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The Captive Brides Collection

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  92 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Love Brings Freedom in 9 Historical Romances

Journey along as nine historical women are about to make their escape from some of life’s greatest challenges. Can their captive hearts be freed to dream, to dare, to love?

Love’s Labour’s Found by Jennifer AlLee - Montserrat, West Indies, 1655
Temperance Simms only wanted a better life. Instead, she finds herself labeled a c
Paperback, 448 pages
Published October 1st 2017 by Barbour Books
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Deanne Patterson
I have been anticipating this and it was everything I thought it would be. 9 of today's top Christian fiction author's have written a novella that is included in this collection entitled The Captive Brides. This collection by Barbour Books has the theme of women being held captive for a number of reasons, slavery in the old south,in prostitution,to pay off a relatives debt and other numerous reasons. When they least expect it they are shown kindness and rescued and become a bride. These women ha ...more
Sep 05, 2017 added it
Shelves: historical
Firstly thanks to Netgalley for my review copy.

This book has 9 novellas in it. Each story has a heroine who is a captive in some way. From indentured servant, convict, slave, wrongly convicted, plus a few other scenarios. We also have different locations from the West Indies, Australia to America. Each story is different and most have some danger and tension in the stories.

While I am not going to review all the stories cos it would make the review to long I will feature a couple.

Through Stormy
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful collection of stories that get better as you continue with the book, the last being one of my favorites! As the title implies, all the heroines are in some kind of captivity, bondservants, slaves, owed or owned by someone... each finds love and equally satisfying their freedom! Great variety of stories and settings, Charlotte and the Captain being another favorite of the couples chemistry. This collection also having the first short story set in Australia and Scotland that I have rea ...more
This one was just a hard read for me. I kept thinking the next stories would be better, but most of them were shoddily researched and had unexplained major character switches and other big issues. It's too bad a few good stories had to be packaged with so many duds. Some spoilers may follow.

Love’s Labour’s Found by Jennifer AlLee - Montserrat, West Indies, 1655
3.5 stars
This one has some mild innuendo, but it was a fun read. I'll definitely be reading another by this author.

His Indentured Bride b
Jul 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Captive Brides Collection: Nine Women Bound by Great Challenges Discover Faith, Hope and Love is a wonderful collection! This collection includes:
Love’s Labours Found by Jennifer AlLee
His Indentured Bride by Angela Breidenbach
The Suspect Bride by Susan Page Davis
His Golden Treasure by Darlene Franklin
Through Stormy Waters by Patty Smith Hall
Moira’s Quest by Cynthia Hickey
Love’s Escape by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson
A Score to Settle by Gina Welborn
The Captiv
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Captive Brides collection tells nine stories of different women caught in one form of slavery or another. These stories will take you captive, holding you still until the very end. The nine authors who penned these stories did a superb job!

Love’s Labours Found by Jennifer AlLee
Temperance is brought to colonies under false assumptions. She's forced to be an indentured servant, she's sold to a cruel owner. Temperance has strength and endurance that gets her through the worst times of her life
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Captive Brides Collection is a wonderful selection of nine tales dealing with captivity. Captivity may be physical, mental or spiritual. It is anything that binds us against our will. The reader travels from America to Australia, from 1655 to the late nineteenth century. The stories have similar themes of injustice, prejudice, trust, redemption, new beginnings and second chances, and fighting for freedom.
Down the ages women (and men and children) have been exploited by the greedy and the gra
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
"He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free." - Psalm 146:7

The beauty of this collection is in its diversity. Women from all walks of life, who have been unjustly bound by the chains of their predicaments, courageously battle their way towards freedom. Along the way, the Lord gives each of them the gift of love, not only in the form of a life partner, but in the assurance of everlasting life.

Well done!

I was gifted a copy of this book fr
Susan Snodgrass
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a very nice collection of novellas. My favorite was the contribution by Lucy Thompson. Her novella alone is a 4 star story; However, in most of these stories the women undergo some pretty serious circumstances, suffering greatly, and that detracted from my reading pleasure. So I give the collection as a whole a 3 star review. It is worth the read, though.

