Sunday, May 16, 2010
Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson
In Sixteen Brides, sixteen Civil War widows respond to an ad promising land in the west to anyone who is interested in joining the Ladies Emigration Society. After arriving in Plum Grove, Nebraska, the women realize that the main reason for their journey west is to serve as brides for the many men in the area. Since most of the women have been hurt by the men in their lives and lost their faith in God along the way, the prospect of being a "train-ordered bride" doesn't sit well. And being tricked makes it even worse. Six of the women decide that they will stay in Plum Grove and join together in order to make a life for themselves. Along the way, they discover the value of friendships and community and rediscover faith and love.
Historical fiction is not my "usual" genre. However, I found the premise of this novel to be interesting ... and different than the majority of the other historical fiction novels I've read. Whitson is extremely knowledgeable about the time period and the setting she writes about. She also does a wonderful job of working together the stories of six women ... in a way that it really does become one story. I enjoyed the book thoroughly and look forward to reading Whitson in the future.
4 stars (out of 5)
I received a FREE copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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