Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection: A Newspaper Ad for Husbands Brings a Wave of Men to a Small Kansas Town

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection: A Newspaper Ad for Husbands Brings a Wave of Men to a Small Kansas Town

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ISBN-13: 9781683221326
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 311,800
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than seventy Christian novels and novellas, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. She lives in western Kentucky with her husband. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com.
 




Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.  You can visit her online at www.susannedietze.com and subscribe to her newsletters at http://eepurl.com/bieza5.
 


Bestselling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online at www.darlenefranklinwrites.com
 




PATTY SMITH HALL is an award-winning, multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and Heartsong/Harlequin.  She currently serves as president of the ACFW-Atlanta chapter and is active on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. She calls North Georgia her home which she shares with her husband of 30+ years, Danny; two gorgeous daughters and a future son-in-love. Visit her website at www.pattysmithhall.com. 
 

Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of storytellers and moved around the country a lot as an army brat. Her desire is to write about real, but flawed characters in a wholesome way that her seven children and five grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia is a full-time writer.




ECPA-bestselling author Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of over a dozen Christian historical romances. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper” in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.
 

ECPA- bestselling author Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. Sharing her husband's love for the premier American sportscar, she is a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn't realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Find her online at www.ginawelborn.com!
 

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Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection: A Newspaper Ad for Husbands Brings a Wave of Men to a Small Kansas Town 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection: A Newspaper Ad for Husbands Brings a Wave of Men to a Small Kansas Town by Cynthia Hickey, Susan Page Davis, Susanne Dietze, Darlene Franklin, Patty Smith Hall, Carrie Francett Pagels, and Gina Welborn, © 2017 Thank you, author Carrie Fancett Pagels, for having a print copy of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection sent to me. I will be reviewing her novella, Dime Novel Suitor, and continue on to other Turtle Springs, Kansas happenings. The Collections are so interesting in theme and the opportunity to meet new authors possibly too. Turtle Springs, Kansas April 1866 Widow Caroline Kane is the proprietor of a restaurant and inn— and responsible for her five teenaged siblings. But she has no plans of finding a mail-order groom. Britisher Barden Granville IV is on a “cowboy holiday” when he finds himself flat broke in Kansas. When he answers an old “help wanted” ad, Caroline misconstrues Barden is there as a potential husband. Will the beautiful and feisty widow cause the new vicar to make Kansas his home? My Review: How did I ever come into this? Caring for the Tumble Inn and my five younger siblings. Now that Pa's died, my older sister declares she is making decisions for us to better my situation. She has entered my name as a sponsor for bringing the ragtag (my words) to town for weddin'. And... she has offered the Tumble Inn for all of the commotions! Caroline Kane has an adventure ahead of her. Have you ever been put in a situation, not of your own doings, that got you so wrapped up in it there wasn't even time to think about what was coming next? Barden Granville has come to town for a cowboy adventure before continuing on to his British home. His first venture in Kansas City didn't work out exactly as he thought it would.... Innocence sometimes could turn ~ almost ~ deadly. Spunky Caroline may have unknowingly met her match. Told the "auditions" are over, Barden finds he has arrived late. Has he missed his chance for the job he has come to apply for at the inn? Thankfully, Caroline says she needs help in the kitchen and Barden has declared he has been tutored as a cook by her friends in Kansas City. My, how that worked out well, filling both of their needs! And a room to boot! Caroline is convinced her friends would not have sent him on if they did not approve. My, the advertisement all the way to Kansas City... A comedy, indeed. This is what is known as a double-meaning. "I'm Barden Granville, and I'll be responsible for dinner preparations here." He gave them what he hoped was a winning smile. "For the next six weeks at least." --Dime Novel Suitor, 323. A trial period to see if he fits in... The thrilling stories Barden had read in Beadle's Dime Novels carry him forward to his desire to find a cowboy experience in Turtle Creek on his holiday. Especially then finding there is a ranch nearby, and it is owned by... Caroline's sister and her husband! "And I should have told you why I'd come to America." "Cowboy?" "Yes." --Ibid., 371. This is a fun story with a lot of action and moving on as the family comes to seek advice from Barden. He has support from other kitchen staff as he prepares culinary feats for boarders and those stopping by to eat at the inn restaurant. He has other skills that endear him to those in Turtle Creek.
