Colonial Courtships

Colonial Courtships




Head to Colonial Connecticut where unexpected adventure catches the Ingersoll brothers by surprise—and brings unexpected love into their lives. Nathaniel has his sights set on becoming a master figurehead carver, until he risks everything for a woman. Jonathan’s merchant trade and his new love are in jeopardy from a brother’s animosity. Micah expects to settle down to peace after a life of fighting on the frontier but finds a young woman hiding from an abductor. Alden is press-ganged into tending an ailing naval captain, then catches sight of the captain’s fetching niece. Will the unexpected end in four courtships?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616266943
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Series: Romancing America
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of  bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with two dozen books in print.
She lives in Texas with her husband and sundry pets. She loves watching old movies with her husband in the winter, and going for long walks along Galveston beaches in the summer. When she isn’t writing, she considers that housework is a time to work out plot points, and visiting museums is a recreational activity.

New Englander Carla 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

Lisa Karon Richardson is an award-winning author and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Influenced by books like The Little Princess, Lisa’s early books were heavy on creepy boarding schools. Though she’s mostly all grown-up now, she still loves a healthy dash of adventure in any story she creates, even her real-life story. She’s been a missionary to the Seychelles and Gabon and now that she and her husband are back in America, they are tackling new adventures—starting a daughter-work church and raising two precocious kids.

TIFFANY AMBER STOCKTON has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today she is an award-winning author, speaker, social media consultant, and a freelance website designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son and a vivacious Flat-coated retriever named Roxie. Her writing career began as a columnist for her high school and college newspapers. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Historical Romance Writers. Three of her novels have won annual reader's choice awards, and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for the Heartsong Presents book club. You can read more about her at her website.

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Anne_M_Baxter More than 1 year ago
This book is a collection of four novellas about brothers and their mother who live in Glassenbury, Connecticut. Their mother had turned their large residence into the Red Griffin Inn when their father passed away in order to provide for her four sons. In the first novella (Carving a Furture, by Carla Olson Gade), Nathaniel Ingersoll, journeyman figurehead carver, rescues a severely ill young woman (Constance) from a ship's captain, paying her indenture with all the coins he has left and his father's silver water flask to keep the captain from finishing her off. He takes the unconscious Constance home for his mother's tender care, and then they find out the captain had no right to sell her bond--she had been kidnapped. Once she somewhat recovers, she demands her release. Nathaniel's uncle and employer is more than a little upset at Nathaniel's expenditure. Constance can't cook, so his mother is also not pleased. But Nathaniel finds himself drawn to this young aristocrat--who, by the way, is also betrothed. Is there a way out of this mess? The second book, Trading Hearts by Amber Stockton, is about the second son, Jonathan, captain of the river ship left to him by their father. He finds himself stormbound at the Higganum Inn where he meets Clara, the petite daughter of the owners. The attraction is instantaneous on both sides. Clara's brother plans to throw a crimp in the romance. He thinks Jonathan is the author of all his troubles--a severe injury and a lost merchant ship. Jonathan has convinced her parents he's worthy of Clara's attention, but her brother is a conundrum of a different color. Jonathan will have to stop the rumors her brother has begun to spread before his own trade route is ruined and before the budding relationship with Clara can be brought to a painful halt. The third novella, Over a Barrel by Laurie Alice Eakes, begins with a small child found in a flour barrel in brother Micah's bakery. The child supposedly belongs to a pretty young woman, Sarah. There is a striking disresemblance between the young woman, Sarah, and the five-year-old screaming girl. Micah has his suspicions. He takes the woman and the child to his mother who is able to get the entire story from Sarah. Micah is not so sure he believes her, but he puts Sarah to work in his bakery. A man searches for her and the child, claiming Sarah is his wife. Should Micah protect her or turn her over? The final book, Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson, finds Aldon, the youngest of the brothers, a surgeon, impressed by a British ship to save the life of still another ship's captain, the uncle of orphaned Phoebe. Aldon believes he will be released once the captain is out of danger, but no--he is now a member of the British navy. But then, even if he were not, would he wish to leave the young beauty, Phoebe?
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
Carving a Future by Carla Olson Gade This is a good and interesting story filled with historic detail. It had been a while since I read a story set in the Colonial era, and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy this historic period of American history. The women are sweet and charming, but also industrious and sincere. I particularly like Lucy, who is the Ingersoll’s servant and becomes a good friend to Constance. I love all the cooking details and it was also fun learning about the figurehead carving trade. Trading Hearts by Amber Stockton This is a sweet story. I love the main male character, Jonathan. What a man of principle and integrity! He is such a great model for young men today, who often are lacking these characteristics. I like that even though he has these desirable attributes, he isn’t in the least bit stuffy or a “holier than thou” type person. I had to chuckle when I compared our young people today—in contact minute by minute with their friends, and the 5-month period that Jonathan and Clara spent writing letters to each other. How the world has changed in 300 years! Over a Barrel by Laurie Alice Eakes This interesting story really shows the plight of women in the mid-1700’s, especially widows. I enjoyed this fascinating story. It is enlightening to see the contrast between women’s lives today compared to those in Colonial America. Impressed By Love by Lisa Karon Richardson I enjoyed the story. I was a bit familiar with impressment into the navy, but this story really brings that practice home. I became quite emotionally involved in the lives of the characters and how this forced recruitment might affect not only the person being impressed, but also his family and others who depended upon him. My favorite aspect of Impressed By Love is the spiritual theme of trusting God in all circumstances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories in this book were entertaining with good Christian themes throughout which served as good reminders for me. The historical town references were interesting, too, to compare with present day Glastonbury and other CT towns mentioned. Thank you.
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