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Can true love ever grow in marriages of convenience? Join brides in California, Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, and New York. Ride along on the Oregon Trail and the Mississippi River. Enter into the stories of nine women who were compelled by law, money, parents, or sheer survival to marry---rather than by true love. Can they find happiness? 448 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1634090977
ISBN-13: 9781634090971

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Join nine brides of convenience on their adventures in a variety of times and settings gone by—from a ranch in California…to the rugged mountains of Colorado…to a steamship on the Mississippi…to the dangerous excitement of the Oregon Trail…into high society of New York City. No matter the time or place, the convenient brides proceed with what must be done, taking nuptials out of necessity. . .and never dreaming that God might take their feeble attempts to secure their futures and turn them into true love stories for His glory.

Author Bio

ECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt, fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spinoff of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes inspirational historical romance, penning stories that transport readers to a variety of locales. These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and through her website amandabarratt.net
 
Andrea Boeshaar has been married for nearly forty years. She and her husband have 3 wonderful sons, 1 beautiful daughter-in-law, and 5 precious grandchildren. Andrea’s publishing career began in 1994. Since then, 30 of her books have gone to press. Additionally, Andrea cofounded ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and served on its Advisory Board. In 2007, Andrea earned her certification in Christian life coaching and is currently the purveyor of The Writer’s ER, a coaching & editing service for writers. For more information, log onto Andrea’s website at: www.andreaboeshaar.com. Follow her on Twitter: @AndreaBoeshaar, and find her on Facebook: Andrea Boeshaar Author.
 
Mona Hodgson is the author of nearly 40 books, historical novels and children’s books, including her popular Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series.
Much to her introverted self’s delight, Melissa Jagears hardly needs to leave her home to be a homeschool teacher, day-care provider, church financial secretary, and historical romance novelist. She doesn’t have to leave her home to be a housekeeper either, but she’s doubtful she meets the minimum qualifications to claim to be one in her official bio. Find her online at www.melissajagears.com, Facebook, Pinterest, and Goodreads, the Inspirational Historical Fiction Index website.
Maureen Lang writes stories inspired by a love of history and romance. An avid reader herself, she’s figured out a way to write the stories she feels like reading. Maureen’s inspirationals have earned various writing distinctions including the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, a HOLT Medallion, and the Selah Award, as well as being a finalist for the Rita, Christy, and Carol Awards. In addition to investigating various eras in history (such as Victorian England, First World War, and America’s Gilded Age), Maureen loves taking research trips to get a feel for the settings of her novels. She lives in the Chicago area with her family and has been blessed to be the primary caregiver to her adult disabled son.
Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four young children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. Gabrielle can be found at www.gabriellemeyer.com where she writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.
Jennifer Uhlarik discovered the western genre as a preteen, when she swiped the only "horse" book she found on her older brother’s bookshelf. A new love was born. Across the next ten years, she devoured Louis L’Amour westerns and fell in love with the genre. In college at the University of Tampa, she began penning her own story of the Old West. Armed with a BA in writing, she has won five writing competitions and was a finalist in two others. In addition to writing, she has held jobs as a private business owner, a schoolteacher, a marketing director, and her favorite—a full-time homemaker. Jennifer is active in American Christian Fiction Writers and is a lifetime member of the Florida Writers Association. She lives near Tampa, Florida, with her husband, teenage son, and four fur children.

Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves books and history, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, an avid museum patron, and wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves to hear from readers. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter at www.ericavetsch.com
And you can email her at ericavetsch@gmail.com or contact her on her author Facebook page.
 

Renee Yancy is a history and archaeology buff who works as an RN when she isn’t writing historical novels. She has visited Ireland, Scotland, and England to stand in the places her ancient historical characters lived. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, two dogs, and her ninety five year old mother-in-law.   Check out her blog at www.reneeyancy.blogspot.com or visit her website: www.reneeyancy.com.

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  1. Mrs. Mark Kratzer
    Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Convenient Bride Collection
    July 7, 2016
    Mrs. Mark Kratzer
    Ohio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I found this book interesting for what it is. It is a collection of short novels about women marrying for convenience. I enjoyed the history included in the novels. I would suggest it to a friend that was looking for some light reading.
  2. Larik
    San Antonio, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    excellent!!!
    January 12, 2016
    Larik
    San Antonio, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I totally love reading these 9-in-1 collections!

    You can never go wrong getting one of them. Even if one isnt great enough, its short and not dragging and then you got eight more to impress you enough to talk about it the whole day.

    Another thing that really impresses me about these collections is the historical period they are set in. people these days have just too many choices and they make a mockery of marriage because of them. These stories, people in them, even though have marriages of conveniences, their love and fear of the Lord and dedication to the vows they have spoken out of obligation lead them through happy and hard times keep them persistent in their dedication and thats why they get their happily ever after. Ever wonder why there is so little happiness today? Well people are focused too much on their emotion- today they feel in love and like being a great and obedient helpmeet, and they do all they can for their marriage, tomorrow they got a bee in their bonnet and they start looking for divorce attorney or even newer development is living with no obligation of marriage at all. Why commit when you can live with a girlfriend or boyfriend and dump them any time you get tired of them or meet someone new?

