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A Fireproof Home for the Bride

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Emmaline Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold rural Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Though it's 1958, southern Minnesota did not see changing roles for women on the horizon. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960's, Emmy ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published March 10th 2015 by St. Martin's Press
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Colleen Metz Yes - absolutely! There are great political, religious, women's lib and racial themes for discussion. As well as an underlying surprise that I don't…moreYes - absolutely! There are great political, religious, women's lib and racial themes for discussion. As well as an underlying surprise that I don't want to blow for you... Excellently written and realistic - Emmy comes of age in her own way, but still very believable.(less)

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Diane S ☔
Nov 23, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 I think this was a case of an author trying to do and cover too much. The first part of the book was rather slow, the last part was faster paced but I question so many bad things happening in one story. A bit of an overkill. Did like the history that was covered, never knew the KKK had a part in Minnesota's history. Lutheran strict upbringing and the woman seen and not heard bit made me want to throw something, so I did buy into the story. There was one historical mistake concerning Eleanor ...more
Dottie
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys a good story
Recommended to Dottie by: Book Browse
Just finished this book which is due to come on sale in March. While the title makes it sound like a romance , it is actually a complicated story about a young woman who was raised by a rigid mother in a highly religious and restrictive home in North Dakota in the 1950's. Growing up with a nearby neighborhood boy it is always assumed that they will marry and she will have the life she sees around her. But this is a smart young woman who knows there must be more to life. On a broader scale, this ...more
Gini Rainey
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader's copy of this book and want you to know that I have marked "Bride" as another book I was unable to put down. This is Scheibe’s second book, the first being “What Do You Do All Day” and I found it to be a very interesting book about the coming of age during the mid-50s in the mid-west. Filled with enough romance, intrigue, and racial prejudices, it’s a book that will appeal to readers of all types of literature.

Centered around the life of main character, Emmeline, S
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Emmy Nelson, an eighteen year old girl from Minnesota, has her life planned out by her parents and she has no say in her own life. It's 1958, and her parents rule her world; in fact, they have plans to marry her off to Ambrose Brann, a family friend, whom she has known her whole life. This would be all well and good, except Emmy's family has recently moved to a town and she realizes there is so much more to life than being a farmer's wife. One teacher in particular has inspired her to reach high ...more
Kim
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a good read. Thought it was interesting that Emmy's dad was way more supportive of her than her mom.
PacaLipstick Gramma
I can say one thing ~ this author can write! It just got old after while.

I also wasn't sure what decade this girl was supposed to live in! It was 1958. Granted, her parents, in particular her mother, were Fundamentalist Lutherans. Emmy went to school, she read, and seemed to have a head on her shoulders, but... arranged marriage? She was 18 years old, and didn't know what a peacock was? And being so niave? No friends? As I said, she went to school, she didn't live in a bubble, or live under a ro
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Laura
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was ok

I read an ARC of this book from Bookbrowse.

Amy Scheibe's tale of racial and ethnic discrimination in the upper Midwest of the 1950s is a great read for the last 100 pages - but the first 267 are a slog, poorly paced with wooden characters and little plot direction. Is it a coming of age story? A love story? A murder mystery? Hard to tell -and since the author sets up all of these possibilities, the direction of the story is unclear and the plot has little sense of dramatic tension. Scheibe final
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Maryellen
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Set in Minnesota in the late 1950's, A FIREPROOF HOME FOR THE BRIDE tells us Emmaline "Emmy" Nelson's story. Emmy is just a girl of twelve years old when she's all but promised to a local farmer named Ambrose Brann, several years her senior. For a little girl that might be kind of exciting dreaming of your future; but, when you're an 18 year old woman what you wanted when you were twelve can change quite a bit. And for Emmy Nelson, things certainly have changed.

Emmy spent her youthful years g
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Asheley
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Emmy Nelson's life was already planned. She was raised in a fairly strict and religious household, never questioning her parents nor her faith. She was to be married to Ambrose Brann and settle into life as his farm wife. This prospect for her future did not excite her, but she accepted it. After a fun evening out with friends, she began to see that the world was much bigger than she thought and there may be more to the life than settling for what she was told she must be. After a frightful even ...more
Brandi Alvine
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Several of my friends have recently posted they are looking for book recommendations for Sprint Break or Summer. Here is a review I wrote for a book I am recommending.