wfnren 8 months ago
Another winning 'collections' book. Seven great authors, seven great stories, it all makes for some great reading. So many different scenarios all taking place at the same time. Totally highly recommended by me.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful novella collection! I thoroughly enjoyed each of the seven stories. All of the main characters are wonderful. This collection has an aspect I’d never seen before. All of them are set in one town during the same time period. That means that there are lots of crossovers of characters among the different stories. At the same time each story is definitely separate. I loved seeing how they all interacted with each other. I really liked the variety of situations the women were in at the beginning of their stories. There were so different and yet they all had the very same problem. There were no men of marriageable age in their town after the Civil War I understood the dilemma that each of the women faced and why they wanted to find a husband. Then there was the odd woman out who didn’t want to find one and found herself falling in love anyway. Some of the authors were new to me. Actually that’s my favorite part of reading a novella collection. I have found a lot of great authors through them. This collection is no different. My list of authors to look for has grown thanks to this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
SusanKC More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful collection of novellas. In the year following the Civil War, the women of Turtle Springs, Kansas take fate into their own hands when they advertise for husbands. They plan on holding interviews or auditions when choosing which man will be allowed to court them. These women have learned to be self-reliant when their men did not return from the war. Each novella tells a story of strong women who want to find someone with whom to share their life. But in this search, they learn that God is in control, that He has a plan for all. These are stories of hardship, heartache, perseverance, forgiveness and trust. There are laugh out loud moments as well. Although each story is complete by itself, they are interwoven into a much greater story of hope in the future of a once dying town. I look forward to reading more books written by the authors of this collection.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
What a great collection of stories that all tie into each other and share some of the same characters. What a great idea of mail order husbands for war widows and how well thought out the way they would conduct their interviews. I really enjoyed this collection, as I had a busy week and was able to read one a day. Each author brings something different to the table in their writing style and research, but they all share the same Faith aspect. Patty Smith Hall deals with an amputee from the war in Come What May. She handles it well and the story draws you in. Carrie Fancett Pagels keeps you entertained with Dime Novel Suitor. Barden's secrets and things assumed between him and Carolyn had me chuckling. The descriptive words in this story have you feeling like you are there witnessing it. The Kidnapped Groom by Susan Page Davis had you falling for those kids with enough tenancy to help their mom out. I love the historical aspect of Louder Than Words by Gina Welborn. Bringing a mixed breed lady and her own hurts into the equation is very interesting. Watching her learn to open up makes for a great read. Darlene Franklin pens Sunshine of My Heart and that's what this story does. It brings sunshine into the Readers heart. Cynthia Hickey doesn't fail in Abigail's Proposal. Abigail is a winning character who acts as Mayor in Turtle Springs and advertises for the mail Order Grooms. She is a strong leading lady. A Clean Slate by Susanne Dietze is a story of friendship between Birdy and Frieda and how love can find you when you aren't looking. All in all this book is about strong woman who lives have been turned upside down by the devastation of war and how their Faith and ingenuity lead them to love. As with all novellas it leaves you wanting more, as they lack the depth of a novel. Perfect for quick reads. Impressive collection of stories. I received a complimentary copy. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
RobbyeReviewer More than 1 year ago