    I was impressed by all nine stories, they are not religious but they show a truly Christian dedication to the person they committed their life to. I highly recommend it for all ages. Among the pages of emotional turmoil and sweet love filled moments there are advises and encouragements for a longing heart.

    Disclaimer: I have received a free copy of this book from Barbour Publisher, through netgalley, in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. CT Reader
    Northeast
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Stories
    November 4, 2015
    CT Reader
    Northeast
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a book of nine sweet novellas. While I bought the book specifically to read the stories written by Gabrielle Meyer and Maureen Lang, I thoroughly enjoyed every one of the nine authors' stories. They are all equally sweet. These stories are also well written and the characters are very engaging. One nice thing about Barbour's nine-story collections is that each individual story is easy to read fairly quickly and there are still more to look forward to--until you come to The End! But then there are several of these nine-story collections, so reading through them all can keep you going for quite a while! I appreciate that Barbour can be trusted to put out sweet, faith-based stories.
  4. Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Fun Collection of Stories
    August 21, 2015
    Britt98
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed this collection of nine novellas so much! I love marriage of convenience stories and it was so fun to have nine different takes on this theme. Some stories I liked better than others, however, I did have fun reading every one. Another fun thing about these collections is discovering new authors in a way that is low pressure. If I find that I am not a fan of a certain authors writing style, it is no big deal since these stories are novellas and shorter reads than a full-length novel.

    I thought that, for the most part, the stories contained well-developed plots and characters. I connected with some characters and stories easier than others, but I really appreciated the diversity of setting, characters, and time periods from story to story. I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy marriage of convenience stories.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
  5. MrsTina
    Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Convenient Bride Collection
    July 27, 2015
    MrsTina
    Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Convenient Bride Collection:***** (9 Romances Grow from Marriage Partnerships Formed Out of Necessity) by Amanda Barratt, Andrea Boeshaar, Mona Hodgson,Melissa Jagears, Maureen Lang, Gabrielle Meyer, Jennifer Uhlarik, Erica Vetsch and Renee Yancy

    -The Substitute Wife by Amanda Barrat

    In 1883 Bristol, Connecticut Dr. Raymond McNair readies for his upcoming wedding to the daughter of wealthy Mr. Bromley Whittaker. Only Audrey had other plans, she runs off with someone else. Left practically at the alter, Raymond agrees to marry Mr. Whittaker's other younger daughter, Grace. Can love grow between Raymond and Grace?

    I enjoyed this novella very much. I wanted to shake Audrey for her selfishness. Grace and Raymond captured my heart and I so wanted them to find love in their marriage. The medical scenes were well described and some were humorous. I liked the way Raymond decided to court his wife. Betrayal, rejection, selfishness, forgiveness, love and faith are woven throughout this novella to make a sweet love story.

    -One Way to the Alter by Andrea Boeshaar

    Leaving Philadelphia, Leah Hermaning has traveled a long way to One Way, Montana to live with her Uncle Robert, a missionary pastor and Aunt Estelle. However, things are not what she expected on arrival. Her aunt and uncle are nowhere in sight and she has no idea where she is to stay. Sheriff Jesse Waite comes along and informs her he will accompany her to the boarding house. She soon learns that the teaching position she was to fill has been given to someone else and no other position available for proper young ladies. What is she to do? Her uncle and aunt have it all figured out, she will marry the sheriff. They couldn't be serious, could they?

    There is much to like about this novella. The characters are very likable, with the exception of one or two. I liked the way Leah dealt with her unexpected situation. Jesse was my favorite character in the story. I would have liked to learn what happened to Estelle.

    -Keeper of My Heart by Mona Hodgson

    Nellie Finch is not your typical 1866 female and is on the runfrom her past and to an uncertain future. Ian Kamden's wife died shortly after joining a wagon train on the Oregon Trail leaving him with five children and his mother who has lost touch with reality. Nellie and Ian run into each otherliterallywhile up in a tree waiting out a buffalo stampede. She follows him to the wagon train and is shocked at seeing someone from her past among the people gathered there. There are more surprises in store for her, but will she find acceptance there? I liked the way the people traveling on the wagon train took Nellie and helped her. I loved the loving heart of the young woman who befriends Nellie and shows her love and how to trust. The five children were so cute and loveable, hated that they lost their mother and was hoping Nellie and Ian could come to some arrangement. Caring hearts, surprises, uncertainties, restoration, romance, love and strong faith all weave a beautiful romance.

