Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Book Review: Sixteen Brides, by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Imagine being a Civil War bride, alone and wondering what to do, wouldn't the thought of gaining a homestead in a booming economy sound interesting?  What a way to start a new life, at least this is what Mr. Hamilton Drake leads women to believe.  The other side of the story is well put in this ad: ATTRACTIVE WIDOWS...another cargo of war widows arrived in Plum Grove last Tuesday morning, sixteen in number, and filed upon claims adjacent to town.  This was decidedly the best lot of widows that has arrived thus far.  Not exactly what these 16 widows planned.

The twist of the story happens when these women learn the truth, will they revolt, leave for home on the next train, or will they band together, stake a claim and fulfill their dreams?  Stephanie Grace Whitson, writes a great Historical Romance, there are a few too many characters to keep up with in the beginning,, but as the plot moves along each of these women become quite easily recognized as you learn more about them, their past, their desires and it is simply amazing how these women come together in a place and time where things might not have happened quite as well as they did!

*I would like to thank Bethany House for sending me a copy of this book to review.  I was not compensated for my review, and my thoughts are entirely my own.


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