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Sixteen Brides | [Stephanie Grace Whitson]

Sixteen Brides

In Sixteen Brides by Christy Award finalist Stephanie Grace Whitson, Civil War widows living in St. Louis are lured west by promises of prime homesteads in a booming community. When the unsuspecting women arrive at Plum Grove, Nebraska, sparks fly as they meet bachelors convinced they’ve come to marry them. The widows will need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances—especially since appearances are so deceiving.
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Publisher's Summary

In Sixteen Brides by Christy Award finalist Stephanie Grace Whitson, Civil War widows living in St. Louis are lured west by promises of prime homesteads in a booming community. When the unsuspecting women arrive at Plum Grove, Nebraska, sparks fly as they meet bachelors convinced they’ve come to marry them. The widows will need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances—especially since appearances are so deceiving.

©2010 Stephanie Grace Whitson (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Millie Cape Cod 05-25-13
    Millie Cape Cod 05-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Entertaining"

    I really enjoyed this one. If you enjoy Cathy Marie Hake stories, you will really enjoy "Sixteen Brides." Ms. Whitson's and Ms. Hake's writing styles are very similar. A little fun, a little suspense, and a warm ending.

    This is my first novel by this author. I found it by looking for books narrated by Ruth Ann Phimister because I like her reading style.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 02-20-13
    Teresa United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Listen"

    Narrator was excellent. Story line good, however predictable in places. Glad I found this author. I'm enjoying her books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    booklass San Angelo, TX, United States 02-18-13
    booklass San Angelo, TX, United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2009

    Passionate bibliophile.

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    "Totally loved this book"
    What did you love best about Sixteen Brides?

    Sixteen Brides was not just a romance. As a matter of fact, it was less romance and more historical chick lit. The story is about sixteen women who head west, and how several of them banded together to succeed in being independent pioneers. There are some GREAT main characters, and there are great supporting characters. The heroes are varied and interesting but seem like guys you might meet....if you lived a hundred plus years ago. I really looked forward to listening to the book, and since I usually listen while working in the kitchen, my kitchen never looked so good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked everything about the story: the characters, the plot, the emphasis on relationships of all kinds, the sub plots, the realness. It was just an all around excellent book.


    Which character – as performed by Ruth Ann Phimister – was your favorite?

    For once, I did not have a favorite character. Ruth Ann Phimister did an excellent job with her narration. The author did an excellent job with ALL of her characters. Talk about a marriage made in heaven!! Phimister has a wonderful, understated but very pleasant voice. She nailed all of the characters and did not over dramatize the work. I am going to look for more by her.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My extreme reaction to the book was one of pure pleasure. It was so nice to feel the anticipation of getting lost in a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy HISTORICAL novels with strong characters and mild romance, then this is an enjoyable read. It is a Christian novel, which is actually not totally unexpected for the times, but I did not find that it went over the top. The characters struggled with many challenges, and spiritual ones were just part of the equation.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda MN 05-19-12
    Linda MN 05-19-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Love this author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sixteen Brides to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ruth...she was so real.


    What does Ruth Ann Phimister bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is so good at bringing out the characters and making it feel so real.


    If you could rename Sixteen Brides, what would you call it?

    I love the title, was more in depth than I thought and that was a nice surprize. Great story.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't want it to end. Felt like I was there. Am listening to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bernard Hoquiam, WA, United States 08-07-11
    Bernard Hoquiam, WA, United States 08-07-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Really enjoyed this book!"

    This is a great book with lots of interesting characters. Not too preachy with just the right amount of spiritual guidance. My husband actually enjoyed this book as well. Not too predictable with just the right amount of suspense. I will buy more from this writer. The narrator was good but not my favorite. A little too much pausing and dragging out of words but that's just my opinion. The story more than made up for any little annoyances from the narrator.

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    "Women in the wild west"

    Interesting take on the lives of women in wild west, throw a few stereotypical characters (civil war widow, southern belle, battered wife) together and send them off into the wilderness. I thoroughly enjoyed this but felt it was all fairly predictable.

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