The MISSadventure Brides Collection: 7 Daring Damsels Don't Let the Norms of Their Eras Hold Them Back

The MISSadventure Brides Collection: 7 Daring Damsels Don't Let the Norms of Their Eras Hold Them Back


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Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?

Along the Yellowstone River by Debby Lee
1832 Montana
Heather Duncan takes over her father’s fur trapping business, believing it’s an opportunity to also gain knowledge of medicinal plants, but a growing sympathy for animals and blossoming adoration for a rugged mountain man capture her heart.

MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse 
1883 Texas
Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger.

Lesson of Love by Cynthia Hickey 
1885 Arkansas
City girl, Leah Ellison has big dreams but soon finds out that teaching in a backwards Ozark mountain community is far different than what she’d imagined.

Maddy’s Llamas by Marjorie Vawter
1898 Colorado
In spite of Maddy’s “missadventures” raising her llamas for their wool and strictly-by-the-book Harry’s attempts to get her to do things “right,” they learn to work together and find love in the laughter.

Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure by Mary Davis
1903 cross-country trip
Zola Calkin sets out on an adventure to be the first woman to drive across the country. Will the journalist tasked to report her presumed failure sabotage her efforts? Or will he steal her heart?

Detours of the Heart by Donna Schlachter
1925 New Mexico
A tour guide who wants to move on and a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?

Riders of the Painted Star by Kathleen E. Kovach
1936 Arizona
Zadie Fitzpatrick, an artist from New York, is commissioned to go on location in Arizona to paint illustrations for an author of western novels and falls for the male model.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683227755
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/01/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 269,009
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Mary Davis is a bestselling, award-winning author of over a dozen and a half novels in both historical and contemporary themes, eight novellas, two compilations, three short stories, and has been included in ten collections. She has two brand-new novels releasing in 2019. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and is active in two critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two grandchildren. She enjoys board and card games, rain, and cats. She would enjoy gardening if she didn’t have a black thumb. Her hobbies include quilting, porcelain doll making, sewing, crafting, crocheting, and knitting. Visit her online at, or and join her FB readers group, Mary Davis READERS Group at .

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 nine grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia is a full-time writer.

Kathleen E. Kovach and her husband Jim raised two sons while living the nomadic lifestyle for over twenty years in the Air Force. She's a grandmother, though much too young for that. Now firmly planted in Colorado, she's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and leads a local writers group. Kathleen hopes her readers will giggle through her books while learning the spiritual truths God has placed there.

Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child, and has written several novels, but never forgets home. The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations that Debby enjoys being a part of. As a self professed nature lover, and an avid listener of 1960's folk music, Debby can't help but feel like a hippie child who wasn't born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in the grass and on the beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington. During football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She's also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco someday.  Debby loves connecting with her readers through her website at

Donna Schlachter lives in Colorado, where the Wild West still lives. She travels extensively for research, choosing her locations based on local stories told by local people. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime, and facilitates a local critique group. One of her favorite activities is planning her next road trip with hubby Patrick along as chauffeur and photographer. Donna has published 12 books under her own name and that of her alter ego, Leeann Betts, and she has ghostwritten five books. You can follow her at and on Facebook at or Twitter at

Marjorie Vawter is a full-time freelance editor and writer. She is the author of many published devotionals, several devotional books, articles, and book reviews, plus four novellas and several nonfiction books. As the recently “retired” assistant to the conference director for the Colorado and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conferences, Marjorie has had the opportunity to work with publishers, editors, agents, and publicity directors, as well as other writers. An avid reader, she also judges for several prestigious awards in the inspirational marketplace. Mom to two adult children and a daughter-in-love and Gramma to two grandchildren, Marjorie currently lives in the Denver, Colorado, metro-area with her husband, Roger, and cat, Sinatra. You may visit her at

Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story. 
You can connect with Kimberley at: and  

