Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

5 out of 5 stars
In 1872, in a country attempting to restore their lives devestated by the Civil War, sixteen widows join the Ladies Emigration Society with the promise of obtaining free land in the Nebraksan territory. Upon their arrival, the women learn the true purpose of the Society--a money-hungry man established it to bring them to the territory as brides. Five of these widows refuse to become brides and choose to forge their own way in the harsh Nebraskan land. What unfolds is a story of new beginnings, new friendships, and new battles that will force the women to confront areas in their lives they would rather not face.

Sixteen Brides is an outstanding read. Stephanie Grace Whitson does an amazing job of authoring a five-protagonists story. She weaves their lives together, and creates such a strong bond of friendship among these very different women that the reader feels included among this group of ladies who chose independence and hard work to obtain their dream.

Whitson not only creates vibrant characters, but she brings the Nebraskan territory to life, as well. Her description of the land, and knowledge of frontier homesteading meshes together to endear the land to the reader.

Sixteen Brides is a book you will not want to skip.

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