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Sixteen Brides

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  2,468 ratings  ·  288 reviews
Sixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising "prime homesteads" in a "booming community." Unbeknownst to them, the speculator's true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledging community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they will accept marriage proposals shortly ...more
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Published April 1st 2010 by Bethany House Publishers
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Melissa
Though the synopsis has no mention of it, this book would qualify as Christian fiction, in my opinion, though it is certainly far from some of the "over-the-top" Christian fiction that I have read. There are strong references to God, prayer, and the Bible, so if Christian undertones are a deal-breaker, you have been forewarned.

While the story may be called Sixteen Brides, we are ultimately following the stories of about six of these women, which lessens the confusion a bit. Whitson admirably rot
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Alisa
This book was a pleasant surprise! I wasn't excited to read a book about 16 brides -- I thought it would be too confusing to follow, but we only really learn about 5 (6 counting Ella's mother) of these brides and their stories!

Mr. Hamilton Drake is a cheat and a fraud, but unfortunately the women of St. Louis don't know that. So when he organizes the Ladies Emigration Society to help women acquire land in their own name in Nebraska, several women join. They are all without husbands - widows of t
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Alexia
The book was very interesting. I really didn't start to get into it until around page 200, which is really far in. It wasn't a page turner and I wasn't really ever on the edge of my seat. I think it is more suited to teenagers and adolescents then women. I was happy with the ending, but I wouldn't have re-read it again. It took me about 5 days to read and I usually get done with a book between 2-4 days but more like 3.
Cindy
Stephanie Grace Whitson

2010

Bethany House Publishers

Historical Fiction



Reviewed by Cindy Loven



It is 1872, the Civil War has ended. But for many widows life is now harder than ever. Seeing an advertisement about free land, available in Nebraska, sixteen women meet with the founder of the Ladies Emigration Society, in St. Louis and decide to head for Nebraska. Each woman has their own reason for joining the Society, but none of them are aware that Mr. Drake is really taking them to Nebraska to be ma
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Rachel Thompson
The title of this book is terribly misleading. Sixteen women embark on a journey to claim land in the west. Most of them are widows, though a few are on the run from abusive husbands. Unfortunately, the real reason they're being taken west is to become brides for men who already own land, because there's a shortage of women inhabiting the harsh land. The whole truth comes out before they reach their destination, so the women choose to split ways. Half stay in Plum Grove to attempt new lives free ...more
Susan
An incredible heart warming story of romance and faith in God. Before each chapter there is a Bible verse that sets the stone for what you are about to read. The five women's stories are intricately woven. You really get to know each one and come to love each of the characters instead of them getting lost in little tid bits here and there. These women are brought together under unusual circumstances that shows God works in mysterious ways. Despite the differences in these women's characters they ...more
Lily
I have to say right off the bat that I am more a paranormal reader, and I have to admit that I have mentally over digested so many of the same cliche books of the supers(supernatural world) that I thought I'd try some thing different, and oh how I loved this book, who wudda thought. lol

this book is basically about sixteen woman who get coined into going west and settling there for a homestead, but really where being married off. eight woman stay behind when they find out the truth and try a new
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Vanessa James-brooks
Sixteen Brides is a Historical Read and VERY Good~! I rate this book 5 Stars out of 5 Stars
I really enjoyed the whole story from start to finish I felt I was in 1870's when the 16 girls arrived to Plum Grove, and how their life changed when they got there. I felt like a widow too. These Lady's rink everything to start over and find a new love and own land... you have to read this book to find out what they find in Plum Grove. Also what I LOVE is each chapter starts of with a bible verse.
Here is
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Jennifer
I was trolling around on the amazon kindle site for free stuff, because, you know, that's how I roll. Anywho, found this book, with amazing reviews and figgered 'what do I have to lose?'. Great book, get it, read it, good for ladies mostly. It reads like real feminist fantasy literature..not like Zena, but a life where women come together despite hard times and make their life work according to their own terms. And the people around them see that by their deeds and their work that they are worth ...more
Adrienne
A group of war widows are convinced to head to Nebraska as homesteaders; when they arrive, however, they realize that what most people expect them to do is get married. Some of the women decide to do just that, but another group decides to band together and homestead, just as they intended. There's Southern belle Caroline, whose marriage to a Union soldier led to her family disowning her; Ruth, who just wants to make life good for her son, Jackson; Sally, the rough-around-the-edges divorcee whos ...more
Margaret Metz
I had a hard time getting into this book because of the quick introduction to so many different characters without really getting to know any of them. It was confusing to keep track of them all for a while. They grew on me though - as did the book as a whole. I would have probably given it more like 3 & 3/4 stars - but since that was closer to 4, and I did really enjoy the characters and story a lot, I went ahead and gave it the full four. :o)
Jamie
Sixteen Civil War widows board a train to grasp at a chance to make a new life in Nebraska with the promise of homesteads in Nebraska. Along the way, they discover that the organizer of the trip’s true motive is to make a profit off of them by promising them as potential brides to settlers. While Stephanie Grace Whitson’s Sixteen Brides is named for this numerous group, it follows only six of these women, the six who stand up for themselves and stake their claim in this developing wilderness, re ...more
Jenn
An interesting story about widows of the civil war who move out west to Nebraska to homestead. While this book is fiction I learned that hundreds of women actually did homestead back then. Strong women indeed.
And to add to the interest I found out that my Great Great Grandmother homesteaded with her sons. No wonder I felt an interest.
Jane
I really enjoyed this story. There were many widows at the end of the Civil War. Some came to Nebraska to obtain homesteads. Sometimes they were advertised as widows seeking husbands (the author saw an actual ad in the history archives and started imagining this story). This is a story of five who were not seeking husbands, so they got off the train early in Dawson County. There were sixteen women in the original group, and although they had not been told they were advertised as seeking husbands ...more
Roberta
I absolutely loved this book.

