The Runaway Brides Collection: 7 Historical Brides Get Cold Feet at the Altar

The Runaway Brides Collection: 7 Historical Brides Get Cold Feet at the Altar

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What is a woman of the 1800s to do when she feels powerless to choose her own spouse and marry for love—run!

Amy’s home is at stake if she doesn’t marry her neighbor. Delia’s father wants her to marry into a political family. Georgiana is posing as a wealthy man’s wife in order to hide from her groom. Callie is fleeing one wedding and racing to marry a stranger. Emily flees her wedding with the help of a mysterious coachman. Josey’s best friend leaves a letter proposing marriage unanswered in order to elope. Bernadine becomes the ward and pawn of her evil uncle. Where will each turn when they have only God to trust?

Seven women facing the marriage altar make the decision to flee, but who can they now trust?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683228196
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,391
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

RITA GERLACH lives in central Maryland with her husband and two sons. She is a best-selling author of eight inspirational historical novels including the Daughters of the Potomac series of which Romantic Times Book Review Magazine said, "Creating characters with intense realism and compassion is one of Gerlach’s gifts."

Terri J. Haynes, a native Baltimorean, is a homeschool mom, writer, prolific knitter, freelance graphic artist and former Army wife (left the Army, not the husband). She loves to read, so much that when she was in elementary school, she masterminded a plan to be locked in a public library armed with only a flashlight to read all the books and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. As she grew, her love for writing grew as she tried her hand at poetry, articles, speeches and fiction. She is storyteller at heart. Her passion is to draw readers in the story world she has created and to bring laughter and joy to their lives.
Terri is a 2010 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis contest finalist, and a 2012 semi-finalist. She is also a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist. Her publishing credits include: Cup of Comfort for Military Families,, the Secret Place Devotional,, Vista Devotional, and Publisher’s Weekly.
Terri holds a Bachelor's Degree in Theology, a Master's degree in Theological Studies and a certificate in creative writing and graphic design, meeting the minimal requirements of being a geek. She and her husband pastor a church where she serves as executive pastor and worship leader. Terri lives in Maryland with her three wonderful children and her husband, who often beg her not to kill off their favorite characters.
Noelle Marchand is an award-winning author who graduated summa cum laude from Houston Baptist University with a BA in Mass Communication and Speech Communication. Her love of literature began as a child when she would spend hours reading under the covers long after she was supposed to be asleep. At fifteen, she completed her first novel. Since then, she has continued to pursue her writing dreams. She enjoys spending time with family, learning about history, and watching classic cinema.

Vickie McDonough is an award-winning author of nearly 50 published books and novellas, with over 1.5 million copies sold. A bestselling author, Vickie grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead, she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams penning romance stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West. Her novels include End of the Trail, winner of the OWFI 2013 Booksellers Best Fiction Novel Award. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013. Song of the Prairie won the 2015 Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. Gabriel’s Atonement, book 1 in the Land Rush Dreams series, placed second in the 2016 Will Rogers Medallion Award. Vickie has recently stepped into independent publishing.
Vickie has been married over forty years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and a precocious granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, doing stained glass, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website at

Darlene Panzera is a multi-published author, speaker, and writing coach of both sweet contemporary and Christian inspirational romance. Her career launched with “The Bet,” a novella included in bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s Family Affair, which led her to publish 9 more titles with Avon Impulse, a division of HarperCollins. The final installment of her newest 3-book series, Montana Hearts, debuted May 2016. Darlene is also a member of RWA and serves on the board of the Northwest Christian Writers Association. When not writing, she loves spending time with her husband and three kids, serving her church, teaching at conferences, and feeding her horse carrots. Learn more about Darlene at her website:
Jenness Walker lives in South Carolina with her website-designer husband, their toddler, and their hungry hound. Her life-long love of books is evidenced by her day jobs, which have included freelance editing, managing an independent Christian bookstore, and even cleaning a library. Jenness' short stories have appeared in Grit and Woman’s World magazines as well as in Guidepost’s A Cup of Christmas Cheer collections. She is a former ACFW Genesis contest winner, Carol Award finalist, and her debut novel, Double Take, received 4.5 stars and a Top Pick rating from RT Reviews.  
Renee Yancy is a history and archaeology buff who works as an RN when she isn’t writing historical novels. She has visited Ireland, Scotland, and England to stand in the places her ancient historical characters lived. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, two dogs, and her ninety five year old mother-in-law.   Check out her blog at or visit her website:

