Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 2010)
354 pages, eBook (got it for Free on the Kindle Store)
Book Rating: 4 Stars
Sensuality: White Heart
Drawn by promises of homesteading free land near town, Caroline, Sally, Ruth, Hettie and Ella set out with a group of women, each for their own reasons, looking to leave their pasts behind and start fresh, but when they arrive in Nebraska they learn there is a long line of prospective husbands waiting for them. Each of the five main characters start out wanting nothing to do with thoughts of another marriage, but Matthew, Pete, Luke, Forrest and Jeb help to persuade them otherwise while fighting demons of their own. This was a great story with engaging characters, and though you were following quite a few separate stories here, I thought it was well-managed and the time spent on each story line never left me feeling unsatisfied with the progress of each. I realized at the outset, being a Christian romance, that this would contain some religious references and bible passages, but at times I felt it was overly preachy and heavy on the references to God. If you can get past that, a great read!