17 February 2015

Homestead Brides Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels

The Homestead Brides Collection

Five Stars ***** for this collection!
The Homestead Brides "Nine Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land" from Barbour Publishing (February, 2015)

Destined to be a BEST SELLER!!! Don't wait--go and BUY yourself a copy ASAP!!!

All of the novellas in this collection are wonderful. There wasn't a weak one in the bunch which is pretty unusual. The authors are: Carla Olson Gade, Darlene Franklin, Erica Vetsch, Pam Hillman, Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, Kathleen Y'Barbo, DiAnn Mills, and Becca Witham.

Our OWG blog guest this week, Carla Olson Gade, wrote "Proving Up", set in Swedeburg, Nebraska in 1885. Nils Svensson has worked hard for years to establish hardy trees. He's waited for his wife to return to Nebraska after she returned to a less-demanding life back home with her parents. Enter widowed Elsa Lindstrom, Swedish like Nils, and she has somehow procured land he'd expected to purchase. Instead, Elsa and her two younger brothers now occupy what he'd hoped to expand his orchards to. Elsa, too, plans to develop a tree nursery. Can these two like-minded Swedes work together? Lovely story and characterization and some sigh-worthy love scenes.  HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

Watch for Noela Nancarrow's review on Thursday of ALL nine stories!!! She'll have a separate giveaway.

Giveaway: A copy to one of our commenters. I recommend the paperback version as it has the lovely deckle edges on the pages plus it has built in bookmark cover ends that bend into the cover's interior.

46 comments:

  1. Thank you for your enticing review, CARRIE! Carla's sounds like a lovely story and here is an interesting fact about Diana that a lot of people don't know! Even though I'm a South Carolinian and have been for many years, I was born in Nebraska! So stories that take place there intrigue me. I was only about 2-3 when my parents moved from there, but I do remember a lot of snow and me sitting outside on my tricycle (I was too little to ride it yet) and some bigger kids pushing me over. I got bloody knees so that left a lasting impression on me. LOL When I got a bit older and questioned my mom about it, sure enough it was in Nebraska. Hard to believe I was that young and can remember that incident.

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    1. That is neato, Diana!!! I did NOT know that you'd lived in Nebraska. You are gonna love this book!!!

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  2. Nebraska! That's so interesting, I just wish you had a better memory than that, Diana.

    Thank you for your great comments about my story, Carrie!! I love this book and am blessed to be part of the collection.

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    1. I do remember the lovely, deep snow, Carla! It isn't something we see much of in SC, although one might think we do. When it does snow it lasts a day for the most part, which is fine by me! Congrats on being a part of this wonderful collection!

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    2. Delightful read, Carla, and I liked that they both had emotional baggage they were dealing with.

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  3. Wonderful review Carrie and I completely agree - Each and every novella in this collection is a treat to read!! Carla, your story was fascinating and enjoyable to read in regards to proving up the land in Nebraska with trees and orchards, and then topped with that sweet romance! :-) A beautiful book!!

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    1. TY Noela, I can't wait to read YOUR amazing review of ALL the novellas!!!

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  4. Love to win a copy to read !! Blessings ,DanaGirl

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  5. CARRIE I know you are very busy and can't always do reviews but I always love them!! This sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I was even in my editing CAVE when I wrote this, my SNOW CAVE lol!!! That's how much I wanted to get this review up, Teresa! TY!!!

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    2. That's right, Theresa. Carrie even made me want to read it! Lol

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  6. Thanks for the review, Carrie! You guys just have to see this book to realize how gorgeous it is. I'm thrilled beyond measure to be part of this collection. And the flaps can be used for bookmarks? Who knew??? I never thought of that.

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    1. Yes, that's why I suggest the paperback. Barbour has really done a fab job with the covers on these collections. Yes, when you got your author copies, that's what readers do with the double book mark cover ends--you can read from BOTH ends of the book because it has so many stories! LOVED your story, Pam!!!

