The Second Chance Brides Collection: Nine Historical Romances Offer New Hope for Love
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Barbour Publishing / 2017 / Paperback

The Second Chance Brides Collection: Nine Historical Romances Offer New Hope for Love

Barbour Publishing / 2017 / Paperback

Stock No: WW22246X

Product Description

Meet nine women who believe that their chance for lifelong love has passed them by. From those who lost their beaus to war, to wallflowers overshadowed by others and widows deeply hurt by loss, the desire to love and be loved spans American history. Will faith lead each one to a brighter future?

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1683222466
ISBN-13: 9781683222460

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Publisher's Description

Hope for Happy Endings Is Renewed in Nine Historical Romances
Meet nine women from history spanning from 1776 to 1944 feel the sting of having lost out on love. Can their hope for experiencing romance again be renewed?

Love in the Crossfire by Lauralee Bliss - Trenton, New Jersey, 1776
Gretchen Hanson watched her beau go off to war and never return. She soon falls for an enemy scout who stumbles upon her farm. If Jake is discovered, it could mean death for them all. Will Gretchen let go of love or stand strong?
Daughter of Orion by Ramona K. Cecil - New Bedford, Massachusetts, 1859
Whaling widow, Matilda Daggett, vows to never again give her heart to a seaman. But when debt drives her to masquerade as a cabin boy on a whaling ship, a young harpooner threatens both her vow and her heart.
The Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride by Pamela Griffin - Washington Territory, 1864
Cecily McGiver, a mail-order bride, arrives in the rugged Washington Territory shocked to find herself without a husband—that is until Garrett, a widower, offers to take the position. Can the challenges that face them lead to love?
The Prickly Pear Bride by Pam Hillman - Little Prickly Pear Creek, Montana Territory, 1884
Shepherdess Evelyn Arnold left her intended at the altar so he could marry the woman he really loved. Dubbed Miss Prickly Pear, Evelyn is resigned to a loveless life and the ridicule of her neighbors. When Cole Rawlins sweeps her out of a raging river, she realizes even a prickly pear can find love.
The Widow of St. Charles Avenue by Grace Hitchcock - New Orleans, 1895
Colette Olivier, a young widow who married out of obligation, finds herself at the end of her mourning period and besieged with suitors out for her inheritance. With her pick of any man, she is drawn to an unlikely choice.
Married by Mistake by Laura V. Hilton - Mackinac Island, 1902
When a plan to pose for advertising goes awry, Thomas Hale and Bessie O’Hara find themselves legally married. Now Bessie and Thomas must decide whether to continue the charade or walk away. Either choice could ruin them if the truth gets out. 
Fanned Embers by Angela Breidenbach - Bitterroot Mountains, Montana/Idaho border, 1910
Stranded in the treacherous railroad camp after her husband’s murder, Juliana Hayes has no desire to marry a ruffian like Lukas Filips. Can she release prejudice to love again? Or will they even survive the fiery Pacific Northwest disaster to find out?
From a Distance by Amber Stockton - Breckenridge, Colorado, 1925
Financial Manager Trevor Fox sets out to find a lady to love him and not his money, then meets and falls for an average girl only to discover she’d deceived him to protect her heart after he unknowingly rejects her.
What the Heart Sees by Liz Tolsma - Hartford, Wisconsin, 1944
American Miriam Bradford is shocked to see Paul Albrecht, her summer fling from Germany in 1939, escorted into church as a POW. Can they rekindle their romance amid the overwhelming objections of almost everyone in town–including her father? 

Author Bio

LAURALEE BLISS has always liked to dream big dreams. Part of that dream was writing, and after several years of hard work, her dream of publishing was realized in 1997 with the publication of her first romance novel, Mountaintop, through Barbour Publishing. Since then she’s had twenty books published, both historical and contemporary. Lauralee is also an avid hiker, completing the entire length of the Appalachian Trail both north and south. Lauralee makes her home in Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family. Visit her website at and find her on Twitter and Facebook Readers of Author Lauralee Bliss.

Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author, host of Grace Under Pressure Radio, and the Christian Author Network's president. And yes, she's half of the fun fe-lion comedy duo, Muse and Writer, on social media. 
     Note from Angela: "I love hearing from readers and enjoy book club chats. To drop me a note or set up a book club chat, contact me at Let me know if you'd like me to post a quote from your review of this story. If you send me the link and your social media handle, I'll post it to my social media with a word of gratitude including your name and/or social media handle, too!"
     For more about Angela's books (especially more Montana-inspired romances) and podcast, or to set up a book club chat, please visit her website:
Twitter/Pinterest/Instagram: @AngBreidenbach
Facebook Author Page:

RAMONA K. CECIL is a wife, mother, grandmother, freelance poet, and award-winning inspirational romance writer. Now empty nesters, she and her husband make their home in Indiana. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers Indiana Chapter, her work has won awards in a number of inspirational writing contests. Over eighty of her inspirational verses have been published on a wide array of items for the Christian gift market. She enjoys a speaking ministry, sharing her journey to publication while encouraging aspiring writers. When not writing, her hobbies include reading, gardening, and visiting places of historical interest.


Pamela Griffin lives in Texas with her family. Her main goal in writing is to help and encourage those who know the Lord and plant a seed of hope in those who don’t, through entertaining stories. She has over fifty titles published to date, in both novels and novellas, and loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her at

CBA Bestselling author Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn't afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn't mind raking. Raking hay doesn't take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that's the kind of life every girl should dream of.

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.

Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and their two daughters. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.

