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  1. Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Come One, Come All ~ it's Fair time
    November 16, 2016
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection ~ Requilted with Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels, 2016

    Nine Historical Women Win More than a Blue Ribbon at the Fair

    by Jennifer L. AlLee, Angela Breidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Tiffany Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, Gina Welborn, Becca Whitham

    Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of allthe devoted heart of a godly man?

    There is excitement in the air for County, State, and World's Fair ~ for all ages; the youth tending their animals all year, the ladies preparing their entries, the men hoping for the best price for their season of hope ~ Come One, Come All ~ it's Fair time to be enjoyed by all generations through the decades!

    ~*~

    Thank you, author Carrie Fancett Pagels for sharing a copy of The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection with me! EnJ*O*Y her opening story, "Requilted with Love."

    Michigan State Fair, 1889

    Home Arts Pavilion

    With the bustle of people coming and going at the train station, the conductor calls out to a man to help a lady with her baggage and show her to her destination. Startled, Grant Bentley ushers Sarah Richmond on her way. With the Michigan State Fair patch on his pocket, what more could have been determined? By appearances...and mistaken identity.

    "If you're going to wear the state fair uniform, they may expect labor from you."

    Requilted with Love, 26.

    Directed at Grant's friend, Lee Hudgins, he too was decidedly assigned. Assumptions. How then, do you reveal yourself when you didn't know you were hidden?

    Sarah happily finds that she and Denise Drefs are to share a table together. They met at a previous fair. With quilts brought for display in the Home Arts Pavilion, they are hopeful of winning a State Fair prize ribbon.

    There is more to win at a fair than ribbons ~ renewed acquaintances far and near, neighboring friends and relatives meeting together, excited for what lies before them. And... there are the competitors, not always so friendly. I like how Sarah knows what true value is, avoiding vain conflict and being true to what she knows is right.

    Busily occupied with event and afternoons serving refreshments in the pavilion, Sarah is provided a basket each day filled with her aunt's blue ribbon cooking; more than enough to share.

    Trust overshadows misgivings promoted by Sarah's past fears. For a shadow to appear, light exposes it. God's direction is right on time for Sarah's protection, with her unaware.

    This story is so well written with the characters interweaving effortlessly! A beautiful example of respect and honoring one another. I liked the humor bantering between Lee and Grant showing the camaraderie they held for each other. (And they were representing northern and southern heritage, lol.)

    You will enjoy reading other stories written of adventurous and fun characters by author Carrie Fancett Pagels.

    ***This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  2. ReginaF
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great collection of stories!
    September 20, 2016
    ReginaF
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is about nine women competing for blue ribbons at county or state fairs between the years of 1893 through 1930. We will travel to Michigan, Colorado, Vermont, Chicago, South Dakota (my state! Which was fun to read!!), Nevada, Washington, Wyoming, and Arkansas. Throughout the years we see several changes in the modes of transportation, hair styles, clothing, etc. Each woman proves that she is worthy to be the blue ribbon winner. Some of these women may not win a blue ribbon but they win something much more valuable!

    I learned different things from each of these stories. One thing I didnt know, car polo! What?! I have never of a game like this where a car was used! That was pretty interesting! And I didnt know you could sculpture butter, I found this fascinating! I love quilts, I wouldve love to see the quilts on display at the Michigan State Fair.

    Speaking of fairs, as I was reading these stories, I had the thought that the fairs we experience today are nothing compared to the fairs in the past. I wish I could time travel and visit a fair from one of these time periods. In Carrie Fancett Pagels story, I looked up one of the songs they sang on YouTube. Oh how lively and fun it was to listen to it! Ahh the history these lovely ladies brought to life in their stories!

    This was a great compilation of stories by a great group of ladies. I have read books for seven of these authors, two of them are new to me. I will be looking for more of their books.

    Disclaimer: This review is based on a ARC copy I received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion. Thank you to NetGalley and Penquin for the opportunity to read and review Blue Ribbon Brides!
  3. Deborha Mitchell
    Redding, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great collection!
    September 19, 2016
    Deborha Mitchell
    Redding, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a fun set of stories. If you love State and County fairs, you are going to love this collection. It's filled with stories covering a slew of the wonders at these fairs. This collection is written by 9 great authors....some I already follow and some I will follow from now on. These are simple times and simple stories with very strong characters that will have you smiling and at times laughing. To be honest, I haven't gotten through the entire book, but what I have read already makes this book so worth purchasing. So, I recommend The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection proudly.

    I agreed to read this book for NetGalley in return for my honest review.
  4. Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    sweet quick read
    August 16, 2017
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Blue ribbons are a coveted prize at county fairs. I remember competing myself with many exhibits in our Five-County Fair. I entered a sweetheart cake, many clothing items I had sewn, and I modeled an outfit that I had sewn. I did win several blue ribbons as well as some white and green ribbons. Our fair also awarded money for each prize, a delightful gift for one who did not have much if any spending money. The nine women are eager and excited participants in the fair.

    I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend the novella collection written by nine talented authors.

    I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Barbour Books. I was not given any monetary compensation for my review.
  5. susanmsj
    Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun book
    April 24, 2017
    susanmsj
    Odessa, TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    I loved this collection of stories set at county and state fairs around the country. All the authors did a great job. All the stories were unique and I liked all of them, but I think my favorites were Requilted With Love, A Taste of Honey, and First Comes Pie. I would recommend this book.
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