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Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?
 
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Barbour Books (first published 2016)
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Laura
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?
1-Requilted With Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1889...North of Lansing, Michigan....Sarah Richmond is hopeful of winning a Blue Ribb
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Tina
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection: 9 Historical Women Win More Than A Blue Ribbon at the Fair*****
by Jennifer AlLee, Cynthia Hickey, Gena Welborn, Angela Breidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Tiffany Amber Stockton, Niki Turner & Becca Whitham

1-Requilted With Love***** by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1889...North of Lansing, Michigan....Sarah Richmond is hopeful of winning a Blue Ribbon as she enters her quilt in the Michigan State Fair and knows exactly what she will do with the winni
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Debbie
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection" is a nine novellas by nine different authors. They all are about fairs and strangers meeting strangers and immediate attraction is present. They all have different scenarios but the hero saved the heroine from a mishap. In some cases the hero has the mishaps that made me laughed out loud. Even if some of the mishaps were caused by the hero. These stories are fun and I think I liked them because a Facebook friend that died of cancer is a character in one along ...more
Betti
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nine authors and 9 different states with a wide variety of things that were considered 'State Fair' worthy. A blue ribbon was the ultimate prize. If a monetary prize came with it, that was even better.
1889 in Michigan begins our 'tour' of state fairs with its lovely quilts. Who would have known that balloonists were called professors? The Colombian Exposition or the Chicago World's Fair introduced the world to all the wonderful things America had to offer - especially as you moved west to Monta
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Rachel
This is a wonderful collection of stories about strong men and women who are determined to make a difference either in their communities or even to change the world with their ideas. You get to visit small town competitions, state competitions and all the way up to the Chicago World Fair. You get projects that range from quilts to baking to auto polo to butter sculpting and the invention of margarine. It was quite fascinating!

I really enjoyed the determination of each of these women to be her o
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Loraine
This is a collection of what I would have to call 9 short stories (each is about 45-50 pages long) rather than even novellas. Several are authored by fairly well read Christian authors and all contain a good Christian thread. They were easy and quick to read. BUT after reading 3 or 4, I began to find them all fairly formulaic and very predictable. By the time I finished, I honestly could not distinguish between them as far as characters and storylines without looking back. For me, it was just to ...more
Anne Rightler
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Blue Ribbon Brides is a delightful collection of stories about romance amidst the county and state fairs all over the country. Authors, such as Carrie Fancett Pagels, Angela Breidenbach, Gina Wellborn, Niki Turner and five others have written novellas set in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. Characters are fun, feisty, full of dreams and award-winning ideas in regards to quilts, honey, butter, pies, and even pigs. Readers are drawn into each story as the action includes mishaps and misunderstan ...more
Deborha Mitchell
Aug 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great collection.

What a fun set of stories. If you love State and County fairs, you are going to love this collection. It's filled with stories covering a slew of the wonders at these fairs. This collection is written by 9 great authors....some I already follow and some I will follow from now on. These are simple times and simple stories with very strong characters that will have you smiling and at times laughing. To be honest, I haven't gotten through the entire book, but what I have read alrea
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Melissa Henderson
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
From quilts, pies, butter sculptures, hats, peaches, pigs and more.... this collection of stories brings to life the wonders of the "fair". Each story tells about entries in to the fair and what can happen with each entry. Family loyalty, devotion, artistic expression, winning ribbons and finding love are all found in these stories. I enjoyed reading this book. Read this book and you may just want to attend the fairs in your area.
Yvette
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy historical fiction novellas and the romance of a state fair, then this collection from Barbour was made for you. Set from the 1880's to 1930, these nine stories of love found centered around state fairs bring a variety of historical fair competitions to light.

While I read some of these stories quickly, there were others that I ended up skimming through what were probably well-researched scenes related to the specific fairs. Unfortunately, I've found that state fairs just aren't that
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Julia
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection by various is a perfect collection of Christian historical romantic tales. There are nine unique stories in this single volume. Each one is totally absorbing, wonderfully told and each has the feel-good factor. It's a fabulous read and I can highly recommend it.
Requilted With Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels is a wonderful feel-good story to kick off the collection. Carrie Fancett Pagels always writes stories that speak straight to the readers heart. Her talent for
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Sarah Ruut
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I will post my review here after it publishes on my blog -- sarahruut.com. ...more
Amy
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection is a collection of nine historical stories. These stories include:
Requilted with Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Seven Medals and a Bride by Angela Breidenbach
A Taste of Honey by Darlene Franklin
Altered Hearts by Gina Welborn
Better with Butter by Jennifer AlLee
Driven to Distraction by Becca Whitham
First Comes Pie by Niki Turner
Front Page Love by Tiffany Amber Stockton
Competing Hearts by Cynthia Hickey
Majority of these stories are written by authors I have not heard
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Cathy Cermele
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A charming collection that made me smile and want to go to state and county fairs.
I enjoyed the different time periods in each novella as well as each of the nine young ladies’ talents.
Of course tensions run high and there's some mistrust along the way but that added realism as each character worked long and hard to win the much coveted blue ribbon.
I was familiar with some of the authors and found some new to me authors that I liked quite a bit.
The message of faith is woven throughout each s
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Kav
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

