Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands

Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection
  • Author: Cynthia Hickey, Susan Page Davis, Susanne Dietze, Darlene Franklin, Patty Smith Hall, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Gina Welborn
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Release Date: June 1, 2017
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  • GenreChristian
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Book Summary

Seven women seek husbands to help them rebuild a Kansas town.

Meet seven of Turtle Springs, Kansas’, finest women who are determined to revive their small town after the War Between the States took most of its men. . .and didn’t return them. The ladies decide to advertise for husbands and devise a plan for weeding out the riff raff. But how can they make the best practical choices when their hearts cry out to be loved?

Abigail’s Proposal
by Cynthia Hickey
When her father never returned from the war, Abigail Melton stepped into his role as town mayor. The town needs men, and she needs a husband—and she has a big idea how to find both—but her first duty is to hire a sheriff. And drifter Josiah Ingram will do just fine.

The Kidnapped Groom
by Susan Page Davis
Riding through the Flint Hills on his way to Dodge City, cowboy Sam Cayford finds himself the kidnapping victim of two children. When he meets their lovely mother, Maggie Piner—whom the kids insist he should marry—Sam starts to question God’s plans versus his own.

A Clean Slate
by Susanne Dietze
Schoolmarm Roberta “Birdy” Green won’t marry any of the prospective grooms flocking to town. After losing her fiancé in the war, the only love her broken heart can bear is for her students. But then she takes on a new pupil—Drew Cooper, one of the gentlemen drawn to Kansas by the advertisement for grooms.

Sunshine of My Heart
by Darlene Franklin
Debbie Barker longs to bring beauty to her new home on the prairie, where her family moved after the war, and seeks a husband to help her father run the ranch. Zack Gage returned home from the war to a life in ruins—family dead and business bankrupted. He answers the mail-order husband ad to seek a fresh start. But neither Debbie nor Zeke know what they are doing when it comes to ranching. . .or love.

Come What May
by Patty Smith Hall
Chardy Stevens is at the end of her rope. Between running her late father’s store and tending to her four younger brothers, she barely has time to breathe, much less look for a husband to help her. The boys scare off most of her prospects and throw Chardy together with her childhood friend Luke, a disabled veteran who seeks her happiness above his own.

Dime Novel Suitor
by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Widow Caroline Kane is the proprietor of a restaurant and inn—and responsible for her five teenaged siblings. But she has no plans of finding a mail-order groom. Britisher Barden Granville IV is on a “cowboy holiday” when he finds himself flat broke in Kansas. When he answers an old “help wanted” ad, Caroline misconstrues Barden is there as a potential husband. Will the beautiful and fiesty widow cause the new vicar to make Kansas his home?

Louder than Words
by Gina Welborn
After years of writing abolitionist pamphlets and chronicling soldier life during the war, J.R. Lockhart is bored and jumps at the opportunity to investigate an advertisement for husbands for an article in Godey’s Lady’s Book. Jane Ransome would like to help the charming-but-oblivious-to-life-out-West man chronicle the courtships developing in town, but she has her own husband to find—one who will fit perfectly in her picket-fenced Kansas home.

<h2><span class="wrap"><span class="inner">The Authors</span></span></h2>
Cynthia Hickey

Cynthia Hickey
Abigail’s Proposal

Susan Page Davis

Susan Page Davis
The Kidnapped Groom

Susanne Dietze

Susanne Dietze
A Clean Slate

Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin
Sunshine of My Heart

Patty Smith Hall

Patty Smith Hall
Come What May

Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels
Dime Novel Suitor

Gina Welborn

Gina Welborn
Louder than Words

Book Review by Bree Herron

I read a lot of these collections. They all have sweet romances, some suspense and of course the joy of Faith. But this was the first collection that read like an entire book, a union of one theme. It was amazing. Truly just amazing. The War between the states, and many that followed cause the male population to decline, these authors gave such a fresh spin  to history with their stories. Men were sparse, the war had taken many to their early graves leaving a town of women, ran by the former mayor’s daughter. She has a brilliant plan to do a reverse mail order bride plan. Girl Power! Sorry, got excited thinking how cool it was to have all these women running a town smoothly, only wanting the company of a Godly man, and the prospect of building their family. They did NOT need them to run the town, this made the collection instantly a favorite for me.  It had all the elements that make a romance, a favorite read for me. The stories were all based around the theme of interviewing the men, finding love and strength. So to my surprise I was finished within a day, and felt as though I had just read the best new romance story. Each story was their own characters, and plot. But they blended they flowed together. It was as though all these authors sat around a table and compared notes, researched, formed and created together.  It would be hard to say that I had a favorite, but Susie’s story with the school teacher was wonderful, and of course Cynthia Hickley’s story set the bar high for these stories. Carrie had hosted a giveaway to name a character after one of her followers, it was so neat to see a dear friend created into this story. I was thrilled for Ms. Kane. It will be hard for a collection to come along and surpass this one. It was exactly what the publisher needed to create for its readers. I think all these authors need to work together on at least five more collections such as this.

I Rate it

Does your family have any Mail Order Bride stories?

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

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  1. Carrie Fancett Pagels

    Thanks so much, BREE, for the lovely review! I really enjoyed Cindy Hickey’s and Susie’s and Patty Hall’s stories. I confess I didn’t get to read all of the novellas, although we did each talk with each other about our stories to make the connections.

    • Bree Herron

      Thanks for stopping by Carrie!


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