Book Review | Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Title: Sixteen Brides
Author: Stephanie Grace Whitson

About the Book:

In 1872, sixteen Civil War widows living in St. Louis respond to a series of meetings conducted by a land speculator who lures them west by promising “prime homesteads” in a “booming community.” Unbeknownst to them, the speculator’s true motive is to find an excuse to bring women to the fledging community of Plum Grove, Nebraska, in hopes they will accept marriage proposals shortly after their arrival!

Sparks fly when these unsuspecting widows meet the men who are waiting for them. These women are going to need all the courage and faith they can muster to survive these unwanted circumstances–especially when they begin to discover that none of them is exactly who she appears to be.

My Review:

This novel is set in 1871, a time when women’s rights and freedoms were restricted at best.The 16 widowed women in this novel responded to “meetings” telling them they could have their own land… no man required. They all took a leap of faith and despite doubts and fears they may have had, made the decision to take the offer.

There is one problem they are unaware of however… awaiting their arrival in Plum Creek {their destination} are many single men eager at a shot of claiming something of their own… perhaps a new wife! The women are unaware that they are being advertised in such a manner and tickets have even been sold to men for dances with them when they arrive to town!

Here’s the headline from a newspaper which opens the story.
“Attractive Widows~ April 7, 1871 – Another cargo of war widows arrived in Plum Grove last Tuesday morning, sixteen in number, and filed upon claims adjacent to town. This was decidedly the best lot of widows that has arrived thus far.”

Apparently Ms. Whitson {the author of this novel} found this actual newspaper article when doing research. I guess we’ve come a long, long way ladies!

Anyhow, there are a lot of characters and stories to follow in this book, but I have to say it is well worth it. The story is very entertaining, intriguing and will keep your attention through it’s entirety. It’s another great historical novel, but from a completely different angle. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would highly encourage you to pick up your own copy.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Vicki is a single woman living in Nova Scotia, Canada who loves to read, sing, cook for her friends and family and scrapbook. She loves to keep busy, hang out with her boyfriend and his cat and only sits still long enough to read and review books for "Simply Stacie."

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