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Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
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Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of Americas Faith, Hope & Love chapter; and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at www.diannmills.com.
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 shes not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, shes 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
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Best-selling 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
New Englander Carla Olson Gade writes from her home amidst the rustic landscapes of Maine. With eight books in print she enjoys bringing her tales to life with historically authentic settings and characters. An avid reader, amateur genealogist, photographer, and house plan hobbyist, Carla's great love (next to her family) is historical research. Though you might find her tromping around an abandoned homestead, an old fort, or interviewing a docent at an historical museum, it's easier to connect with her online at carlaolsongade.com.
LiannevdBThe NetherlandsAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful seriesMay 18, 2015LiannevdBThe NetherlandsAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4As all brides series this one was also a wonderful read. I loved it!
EleanorFairhaven, MAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Homestead Brides CollectionApril 16, 2015EleanorFairhaven, MAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book, especially the novella written by Carla Olson Gade " Proving Up". As expected Carla's novella is well written, and kept me interested and anticipating what the next step in the book was going to be. Based in Swedeberg, Nebraska in 1885, two competing neighbors are working to develop tree farms with neither one knowing what the other was doing until they met in a chance encounter. One person's nursery was on the land the other person wanted to expand onto. Will Elsa and Nils be able to move past the initial difficulties and be able to work for the benefit of the community or will competition between them destroy any hope of being even friends? Elsa is raising two brothers on her own and using scientific procedures to grow trees and Nils who is the competition is amazed by her knowledge and wants to learn from Elsa. I also loved the information at the start of each chapter that was taken from records back in homesteading days in Nebraska about what the requirements for homesteading were as this added an additional dimension to the story and made it more relevant. What happens in the end to Elsa and Nils?
Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Refreshing and Entertaining!April 3, 2015Rebecca ManeyGastonia, North CarolinaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reading a set of novellas is a bit of a gamble for the serious reader; on average the shorter stories are "fair" at best, but occasionally a collection is surprisingly good. "The Homestead Brides" falls into "really good" category; written by a variety of seasoned authors and sprinkled with stories from new-to-me writers, this book provided a nice diversion from full length novels and a renewed appreciation for women who followed their men into the vast unknown territories of historically uncivilized America.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Join these homesteaders as their hearts blend into all that is waiting for them.March 19, 2015KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thursday, March 19, 2015
Proving Up, A Novella by Carla Olson Gade, 2015
I love the texture of the collection books with the rippled page edges!
The Homestead Brides Collection: Nine Pioneering Couples Risk all for Love and Land by authors Mary Connealy, Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, DiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch, Becca Whitham, Kathleen Y'Barbo.
Timber Culture Act
March 3, 1873
"An Act to encourage the Growth of Timber on the Western Prairie"
Many hoped that giving settlers deed to public lands in return for growing trees would reshape the environment of the West, giving the claimant possession of 160 acres of public land for no cost in exchange for making improvements to the land if a person planted and nurtured the growth of trees on forty of their 160 acres for ten years, they could claim the land.
In 1878, the Timber Culture Act was amended again. This time, the amount of land that had to be covered in trees was reduced from forty acres to ten and also made exceptions for trees that had been destroyed by harsh climate or grasshopper plagues. --statistics reference
~* Review of Carla Olson Gade's Proving Up *~
"Proving Up" by Carla Olson Gade ~ ~ Elsa Lindstrom applies her scientific theories to growing trees on the Nebraska plains, intruding on a handsome homesteader's hard work and experience. Will their dreams come to ruin, or will love prove their success?
Swedeburg, Nebraska, April 1885.
"I'm read to prove up, Nettie." Nils Svensson spoke out loud, his only audience his grove of trees...and God. The hearty cottonwoods, with their leafy branches, reached into the sky above in agreement.
--Proving Up, 107
With trees on 30 acres, triple the claim requirement for his 160-acre section, Nils has been hard at work beneath the Nebraska skies.
This is a sweet story of hope and love beyond all that could be imagined! Join these homesteaders as their hearts blend into all that is waiting for them.
***Thank you to author Carla Olson Gade for sending me a copy of The Homestead Brides Collection for review of her novella, Proving Up. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
jenilee220OhioAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5a great collectionFebruary 28, 2015jenilee220OhioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I thought this was a great collection of stories. Some of the books were very simple and predictable. But a few of them were also very good to read and full of wonderful characters and sweet stories.