The Bartered Bride Romance Collection: 9 Historical Stories of Arranged Marriages

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Overview

Treasure this beautiful collection packed with all the angst of romance founded upon practical arrangements. Four sisters travel in answer to an ad before even corresponding with potential husbands. Two women bend to the will of their parents in taking husbands. A widow commits to a stranger in name only. And two women on the Oregon Trail hitch their lives to men they?ve just met. Will love blossom for convenience sake?

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Overview

Treasure this beautiful collection packed with all the angst of romance founded upon practical arrangements. Four sisters travel in answer to an ad before even corresponding with potential husbands. Two women bend to the will of their parents in taking husbands. A widow commits to a stranger in name only. And two women on the Oregon Trail hitch their lives to men they’ve just met. Will love blossom for convenience sake?

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Editorial Reviews

Reviews by Jenilee - Jenilee Goodwin

The books weave history, romance and faith together to create a wonderful book that readers will enjoy!
Compass Book Ratings - Emily Hendriksen

Being Christian in nature, The Bartered Bride Collection would make for a wonderful afternoon curl-up with a cup of herbal tea, perhaps on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.  Take your time to savor each sweet story in order to find yourself loving that feeling of falling in love for the first time all over again.
Reviews by Jenilee
The books weave history, romance and faith together to create a wonderful book that readers will enjoy!

— Jenilee Goodwin

Compass Book Ratings
Being Christian in nature, The Bartered Bride Collection would make for a wonderful afternoon curl-up with a cup of herbal tea, perhaps on a peaceful Sunday afternoon.  Take your time to savor each sweet story in order to find yourself loving that feeling of falling in love for the first time all over again.

— Emily Hendriksen

Reviews by Jenilee

The books weave history, romance and faith together to create a wonderful book that readers will enjoy!

— Jenilee Goodwin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620291559
  • Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 601,534
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 4.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Cathy Marie Hake is a southern California native. She met her two loves at church: Jesus and her husband, Christopher. An RN, she loved working in oncology as well as teaching Lamaze. Health issues forced her to retire, but God opened new possibilities with writing. Since their children have moved out and are married, Cathy and Chris dote on dogs they rescue from a local shelter. A sentimental pack rat, Cathy enjoys scrapbooking and collecting antiques. "I'm easily distracted during prayer, so I devote certain tasks and chores to specific requests or persons so I can keep faithful in my prayer life." Since her first book in 2000, she's been on multiple best-seller and readers' favorite lists.

JoAnn lives on the Minnesota prairie which is a setting for many of her stories. Once a full-time CPA,  JoAnn now spends most of her time researching and writing. JoAnn has published historical nonfiction books for children and several novels with Barbour Publishing in the Heartsong Presents line as well as the American Adventure and Sisters in Time series for children. Several of her novellas are included in CBA best-selling anthologies by Barbour Publishing. JoAnn’s love of history developed when she worked at an historical restoration in North Carolina for five years. She enjoys researching and weaving her fictional characters’ lives into historical backgrounds and events. JoAnn believes that readers can receive a message of salvation and encouragement from well-crafted fiction. She captivates and addresses the deeper meaning between life and faith.

Kelly Eileen Hake received her first writing contract at the tender age of seventeen and arranged to wait three months until she was able to legally sign it. Since that first contract a decade ago, she's fulfilled twenty contracts ranging from short stories to novels. In her spare time, she's attained her BA in English literature and composition, earned her credential to teach English in secondary schools, and went on to complete her MA in writing popular fiction.

Writing for Barbour combines two of Kelly's great loves-history and reading. A CBA bestselling author and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she's been privileged to earn numerous Heartsong Presents Reader's Choice Awards and is known for her witty, heartwarming historical romances. A newlywed, she and her gourmet-chef husband live in Southern California with their golden lab mix, Midas!

Amy Rognlie has drawn on her home in Colorado for scenes in her story that assure readers God is love and He is ever willing to forgive. Amy is a middle school language arts teacher. She and her family recently relocated to Central Texas, where she loves teaching, reading and writing (of course), gardening, and hanging out with her family and three dogs. “God’s word is precious to me,” Amy says. “In all of my stories, I strive to remind readers that God is faithful to His word, and can be trusted in every situation.” Amy has had two historical romance novels published by Heartsong Presents.

Janelle Burnham Schneider has published six novels with Heartsong Presents. After thirteen years as a Canadian military family, she and her loved ones are now settled in Manitoba, Canada, near the geographic center of North America. In addition to being an author, wife, and mother, she has also worked as an administrative assistant, catalog delivery person, school bus driver, and Starbucks barista.

Pamela Tracy started writing at a very young age (a series of romances, all with David Cassidy as the hero. Sometimes Bobby Sherman would interfere). Then, while earning a BA in Journalism at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, she picked up the pen again (only this time, it was an electric typewriter on which she wrote a very bad fiction novel).  First published in 1999 by Barbour Publishing, she has since published more than twenty-five books in multiple genres. She’s a Carol Award winner (from American Christian Fictions Writers) as well as both a Carol and Rita finalist (from Romance Writers of America).     