*I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. My review is my own honest opinion.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine being thrown on a boat and headed to somewhere you don't know, accused of a crime you didn't commit, and told you were to be sold as a slave to whoever paid the highest price? Or maybe you come to America to be bought by a former slave who happens to be the man you want to marry only to find out he is outbid by a horrible business man intent on making you his slave? These are the stories you will find in this book. Each one a testament to love in the face of unsurmountable odds and the l ...more
Maureen Timerman
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Nine novellas that all can be read separately, but all dealing with the same subject of bondage, but coming from different angles of slavery.
Each author will have you thinking and quickly draw you into their story, and each has a woman that is being really held against her will. You will be quickly sympathizing with each of the victims and hoping for their release, and that is where the stories differ and we see the different ways the imprisonment happens.
You don’t want to miss this book, each r
Jenny Glazebrook
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review of Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson, one of the stories in this collection:
There is nothing more Australian than convicts, bushland, dingoes, snakes and of course, a few sheep. Lucy Thompson brings them all together in this delightful story about a strong young woman facing injustice and hardship, and a kind-hearted yet somewhat impish young man who has earned his freedom. Matilda has everything to lose as she bolts for her life, attempting to hide baby Charlotte and escape the horrors o
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a great theme for a novella set! Deported, indentured, imprisoned, sold into slavery -- these captive brides must overcome untold difficulties with the aid of stalwart heroes determined to set them free. The kind of page-turners that held me captive and though I only planned to read one novella a day I ended up devouring the whole book in two days.

Each story is only about 50 pages, but they still pack a punch and my emotions ran high. I'd whoosh a huge sigh of relief over the satisfying con
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Captive Brides Collection: 9 Stories of Great Challenges Overcome Through Great Love (3.5 stars)

1..Love’s Labour’s Found by Jennifer AlLee
Montserrat, West Indies, 1655…What does one do when you find yourself falsely accused and sold as an indentured servant to a cruel owner? That is the situation Temperance Simms finds herself in in this novella. I am not sure I would have handled it as “well” as she did. I certainly would have prayed for someone like the handsome plantation owner Edward Ald
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nine authors have written historical novellas that all center around the theme of captivity or servant type relationships. Each story is a stand-alone and only ties in with the others by the topic of captivity. Each author brings her own personal style of writing to the book and offers a great opportunity to discover a new author or catch a short story by a favorite author.

I really enjoyed these stories. Some were better than others, but all of them fit well together. I love the chance to pick u
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
`The Captive Brides Collection` is a historical fiction collection by several different authors. This is a great way to learn about each writer and their writing style. There are a total of nine stories and nine authors.

The first story, `Love's Labours Found`, takes place in Montserrat, West Indies in 1655 by author Jennifer Allee. The female protagonist, Temperance, was an indentured servant. Her master was cruel to his slaves. Temperance runs away looking for a better life. There was suspens
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great themed collection
Love’s Labour’s Found by Jennifer AlLee
The setting for this first novella is Montserrat, West Indies in the year of 1655. This was a time in history, when many poor people from Ireland were tricked into slavery by promises of a better life in the West Indies. Educated, but penniless, Temperance, was promised a position as governess, but once the ship had sailed, she found that was not to be her future. I really like this story. It is interesting, the characters and plotlin
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Captive Brides Collection oh how each story stands alone. They each stand out and yet it Blends in. The stories are wonderful, the first story is about Temperance who was a prisoner and treated so very inhumanely by the prison guards-they knocked one of the girls into the icy cold water which brought the other women who where attached in as well and the guards just left them there to die. It was Edward who reached in and gathered her out of the water. He was mesmerized by her beauty and all ...more
Oct 23, 2017 added it
I have to be honest and admit I'm not a fan of the captive bride theme. I see nothing romantic about women being abused, no matter by whom or for what reason. I know treating women as property is part of Western history (and worse, an aspect of the present in too many countries). But it's a part we should be ashamed of, like we should be ashamed of sexism, racism, and all other forms of hate (also all too prevalent in the modern world, and perhaps more prevalent in the prosperous West where we h ...more
Robin Willson
I’m starting to like “collections”. It’s good to have a story end then go right into another – in this case eight more times, entirely different. This is excellent Christian Historical romance with so much creativity, beautifully told by very talented authors. And they’re not the sappy predictable only-about-the-romance bridal story. Each has great depth and a Christian lesson as well as a fabulous romance. The main theme with all of these is that the women are captives – in other words slaves. ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The 9 stories in this collection were wonderful. I love short stories that make the plots believable. I believed the hero and the heroine of each story really fell in love with each other. There are those who don't believe in love at first sight, but these stories will make you believe. Read them. You will see.

