Britisher Barden Granville IV is on a "cowboy holiday" when he finds himself flat broke in Kansas.  When he answers an old "help wanted" ad, Caroline misconstrues Barden is there as a potential husband. Will the beautiful and fiesty widow cause the new vicar to make Kansas his home?
 
Louder than Words by Gina Welborn
After years of writing abolitionist pamphlets and chronicling soldier life during the war, J.R. Lockhart is bored and jumps at the opportunity to investigate an advertisement for husbands for an article in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Jane Ransome would like to help the charming-but-oblivious-to-life-out-West man chronicle the courtships developing in town, but she has her own husband to find—one who will fit perfectly in her picket-fenced Kansas home.

Author Bio

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. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com.
 

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.  You can visit her online at www.susannedietze.com and subscribe to her newsletters at http://eepurl.com/bieza5.
 

Bestselling author Darlene Franklin’s 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
 

PATTY SMITH HALL is an award-winning, multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and Heartsong/Harlequin.  She currently serves as president of the ACFW-Atlanta chapter and is active on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. She calls North Georgia her home which she shares with her husband of 30+ years, Danny; two gorgeous daughters and a future son-in-love. Visit her website at www.pattysmithhall.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.

CARRIE FANCETT PAGELS, Ph.D., "Hearts Overcoming Through Time," is an award-winning Christian historical romance author. Carrie’s Amazon Christian Historical Romance bestselling novella, The Fruitcake Challenge, released September, 2014. Her short story, "Snowed In," appears in Guidepost Books’ A Christmas Cup of Cheer (2013). She’s the Amazon bestselling and top-rated author of Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance (2013). Her short story, "The Quilting Contest," will appear in Family Fiction’s The Story 2014 anthology. Carrie is a finalist for the 2014 Maggie Awards for Excellence for her unpublished novel Grand Exposé. Former psychologist (25 years) is a mother of two.

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!
 

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  1. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable! Outstanding!
    June 19, 2017
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When residents of a small town in Kansas, primarily Civil War widows, decide that drastic action must be taken to locate more able-bodied, God-fearing men, they make a very bold move; solicit mail-order husbands! Mayor appointee Abigail Melton posts a newspaper advertisement describing their very respectable form of "husband interviews"; and Turtle Springs is inundated with bachelors.

    Enjoy every one of these delightful tales about love-at-first-sight . . . . . or not! It's an outstanding collection!
  2. Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Unique story line and enjoyable book
    June 15, 2017
    Wilani
    Franklin, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a unique story line. I loved how all seven authors wrote about the same town at the same time and the characters appeared in each story. I also found this to be so fun to read. At times I was laughing so hard as I read and then crying at other times. It was like I was right there in Turtle Springs, Kansas
  3. susanmsj
    Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great collection
    June 13, 2017
    susanmsj
    Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
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    I have wanted to read this book since the first time I heard about it before it was released. I love mail-order bride stories and was intrigued by the twist. I was not disappointed. This was such a fun collection to read. The authors did such a good job that it almost seemed like one story instead of seven separate ones. I was trying to choose a favorite or two but I couldnt. I loved them all. I definitely would recommend this book.

    I received this book from one of the authors and was asked but not required to give a review. All thoughts are my own.
  4. Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An ad for husbands--perhaps the craziest thing they'd ever done
    June 3, 2017
    Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands is a great collection of novellas by a group of talented and beloved authors, like Carrie Fancett Pagels, Gina Welborn, and Susanne Dietze. In 1866, Turtle Springs, Kansas had a problem and Abigail Melton, the mayor, has an audacious answer. So many men of the town had gone to war never to return. Many of the widows and single women were struggling to make ends meet and care for their families. They were a community trying to put their village back together again after a terrible war that had decimated the menfolk. Abby said, lets put an ad in newspapers and hold an audition for husbands. And they did. Each of the novellas is about specific women in the town, yet the stories are connected, just as small communities arepeople who know and care about each other and the challenges in their lives. A mayor who on the spur of the moment hires a drifter for the sheriffbut what a handsome man he is. A single mom with young boys who want a husband for their mom. Lets just kidnap one and see how that works out. Widows, a schoolteacher, a daughter who misses the Northeast where she used to live and another daughter who is struggling to keep her fathers store afloat and care for four young brothers. Each looking for a man to help carry the burden. And the mencowboys, war vets, British, Northeasterner, from all walks of life, some arrived in town because of the advertisement but others were just a passing through, or there by accidentor perhaps Divine appointment. What a fun book to readeach of the stories were unique and yet the message of coming home was strong throughout. Stories that remind the reader to trust that God knows the whys and wherefores of our lives and will see us through the storms of life. And God was definitely going to have to sort out some of these unions. War changed things and doubtless changed people. Promises from the past were hard to forget and grief had individuals stuck in sorrow mode. God doesnt change though and with this ad, there was a thread of hope for these spunky women. They would find a way. The stories are full of lots of action, humor, rich lovable characters (especially some of the kids!), sweet, sometimes reluctant, romance and love beginning to flame. And let's not forget the kissessome were just pecks on the cheek but there were some pretty fervent, lingering ones! All in all this collection of captivating stories by seven wonderful authors makes for an enjoyable read especially for readers who cannot get enough of historical romance books.

    I received a complimentary copy of the paperback book from one of the authors and a complimentary digital copy from Netgalley. I was not expected to write a review and the opinions are my own.
  5. BrendaLee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful book
    June 1, 2017
    BrendaLee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book's title caught my eye immediately. I've read all kinds of mail-ordered bride books but never mail-ordered husbands.

    Each of the seven stories are written by seven different authors and happens in Turtle Springs in Kansas. The women of Turtle Springs decides to advertise for husbands since a bunch of the men in their town never returned from the War Between the States. A lot of widowed ladies are needing a man to help them with their houses and lands, and some never-been-married women just needs love. These ladies are not just going to take any man that rides up. They need decent God fearing men. They have an audition with the ladies where they can meet with each other.

    The adventures in this book are amazing! Each author wrote their book with characters that will stick with you. I felt close to each of the main characters even though these are novellas. I wouldn't have minded at all for the stories to be longer but I felt like I got the whole story in the few pages of each book.

    This book kept me reading with a good dialog going on nearly all the time. It didn't have a lot of pondering that went on & on.

    The women also prayed that God would give them the best bride and groom that would be right for them and they would know which to choose.

    This is a wonderful book I think you would like if you like Historical fiction.

    I requested and received this book through NetGalley.

    I also received a print copy from the author/publisher.

    All opinions that are expressed are my own.
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