Lynette Sowell is an award-winning author with New England roots, but she makes her home in Central Texas with her husband and a herd of five cats. When she’s not writing, she edits medical reports and chases down stories for the local newspaper.

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

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    Who'll Take This Woman?

    The Bartered Bride Collection Review shortened to fit B&N criteria Joie De Vivre © 2006 by Lynette Sowell 1819 Louisiana Edouard LeBlanc and Josee Broussard are to be married after Edouard's father decided it was to be. Neither thought they would do well together but perhaps the Lord has other plans for them. Button Strong Bride © 2001 by Cathy Marie Hake Widower Ethan Cole is traveling to Oregon with his two children. His sister started out with him but when she had the chance to turn tail and run, she did. When the opportunity comes to help a young woman who lost both parents on the trail and in return she can help him Ethan takes on Charity Davis. As feelings for the young woman grow he realizes that she’s a wealthy lady and he’s a simple carpenter. Worlds apart. Can God cross that divide? The Wedding Wagon © 2002 by Cathy Marie Hake Dr. Joshua Rogers quickly fell for Bethany Handley after she spent a Christmas with them. When they marry and head down the Oregon Trail, he wonders if she married him or his family. Next 4 books were originally from Bride for a Bit From Halter to Altar © 2003 by Cathy Marie Hake Ellis Stack had four sister-in-laws to get off his hands. When he reads a notice for a man wanting a bridle order he misunderstands it as bridal and sends Matilda, Corrine, Bess and Bertie Craig off to James Collingswood in Lickwind. When Jim meets the train to get his bridles he instead has four women. What is he to do with them now? From Carriage to Marriage © 2003 by Janelle Burnham Schneider Luke Collingswood was pulled towards Corrie Craig from the start. The young widow who was already in the family way seemed so fragile and something in him felt the need to protect her. He’d like that responsibility for good but would the young widow ever learn to love a second time or forever mourn her late husband? From Pride to Bride © 2003 by JoAnne A. Grote Bess Craig is considered bossy and very independent. Gideon Riker is the local saloon owner but is there more to him than meets the eye? This unusual team join forces when he offers to rent his brand new house to Bess and Bertie to start a business out of. From Alarming to Charming © 2003 by Pamela Kaye Tracy Thomas Hardin is returning to Lickwind seven years after his father was chased away and considered a cattle rustler. He first mistakes Bertie Craig for a boy, than a child and finally for the beautiful woman she is. A Vow Unbroken © 2000 by Amy Rognlie James Parrish was so excited, his future wife was to arrive on the train. God had answered his prayers and he would have a wife to love and share his life with. When Abby Cantrell arrived James thought her to be absolutely beautiful. And then his world shattered. She was not the same woman he expected and this one carried several burdens. Would God bring her into his life to torture him or was there hope for a real marriage? Finishing Touches © 2007 by Kelly Eileen Hake Captain Gregory Royce had a nightmare instead of a fairy tale wedding. His fiance left him and he was forced to marry her sister, Libby Collier to save face. Can any good come from such a marriage?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Some good, some bad stories

    Ok, no character should be perfect but I really disliked the male lead in the last story.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

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    This is a nice collection of historical romances. Though not all

    This is a nice collection of historical romances. Though not all of the stories are arranged marriages exactly. 

    What I liked: I really enjoyed the four stories about the sisters who came west. They where very well written and considering the stories are shorter then a normal novel they really did not feel shorter they where so well written. I really enjoyed all of these stories!

    What I did not like: Nothing really. This was a very well written and put together collection.

     Over all I really liked this book! I liked all the stories for the most part and was kind of sad to see the book end. If you like collection books this is a great one!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Excellent

    Excellent collection. I enjoyed every one of these novellas.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2014

    Great collection of stories. Really enjoyed this collection, esp

    Great collection of stories. Really enjoyed this collection, especially the four about the sisters in the middle who were "sold"by their brother-in-law who stole their dairy from them and sent them off. I highly recommend this, especially if you enjoy reading a shorter story near bedtime. I saw one reviewer state that the stories were shortened from original but I had not read the originals so I don't know. Barbour is expecting to do another similar series and I'm looking forward to reading it. I read my book through NetGalley and am under no compulsion to give a positive review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Good job Amy Rognlie!!

    Good job i'm proud of you!!

    :D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2013

    Too Pollyanna..................................................

    Way too preachy. The people in the stories can't carry on a conversation without throwing a bible quote at one another. It made the stories stilted and one dimensional.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2013

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    Author: Nine Various Authors Published By: Barbour Books Age Rec

    Author: Nine Various Authors
    Published By: Barbour Books
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Rating: 5

    Review:


    "The Bartered Bride Romance Collection: Nine Historical Stores of Arranged Marriages by 9 Various Authors was really good historical reads. Some I have read before but this collection comprised a mixture of it all....Here is just a little bit about each of these novellas.