It is about a group of women who believe they are heading to a town for prime homesteading. Many are widows but some are just plain running. What the women don't know is that they are being lied to and are being brought to a town in hopes of their accepting marriage proposals. When a small group find out they decide not to go any further and to homestead as a group.

They eventually meet the men in that will be in their lives but during their trials they put their fait
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Hulah
At first i found there were so many characters to keep up with, but once i had them all straight in my head, i enjoyed the book very much.
Kim
I enjoyed this fun western about a group of women who travel to Nebraska to claim free homesteading property. I reside in Nebraska so I especially appreciated some of the information about the area and how it developed.

Great characters, I always love strong, capable women in my books! I don't read westerns often, but this reminded me how much I really do like stories that take place in the beginning/developing days of America. Would definitely recommend to women who enjoy the western genre and
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Renee
Mail order bride stories are definitely some of my favorite, I got this book thinking it was going to be about just that, mail-order brides however it really wasn't. That does not take away from the story in any way and it turned out to be a terrific read.

Throughout the first half of the book I was introduced to so many characters it was hard to keep them all straight but once I got to "meet" them all and they started to make a life for themselves in Plum Grove, Nebraska, it was an interesting r
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Rachel
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Molly
Apr 05, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: CFBA
One of my favorite kind of books! HISTORICAL! YAY! I absolutely loved this book! Although, I must say, in the beginning, keeping up with SIXTEEN women was rather overwhelming. But, by the end of the story, I wasn't quite so overwhelmed and was truly pleased with this after-war story.

Stephanie Grace Whitson has just became an author that I have add to my favorites list. She has true talent and researched enough to make this story feel real. I felt as though I was a war widow, stepping into a who
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Ashley
Like a lot of books coming out this year, I'd been waiting for quite sometime to read Sixteen Brides and I was so excited to see Bethany House offering it up for review, I just couldn't resist the chance. The book centers on six women, widowed by the war, going out west to claim their "free land", or so said Mr. Hamilton Drake of Dawson County. What the women didn't know was that the men of Dawson County had plenty of "free" land for these gals.....they'd just have to marry up first ..and to one ...more
Wendi
Sixteen Brides
By Stephanie Grace Whitson
Published by Bethany House

When sixteen unsuspecting widows set off with hopes of acquiring free land in Nebraska and a fresh new beginning, they never would have guessed they were actually being trumpeted as ready brides. After catching wind of their “guides” devious plans, half the women decide to jump train and setup their own homestead in the small town of Plum
Grove without the need of any men thank you very much!

Of course starting a new life out in th
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Patricia
Listened to this on audio book.

One reviewer on goodreads said there were too many characters to keep straight. This is true. I had to start writing them down and giving each character some identifying comments and I still couldn't keep them straight until after the book was truely underway and even then I sometimes lost track of who was who. However, I think the fault was in the writing rather than in my faulty brain. I have read books with many more characters and kept them straight. I think in
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Dani
The fact that I read this book in its entirety (300-odd pages) in a single day is a testament to how engaging it is. At first I thought that I would have trouble keeping up with all the characters, but the author does a good job of quickly winnowing down the list to a manageable number and I had no problem remembering who was who.

Although this book was published by Bethany House, it was a bit more earthy that other Christian romances I've read. Don't get me wrong -- it doesn't cross the line int
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Laura
Title: SIXTEEN BRIDES
Author: Stephanie Grace Whitson
Publisher: Bethany House
April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0513-2
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Sixteen women, widowed by the war, are enticed by the promises of free land in the Nebraska territory. All they have to do is live on the land for five years. Since they all have things they want to escape, they catch the train with the land agent, and go west. But then they discover that all is not as it seemed. The land agent had collected money from men a
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Brenda
I really liked this book! Sixteen women decide to travel to Saint Louis to claim land knowing that if they work the land for five years it will legally belong to them. One of the women finds out that the town that they are supposed to arrive at has men ready to claim each of them for a dance at least and wishes to marry them. They have paid for the first dance with each particular women. One woman blows the whistle on the plan and eight (I believe) of the woemen refuse to move on to the last cit ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson is a frothy and faithful Western romance. Sixteen women in Missouri in 1871 jump at the chance to claim some land in their own name on the Nebraska frontier. Each one is looking for a fresh start, but that is put into jeopardy when they discover that the man who organized the trip was really setting them up as mail order brides. Several of the women rebel and stay in the small town of Plum Grove, Nebraska to claim their own homestead. Sally, the fiery re ...more
Miranda Barnett
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Amydeanne
The wild west!

The new frontier!

Women owning their own land in the late 1800's!

Sixteen Brides is a historical romance that covers a wild adventure of sixteen women marking new territory! Little did they know they really were being brought under false pretenses, to accept marriage proposals from the men in the community.

Will they marry? Or will they find other means to survive?

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Wow! Talk about having some great stories in here. Stephanie takes yo
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A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska since 1975. She began what she calls "playing with imaginary friends" (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four homeschooled children Nebraska history, she was personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephan ...more
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“I think," Ella said, "that what a woman does or doesn't do should be up to the woman, and she should make up her own mind and not change it when the wind starts to blow. I think a woman should be who she is, not what others expect her to be. And if she wants to go to a dance looking for a man, she should go and not feel like she has to explain herself. And if she want to have her own farm, she should do that and not feel like she has to explain that, either. And…I think you should be quiet now.” 4 likes
“Cooper took his hat off and swiped his forehead. Finally he spoke. "Well, Frank, to my mind, what a woman does or doesn't do should be up to the woman. She should be who she is, not what others expect her to be." It's her land. As far as I'm concerned she's the boss.” 2 likes
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