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Sparks fly when these unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. These...
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.
Posted June 11, 2010
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.
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Posted August 21, 2011
Posted August 21, 2011
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!!
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Posted August 24, 2011
Posted May 27, 2013
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!
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Posted July 10, 2014
I really enjoyed reading the book Sixteen Brides. At first I was not sure if this was going to be book one or all where in this book. After the story gets going I really liked it. Mail order brides are becoming popular books now and I would recommend adding this one to the list. I will have to check out other books by Stephanie Grace Whitson. All though the title says sixteen there are I think six that take place in this book so maybe the next book will carry more weddings. Hope you like it as well as I did.
Posted July 4, 2014
Posted July 4, 2014
Posted June 25, 2014
I liked that the story told a bit about the women but it was more like six women not sixteen. I enjoyed what little that was shared of the each women. However I had trouble keeping track of who was speaking at what times. It tended to get confusing after awhile. I also did not like that the story set up to where all the women were going to get married or else just cut them off with out any explanation of their future. I felt the ending was rushed and was slapped together to end it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2014
Posted August 13, 2013
Posted June 17, 2013
This inspirational mail order bride book has it all. I find myself recommending it all the time. What kept this book from being a five star is
that because of the multiple story lines, I wanted a little more at the end with each pair, plus an epilogue.
If you like these themes, this book has them! Spoilers below!
above-30-heroine, abuse-sexual-or-physical, adorable-heroine, american-h-or-hero, big beautiful woman, best friends, big-and-tall-hero,
children, class-difference, disfigured-disabled-leads, food, frontier, funny, healer-doctor-nurse, historical-romance, homesteading,
intellectual-hero, kick-ass-heroine, kisses, mail-order-bride, multi-storied, Nebraska, non-virgin-heroine, older-heroine-younger-hero,
preggers, relgious, secondary-love-story, shy-heroine, soddie, southern-belle, tortured-hero, unsual-career-woman, western, widow,
Posted May 15, 2013
A good, light read. Kind of predictable. I was hoping the women would make more of a go of it themselves instead of having so much "male" help. I loved how the author conveyed the neighborliness and how everyone in the town would help out.
Posted April 26, 2013
I really enjoyed this book. The ladies were described so visually and being very independent for the era. This story provided inspiration and showed how a group of strong women can accomplish what they set out to do.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 22, 2013
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Posted November 30, 2012
Even though it was predictable, I still gave this 4 stars. The writting was good, the settings descriptive, the characters were interesting.
It ends upruptly, I saw all the things coming that happened at the end. And then what? What happens to the homestead in the long run? The ending was not resolved enough for me, left me feeling like I was left hanging. A book two might take care of this, if one is in the works.
Posted September 7, 2012