Full disclosure, I’m related to the author and this book is connected to my relatives. I have also read Amy’s first book, and while I enjoyed it very much, this one is very different.

That being said, I loved this book! Born in the 70s and growing up on the west coast, it took me a couple of chapters to get into this very different
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Laurel-Rain
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The time: the 1950s; the setting: small Midwestern towns in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Emmeline Nelson is our main character, and almost from the very first moments, I could feel for her plight. Controlling family, a husband already picked out for her, and all the options closed.

I have lived some of that life, except for the specific husband picked out.

But another point where mine and Emmeline's differ is that under the surface of the world she had known were secrets, betrayals, hatred, and raci
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Betty
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book started fairly slow for me, and I wasn't quite sure of where it was going. But after it "set the stage" giving some background on the people and families involved, it really took off then. It went down a road I never would have suspected.

Set in the mid-west in the 50s, the story revolves around young Emmeline Nelson, raised in a strict religious (Lutheran) home. It has been concluded that she will marry young Ambrose whom she has known all her life. But then she meets Bobby, a handsom
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Sally Koslow
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With saga after saga set in Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, New England, Charleston, the Hampton’s, the Outer Banks and other familiar, postcard-perfect American locations, it’s refreshing to find an engrossing historical novel that takes place in the quieter splendor of Minnesota and North Dakota. Amy Scheibe artfully reflects Upper Midwestern repression in an era that begins in 1952 and extends over a period of years when suspicion ran deep between the strict, dominant Lutheran culture ...more
Marianne Hetzer Hawn
Interesting. I read this book immediately after finishing The Secret Life of Violet Grant. The similarities are startling. For some reason, I enjoyed this one a bit more. Both are pretty light and predictable. Books that would be welcome finds on the shelf of a beach rental house, but not memorable.
Kay
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very good read. First the main character was Emmy so I was drawn in because that's my youngest daughter's name. But the novel was good and held my interest. It had just enough intrigue to keep me reading and the setting was Fargo/Moorhead. The author grew up in Minnesota but now lives in California.
Hcorwin
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
fantastic book!! Five + stars.

If you were born and raised in Fargo-Moorhead, Dilworth, etc., this is a must read. If you spent your summers in the "lakes area" this is a must read!
Winter Sophia Rose
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing, Emotional, Gripping & Riveting! I Loved It!
Mary Carlomagno
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel was absorbing and atmospheric. I was immediately drawn in by the main character and the locale of the book. The story unravelled to much more than a coming of age story for a young woman maturing in the rural midwest. This book tackles some big themes, many of which seem all to present today. It was fast moving, engrossing and beautifully written!
Sharon H
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exciting story to me as I grew up in Moorhead - I was 13 in 1958. Most of the events, places, and names are based in reality. Lots of small town intrigue swirling around our young protagonist, Emmaline.
Emmy’s struggle coming into her own is represented by the symbol/image of sewing. Both she and her mother sew; Emmy sews for Josephine; her mother surprises Emmy with a nearly complete wedding dress. The crux of Emmy’s story is encapsulated in an extended metaphor:
“...marriages were entered int
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Emma McFadden
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
There was a lot to this book, I felt as though there was almost too much. There were a few plot lines that trailed off and details that were too vague for me. It was still very enjoyable, I just wish there had been more depth to it!
Patty
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
a fireproof home for the bride
by
amy scheibe


The main and most important characters in this book...

This book revolved around Emmaline Nelson...Emmy...and her family, friends, and neighbors. The time frame for this book was the mid 1950's and the location...the setting...for this book was Southern Minnesota.


My very brief story summary that includes bits and bobs from the beginning, middle and end of this book...