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The MISSadventure Brides Collection: 7 Daring Damsels Don't Let the Norms of Their Eras Hold Them Back 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
CharJones2525 More than 1 year ago
Barbour does it again with a terrific collection of short stories, each featuring feisty heroines and their compelling misadventures, each with an uplifting Christian theme, each highly recommended! With gratitude to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for the ARC; opinions are fully mine. Pub Date 01 Dec 2018. #TheMissadventureBridesCollection #NetGalley
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
What a different collection! All completely different stories, quite unique and very entertaining with a message of Christian faith within. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Barbour Publishing - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have 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.”
tealovingbookworm More than 1 year ago
Although MissAdventure Brides Collection is a book of novellas my review is only for “MissTaken Identity” by Kimberley Woodhouse. Bored with her life as a wealthy cattle ranch owner, Abigail decides she needs an adventure. And an adventure she got! Disguised as a man (Chuck) her travels and her propensity for mishaps not only lands her in jail, but into some precarious situations. A Texas Ranger, Jim, comes into play, but I don’t want to ruin the story. This is a cute, well-written story that’ll make you chuckle as well as keep you guessing. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
hes7 More than 1 year ago
What a fun collection of novellas! Full of ignoring social norms, great adventure, and heartwarming romance, The MissAdventure Brides Collection is sure to delight any lover of historical fiction and novella collections. In particular, MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse is entertaining, humorous, and oh so sweet. When the headstrong Abigail Monroe sets out to explore the world, her misadventures soon bring her into contact with Texas Ranger Jim Williams. Their story continues with suspense, danger, a thread of faith, and plenty of sparks flying, and the pair kept me smiling through it all. All in all, it’s a quick and charming read. Thanks to JustRead Tours, I received a complimentary copy of The MissAdventure Brides Collection and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Review of "MissTaken Identity" by Kimberly Woodhouse: A wealthy and naive young woman gets in over her head when she's on her first solo adventure traveling in disguise as a man. Abigail didn't foresee any trouble notwithstanding the warnings she received, and yet was so incensed when she's exposed to the realities of a man's world in Texas- smelly stagecoach passengers and all ;) I didn't understand why she maintained her facade instead of clearing up the mess from the get-go. She would have helped the Ranger solve the case much sooner and saved herself from some rather dangerous situations. But that wouldn't have made a good story I suppose. The chemistry was a bit lacking and I felt like the romance was more told than shown. I didn't like that the villain's POV was shown in a few parts, especially since the case was wrapped up a little too quickly and neatly in the end without revisiting his perspective. Overall it was entertaining but didn't make me fall in love with the characters. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions expressed are my own)
Becky6 More than 1 year ago
“The MissAdventure Brides Collection” is a collection of seven different novellas written by seven different authors. For this review, I’m going to focus on “MissTaken Identity” by Kimberly Woodhouse. This is a super short novella that can easily be read in one sitting. These are perfect for when you just need something light. This was a cute Hallmarky kind of story. I enjoyed the characters and how they both made God the center of their lives. Disclaimer: I have received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
conniet729 More than 1 year ago
Meet Abigail, or as you will come to find "Chuck". Abigail dresses like a man so that she can travel freely without the use of an escort. One of the things that I love about Abigail is that she is so accident prone. I can totally relate to that. Abigail is a wealthy rancher that has not been successful in finding a spouse that is not after the land or her money. This book is well written, has engaging characters, well developed story line and is very satisfying. I am a huge fan of this author and will always read what she puts out. I received a copy of this book through Just Read blogging program, all thoughts are my own.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
Misstaken Identity: I just adored this fun weekend read! I couldn’t put it down. Fast paced from the first page, witty and entertaining dialogue and a happy ever after worth waiting for. Jim and Abigail had the cutest sparks and it was so enjoyable to see how this mistaken identity ended up! Perfect amount of danger, just the right romance and this is a bookshelf keeper. I loved it! I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
LJShuck More than 1 year ago
Although I am still reading this collection of novellas, I must say I am thoroughly enjoying it. Of the two novellas I’ve read this far, Misstaken Identity by Kimberly Woodhouse and Lessons of Love by Cynthia Hickey, my focus in this review, currently, is Misstaken Identity by Kimberly Woodhouse. Humor, the thread tying the novellas together, is humor. Based on 7 young women who determine to not allow the basic norms of their eras hold them back, each story will have the reader chuckling. Kimberly Woodhouse penned just such a story. Abigail Monroe has determined to travel, by herself, dressed as a young boy. Without escort, Abigail boards the stagecoach for Colorado only to find herself in Texas! It seems her adventure begins with boarding the wrong stage coach, with some rather gnarly appearing and terribly rank men. Upon reaching Colorado, er, Texas, Abigail disembarks and begins to walk through town, she soon realizes that one, her baggage is heavier than she thought it would be, and two, she doesn’t exactly walk like a man, something she sets about rectifying immediately. As Abigail adjusts her stride, numerous times, while wrestling her baggage down the street, she is surprised to find a Texas Ranger approaching her, only to arrest her! For cutting wires erected around the fields owned by sheepherders, no less! Shocked, she tries to explain she literally just got off the stage minutes ago, the lawman is not deterred. Escorting Abigail to the town jail, the lawman finds his prisoner to be a bit strange. From the overly large hat, to the young smooth complexion to the funny way the young “man” walked, the Texas Ranger is determined to get to the bottom of who is causing trouble in his town and that young fella sure does have perfect posture! I received a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley and am not required to provide a positive review. All thoughts and opinions therein are solely my own.
