Growing up I remember watching Little House on the Prairie over and over and over again….my dad was (and still is to this day) always into Westerns; we’d watch them together a lot of the time. I grew up getting to know John Wayne and the Lone Ranger and other actors. The stories of pioneers back in the days of old have probably always intrigued me. They built empires out of land and cattle; they had the strength and fortitude to carry them through some pretty rough times.
Sixteen Brides, by Stephanie Grace Whitson, is one such story. In the very beginning of the story, the reader is introduced to a group of women, getting to know each one by name, getting to know each one’s likes/dislikes, quirks, etc. Each woman shares a common life thread, though, in that each one is a widow, due to the Civil War.Characters like Caroline Jamison, Sally Grant, and Hettie Gates definitely bring an interesting spark to the story.
The story starts out with the promise of adventure, as each woman has been duped. A journey west has promise of land to start new homesteads….only the promise is not as it seems. It would seem the mail order bride business is in full business with the arrival of this group of ladies. The awesome part is that even though some are fine with marrying off when they arrive, others are quick to stand up for themselves, starting a new life, working as a team to survive in the frontier. Of course, the story doesn’t stop there….
There is promise of romance and adventure within this story, as other characters are introduced….characters that’ll tug on the reader’s heart. While sometimes it seemed the story flitted back and forth a bit too much, and at times it could be a bit confusing, it was still a great story. The writer does a good job of transitioning between characters; it’s just up to the reader to pay attention. It does leave the reader wanting to know what happens to each person. You can purchase Sixteen Brides for $11.99 from Bethany House.
(Disclosure: I received this book, free of charge, from Bethany House, for the purposes of this review. All views/opinions remain solely my own.)