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  1. hplady
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fun historical fiction
    September 10, 2017
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Second Chance Brides Collection

    Lovers of historical romance will certainly find something to enjoy in this set of nine stories that span from the Revolutionary War to World War 2. Men and women are given a second chance at love while growing their faith.

    In the first story, Love in the Crossfire, Gretchen's fiance left for war and never returned. She lives with her father and they try to survive while keeping their small farm running. When Jake, from the enemy's army, arrives and hides in their barn, Gretchen must choose what is best for her. Is it the war her fiance fought and died for or is it new independence and freedom from Britain? And how will Jake fit into her choices?

    The next story is Daughter of Orion. Matilda disguises herself as a cabin boy on a ship in order to make enough money to pay off her father's debts when he is killed in a whaling accident. The work is grueling and exhausting, but she is determined. She meets Tom, a handsome harpooner; she has to remember that he thinks she is a boy, all the while fighting her growing feelings for him. When a storm comes upon them, they must fight for their lives and each other.

    In The Substitute Husband and the Unexpected Bride, Cecily travels with her young sister all the way to Washington Territory where she is to marry a young man she once knew. However, upon arrival, she finds that he has been killed in a work accident. Unable to find work and unsure what to do, she accepts a proposal from Garret, who worked with her betrothed. The marriage is to be in name only, until they are comfortable together. Can they intertwine their two lives and become a marriage of love?

    The Prickly Pear Bride was my favorite of the stories. In it, Evelyn is a Shepherdess, helping her grandfather with his sheep. She is known all over town as the lady who left her groom at the altar. However, she didn't leave him there because she was prickly; she left him so he could find true happiness with the one he actually loved. When Cole rides into town to start a cattle ranch, he saves her and the sheep from an overflowing creek. Can he also save her from her reputation and herself?

    The Widow of St. Charles Avenue is about Colette, a young woman who married a man out of obligation. When he passes and she finds herself out in society again, she discovers many men are just interested in her wealthy late husband's inheritance. When she starts helping Malcolm teach young boys at an orphanage, she finds her heart stolen by the boys and maybe even by Malcolm.

    In Married By Mistake, Thomas and Bessie pose for photographs for a friend who wants to open his home up as a resort. In the photos, they are to be getting married. What they don't know though, is that it isn't just a photo shoot; it is a real wedding. What happens next? Do they stay married, get an annulment, or even worse, a divorce? This funny story will lighten your heart as you watch them find true happiness together.

    In Fanned Embers, Juliana works hard as a baker to save enough money to get away from the railroad camp where she lived with her late husband. She is constantly besieged with requests for her hand from the rough miners. When Lukas offers to help keep the would-be suitors at bay by pretending to be in a relationship with her, she accepts his offer. However, as they get to know each other, can their relationship move past the pretend phase? And when a fire breaks out and takes over much of the mountain where they live and work, can they survive and find their happy ending?

    From a Distance tells the story of Trevor and Anna, two people who once knew each other, although Trevor doesn't remember Anna. She chooses to keep their past affiliation a secret because she is afraid he may not want to see her anymore if he knows the truth. Trevor finds himself falling for her, but when he discovers the truth, he isn't sure he can trust her. Can the two of them find their way back to each other for the third time?

    Finally, in What the Heart Sees, Miriam and Paul must find a way to be together. Five years prior, they met and fell in love in Germany when she was there with her mother. Now, World War 2 is happening and Paul is a POW in her home town. But, prejudice and anger at the Germans makes it seem almost impossible for them to follow their hearts and find what they once had. Her father, especially, is against the idea. When meeting in secret causes them both to get into trouble, will they ever find their way back to each other?

    I really enjoyed these stories. They were fun and lighthearted and easy to read. If you enjoy history and romance, you will find a smile on the pages of this book.

    I received a free copy of this story from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
  2. Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet quick read
    August 25, 2017
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Women who have lost at love and think they are doomed to be alone forever receive a second chance at love in this sweet novella collection. From 1777 to 1944, romance flares and flames ignite for nine lonely women. I really enjoy novella collections as they are quick reads. I like being able to finish each novella in a short period of time. They are great for busy readers. I also love historical fiction and this book will satisfy lovers of romance and historical fiction.

    I am rating this novella collection 4 stars and highly recommend it to readers.

    I received an ebook of this novella collection from netgalley and Barbour Books in exchange for an honest review.
  3. MaureenT
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Chance
    July 31, 2017
    Syracuse NY
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Second Chance Brides is a delightful collection of nine historical romance stories, and they will be keeping you reading long into the night.

    Whether you have just a few minutes, or several hours to read, this book should fit the bill, you can quickly read one, or continue on to the next.

    These stories span decades, and not only do they provide a great time to get lost in; they offer many historical facts, which I loved. From on to the next they varied as to the time period, and kept my interest right to the end.

    I also found myself with a few chuckles, watch for the names of some of the characters.

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.
  4. Karen R
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An enjoyable collection of historical romances!
    July 7, 2017
    Karen R
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A noteworthy collection of inspirational historical romances, set between the Revolutionary War and up to World War 2. Women and men who find their lives changed by a new encounter or reacquaintance, get a second chance at lasting romance.

    Some of the stories had a real depth and seriousness, set during a time of war or great difficulty. Some of the women found themselves backed into a marriage of convenience out of need, while others fought to overcome prejudice and societal norms to be with the person they'd chosen. All were good reads, but I especially liked Fanned Embers, Daughter of Orion, and the Prickly Pear Bride. What the Heart Sees was very good too.

    Recommend for readers who enjoy Christian historical romances. 4.5 stars

    (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and Barbour Publishing. All opinions are my own.)
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