WarrriorPrincess More than 1 year ago
Part of The MissAdventure Brides Collection, Kimberley Woodhouse’ MissTaken Identity is the curious story of a Texas Ranger and his prisoner, a woman, disguised as a man. Set in Texas, 1883, the characters are both interesting and likable. Accident prone and passionate, spitfire Abigail finds herself in the middle of an unlikely scenario. Determined the truth of her innocence will be her rescue, she stubbornly clings to her charade. Jim is an honest, hardworking Texas Ranger who wants only to protect the cattle ranchers from whoever threatens their livelihood. The story is short and wraps up rather quickly, likely before the reader is ready to say goodbye to Jim and Chuck, aka Abigail. However, anyone disappointed at the abrupt ending will probably find peace within the story’s Epilogue. ***The publisher provided a free book. However, all opinions included in this review are entirely my own.
Wizardrylibrary More than 1 year ago
This review is only for (MissTaken Identity) by Kimberley Woodhouse, not the entire collection. I'm usually not a fan of novellas but I am a fan of Kimberley Woodhouse. Her novels in the Daughters of the Mayflower series are some of my favorites in the historical romance genre. And she did not disappoint with this novella. It was a fun fast paced read that had me flying through the pages. I really enjoyed the plot it was very entertaining and well written. I always enjoy Kimberley Woodhouse's writing, it flows nicely making it easy to read. The author did an amazing job with the character building. Abigail, was such a fun strong leading female character. She definitely had her flaws but they just made her easy to relate to. I also really enjoyed the humor throughout this read, a book that can make me laugh out loud is always a plus for me. I was completely satisfied with the ending and I'm looking forward to reading more work from this author. I will surely be recommending this book to all my friends. Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
In the busyness of life, novellas can be fun stories to sit and read in one sitting to be transported to a different time and place. And when they are written well and pack a punch of excitement and fun- will that is even better. In MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse we get a story of course of mistaken identity, but also of comical situations, danger, adventure, and true love. Abigail Monroe, wealthy and besieged upon by suitors, decides to have an adventure and see what she has been missing out on from the rest of the world. She takes an unconventional approach and decides to do so dressed like a man. As she sets out on her adventure she is unaware of how a wrong turn will change her so called adventure and make her wish for the home she so quickly left behind. Enter Texas Ranger Jim Williams who is also thinking about his life; how he has had enough adventures and would really like to settle down with a more permanent home life. When he meets Abigail in her alias Jim is more befuddled than ever, especially concerning a crime spree that points all fingers at her. Told from alternate points of view, Jim and Abigail, we also get to see inside the true criminal’s mind and that made the story, though short, a well-rounded read. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
MISSTAKEN IDENTITY, one of the novellas in this collection, is a story with one sassy woman who's landed herself in a whole lot of trouble, but also into the hands of one handsome Texas Ranger. The humor runs throughout the story, as does a touch of danger and suspense. There are plenty of sparks flying in this one, particularly in regards to the romance. There is also a sweet inspirational element. The ending feels a little rushed, or maybe just jumped to without much transition. An overall, very entertaining story that will provide plenty of laughs and leave readers with that happily-ever-after contentment. Content: Clean Source: I received a complimentary copy from the tour host, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The MissAdventure Brides Collection is a unique group of novellas featuring seven ladies who rise above the norm for women during their eras. If all stories are like MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse, then readers will enjoy every minute spent with these ladies. MissTaken Identity takes place over 11 days in Texas of 1883, and even the creative title has meaning. And what an unlikely pair these two seemed on the surface – Jim, a Texas Ranger, and Abigail (aka Chuck), a young woman suspected of criminal activities – yet there is much to admire in both. Abigail might be a little headstrong and her methods somewhat questionable, but her reason can’t be faulted, for what woman wouldn’t want to be loved for herself rather than the land she owned? And Jim is doing some soul searching himself, realizing that his Ranger job doesn’t afford him the family opportunities he would like. With good character depth, suspense, and a glimpse at the strife between some of the sheepherders and cattle ranchers, Woodhouse elevates this story above the average western romance. I loved the gentle humor at times, and the way Jim and Abigail rely on their faith in God to guide them through life’s troubles. An epilogue that takes place six months later brings this sweet story to a very satisfying conclusion, so that nothing feels rushed. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection of novellas was about some spunky girls who know how to work hard and achieve their goals. I really enjoyed this collection of stories. Each story brought a different scenario of how women over time showed bravery, courage, and strength. Although they are all fiction it is inspiring know that women truly did face and overcome similar scenarios.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
