I'm a sucker for any pioneer christian stories. A Homesteader, a Bride and a Baby by JoAnn A. Grotte, the third story in the book was my favorite. Yet, the rest were great as well. Sometimes I wonder if I should have been born in West of the late 1800's. Enjoyed this book very and you will too!
Lee P. (copiousreader) reviewed Prairie Brides: Four New Inspirational Love Stories from the North American Prairie on
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There are four stories of romance in strange circumstances. First is "Bride's Song" by Linda Ford in which Dora Grant, a nurse and city girl has to decide whether to keep her good job in the little town or follow her heart and become what she has vowed she never will - a homesteader's wife.
Second, "The Barefoot Bride" by Linda Goodnight is a touching, moving short story about a widow, Emma, whose odd mannerisms and talking out loud to animals and nature have caused the townsfolk to believe she is insane. She is shunned and feared and terribly alone, unable to keep her large farm going. She advertises locally and unsuccessfully for a husband of any kind just to keep her farm. Finally, Matt Tolivar, a widowed doctor, comes through town and is looking for a place to hide and start his life over. A very interesting relationship occurs and this is my favorite of the four novellas.
Third, "A Homesteader, a Bride, and a Baby" by JoAnnA. Grote concerns a city gal, Lorette coming to take over the raising of a baby orphaned by diphtheria and realizing she knows nothing about operating a farm turns to a male helper with resulting ugly gossip from the townspeople. IF I could vote on Chase Lankford alone this one would get 5 stars because of his strength, wisdom, patience and his faith in God but I have to consider the whole story.
The last, "A Vow Unbroken" by Amy Rognlie, is a story of deceit and mystery, unusual deaths, and a mail-order-bride story gone wrong. Very wrong.
These four short stories have a decided Christian theme with all decisions coming about only after those involved spend considerable time in prayer and Bible reading. All the stories take place in the 1800's on the prairie - obviously from the title, - just as it was being settled.
I think this book would make excellent required reading for home-school girls or church groups perhaps for ages 13 - 18
Four quick reads - all romances, but full of Christian faith that God will work for good of those that love him. The stories are a bit predictable and you know they will have happy endings. A "feel good" book.