    -Blinded by Love by Melissa Jagears

    Neil and Helen both are characters that need love in their lives. Neil is rather reclusive and enjoys reading, but loves to discuss the Scriptures and theology with Helen the few times they met. However, he is fast loosing his sight and will need help with his business and financesa trustworthy wife seems the only answer...or is it? Helen is a reclusive in a different senseshe lives in the attic of her sister and brother-in-law's home, helping out with the cooking and children. Her sister has never shown her love and constantly harps at her faults. I so wanted to show both Helen and Neil what it is like to be loved, unconditionally. Both Neil and Helen were set in their ways and to marry this late in life would be a major adjustment. I really did not like Helen's sister. But enjoyed watching love bloom in Helen and Neil's hearts. Beautiful story.

    -Bonnets and Bees by Maureen Lang

    Paul Turnbridge reminds me of the absent-minded professor. When he is studying his bees, he tends to tune everything and everyone outwhich is how he agreed to marry Virginia Haversack as a favor to his brother. Virginia is in need of a husband quickly in order to inherit her father's store and continue making the fashionable bonnets she so loves making. Her best friend has an idea of the perfect groom. Virginia and Paul live three hours or so apart, how can they make a marriageeven one of convenienceliving so far apart? I wanted to shake both Virginia and Paul and wake them up to what is in front of them. Unexpected tragedy strikes which could cause more problems for the couple, but I was hoping maybe this would bring them together. I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the bonnets Virginia created. I really enjoyed this novella.

    -A Groom for Josette by Gabrielle Meyer

    Josette LeBlanc needs to find a husbandfast, so she answers a newspaper advertisement and travels from St. Louis to Little Falls, Minnesota Territory to find one. She was totally unprepared and shocked at the number of men who came to apply. Of all the men, there is only one man, Rev. Alexandre Dugas, who she would even consider marrying. However, he is not looking for a bride. Can she convince him to change his mind in time? Josette certainly is a brave...well, desperate...womanI don't think I could have done what she set out to do. I enjoyed the interaction between Josette and Alexandre and hoped they could come to an arrangement. Tense moments, struggles with wants and what God had planned for them both, romance, love and strong faith make this novella a sweet novella.

    -Wedded to Honor by Jennifer Uhlarik

    It was fun watching Ash try to overcome his city ways as he struggled to adjust to working on the ranch. Honor had her own struggles and fears trying to keep the ranch from her greedy half-brotherwho was not giving up easily. I found myself laughing out loud several times during the story. I did not like Ash's father at all and wanted him to leave them alone. Unexpected, dangerous situations pop up which kept me reading on to see how it would turn out. Love the neighbors and Honor's long-time friends. Ash's two younger sisters captured my heart too. I really enjoyed the way the story line flowed and the humor in the story.

    -A Bride for Bear by Erica Vetsch

    Emmylou Paxton arrives in Colorado to meet her promised groom only to find he already married another mail-order-bride the day before. Now, what is she to do? Mountain man Bear McCall arrives at the stage depot to pick up a package left there for him. The package he picks up was a big shockthree very young girls await him. What is he to do with three girls on the top of the mountain?! Are Emmylu and Bear desperate enough to form an agreementa marriage of convenience? Until he can remember their names, he calls them, number 1, number 2, number 3 (oldest to youngest). I fell in love with these sweet girlsMiriam, being the oldest, watches out for her sisters like a little mother, Deborah can't seem to sit still for a minute at a time, observes everything and is not afraid to share her opinion, and sweet little Tabitha, I want to snuggle her close.

    There is much to be done to make Bear's mountain cabin liveable for them all. I like the way Emmylu didn't dwell on her circumstances, but went about doing what needed to be done. The girls helped and did the chores Emmylu gave them to do. Bear is overwhelmed I think, with the little ones and now a wife, but he too did what needed to be done for them all. An unexpected surprise that threatens to break up this family had me saying to myself, no, no!. Living on the top of a mountain has dangers which the girls and Emmylu soon found outI was holding my breath til the danger had passed. I like the way God brought Emmylu, Bear and the three little girls together to make a family out of their own losses and hurtshow they learn to trust and love again despite past heartaches. I really enjoyed this novella.

    -Have Cash, Will Marry by Renee Yancy

    Robert Radclyfe and Anna MacDougall both have past hurts resulting in mistrust in any potential marriage partner. Anna's father is ill and wants to see her married to a good godly man before he has to leave her. But Anna is not sure she can do what he asks of her, but because she loves him she will try. Robert's father has ordered him to find a wealthy heiress to marry right away. But he doesn't know of the one condition Robert puts before all of his father's wantsshh, not telling. I enjoyed watching Robert and Anna as they got to know each other and try to learn to trust. I felt they were a perfect couple and hoped they could get beyond their past heartaches. I really liked Anna's father and didn't like Robert's father's demanding ways. There are secondary characters that bring about situations that could have been avoided, but liven up the story.

    ~I won a copy of this book from Inspirational Historical Fiction Index giveaway and author Erica Vetsch, this is my honest review~
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