These Seven stories of Strong Women, facing tough circumstances with courage, faith and the hand of God guiding them will warm your heart, brighten your day and provide a small reminder to look for Gods hand even in the darkest of times. Heather in 1832 When her father dies under suspicious circumstances. By Debby Lee Abigail in 1883 who takes her eccentric ways a bit too far. By Kimberley Woodhouse. Leah in 1885 going to teach in Possum Hollow had sounded like an adventure. By Cynthia Hickey Maddy in 1898 and her treasured llamas. By Marjorie Vawter Zola in 1903 and her automobile and ambitions. By Mary Davis Millie in 1925 and her dream of being an actress.By Donna Schlachter Zadie in 1936 and her dream of a cowboy. By Kathleen E. Kovach Each will find a spot in your heart.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
This review is only for “MissTaken Identity” by Kimberley Woodhouse from this MissAdventure Brides Collection. This novella is the first of Kimberley Woodhouse’s writing that I have read and I’ll definitely be reading more of her books in the future. Her writing style is easy to follow, the plot is fun and well-paced, and her characters are memorable. This “mis”-adventurous story brings to life Abigail, aka Chuck, who dresses like a man to travel freely without an escort. She’s a wealthy single rancher who can’t seem to find a man interested in her for who she is and not just for the land or money. Abigail is accident-prone and a bit flighty; she runs headlong into situations without thinking through her actions or consequences and tends to attract trouble but is so lovable. Jim is a responsible and thoughtful Texas Ranger who gets involved in “Chuck’s” life when Chuck is accused of vandalism and arrested. There is intrigue and suspense as Jim and Abigail try to figure out who has a vendetta against “Chuck”. This novella is a fun and fast read. Anyone who enjoys historical romance will enjoy this story and the entire collection. I was given a copy of the book by the publisher via JustRead Publicity Tour and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
KaileyBechtel More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this collection! These stories were so unique! Kimberley Woodhouse’s story was my favorite! It is nice to read a collection about strong women that don’t let social norms hold them back. I think there’s a good message for readers to take away from this book. I would recommend this book for readers of any genre. This made me want to check out these authors and their other books. *I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to post a positive review. These are my thoughts alone.*
Phyllis_H More than 1 year ago
Seven stories of daring women With authors like Mary Davis and Kimberley Woodhouse, I knew I had to grab this collection. I’m glad I did because I was introduced to some new authors whose works I would like to read more of. One of my very favorites from the collection is Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure by Mary Davis. At first, I was afraid that it was going to be a little like The Great Race but I should have known better. (Not that I don’t enjoy the movie!) Though the story takes place around the same time period, the story was very different. I loved the way that Zola and her cousin spent a year learning everything they could about the car they would be driving cross-country so they could handle anything that arose on their journey. The combination of their faith and their spunk made for a delightful adventure. The rating I gave this collection is according to the highest rated stories. There are two that I would give five stars. In full disclosure, there was one of the stories in the collection that I did not like. The plot was decent – I just did not care for the writing style and the way it was executed. Don’t let that discourage you from reading more. There are many good stories in here, so if you encounter one you don’t like, skip it and move on to the next. Read with a Preview at I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Madis Musings More than 1 year ago
Positive Elements: A character learns the importance of not giving into vengeance; characters learn the importance of forgiveness; a character wants to learn to read so he can find out more about God's Word. Negative Elements: One character begins as selfish, which made the particular novella hard to read. Although she did come around at the end, it detracted from the story, which had potential. Spiritual Elements: Characters pray; God is questioned; the Bible is read; Ephesians 4:32 is quoted; a sermon on forgiveness is preached. Violence: A character is shot; a character is kidnapped; fences are cut; a character is attacked. Other: A character is made ill from certain herbs; characters kiss; there is one utterance each of "blasted" and "he**"; a character is threatened. Rating: All in all, Missadventure Brides gets a solid 4 Stars. Epilogue: I really enjoyed certain novellas in this collection, MISStaken Identity and Lessons of Love being two of them. The characters are endearing and genuine, and provide the reader with humorous stories. As is with every collection, there are particular stories that pique the reader's attention more than others. Missadventure Brides is a fun collection that contains plot twists, solid, Biblical lessons on revenge and forgiveness, and the importance of honesty.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A fun collection full of adventure and romance! Arranged chronologically from 1832 to 1936, these unique stories feature some spunky, brave women who breakaway from the societal norms of their time to experience life head on. Some of the stories are more serious and have some action or a mystery involved, and some have a bit more humor when the heroines get themselves into jams. I enjoyed them all, especially Mary Davis' story of two suffragettes attempting the first cross-country road trip by women, with a couple of newspapermen following them. This was a fun one, and patterned after the real story of Horatio Jackson, who makes an appearance. Anyone who can learn to work on an engine, change tires and pull a car out of mud gets my instant admiration! They had a lot to overcome as did all of the courageous women in the other tales. I pick Harry from Marjorie Vawter's tale as the best hero. He was a great guy, kind, thoughtful, hardworking, overlooking Maddy's eccentric ways to see her solid gold heart. The one by Cynthia Hickey was good too, about the young teacher coming to a small poor mountain community; it reminded me a bit of Christy. Recommend to fans of historical Christian romances. This is a good set to while away an afternoon or evening. (An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)