Abigail Melton becomes the mayor of Turtle Springs, Kansas, by default. Her father doesn’t return after the Civil War, in which he, along with almost the entire male population of this small Kansas town, died in the war. Abigail knows something needs to be done; the town needs men, so she proposes advertising for husbands, in a unique twist to the more common mail-order bride scenario. Her idea mimics today’s speed dating idea. Each woman will have 15 minutes with the men who respond to the ad. At the end of all the meetings, they can write down the name of the man they want to get to know better and set up dates. All seven tales, beginning with Abigail’s, focuses on either a single lady or widow trying desperately to survive without the men necessary to run the ranches, stores, restaurant and other business or family ventures in Turtle Springs. There are many light-hearted and sad moments within the stories. The women are as different as can be imagined, but all have hopes, dreams and a desire for a better life, not only for themselves but also for their friends and their town. A lot of action and adventure is in the novella collection of Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands. Each carries a message of faith and hope, too. I enjoy how the seven novellas, though written by different authors, all had references to other individuals in the collection. If you enjoy historical fiction with a twist, you are sure to enjoy reading this compilation about the post-Civil War era in Turtle Springs, Kansas. I received this book from NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
BMace More than 1 year ago
It is 1866 in a small town in Kansas. How shall the town survive without the many men they lost to the War Between the States? A town meeting is called and the decision is made to advertise for mail-order husbands. They sent the word out after deciding that the men would be auditioned by the ladies, thus hoping to keep out those whose intentions were not pure. Each author has told the story of a different lady, some which have children, some who have siblings to care for and some who have never been married. There are those who learn that trust can be renewed, both in God and man. I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of stories. Once again, these authors have brought history to life.
hplady More than 1 year ago
Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands Turtle Springs, Kansas lost almost all of its menfolk to the Civil War. Now the women, who have been struggling since the war ended, have devised a plan to bring men into town. They have sent newspaper advertisements telling of husband auditions that will take place in Turtle Springs all over the country. It works…Men are coming into town from all over. Are they all honest? Do they have the women’s best interests in mind? And what of the ones who aren’t looking for marriage who find their way to town? Can love find them also? These are seven stories that are fun and lighthearted and that will bring a smile to your face. In Abigail’s Proposal, Mayor Abigail Melton hires Josiah to be the town sheriff after one brief interview. She never bargained that she would find love in the process. As they work together to keep the peace and keep the interviews going as they should, they get a little more than either was expecting. In The Kidnapped Groom, two young boys kidnap Sam as he is passing through town. They are determined to help their mother find a husband and think he will do just fine. When Sam actually meets their mother, he almost wishes he could be the father they are looking for. In A Clean Slate, school teacher Birdy Green is not looking for love. She is not even participating in the auditions, except to help her friend find someone. When Drew Cooper comes to the schoolhouse looking for learning, he finds more than he ever bargained for. In Sunshine of My Heart, Debbie and her family have not lived in Kansas long and are trying to make a go of their new prairie home. When she meets Zack at the husband auditions, they immediately take to each other. Zack comes to their small homestead and assists her father with breaking ground for planting. Will he plant his way into their family and lives also? In Come What May, Chardy, the local merchant, is at the end of her rope. She has been raising her four brothers since her father died in the war and she is desperate for some help. When the school board comes to her and says the boys can’t stay at school because they are in too much trouble, she doesn’t know what to do. Luke, her former fiancé, who came back from the war missing a leg, agrees to help her with the boys. Can they discover their former love in the process? In Dime Novel Suitor, Caroline is also unsure how to handle her brothers, sisters, and the inn/restaurant left to her after her father’s death. She longs for help but doesn’t go to the interviews. She is too busy working to attend them. When Britishman Barden shows up at her door, she assumes he is late for the interviews. He is merely looking for employment. However, they soon find that he can work for her and love her. In Louder than Words, Jane, who is half Indian, wants to find a husband so that her family will return to Turtle Springs and stay. She agrees to show JR Lockhart around town so he can interview people about the husband auditions. As they slowly fall for each other, she wishes that they could have a future. But, he wants to move to California and she can’t. So where does that leave them? These stories are fun and enjoyable and if you enjoy historical romance, these are a good bet. I received a free copy of this book for my honest opinion from Net Galley.