Emmy lived within the boundaries of a very strict church going Lutheran family. Her moth
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Kathryn Laceby
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I’d read a few reviews before picking up this novel (not good practice I know and very unlike me) and so I was prepared for the onset of the story to be slow. I have to agree with others that the pace didn’t pick up until a quarter of the way into the story. However, there is very good reason for the slow start. Emmy isn’t living a fast paced existence in the beginning of this novel and it therefore makes perfect sense that the narration is somewhat sluggish.
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Debbie Payne
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure -- I received this book from the Goodreads First Reader program in exchange for ah honest review.

No problem, great books are always a pleasure to review. I was hooked from the start with Emmy and her family of the mid-50's. As a baby boomer myself, I could identify with the customs and norms of that time; It made me glad that I was out of the 50-'s and into the 70's when I married and had a family. I did think that the book started off a bit slow, but then, that was part of the times
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Tonya
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Emmaline Nelson and her sister Birdie grow up in the hard, cold rural Lutheran world of strict parents, strict milking times, and strict morals. Marriage is preordained, the groom practically predestined. Though it’s 1958, southern Minnesota did not see changing roles for women on the horizon. Caught in a time bubble between a world war and the ferment of the 1960’s, Emmy doesn’t see that she has any say in her life, any choices at all. Only when Emmy’s fiancé shows his true colors and forces hi ...more
(Lonestarlibrarian) Keddy Ann Outlaw
Eighteen year-old Emmaline (Emmy) Nelson was good company these last few days. Oh, how she struggles and suffers. Born into a strict Lutheran farming family in Minnesota sugar beet country, Emmy is slated to marry an older man named Ambrose her family has more or less selected for her. One night she manages to go out to a movie with a school friend (her first such outing) and not only does she sample booze, she meets a dreamy Irish Catholic boy, Bobby. Yet she continues to sleepwalk through her ...more
Rosemarie
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place during 1958 and covers an era that many feel were the happy days in American culture and history. The author reveals the horrible racist secrets of a family in middle America as well as the sexism that existed during that time period. The book's main character, Emmy, is an 18-year old who rebels against her family. She doesn't take the prescribed path that her parents had for her which was to marry the man they chose for her. She was determined to be independent and follow ...more
Jane
Mar 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I usually skip the topographical details in novels. You know the sort of thing: "Jill came out of her house. The town lay before her. To the north, the mountains rose majestically. while the valley swept away to the west in undulating waves that ended in a thin ribbon of silver that was the Platte River." I am hopelessly lost. But in Fireproof Home, there is a charming map that helped orient me in the two towns where the action is set. And this novel is all about place and time. The heroine, gro ...more
Jessica
Oct 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Emmy Nelson grew up in small-town Minnesota on a farm in the 1950's. Her life is simple and she works hard and knows what's expected of her. From the age of 12 her family planned for her to marry Ambrose, the older son of a wealthy neighbor. But a chance encounter with Bobby has Emmy reconsidering her plans with Ambrose and when Ambrose shows his true colors to Emmy she breaks all ties with her family and strikes out on her own. Soon Emmy and Bobby are dating and she has an exciting job at a loc ...more
Anne Sansevero
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn't love secrets! Amy Scheibe's novel "A Fireproof Home for the Bride" is jam-packed with them - disturbing, uncomfortable, family truths that have been secretly buried only to inconveniently unearth themselves. This informs the many surprising twists and turns as the coming of age story of Emmaline Nelson unfolds in the cold northern heartland of America. Ms. Scheibe transports you back to the sparse and gothic landscape of Moorhead, Minnesota in the 1950's. Here, her protagonist Emmali ...more
Marsella Johnson
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Emmaline is another female protagonist caught up in the shifting roles for women between WW2 and the 1960's. She decides she wants a different life. This novel mixes small town values, religion, and ugly family secrets that escape.They open her eyes and make Emmaline see life in a different way. She has to make a stand on her own, and go against all expectations of her.

While she chafes at the rigidness of her mothers plans for her life, the relationship with her father is sweet. He has become a
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I was born in Moorhead, Minnesota, but reared on a small farm in the southeast corner of North Dakota, seven miles from the hamlet of LaMoure. We raised cattle, sheep, chickens, and the occasional 4-H rabbit. After high school, I attended Minnesota State University Moorhead in the theater arts discipline for two years before taking a position as a nanny in East Rockaway, New York. Not long after, ...more
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