Saturday, May 29, 2010
“Sixteen Brides” by Stephanie Grace Whitson is about six women who are looking for a new start and head out West to get free homesteads. Sixteen women start out on the journey but they soon discover that they have been deceived. Instead of land waiting for them, the women have been brought out to Nebraska for the men in a new town. When the women reach Plum Grove, Ella and her mother Zita, Ruth and her son Jackson, Sally, Hettie and Caroline decide to stay and find land to homestead together. Zita is the mother figure for all the women and trusts that God will provide for their needs. Ella soon finds a new friend in her neighbor Jeb but finds it hard to trust him because her first husband has destroyed her confidence. Ruth starts to develop feelings for local rancher Lucas after she helps take care of him when he breaks his leg. Sally has a crush on Lucas’ foreman, Pete. Hettie is running from her past and has several secrets she is keeping from her new friends. Caroline falls in love with widower Matthew and is daughter Linney, but Matthew has never dealt with his wife’s death and the falling out with his cousin Lucas. The women stand by each other and help each other face the difficulties in life and love, and they soon become the family that they were each looking for. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House.