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Seven Brides For Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection By: Cynthia Hickey, Susan Page Davis, Susanne Dietze, Darlene franklin, Patty Smith Hall, Carrie Fancett Pagels, & Gina Welborn Seven Brides For Seven Mail-Order Husbands is a romance collection by seven different authors and seven difference novellas. I really loved all these novellas and the authors all did a fantastic job of pinning each novella. The war left Turtle Springs, Kansas with very few men . The ladies decided a way to build their town back up and help them too was to post ads for Mail-order husbands for women of Turtle Springs. Some women was really hurting with their children and a farm they could not work. These women all had different reasons for wanting a mail-order husband. All these novellas are the authors each telling a story of a bride . The novellas and the characters both were well written and well developed. I was given a complimentary copy , but was not told that In had to give a positive review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this unique twist on the mail-order marriage trope! Each author’s creativity shines as endearing characters and engaging story lines are carried through seven cleverly crafted novellas. After the war, the ladies of Turtle Springs, Kansas, resolve to revive their community with mail-order husbands, and the stories that unfold are both humorous and heartwarming. Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands is a delightful collection that offers hours of reading pleasure! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Shelske More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of the romance collection books. This book is set in the town of Turtle Springs, KS. The ladies in the town, most of which lost loved ones in the war, set out to find husbands. They put out a notice for men to apply for an opportunity to become a mail order husband. Each woman in this book, has different reasons & find love in many different ways. It was hard to put this book down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical inspirational romance set in the old west. I can't read more from all the authors in this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I received this book from author Gina Welborn, I was excited to read it. From the first page to the last, each character was brought to life in the small town of Turtle Springs. It doesn't feel like 7 separate stories because each character is intertwined with the others. Their lives blend together in a special way. These women look out for one another and care what happens . This is a must-read for historical romance readers. I will share this with family and friends.
DMSanders More than 1 year ago
This collection is uneven in quality but still worth checking out. My favorite stories are "The Kidnapped Groom" and "Louder Than Words", which both do the best job of presenting a complete story within the limitations of a novella's word count. As can be expected with Christian romance, the heat level on these books is zero. It is all sweetness and light. There isn't much Christian content, either. "Louder Than Words" addresses a crisis of faith, but the other stories get by with a few Bible verses being quoted at the beginning of the chapters. The lack of heavy sermonizing makes this a collection that can be passed on to a secular friend, but devout Christians might prefer more faith-based content. This may not be the most well-rounded example of a novella collection, but it is worth checking out. It is just the type of volume to keep on hand when I need a historical romance fix between other books
susanmsj More than 1 year ago
I have wanted to read this book since the first time I heard about it before it was released. I love mail-order bride stories and was intrigued by the twist. I was not disappointed. This was such a fun collection to read. The authors did such a good job that it almost seemed like one story instead of seven separate ones. I was trying to choose a favorite or two but I couldn’t. I loved them all. I definitely would recommend this book. I received this book from one of the authors and was asked but not required to give a review. All thoughts are my own.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful collection of stories! Written with the reality of life after the Civil War, the mayor of Turtle Springs, Kansas with the vote of the women of the town, runs an ad for Mail-Order Husbands.. Each author features a different women and the husband they choose. I loved these stories about the loss, the struggle to survive the aftermath of the war and the romantic conclusion of these sit down interviews with those men who showed up looking for a bride. If you like stories of mail-order brides... you will love this twist of Mail-Order Husbands!
