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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ruth...she was so real.
She is so good at bringing out the characters and making it feel so real.
I love the title, was more in depth than I thought and that was a nice surprize. Great story.
Don't want it to end. Felt like I was there. Am listening to it again.
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.
It was refreshing to read a book where women wanted to be strong yet feminine. That were willing to do what was needed but held out hope for a man someday . They went after joy on their own without wasting away waiting for a man to complete them. Good read!
"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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