Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson was another review book from Bethany House and once again, it did not disappoint! You can boo the villain and cheer for the ladies and laugh and cry your way through this delightful novel!
You will quickly become involved in the stories of these Civil War Widows and their quest for a new home and a new life out west. Each lady has a reason for leaving the civilized East--personal circumstances, running from her past, mourning, fear, a change for the better. Imagine their dismay when upon arriving in the Nebraska town of Plum Grove, they discover that they have been brought West and promised to a lonely frontiersman. The adventurous ladies were leaving the East to better themselves and they discover they have been basically rounded up like cattle and sold to the highest bidder.
It is a bit daunting when beginning the novel to keep track of all the ladies who sign up to move west and claim free land, but as you begin to see each personality emerge, you will discover that supper and possibly bedtime can wait till you conclude this tale.
The story comes complete with an "Oklahoma" (the musical) style dance, a house raising, robber catching and villain threatening.
Although this review has concentrated on how entertaining the book was, the story was not without its poignant moments, it's heart-touching scenes and characters that you will want to see succeed in achieving their dreams.
Many stories herein are subject to the faulty, and sometimes creative, memory of the blog owner and should not be taken as factual, although the names and events are real! Kind of.