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    2. Great idea, Carrie, to read it front to back and back to front using those flaps.

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  7. Thank you for a wonderful review! I would love this book, for sure! Thank you for the opportunity!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie, you must read this book, you'll love all the stories in it!!!

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  8. There's been a lot said about this beautiful book, and I know the authors are fabulous! Great review!
    Susan in NC
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Yes, hard to miss with that lineup of authors, Susan, I agree! TY!

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  9. I do enjoy reading a novella collection occasionally, especially one with a story by Mary Connealy. I'm not familiar with all nine of the authors, but I've found that a novella collection can be a good introduction to new (new to me, anyway) authors. Thanks for the review and the chance to win The Homestead Brides Collection.

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    1. I really enjoy novellas, Pam! You're welcome, we hope our readers will want to buy the book if they don't win. We have three chances this week!

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  10. I would love to read this book
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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  11. I love reading the novella collections. I am always introduced to at least one new author. Thanks for the giveaway!
    ldwrncpn(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Me, too, Lori! Novellas are the best type of reading for me because of my schedule. And I do enjoy reading new authors in these collections, too. You are welcome!

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  12. I'm looking forward to sitting down with this collection.

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  13. AWESOME! Now I want the paperback all the more! ;) It helps that I am a die hard paperback reader! :D

    Blessings, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Yes, you want the paperback of Homestead Brides because the books is so pretty, Amada! Blessings!

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    2. Yes it is! There are two things I have an issue with in some ebooks. 1 sometimes it's a pain to look at the cover when I want to get a better look after reading a part in the middle of the book! And 2 there's normally no back cover with book description! LOL!

      I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sun flowers! They brighten everything up! :)

      Hugs, Amada

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  14. I just love the way this big, beautiful book feels in my hands. The decked edges even feel so comfy beneath my fingers. I hope you'll all get a chance to read this collection. I'm so pleased to be included as one of the authors.

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    1. Thank you for my copy, Carla, it is so lovely!

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  15. A gifted group of authors for what has to be one awesome inspiring book , with a beautiful cover and pages, to boot - I'm looking forward to reading the wonderful stories within!! Thanks for the review, Carrie!!

    Shared post!!

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    1. Bonnie, I hope you got your copy by now and you'll get to read soon! Blessings!

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  16. Hello Carrie. I always take paperbacks when I can and I love the way they fix these book covers and edges of the pages. Of course if I had lots of money, I would have them all in Hardbacks. :) Each one sounds really good. Sure hope I can get lucky and win one. (((Hugs))) to each of you OWG ladies. All such loyal friends. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. I have no more room in my house for books unless on my Kindle, but this pretty book is so lovely I may have to make an exception, Maxie! Hugs and love to you dear lady!

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  17. I love the paperback version of these books! Something about the outside edges that makes them so unique, then you get the bonus of great writing! I really enjoy pioneer stories, so this is a win win!

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    1. I think this was a great idea by the editor to come up with this collection, Nancy. And whoever decided on the design details did an awesome job!

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  18. I don't read a lot of novella collections, but this one had some good authors in it!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Love novellas, Patty! Especially with me homeschooling right now. LOTS of great authors in this collection and the stories are wonderful!

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  19. This book cover is gorgeous and the pages are wonderful as well. I love novellas,especially one packed with such excellent authors as this book is ! Carrie, you did an excellent review on this one. All your reviews are excellent though !
    I love historical and have been wanting to read this since I've first seen it months ago !

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    1. TY, Dee! You have got to read this collection! Did you get a copy?

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  20. So glad to have so many commenters with such encouraging remarks! Thanks again, Carrie, for featuring "Proving Up" with the excellent review!

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    1. Carla, I just loved how you went a little out on a limb and included two characters who weren't "typical" for this love story.

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  21. Some of my favorite authors; all in one book! Sounds like a wonderful collection of stories! rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot) org.

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  22. Lots of great authors here--sounds like a wonderful collection!

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