Monday, February 13, 2012

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson (Book Review)

Sixteen Brides
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0513-2
Price: $14.99
Format: Paperback

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

With the promise of prime homesteads and fresh starts, sixteen Civil War widows uproot and move out West. But they soon find that more than land is awaiting their arrival.
When the women finally stumble off the train, they are greeted by the local bachelors--eager to propose marriage! As the true motive behind the offered land is revealed, the women muster all the faith, courage, and cunning they can to survive their new circumstances. (From the Publisher)

I tend to enjoy reading historical fiction/novels in general, and this book was no exception. I appreciated the look into the circumstances of these women, homesteading "Creatively" shortly after the Civil War. However, what I enjoyed the most was the drawing of the characters. I think it was no small accomplishment that Stephanie Grace Whitson was able to weave a romantic story with not just 2 main characters but 4 fairly solid couples. It was a delight to read, with each chapter heading relaying a corresponding Scripture verse that added to the action of the story. Although somewhat predictable, there were a few surprises (there were a couple of "Resourceful" moments that made me laugh out loud~ truly!). I enjoy a fresh, clean, interesting read, and sometimes predictable is a nice change. ;)

*Note~I also downloaded and read the ebook version, and am happy to say that it is of the same quality as the print book~ cleanly written and edited! :)


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