If you like clean, historical romances, you will love this book and all the wonderful stories it holds.

Love's Labours Lost by Jennifer Allee is about an Irish indentured servant, Temperanc
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I've read more prairie type romances and haven't ventured too much further in to the past than that. So, I've had quite an awakening with these stories in The Captive Brides Collection. I just had never thought about what type of world it could be for a woman in the 1700's and early 1800's. It's so unbelievable how a woman could be thrown into a world of darkness for no more reason than who her father was and what he did.

Each one of these informative Christian romance stories, h
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just finished the last story in this collection in which there were nine stories by different authors.
Each story had a Captive Bride that needed saving. They were interesting and actually pretty emotional. I couldn't tell that I was reading Novellas until I realized things were winding up toward the end.
The characters in the book were full of spunk even though they were not in ideal situations. I learned how women from several different places was in captivity and how they were treated, which
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reading these novellas have become my favourite past time. I have discovered many new, amazing authors. This particular book was highly anticipated and it did not disappoint.
Each story was very realistic and it was always very sad to see how people were viewed and treated as less than a human being but at the same time there were always people with opposite views which was uplifting. I had two favourites which were Love's Escape by Carrie Fancett Pagels and A Score to Settle by Gina Welborn. But
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
These Christian Historical romances are beautifully written by talented authors. They have a theme of slavery, a great depth, a Christian lesson, and a beautiful romance. The men and women were sold, drugged, beaten, and kidnapped into slavery or indentured service. Sometimes their contract was served but then additional years were added for repayment of their food, clothing, shelter and medical services. Some times they were never free as they were treated badly and worked to death. These stori ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These historical novellas share the adventures, misfortunes, and love stories of women who were held captive in various situations. Some came to America as indentured servants, suffering harsh fates. Some were held by guardians with evil intent. Some were accused of crimes. The settings of the tales go from the late 1600s to the 1800s and come from the West Indies, Australia, Europe, and America. The final one concerns an unscrupulous snake oil salesman’s troupe, a situation I’ve never seen in a ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely collection of historical novellas. In an effort to leave squalor and poverty, many unfortunate people 'indentured' themselves in hopes of a better life. Some were sold because of the sins of others. After repeated beatings, both physical and mental, there were those who felt they were not worth anything more than this abuse. But heroes arose among them. The Underground Railroad took many to freedom. Others were freed by the generosity of some who were able to satisfy the greed of t ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Captive Brides Collection
By: Nine different authors
Through Stormy Waters
By: Patty Smith Hall
Wow what a story .This is Charlotte Singleton’s story. Charlotte is a woman who was arrested and tried for her father’s crimes and sold into indenture . Hall weaves a sad and heartbreaking story of a woman and what she went though for her father’s crimes. Does Charlotte have the faith to hold on and let God work in her life?
I was given a complimentary copy of this book , but was not told that I had t
Keona Tann
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
9 stories of women facing unthinkable dire situations. The stories touch on the horrible element of society -slavery. It would be wonderful to think that those things no longer exist but sadly it's stated that slavery is worse now than ever!
The stories reveal the saving grace and redemption of Jesus. Where there seems to be no way out one is provided. Are the ladies free to pursue true love? Grab a copy and find out.
Melissa Henderson
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of novellas involving overcoming challenges and never giving up on life. Each author brings a unique story that captivates and entertains the reader. I will read these stories again. I received a copy of this book from the authors and NetGalley and this is my personal honest opinion.
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FROM AUTHOR'S WEBSITE: I'm a native of central Maine, and grew up on a small farm with a wonderful mom and dad, three sisters and a brother. Most of my books take place in small towns, many of them in Maine.

My husband, Jim, and I moved to his birth state, Oregon, for a while after we were married, but decided to move back to Maine and be near my family. It allowed our six children to grow up feel

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