Blue Ribbon Brides is a delightful collection of stories about romance amidst the county and state fairs all over the country. Authors, such as Carrie Fancett Pagels, Angela Breidenbach, Gina Wellborn, Niki Turner and five others have written novellas set in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Characters are fun, feisty, full of dreams and award-winning ideas in regards to quilts, honey, butter, pies, and even pigs. Readers are drawn into each story as the action includes mishaps and misunderstandings, feuds over land, fire, sabotaged fair entries and auto polo races. Each story has some sort of tension with the would-be sweethearts, whether they be childhood friends or newly acquainted...competition in the fair, blame for things of the past, different dreams for the future or family obligations. And with the disappointments and discouragements that come, faith in God is displayed as the couples-to-be look to Him for help and guidance. Blue Ribbon Brides is an entertaining set of stories that give a little history, are quick to read and remind readers of the sweetness of the first blush of love and romance.
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!
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.
From quilts, pies, butter sculptures, hats, peaches, pigs and more.... this collection of stories brings to life the wonders of the "fair". Each story tells about entries in to the fair and what can happen with each entry. Family loyalty, devotion, artistic expression, winning ribbons and finding love are all found in these stories. I enjoyed reading this book. Read this book and you may just want to attend the fairs in your area.