Book Review: Sixteen Brides

I was recently provided a review copy of Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson. Many thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.

In 1872, sixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising “prime homesteads” in a “booming community.” Unbeknownst to them, the speculator’s true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledging community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they will accept marriage proposals shortly after their arrival!

Sparks fly when these unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. These women are going to need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances–especially when they begin to discover that none of them is exactly who she appears to be.

Stephanie Grace Whitson, bestselling author and two time Christy Award finalist, pursues a full-time writing and speaking career from her home studio in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her husband and blended family, her church, quilting, and Kitty–her motorcycle–all rank high on her list of “favorite things”. Visit www.stephaniegracewhitson.com
My Review:
First off, I wanted to read this book because I loved the cover! Secondly, I love historical fiction, and I admit to being a bit of a sucker for the mail order bride type books. Even though, often times I find them predictable and there are so many of them!
This particular title was a bit different than the norm. It started out with sixteen would-be brides, and ultimately set it’s focus on four of them. I was grateful for this, as it was a bit hard to keep up with who’s who at first! The story felt a little slow to me for the first half of the book, but eventually I found myself immersed in the story. I loved the spunkiness and independence that the ladies in the story showed.  And, though this group of women all came from very different backgrounds and walks of life, they  came together to form lasting friendships. This book touched greatly on redemption, forgiveness and the promise of new beginnings.
Thanks again to Bethany House for the review copy.
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