annelr More than 1 year ago
Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands is a great collection of novellas by a group of talented and beloved authors, like Carrie Fancett Pagels, Gina Welborn, and Susanne Dietze. In 1866, Turtle Springs, Kansas had a problem and Abigail Melton, the mayor, has an audacious answer. So many men of the town had gone to war never to return. Many of the widows and single women were struggling to make ends meet and care for their families. They were a community trying to put their village back together again after a terrible war that had decimated the menfolk. Abby said, let’s put an ad in newspapers and hold an audition for husbands. And they did. Each of the novellas is about specific women in the town, yet the stories are connected, just as small communities are…people who know and care about each other and the challenges in their lives. A mayor who on the spur of the moment hires a drifter for the sheriff…but what a handsome man he is. A single mom with young boys who want a husband for their mom. Let’s just kidnap one and see how that works out. Widows, a schoolteacher, a daughter who misses the Northeast where she used to live and another daughter who is struggling to keep her father’s store afloat and care for four young brothers. Each looking for a man to help carry the burden. And the men—cowboys, war vets, British, Northeasterner, from all walks of life, some arrived in town because of the advertisement but others were just a passing through, or there by accident—or perhaps Divine appointment. What a fun book to read…each of the stories were unique and yet the message of coming home was strong throughout. Stories that remind the reader to trust that God knows the whys and wherefores of our lives and will see us through the storms of life. And God was definitely going to have to sort out some of these unions. War changed things and doubtless changed people. Promises from the past were hard to forget and grief had individuals stuck in sorrow mode. God doesn’t change though and with this ad, there was a thread of hope for these spunky women. They would find a way. The stories are full of lots of action, humor, rich lovable characters (especially some of the kids!), sweet, sometimes reluctant, romance and love beginning to flame. And let's not forget the kisses…some were just pecks on the cheek but there were some pretty fervent, lingering ones! All in all this collection of captivating stories by seven wonderful authors makes for an enjoyable read especially for readers who cannot get enough of historical romance books. I received a complimentary copy of the paperback book from one of the authors and a complimentary digital copy from Netgalley. I was not expected to write a review and the opinions are my own.
BrendaLee More than 1 year ago
This book's title caught my eye immediately. I've read all kinds of mail-ordered bride books but never mail-ordered husbands. Each of the seven stories are written by seven different authors and happens in Turtle Springs in Kansas. The women of Turtle Springs decides to advertise for husbands since a bunch of the men in their town never returned from the War Between the States. A lot of widowed ladies are needing a man to help them with their houses and lands, and some never-been-married women just needs love. These ladies are not just going to take any man that rides up. They need decent God fearing men. They have an audition with the ladies where they can meet with each other. The adventures in this book are amazing! Each author wrote their book with characters that will stick with you. I felt close to each of the main characters even though these are novellas. I wouldn't have minded at all for the stories to be longer but I felt like I got the whole story in the few pages of each book. This book kept me reading with a good dialog going on nearly all the time. It didn't have a lot of pondering that went on & on. The women also prayed that God would give them the best bride and groom that would be right for them and they would know which to choose. This is a wonderful book I think you would like if you like Historical fiction. I requested and received this book through NetGalley. I also received a print copy from the author/publisher. All opinions that are expressed are my own.
ReginaFujitani More than 1 year ago
Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands by Seven Talented Authors! It is 1865 and the war is happening between the states. What is Turtle Springs, Kansas supposed to do when it loses most of its men to the war? One woman has the answer. One woman will solve the town’s dilemma by posting an ad for mail-order grooms. Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands will take you through seven women’s stories to find the groom they desire and want. Each of these authors has penned a series of novellas that range from mysterious, delightful, adventurous, funny, riveting, and yes – all of the grooms are handsome! Each of the stories will leave the reader happy and wanting their own mail-order groom (if you’re not married that is!). There were two quotes I found inspiring: Dime Novel Suitor by Carrie Fancett Pagels “I believe God knows all things, He love us all. We are in a war with darkness. God knows the devil’s plans. He’ll take us to the heavenly realms when our lie on earth no longer is the place for us to be. We’re here but an infinitesimal time, compared to His eternity. We have to trust that God knows why and when we must join Him in glory.” Louder Than Words by Gina Marie Welborn “Marriage was the fertile soil in which love grew.” Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
