Sunday, June 25, 2017

Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands Romance Collecton

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.

Cynthia Hickey

Cynthia Hickey has been making up stories since she was a child. How fortunate that she finally found an outlet for her, uh, fictional tellings. 

Multi-published and Amazon Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She had several historical romances release through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold over half a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, two cats, three box turtles, and two Sulcata tortoises. She has seven grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. Visit her website at

My Review

Novella one of the Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands. Really enjoyed the story. After Abigail's father has gone off to war and was killed  Abigail takes over being the mayor.  Most the men are all killed in war so leaves a lot of women running a town by themselves. So Abigail has a ideal of  mail order husbands so she puts out a ad to  come to Turtle Springs  and get a wife. Well this can run into some trouble. Never know what kind of men will show up for it. So Abigail hires a sheriff and a good looking one at that. But he is determined he is not getting married. Hmm time will tell. Great novella by Cynthia Hickey. 

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.

Susan Page Davis

Susan Page Davis writes romantic suspense, historical romance, and mystery. She is a Maine native now living in Kentucky, and a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and KenTen Writers. Her books have won several awards including the Carol Award for her novel The Prisoners Wife; the Inspirational Readers' Choice Award for The Prisoner's Wife and The Lumberjack's Lady (Maine Brides series); and the Will Rogers Medallion Award for her novels Captive Trail (Texas Trails series, 2012) and The Outlaw Takes a Bride (2016). Visit her website at

My Review 

I loved this novella. Was such a cute story. How you like to be kidnapped at gun point by a kid trying to force you to marry their mother? That's just what happened to Sam Cayford. How is he going to get out of this one? Loved the characters.  First story I have read by Susan Page Davis but look forward to more. 

A Clean Slate by Susanne Dietze
Schoolmarm Roberta “Birdy” Green won’t marry any of the prospective grooms flocking to town. After losing her fiancĂ© 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.

Susanne Dietze

Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of a dozen new and upcoming historical romances. A pastor's wife and mom of two, she loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her on her website,, and sign up for her newsletter for an occasional cheery hello:

My Review

Schoolmarm  Birdy has no desire to marry any of the men coming to town looking for a bride. Her boy friend being killed in the war her heart hasn't healed yet. That is until she takes on a new pupil Drew Cooper. Now this guy has charm. But can he break through   to her and capture her heart? Loved the novella and a first one i have read by author Susanne Dietze. Look forward to more. 

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.

Darlene Franklin

Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. This year she expects to reach fifty unique titles in print and contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears monthly in Book Fun Magazine. Her most recent titles are Colorado Columbine and Love's Turning Point. You can find Darlene online elsewhere at and

My Review

I enjoyed this novella by Darlene Franklin. Debbie Barker and her family has moved to the prairie after the war was over but her father isn't able to do all the work on the farm they need help. So Debbie seeks for a husband. The mail order husband  might be just the thing to do for her.  Zack has applied to the ad seeing he lost everything in the war. But can Zack prove to Debbie's father he is worthy to be the husband to Debbie and help them on the farm? Time will tell.  Great characters and well written. 

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.

Patty Smith Hall

Patty Smith Hall is a multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and Barbour Publishing. Married to her hero of 33+years, Danny, and the mother of two extraordinary women, she calls North Georgia her home.

My Review 

I  have loved this book with seven novellas in one book. War is over and a lot of the men from Turtle Springs have died in the war and left many widows to defend for themselves. Needing help The mayor put out a advertisement husbands wanted.  Chardy think she has no chance in the world she was left with 4 brothers to raise. They was good at getting into mischief.  Now what man want to be saddled down with  automatic family? Chardy believes no man will even be interested in her she wouldn't have a chance. A  childhood friend who was disabled has been there to help her.  He tries to show her she can have happiness no matter what. Luke being a disabled veteran finds himself useless to care for anyone but him self.  Will Chardy and Luke  open their hearts and see that God has a plan?  Great story and  well written.  

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?

Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA-bestselling award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

My Review
 Carrie Fancett Pagels always has wonderful stories. Always well written and great characters. Caroline Kane  has been left with her teenage  siblings to raise. After the war so many of the men didn't return.  Leaving women to run the town and raising families are on their own. The mayor had a ideal she believes is from God.  To put a ad out to see if men from other cities would come there to become husbands to the ladies there.  That is till she mistakes Britisher Barden Granville IV as a prospective mail order husband.  Barden is going through the town and realizes he is broke needs a job and this just might be the place he can get one.  But maybe God has other plans!!!  Wonderful story. 

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.

Gina Welborn

Gina Welborn loves watching The Goldbergs, playing Super Mario Bros with her middle child, and baking anything sweet and tasty in desperation not to hear her children say, "Chef Mom, you've been chopped!" 

Years ago, Gina worked at a news radio station scripting copy until she realized how depressing human tragedy was. Thus she fell in love with writing romances and now only thinks "It is time for a dead body?" when she's at a lull in her newest manuscript. (Disclaimer: Dead bodies are usually not found in Gina's writing.) Gina is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. She writes lighthearted historicals featuring spunky heroines and wild-at-heart heroes.

For eleven years, this Oklahoma-raised girl lived in Virginia with her youth-pastor husband and their five Okie-Hokie children before they headed back to Oklahoma. Gina is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum and a founding member of Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. She currently serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. She is a member of ACFW and RWA. Three of her Barbour anthologies -- Mistletoe Memories, Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection, and Blue Ribbon Brides -- are ECPA bestsellers. She can be contacted via her website or through the Steve Laube Agency.

My Review

Great novella by Gina Welborn.  This one finishes up the Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands. a great ending.  After  all the war stories J.R. Lockhart  is very bored and needs something more entertaining g to write for the Godey's Lady's Book. Coming upon the advertisement about mail order husbands needed she decides to write up a story about it. Jane Ransome is eager  to help him with the stories of the brides and their choices. Also keeping in mind Jane is looking for her own husband. Who will fit her description for a husband? Could it be that handsome sheriff, hmm but he is engaged to the mayor. Who will she be able to match up with? Loved  the story and the whole series of novella's in the Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands. 


This book has been  filled with many great novella's by many great authors. Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands is a great collection of romance stories from the time of war and whats left after the battle. In this time in history mail order was a great ideal to pull men to a area where women are needing husbands to finish up the family. Plus to help them in their lives. Sometimes even true love comes out. I loved this book was well written by seven different authors each telling a story of a bride. Characters are well written. 

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