Although this book was not what I anticipated, it delivered a surprising historical, cross cultural collection of stories. It was not the expected northern European immigrant's story. It offered insight and credance to our varied backgrounds, portraying the real life struggles women faced when they came to America. As a history buff I was delighted to learn a great deal in each of the 9 short stories. Each American's legacy is unique and this book reinforces that concept. You can't help but personally absorb a part of each woman's struggle as they navigate the differences in culture they encountered.
In the era of e-books, the external presentation of this book alone draws you to open its' pages. The pages are of varying size and give the appearance of a personal journal. The painting on the cover further beckons you to explore the way our ancestors and neighbors came to this country.
A hearty thanks to each of the authors and the work of heart they contributed to this book. I appreciate the integration of living faith, including the plan of salvation, that is often lacking in christian stories. This collection is appropriate for young and old alike; each story is shared in a way that is neither prudish nor too explicit.
There are multiple stories in the book and each one is unique. I enjoyed each story and thought they were all well written. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I really liked how the stories included a diverse group of women. I did not expect that when picking up the book. The women are all written with intriguing personalities and interesting story lines. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for some small stories that are enjoyable to read. You can choose to read one or a few and not spend too much time. I highly recommend this collection and hope each author continues to write other stories like these!
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Nine authors team up in their new book, "The Immigrant Brides Collection" published by Barbour Publishing Inc. to give us nine Historical Romances that celebrate settling in America.
From the back cover: Seeking second chances
Lofty dreams of a new and better life lured untold thousands to America between 1775 and 1906. Among those "huddled masses yearning to be free" are nine displaced individuals dumped upon American soil and are trying to discover how to pursue happiness, make a home, and secure love.
A displaced Acadian in "Capucine: Home to My Heart" by Janet Spaeth
A Hessian soldier in "The Angel of Nuremberg" by Irene Brand
An indentured servant in "Freedom's Cry" by Pamela Griffin
A Mexican Loyalist in "Blessed Land" by Nancy J. Farrier
A Swedish immigrant in "Prairie Schoolmarm" by JoAnn A. Grote
A Chinese slave in "The Golden Chord" by Judith Miller
A desperate Scottish widow in "I Take Thee, a Stranger" by Kristy Dukes
A homeless Irish servant in "Promises Kept" by Sally Laity
A Chinese orphan in "The Blessing Basket" by Judith Miller
From the four corners of the globe they came, placing their hopes on the American dream. Can they truly find the new life they desire and the freedom to let their hearts soar in love and faith?
"The Immigrant Brides Collection" is great fun to read. Each story, though different, gives you the sights and sounds and feel of giving up your native country to begin a new life in America. This is a book where you wrap yourself in a cozy blanket, make yourself comfortable in your favorite chair and have warm cider to drink as you savor each story. All the stories are so well written and the romance is perfect, tender not overboard or forced. Through the different stories about immigrants from different countries we learn that we are all the same, we all have hopes and dreams and it is wonderful to see how, in each story, the characters realize those dreams. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more collections like this.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Barbour Publishing Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."