    Book 1: Josée has been brought up by LaBlanc family

    Book 2: Charity traveling on a wagon train to Willomet Valley Oregon

    Book 3: Bethany's friend Penny brings her home over a Christmas Holiday

    Book 4: James Collingsworth has ordered 4 horse bridles, and ends up receiving 4 brides

    Book 5: This is the second and continuing story of the Brides... Corrie Craig

    Book 6: This is a continuation of the Craig Sister... Bess Craig

    Book 7: This is Bertie's story, and the final and youngest of the Craig Sisters
    Book 4-7 are connected.....

    Book 8: The eighth novella is of Abby and James

    and the last one...

    Book 9: Captain Gregory Royce has lent Mr Collier a lot of money to save his business. In return he is to marry Tabitha, whom he is in Love with, however, that doesn't work out and he ends up with another daughter...Libby. This will be an interesting romance.


    Now, to find out what is going on in each of these novellas you will have to pick up this excellent read to find out. "Will these couples be able to find love and hold on to their faith even in the most bizarre circumstances?" You will see through love and faith, will these couples be able to get through such difficult situations? I found the characters, especially the brides, were all very realistic making this read very well understood by the reader. Would I recommend this
    novellas as fun and fast paced good reads, YES!

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Go back to the old west.

    You will really like this book. You get 3 stories in one book which is always good. Come a long on wagon trains and real trains. Come cry and laugh and find out how strong women are. Oh lets not forget that handsome man that we all fall in love with. Even when they had no idea how much they want and need us. Charlotte

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  • Posted January 30, 2013

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    Book 1 Josée has been brought up by LaBlanc family since she was

    Book 1
    Josée has been brought up by LaBlanc family since she was 6 years old. She is starting to have feelings for her friend/brother. It is the custom in this Buyou Community that the father pick a spouse for his daughter when she reaches 18. That is where Josée is now, and is surprised when she finds herself engaged to wed Edouard, the older aloof brother.
    Will she give up her feeling for one and turn them to another? Will she be able to reach Edouard?
    We shall find out!

    Book 2 One of my favorite authors Cathy Marie Hake wrote this short story and she does not disappoint. We are traveling on a wagon train to Willomet Valley, and when the story opens Ethan's wife has passed and he is traveling with his two young children, and having a hard time and needing to depend on others to help with their care. Charity was traveling with her Mother and Father, when first her Mom and then her Dad died.
    The Wagon Master is insisting Charity cannot travel alone, and must be sent back….or combine the two wagons. So begins, a really sweet journey, with Charity and the children, and Ethan.
    You will have to read this one! It is a must read!

    Book 3 When Bethany's friend Penny brings her home over a Christmas Holiday, she loves being part of this family. A relationship develops between Penny's brother, Dr. Joshua Rogers, and Beth.
    He eventually asks her to be his wife, and travel with him to go to Oregon, by wagon train.
    Did Bethany marry him for love, or a family, that is the question to be answered in this story!

    Book 4 Starts out quite funny, James Collingsworth has ordered 4 horse bridles, and ends up receiving 4 brides! He is not interested in a Woman. He can't leave them in town, and ends up bringing the sisters to his Ranch. He and his brother Luke end up sleeping in the barn. Will either he or Luke end up with one of these pretty woman.

    Book 5 This is the second and continuing story of the Brides..not bridles, and this is Corrie Craigs. Her husband died a few months prior and she is in a family way, but that doesn't keep Luke from having feelings for her. Can Corrie who really loved her husband, ever have feelings for Luke?

    Book 6 This is also a continuation of the Craig Sister. Bess Criag wants to move to town and Mr Riker or Gideon, offers Bess and Bertie his new house to use. Bessie sets up a kitchen and starts earning money from baking, and cooking meals. She also starts teaching some of the young boys how to read, and then some of the Soiled Doves from the Saloon. She begins to have feeling for Gideon, but as a Christian can not have anything to do with a saloon.

    Book 7 This is Bertie's story, and the final and youngest of the Craigs Sisters. She is the a "tomboy", and loving it…that is until she meets Thomas Harding. All of a sudden another woman her age appears, married, and in a family way. It was like a light bulb went off in Roberta's head. You will have to read to see what happens to this one.

    Book 8 The eighth novella is Abby's and James. Abby's Aunt plays a big trick on both of them! Abby is very pregnant when she arrives to be James's new Housekeeper, and James is surprised to find his new mail order bride to be with child.
    Will Abby ever be able to break her vow to God? Will there ever be a real marriage? Surprising turn of events!

    Book 9 Captain Gregory Royce has lent Mr Collier a lot of money to save his business. In return he is to marry Tabitha, whom he is in Love with. When the day before his wedding Tabitha elopes with another, her father offers his other daughter, Elizabeth or Libby as she is known.
    Does this marriage have a chance? Will the Captain be able to Love Libby, and not pine for Tabitha.
    A surprising romance.

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour Books, and was not required to give a positive review

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