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Sixteen Brides

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Highly Recommend

I enjoyed reading this, could not put it down. Great plot , drama, excitement, romance. All a reader could ask for .

posted by Arlady on August 21, 2011

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7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Sixteen brides (maybe only six after all)

This is a story about several widows who are offered a chance to have their own land and home in the west - but they are deceived. They were the promised brides and dance partners for some farmers and ranchers in the town of Coyote. However, they discover the truth and ...
This is a story about several widows who are offered a chance to have their own land and home in the west - but they are deceived. They were the promised brides and dance partners for some farmers and ranchers in the town of Coyote. However, they discover the truth and share it with the others; most went on to their final destination, but six decide to stay at Plum Grove, a little town where they are welcome and which has lots of potential to grow. There, after deciding they can trust each other and being their only companions, they make up their minds to begin their homestead together; after all, they all have pasts to forget and have found in each other the best company and friendship they need for their new beginning, despite being from very different backgrounds. With the help of wonderful and caring neighbors, they begin their homestead. Building their home, a vegetable garden, a fruit cellar, a spring house, and even some cattle are now dreams that little by little take shape and make the estate that is to be called the "Four Corners" become a buoyant and cherished one by the end of the book. Of course, there are also the personal stories, and there is love and romance involved.

The beginning of the book was very complicated, and I must say even boring at times; I feel that the author tried to do a lot with setting so many stories and it gets confusing - it discouraged me to go on reading, instead of interesting me in the lives of the characters. Although the story gets better, and the idea of the book is a good one (the author says it all began when she saw some 1872 news advertising the arrival of sixteen brides, 'the best lot" they have ever got), the end turns to be disappointing and comes too quick, even abruptly. Most of it is highly predictable and, instead of knowing what is to happen with all the women, there are some that take precedent over others, which is contrary to one of the assets of the story - the fact that all of the women are equal and that their true value is in their heart, not on the riches nor looks. Another thing that I really liked of this book is that feeling of community life, where the neighbors are willing to help and care for each other freely and without asking for things back.

Overall, I would not recommend this book. I must say though, that if you like westerns and easy reads, this might be a good choice for you. Just get past the first chapters into the trials these women have to face to go on with their lives.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for review. This does not bias my opinion on the book nor on the author.

posted by Yiya on June 11, 2010

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I enjoyed reading this, could not put it down. Great plot , drama, excitement, romance. All a reader could ask for .

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    A Must Read!

    Sixteen Brides will put a smile on your face, warm your heart and make you want to get your gun (don't have one) and shoot someone in the behind! You will be amazed how eight of the women come to make a homestead in a little Western town. The community is a community everyone wishes they had the support around them. For a good feeling and adventerous book, you must read Sixteen Brides!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2011

    Great read!!!

    I could not put this down! Great story line, lived it! A must read!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Great story about women!

    I loved each heroine of this book & I loved how each of them didn't have to seek out a man to be strong. Each woman grew in their relationships with each other, with God & as a result of their struggles. I could not put it down & finished it in a day!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    I recommend this book highly!!

    Loved the book. Kept me wanting to keep reading till I was finished!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    REALLY GREAT READ

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a lot of characters to keep up with but it sure never got dull. I will watch for a second in this series. This author has my vote.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2013

    Great book

    This was a good book. Fun to read. Great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Fun book to read

    I enjoyed the characters, the excitement and the easy read. the story was very good and kept me coming back to sit and read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Worth the price!

    Best book. I love a little romance in it. Stephiane Grace Whitson is a amazing writer ive read like 20 or more of her books. Been pleased with every single one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Hope on

    I have to say that this book started off rather slow and uniteresting. But turned into.such a heart felt and meaningful book. Would read it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Geat book

    couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Surprised

    I really enjoyed this book. Having multiple heroine is a challenge. She did a good job with the storyline. The beginning of the story is hard keeping the characters straight. Once your finished with the first few chapters it does get easier to keep the characters' stories straight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Loved it

    Great story! Has many laugh out loud moments!

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Enjoyable

    Normally would not read this sort of book just felt drawn to it enjoyed every page

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Wonderful story

    Charmingly written, very engaging story. Loved all the characters and the way the indvidual stories came together. I'll definitely read more from this author.

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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Powerful

    Great book! Love the idea of women trying to make it on thier rather than take the easy path (marry a stranger). This book has obsticles, friendship, love, hope, & forgiveness.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Highly recommend this book

    I loved this book...they all had struggles, but pulled together...it was a very positive and uplifting book. Easy read...thouroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

    Great if you like historical

    A good look at Nebraska pioneers. This one especially interested me since I was born and raised in Dawson County NE. Nice to have a book that has no bad language or subject matter! B&N why don't you have more like this one on your free pages!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2011

    Super Awesome

    I so enjoyed this story of intriguing characters whose lives became so intertwined as they search for a place to call home and find true love with their savior when they least expect it or feel they deserve it. Because they gave their all to him he then in his beautiful mercy shows them love that they never knew they could experience on earth. A great read!

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    VERY GOOD by Lynn

    Downloaded due to price and reviews. To my surprise, I enjoyed very much. Felt for the chatacters and enjoyed all their stories and outcome. Like others, I wish it had been longer.

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