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Sixteen Brides

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,141 Ratings  ·  335 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 (first published April 1st 2010)
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Melissa
Jun 08, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook-books
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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SheLove2Read
Aug 04, 2015 SheLove2Read rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I had high hopes for this one, and was rather intrigued especially since my best friend is from Nebraska. I was quickly divested of my enthusiasm, however. The author has too many characters all vying for attention with their own point of view. We jump rapidly from one to another, to the point I'm not even sure which one I was reading about.

One of the main girls in the story was from Tennessee and the author has given her the most horrible, movie-fake southern accent I've ever read. She's a you
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Alisa
Apr 17, 2013 Alisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Shari Larsen
You might think from the title of this book and the cover, that it is fluffy romance and a "mail order bride" type of story- but you would be wrong.


Sixteen Civil War widows who are living in St. Louis are lured to Nebraska by a land speculator who promises them free homesteads in a "booming community", but unbeknownst to them, he is really using that as an excuse to bring them them to the fledgling community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes that they will accept marriage proposals from men look
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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
Patricia
Aug 07, 2015 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 truly 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 ins
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Susan
Mar 19, 2010 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Maggie Boyd
Jan 10, 2016 Maggie Boyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book by Ms. Whitson but it definitely won't be my last. An intriguing story, interesting characters and sweet romance made this a terrific read.

Mr. Hamilton Drake comes to St. Louis MO with the offer of free homesteads for ladies. He organizes the Ladies Emigration Society to help the women acquire land in their own name in Nebraska, assuring the ladies the land is all close to town, fertile and just ready for the slightest touch to make it into a home.

Caroline Jamison had marr
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Alexia
Oct 14, 2011 Alexia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Staci
May 13, 2015 Staci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
While the novel started out with too many characters to keep up, I found myself enjoying the novel very much once the characters narrowed down substantially. As you'd expect from the title, there were numerous story lines and each had a different dynamic and focus.

Overall, I enjoyed this historical fiction novel.
Cindy
Jun 02, 2010 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Lily
Aug 17, 2011 Lily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rita Bodiford
Feb 01, 2016 Rita Bodiford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complex Story Structure

I enjoyed the way each of the people in Sixteen Brides had true depth of character. Their stories were masterfully woven together!
Rachel
Apr 16, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Predictable and cheesy, but still a fun, easy-to-read novel.
Hanna Geshelin
Sep 22, 2015 Hanna Geshelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another great historical novel by Stephanie Grace Whitson. Set in Nebraska a few years after the Civil War, it drew a good picture of the social issues of that day within the context of the romances of several women who went to homestead in Nebraska without thoughts of marriage in mind.

I listened to the audiobook version. There were several protagonists, although only three had major roles. Possibly because the audiobook reader used different voices, I had little trouble keeping the ch
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Loraine
SUMMARY: 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 after their arrival!

Sparks fly when these unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. These women ar
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Margaret Metz
May 06, 2010 Margaret Metz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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)
Rachel
Aug 16, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the title, this historical Christian romance focuses on only five of the sixteen women who travel west with Mr. Drake's "Ladies Emigration Society." Unknown to them, the idea is to bring brides to the men of the west. Once the real purpose becomes known to the women, half of them refuse to travel on to the next town and the welcoming dance set up for them. So, eight women stop in Plum Grove, Nebraska and refuse to go further down the line to Cayote. Two of these ladies find jobs in town ...more
Jamie
Mar 29, 2014 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2012 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rebecca
Jun 19, 2013 Rebecca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I only got 50 or so pages in and stopped reading. There were too many characters being introduced and I didn't have the desire to pay that much attention. Also, I didn't realize when I began the book that it was in the Christian historical fiction genre, which is of no interest to me, so I cut my losses This one wasn't for me.
Bayleigh Klinedinst
Historical fiction is not my typical genre of choice, but I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by Sixteen Brides. Though the title states that there are sixteen brides, you only follow six single women, each one with a unique situation, on their journey west to the “prime homesteads” that they have been promised. However, when they arrive they realize that they have been lied to and that they have been brought only to marry the men of Plum Grove, Nebraska. The book follows each woman as she a ...more
Heather
Sep 26, 2015 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: ir
I was disappointed in this book. It had great potential but there were too many "brides" to focus on in one book. I might have been better to lay the foundation for a series of books with the main focus on one or two of the brides. Still a decent read but not a favorite for me.
Sherry York
Jun 30, 2015 Sherry York rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book but I did not feel an attachment to any one character. Great story line but needs more character development.
Jane
Dec 19, 2014 Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2014 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge, romance
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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Loretta
A beautiful story of several women in the post-war movement westward into the territories. Unfortunately what starts out as "a prime opportunity to get a land grant legally without a man as the title holder" these women discover that the true nature was to be brides to men in the territories. Widows, young ladies, divorced, and one running from a horrific experience of love and loss. All from a variety of backgrounds, they come together as friends, pseudo-family, and even fall in love. These bra ...more
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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.” 5 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.” 3 likes
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