A1Reads More than 1 year ago
Amazing Collection! I love every story in it! 7 novellas each telling its own story with its own main characters yet connected through the community and shared experiences. I loved the interaction between the townspeople throughout the entire book. Not all of the brides and grooms meet at the auditions. Some were not even looking but found love anyway. There are happily ever after endings, there are some very suspenseful moments, funny moments and heart-tugging moments as well. There's even a kidnapping or two. This book is one you can read over and over and still love each character. I loved the strong minded Abigail and Josiah in "Abigail's Proposal". The Piner boys stole my heart in "The Kidnapped Groom". "A Clean Slate" found me rooting for more than one relationship. Debbie had a clever question of the men at the audition in "Sunshine of My Heart" and proved that a woman can get what she wants. "Come What May" had me reaching for tissues more than once. I loved the misunderstanding at the center of "Dime Novel Suitor". Barden was one of my favorite characters. The soldiers coming through town added a nice historical touch to the story as well. I enjoyed "Louder Than Words" because of Jane Ransome she was so helpful behind the scenes of so many people's lives yet she seemed to be somewhat overlooked because of the color of her skin. It was alsoIt was also the story of a reporter looking for more out of his life, and what lengths he went to when he finally decided what it was he truly wanted. *I was so excited when a gift copy of this beautiful book was delivered by Barnesandnoble.com I voluntarily reviewed it.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A delightful collection of all new stories! Based partially on the reality of the aftermath of the Civil War, when so many young men died, the setting of a prairie town full of mostly women desperate enough to "audition" men for the job of husband, and sometimes father, seemed rather authentic. What a way to pick a mate. It was like historical speed-dating! The variety of men who came, sometimes rather unwittingly in a few cases, were an interesting mix, from wounded warriors, former soldiers, cowboys, gentlemen and would-be farmers, just looking for a chance to start over. I enjoyed reading about the many capable, brave women who had been given so much responsibility in the absence of their fathers, brothers, and husbands in some cases. The stories helped me understand the hardships many faced following the war, on both sides, from lingering prejudices, financial difficulty, hard work--especially the homesteaders and farmers--and the pressure to care for their families on top of it all. They were all enjoyable tales, overlapping from the start of the "audition" day in May 1866. I especially liked the last two stories, with more of the history mixed in. The shopkeeper's story was good too with the return of a wounded warrior and lost love. Some of these would make good full length novels. Readers who enjoy clean historical romances with some faith elements will probably like this collection. 4.5 stars (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and Barbour publishing. All opinions are my own.)
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
A nice collection of stories. What happens when women decide various ways to find husbands? Posting ads could be the way to happiness. Each author tells a different story and brings all the characters to life in unique ways. I enjoyed these stories. I received a copy of this collection from Net Galley and this is my personal honest opinion.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN MAIL ORDER HUSBANDS by seven authors who did a terrific job, of combining 7 stories you will love. To revive a small town, Turtle Springs, Kansas, they advertise. The woman were honest with what they needed, and what they were like. if men happen to come in to town,as they were passing thru. To see a sign in the window, and all the single women looking at you. You would think the men would want a sign " not on the menu". The place that is serving meals, had a sign on the door "Husbands wanted", would make a man hesitate to go in, they wanted a meal, not a wife. No other place to eat, and one wonder if town had gone crazy. Or the boy who goes after the preacher, while his ma gives the stranger a drink. Was it easy, to have a man in their lives again. They were use to making decisions, being in the work force. Delightful, funny, from the beginning, to the end. A good read that all will enjoy, all the authors blended in with the next story. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN MAIL ORDER HUSBANDS by seven authors who did a terrific job, of combining 7 stories you will love. To revive a small town, Turtle Springs, Kansas, they advertise. The woman were honest with what they needed, and what they were like. if men happen to come in to town,as they were passing thru. To see a sign in the window, and all the single women looking at you. You would think the men would want a sign " not on the menu". The place that is serving meals, had a sign on the door "Husbands wanted", would make a man hesitate to go in, they wanted a meal, not a wife. No other place to eat, and one wonder if town had gone crazy. Or the boy who goes after the preacher, while his ma gives the stranger a drink. Was it easy, to have a man in their lives again. They were use to making decisions, being in the work force. Delightful, funny, from the beginning, to the end. A good read that all will enjoy, all the authors blended in with the next story. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.