The Homestead Brides Collection: 9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land

The Homestead Brides Collection: 9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land


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ISBN-13: 9781630586867
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice finalist. She is the bestselling author of the Wild at Heart series, Trouble in Texas series, Kincaid Bride series, Lassoed in Texas trilogy, Montana Marriages trilogy, Sophie’s Daughters trilogy, and many other books. Mary is married to a Nebraska cattleman and has four grown daughters and a little bevy of spectacular grandchildren. Find Mary online at

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love chapter; and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at

Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves books and history, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, an avid museum patron, and wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves to hear from readers. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter at
And you can email her at or contact her on her author Facebook page.

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a Romantic Times Book of the Year winner as well as a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee of more than fifty novels with almost two million copies in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan, she has been nominated for a Career Achievement Award as well a Reader’s Choice Award and Book of the Year by Romantic Times magazine.
Kathleen is a paralegal, a proud military wife, and an expatriate Texan cheering on her beloved Texas Aggies from north of the Red River. Connect with her through social media at

Award-winning author and speaker, Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma. The move was prompted by her desire to be close to her son’s family; her daughter, Jolene, has preceded her into glory. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading, and reality TV. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene has published several titles with Barbour Publishing.

New Englander Carla Olson 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

Award-winning and bestselling author, Ruth Logan Herne likes to be called Ruthy, loves God, her family, dogs, coffee and chocolate, and thinks possums should leave the cat food alone and snakes should always live outside. She lives on a farm in upstate New York and loves to connect with her readers via her website, e-mail at, or Facebook.

Award-winning author Pam Hillman, a country girl at heart, writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. She lives with her family in Mississippi. Contact Pam at her website:

Becca Whitham (pronounced WIT-um) is the proud wife of an army chaplain and mother of two, grown children. Before her husband left on his first deployment, he made her promise to pursue her life-long dream of publication. It took five years and copious amounts of Chai tea before her dream was reality. She also enjoys singing, playing violin, and papercrafting. Born and raised on the West Coast, she and her husband currently reside in Alaska but home is wherever the army sends them. She can be reached through her website at

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The Homestead Brides Collection: 9 Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each story was well written historical storylines of how the h/h met and got together. HEA. ***vrnb***
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Nine wonderful stories by nine great authors I love these collections books, they are short stories and the authors do such a great job of pulling you in yet the don't disappoint with them not being a full length book. Some of my favorite authors have included stories in this book and there are some new ones that have done a wonderful job and I will be looking for more of their work. Thank you ladies! ! !
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Proving Up, A Novella by Carla Olson Gade, © 2015 I love the texture of the collection books with the rippled page edges! The Homestead Brides Collection: Nine Pioneering Couples Risk all for Love and Land by authors Mary Connealy, Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, DiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch, Becca Whitham, Kathleen Y'Barbo. Timber Culture Act March 3, 1873 "An Act to encourage the Growth of Timber on the Western Prairie" Many hoped that giving settlers deed to public lands in return for growing trees would reshape the environment of the West, giving the claimant possession of 160 acres of public land for no cost in exchange for making improvements to the land if a person planted and nurtured the growth of trees on forty of their 160 acres for ten years, they could claim the land. In 1878, the Timber Culture Act was amended again. This time, the amount of land that had to be covered in trees was reduced from forty acres to ten and also made exceptions for trees that had been destroyed by harsh climate or grasshopper plagues. --statistics reference ~* Review of Carla Olson Gade's Proving Up *~ "Proving Up" by Carla Olson Gade ~ ~ Elsa Lindstrom applies her scientific theories to growing trees on the Nebraska plains, intruding on a handsome homesteader's hard work and experience. Will their dreams come to ruin, or will love prove their success? Swedeburg, Nebraska, April 1885. "I'm read to prove up, Nettie." Nils Svensson spoke out loud, his only audience his grove of trees...and God. The hearty cottonwoods, with their leafy branches, reached into the sky above in agreement. --Proving Up, 107 With trees on 30 acres, triple the claim requirement for his 160-acre section, Nils has been hard at work beneath the Nebraska skies. This is a sweet story of hope and love beyond all that could be imagined! Join these homesteaders as their hearts blend into all that is waiting for them. ~*~ Native New Englander Carla Olson Gade writes adventures of the heart with historical roots from her home amid the rustic landscapes of Maine. With seven books in print, she is always imagining more stories and 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 a historical museum, it’s easier to connect with her online. ***Thank you to author Carla Olson Gade for sending me a copy of The Homestead Brides Collection for review of her novella, Proving Up. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. --Isaiah 55:12
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This is an enjoyable collection of stories about pioneers homesteading and falling in love :) I learned A LOT about sod houses since almost every story featured one and a few even described the building process which is far more extensive than I had previously assumed. The romances are sweet and each story line is unique. I thought most of them were 4 stars, with a few 3 stars mixed in. My favorites were the ones by Mary Connealy, Darlene Franklin, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, and Erica Vetsch. They incorporated themes of grief and hardship as well as strength, hope, and family loyalty. (Thank you to Barbour Books for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
The Homestead Brides Collection is a wonderful collection of novellas by some of my favorite authors! Each of the nine novellas features pioneers working hard to achieve their dreams of land ownership. I loved the strength and determination of these early settlers and the hope they all clung to was inspiring! This collection boasts rich, historical details, engaging storylines, and tender romances. I loved The Homestead Brides Collection and highly recommend it to fans of historical romance! My thanks to Darlene Franklin for the digital copy of this book. All thoughts expressed are my own and no monetary compensation was received.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just wish it hadn't been all set on the prairie or in Texas. My great-granddad homesteaded a land grant in Michigan. People don't normally consider places like that, but it's true. Anyway... aside from that, I really enjoyed this collection. I learned a lot about homesteading and the storieswere great!