There's something in this collection for everyone. Drama, comedy and plenty of sweet romance. Love the fair theme and readers get to visit them all across the country. Short stories (approx. 50 pages each) still manage to pack a punch and provide a quick reading getaway. You can easily finish a novella in one sitting so perfect as we approach the busy holiday season. In fact, The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection would make a fantastic gift. The book nerd in me can't get over this exquisite book pa
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Cheryl Baranski
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection by Cynthia Hickey, Gina Welborn, Jennifer Atlee, Angela Breidenback, Darlene Franklin, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, and Becca Whitham. This series is a wonderful collection of historical fiction novellas. This collection is full of faith, love, hope, and so much more. This wonderful collection of novellas has women that are competing for the blue ribbon prize in their fair. Each story a delight that will surly capture your heart. Be sure t ...more
Chickie Chip
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know if the it was the writing or the editing, but the stories seemed choppy to me. Some were okay, some not.
Sydney
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nine splendid authors, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Angela Breidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Gina Welborn, Jennifer AlLee, Becca Whitham, Niki Turner, Amber Stockton, and Cynthia Hickey come together to create a charming collection with county and state fairs being a main theme in each novella. Each novella is filled with strong and charming characters, as well as an entertaining plotline involving romance at the fair. Readers will be thrilled with each author’s unique and individuality in the various de ...more
Pam
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
“The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection” is a group of nine novellas by nine different authors with common historical settings of regional fairs. From the Chicago World’s Fair to small local county fairs, the stories revolve around young women who have strong motivation to win a blue ribbon on her entry. Each story is unique in setting and subject. Often the heroine is compelled to enter the competition in order to help her struggling family financially. Many of the novellas contain humor and some ar ...more
Rochelle
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Altered Hearts by Gina Welborn 3 stars

I will read anything by Gina Welborn! She has a way of writing that brings her characters right off the page, her world building is also very immersive. This story was not my favorite of hers but it was still a good short story, well paced with well rounded, fleshed out characters. I felt like I was right there in 1908 Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

First Comes Pie by Niki Turner 2.5 stars

This story took place in 1920 Colorado, and I should have been more grabbed
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Joyful
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection is a collection full of faith, hope, romance, love, and more. Some are written by some of my favorite authors while others are new others that I'm sure will become my favorites also; Cynthia Hickey, Gina Welborn, Jennifer Atlee, Angela Breidenback, Darlene Franklin, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, and Becca Whitham. This series is a wonderful collection of historical fiction novellas of women competing for the blue ribbob at their state and c ...more
Rhonda
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Blue ribbons are a coveted prize at county fairs. I remember competing myself with many exhibits in our Five-County Fair. I entered a sweetheart cake, many clothing items I had sewn, and I modeled an outfit that I had sewn. I did win several blue ribbons as well as some white and green ribbons. Our fair also awarded money for each prize, a delightful gift for one who did not have much if any spending money. The nine women are eager and excited participants in the fair.
I rate this book 5 stars
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Michele Minor
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of novellas about women who compete in different county fairs throughout the country and during different time periods. The romances are sweet and innocent since these are Christian fiction stories but each tell of nine different women and the men that are attracted to them for different reasons. This gives you a look at how competitive women can be even during times when there were few employment opportunities for women. The county fair was one of the few acceptable wa ...more
Lori
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 stars.
Reason is I super enjoyed it. I liked it because I got a taste of each authors writing style and each story had a charm all it's own!
I also love reading these because this is how I meet new authors and to see what they have to offer.
Each research is done well with a good plot that is well rounded out even though they are short. Plus you can finish that story and go on to the next or you can save it for another day. That's what I did!!
I strongly recommend this sweet colle
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Pegg
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another Barbour collection full of engaging characters and fun stories, these all set during a county or state fair. Having spent a good deal of my growing up years at the county fair, then twenty years as a 4-H leader and 4-Her's mom, these stories brought back many fond memories. It's hard to pick any favorites out of this bunch, all of them combine a competitive spirit with the life lessons each character needs to learn. I love that each competition is different, from quilting to baking to fa ...more
Laura Meyer
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book at Ollie's and it was well worth every penny:-) I hadn't read many of these authors before, & I found several that I really enjoyed! As a country, home canning Mom this was a very realistic series. ...more
Lisa look hong
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful collection

I enjoyed reading this wholesome collection of stories. They were so well researched and gave a glimpse into an era in history when times were hard but people clung to faith and community. An inspiration we can draw on in these difficult modern times.
Jan
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved all nine stories. The things they went through to get ready and during the state fair. I could imagine I was there. I highly recommend this book.
Lee Yahnker
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
9 short stories of love and adversity. Each story is approximately 50 pages. Not quite a ROMANCE style novel but awfully close. I really didn’t enjoy the stories.
Sylvia
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Loved all the stories in the book!!
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Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a fou
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