Thursday, January 11, 2018

Book Review: The Captive Brides Collection

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The Captive Brides Collection: 9 Stories of Great Challenges Overcome through Great Love by [AlLee, Jennifer, Breidenbach, Angela, Davis, Susan Page, Franklin, Darlene, Hall, Patty Smith, Hickey, Cynthia, Pagels, Carrie Fancett, Thompson, Lucy, Welborn, Gina]

The Captive Brides Collection: 9 Stories of Great Challenges Overcome through Great Love


From Amazon:

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 Labours Found by Jennifer AlLee - Montserrat, West Indies, 1655
Temperance Simms only wanted a better life. Instead, she finds herself labeled a criminal and sold as an indentured servant. After a kind man saves her life, can Temperance trust that God will turn her sorrow into something beautiful?

His Indentured Bride by Angela Breidenbach - Pennsylvania, 1773-1776 
Leaving Scotland for a short indenture with her betrothed, Maire Greer’s contract is sold when disaster strikes her kindly owner, and then extended through cruel circumstances. Can Kirk Lachlan’s service in the American Revolution save her or will she lose love and freedom forever?

The Suspect Bride by Susan Page Davis - Oregon, 1890s
Verity Ames cooks at the restaurant where shy lawyer Jack Whitwell eats lunch daily. As Jack works up courage to ask her for a date, the sheriff walks into the restaurant and arrests Verity for murder.

His Golden Treasure by Darlene Franklin - San Francisco, 1873
Goldie Hatfield grows up on the Barbary Coast until her guardian demands she pay the cost of her upbringing—or work at her brothel. How far will Pastor Joshua Kerr go to set Goldie free?

Through Stormy Waters by Patty Smith Hall - Atlantic Ocean, 1745
Deported to the British colonies for her father’s crimes, Charlotte Singleton helps Captain John Randall when an epidemic breaks out on his ship. Can two battered hearts find love in the midst of a storm?

Moira’s Quest by Cynthia Hickey - New York, 1869
A quest for revenge ends in a marriage of convenience and a feisty Irish lass discovers that not everything is as it seems as family secrets are revealed. An Irish cop, bent on saving the fallen women of Five Points, New York, finds himself thrust into the role of husband with a woman determined to break down a notorious crime boss. Can these two pull together and find a love bigger than they are?

Love’s Escape by Carrie Fancett Pagels - Virginia, 1850
With her life in peril, Lettie seeks escape from slavery. When Nathan offers to “conduct” her North via an unusual segment on the Underground Railroad, will his efforts help or do them both harm?

Waltzing Matilda by Lucy Thompson - Sydney, Australia, 1821
Henry didn’t plan on a runaway convict masquerading as a shepherd. Or on the woman’s baby. Keeping them safe will cost him his freedom—or will it?

A Score to Settle by Gina Welborn - On the Missouri River, 1870
For JoJo the kiss was a means to an end—she wanted his wallet. For Cyrus her kiss changed everything. He vows to help her escape the snake oil salesman she works for, but exposing the man’s lies may mean settling a score at a cost neither JoJo nor Cyrus can pay.


My Thoughts:

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 historical Christian romance stories, held my interest with such detailed descriptions that I felt I was right there with them.  I was right in the midst of those dirty and nasty places that they were forced into through no fault of their own.  Only God could see them through the mess they were in and each story made that clear.   I loved reading each one!  

This book took me two weeks to read.  It was not that the stories where long but because I would read one and kind of need some time to calm down before starting the next one.   

The paperback copy of this book was beautiful with it's artwork and jagged edges.  

A great great read!  


I received this book from one of the authors, Darlene Franklin, and was not required to give a positive review.



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