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The Runaway Brides Collection: 7 Historical Brides Get Cold Feet at the Altar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Not just 5 stars - 7 x 5 stars! From Maryland 1865 just after the civil war to Kentucky 1877 to New York 1898 to Ohio and Colorado1892 to Massachusetts 1892 to Ohio 1877 to Ireland 1877. I never used to really care for collections, mainly because they were too short. If I did feel that way, this is sure to change it, as I am quite endeared to it. Some were new authors to me, some I'd read their books before, now I'm a fan of all. Usually as I go along I think of what I would like to say in my review, noting things that stand out. This book though, as I read I thought - I like this one best - then I thought the same about the next story, and the next - so they're all my favorites! I've got to say that The Groom She Thought She'd Left Behind I couldn't put down and I swear that I held my breath till the end. And the next story makes you laugh out loud. Misunderstandings and perfect understandings, rejection and acceptance. A girl can change her mind, can't she? I love that there's a Christian message and lessons too. This is a book that I can highly recommend to just about everyone. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and 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.”
HeyerFan1 More than 1 year ago
Seven Short Stories 4.6* - These are not full length novels but are complete in themselves, they are very clean (not even a kiss is allowed in two of the stories). From This Day Forward by Rita Gerlach 4* - set just after the end of the Civil War. Amy unexpectedly meets again the only man to have peaked her interest from before the War but he didn’t fight on the side she expected. Can they have a future? Legacy of Love by Terri J. Haynes 4* - It is not until the day of her wedding to another man that Delia realises she is in love with her friend Josiah. Talk about leaving things to the last minute! The Elusive Heiress by Noelle Marchand 4.5* - Georgiana goes on the run rather than be married for her dowry, she hopes if she can stay ahead of her father for seven months when she will become 21, she can then live on the inheritance from her grandmother. Whilst in the city of Denver she discovers God and that a business acquaintance of her father is more interesting than he had seemed in the past. A good read. A Day Late and a Dollar Short by Vickie McDonough 4.5* - To escape an arranged marriage, Callie chooses to be a mail order bride however on arrival in Texas she finds her bridegroom has up and married another woman. So instead she agrees to look after a mute 5 year old girl, with a view to marrying the girl’s father after a two week period. Then her original bridegroom returns and wants her back! The Groom She Thought She’d Left Behind by Darlene Panzera 5* - Emily has second thoughts about marrying a man she has never met and flees from her wedding - only she doesn’t realise that the man who helps her escape is actually her bridegroom. A lovely sweet and romantic story. My favourite in this collection. The Flyaway Bride by Jenness Walker 5* - A series of missed meetings and misunderstandings dog the romance of Josey and Everett. A highly entertaining story. The Irish Bride by Renee Yancy 5* - Fleeing from the horrors of the potato famine, and the injustices committed by her dead father; Deanie travels to Boston where her uncle plots to steal her inheritance. Loved the inclusion into the story of P.T. Barnum and General Tom Thumb. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
Amy Fairbourne wanted to wait for Love. After the civil war she just wanted to find the right man. Rita Gerlach brings us along for the ride as her search gets bumpy! Delia McClure enjoyed helping the poorer families, but her father groused that she would bankrupt his small general store. Terri J. Haynes brings to life the struggles of the poor families Delia hopes to help. Josiah wants to move West and start fresh in Kansas. The idea sparks a fire in Delia's heart too. Georgiana Price was a spoiled headstrong determined girl. Once she found out what her betrothed really thought, she set out to run away. Noelle Marchand takes us with her as she hides out and changes her life. Callie Webster was all set to be a mail order Bride. Her Uncle Roger had left her no other alternative when he insisted she wed an old man, older than her late father! Vickie McDonough weaves the story of what happens when her plans go seriously awry! Emily Pembrooke was on her way to be married to a man she had corresponded with to save her family home. Darlene Panzera carries us along as she changes her mind and all sorts of mischief ensues! Josey Middleton got off the train expecting to see Everett Kane waiting to marry her. Well, not exactly her, her sister was the one who started the correspondence but soon lost interest and Josey had continued in her name. Jenness Walker leads us through a story of misunderstanding, miscommunications and mistakes. Deanie Devane escaped the horror of the Irish famine, but could not reconcile herself to the horrible things her father had done to make that possible. Renee Yancy brings us along through her trip across the ocean where a tough man in her American Uncle makes life in the new land a struggle. These Inspirational Historical stories will warm your heart...after they stop it a time or two! Well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Runaway Brides Collection By Rita Gerlach, Terri J. Haynes, Noelle Marchand, Vickie McDonough, Darlene Panzera, Jenness Walker, Renee Yancy This well-written collection of historical romance novellas features tales of runaway brides who find love on the run. I have read many novella collections and this is by far the best collection. There was no hit or miss with the stories. Each story held depth despite the length. I enjoyed reading each tale and found myself reluctant to put the book down to go to bed. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Madis Musings More than 1 year ago
This collection is a delightful read. From the determined heroines who find themselves in binds of all sorts, to the heroes who help the runaway brides in their predicaments, to the endearing secondary characters, this collection is well worth reading. Every novella earned a four star or higher, which, for me, is rare when reading collections. I was also introduced to authors I’d not heard of before, which hooked me on their writing. This is a fun collection, and one I definitely recommend reading! *I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. I was not required to leave a positive review. **Full review is located at