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The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection, by various authors
Peek into the lives of humble women of good character during the turn of the 20thcentury who partake in state and county fairs to display their accomplishments in hopes of America's pride. Their lives are changed in each story in honoring their parents, not stealing from their neighbor, taking good care of our land, finding love and much more. Nine ribbon worthy novellas.
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.00 (inches)|
Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in Goda theme that carries throughout her stories. Shes a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and RWAs Faith, Hope and Love Chapter. When shes not spinning tales, she enjoys board games with friends, movies, and breaking into song for no particular reason. Jennifer lives with her family in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Please visit her at www.jenniferallee.com.
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Bestselling author Darlene Franklins 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
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.
TIFFANY AMBER STOCKTON has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today she is an award-winning author, speaker, social media consultant, and a freelance website designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son and a vivacious Flat-coated retriever named Roxie. Her writing career began as a columnist for her high school and college newspapers. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Historical Romance Writers. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards, and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for the Heartsong Presents book club. You can read more about her at her website.
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!
susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Fun bookApril 24, 2017susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I 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.
Britney Adams4 Stars Out Of 5The Blue Ribbon Brides CollectionDecember 30, 2016Britney AdamsQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I thoroughly enjoyed The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection! The fair theme is delightful, taking readers to a variety of locales and featuring an array of award-winning entries. I loved that each story is uniquely told, and every one is full of charm. With its nine collective talents, this book deserves its own blue ribbon! Lovely inside and out, The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection is recommended for all who enjoy lighthearted historical romance.
I received a complimentary copy of The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Step Right Up to Competition and LoveNovember 16, 2016SuzieNashville, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I love a good story. But whats even better is a collection of good stories from nine different authors. Each author gives her unique spin on blue ribbon competitions. From state and county fairs and competitions between 1889 to 1930, our authors delve into pie baking, quilt making, butter sculpting and more.
Theres a little bit in here for lovers of all sorts of romance tropes. Love at first sight? Check out Requilted with Love (includes some fun with hot air balloons), First Comes Pie, and one of my personal favorites, Seven Medals and a Bride (the matchmaking women made this story extra enjoyable). Discovering more with a friend? Altered Hearts delivers with a hero who knows what he wants and goes after her. Former crush/friend/neighbor moves away and returns? A Taste of Honey and Competing Hearts win the prize.
I enjoyed rooting for our heroines to win the prize and the hero to win the girl in each offering in The Blue Ribbon Brides collection. Some of the authors Ive read before but I was also introduced to new ones who Id like to add to my TBR list. An enjoyable reader than can be broken into manageable chunks with intriguing characters and satisfying resolutions.
***Barbor Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive or negative review, and all opinions expressed are my own.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Come One, Come All ~ it's Fair timeNovember 16, 2016KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wednesday, 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.***
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Something for every Historical Fiction fanNovember 14, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There's something in this collection for everyone. Drama, comedy and plenty of sweet romance. Love the fair theme and readers get to visit them all across the country. Short stories (approx. 50 pages each) still manage to pack a punch and provide a quick reading getaway. You can easily finish a novella in one sitting so perfect as we approach the busy holiday season. In fact, The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection would make a fantastic gift. The book nerd in me can't get over this exquisite book package. Quality paper with deckle edges. Divine! (yes, I notice details like that!) And the photographed end pages. Scrumptious.
My thanks to Carrie Fancett Pagels for providing me with a copy of this book.