Most of my life I have been baffled by the women’s rights movement. Probably due in part to the fact that I was raised by a father who never made me feel that there was anything I couldn’t do if I wanted to. I have been known to have said that if a man wants to protect me and coddle me, I won’t be offended.
It is only recently that I have read books that have made it clear why women clamored for equality and respect. I get it now. Not that I feel like joining any movements, it’s just that I understand. The stories in this compilation are examples of women who dared to defy societal expectations. . .
The MISSadventure Brides Collection
by Mary Davis, Cynthia Hickey, Kathleen E. Kovach, Debby Lee, Donna Schlachter, Marjorie Vawter, Kimberley Woodhouse
Published by Barbour Books
Publication Date November 8, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Missouri, Colorado, Wyoming Age of Reform - US - 1800 - 1840, Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900, Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s, , Roaring Twenties - US - 1920-1929, Great Depression - US - 1929-1939
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?
Along the Yellowstone River by Debby Lee 1832 Montana Heather Duncan takes over her father’s fur trapping business, believing it’s an opportunity to also gain knowledge of medicinal plants, but a growing sympathy for animals and blossoming adoration for a rugged mountain man capture her heart.
MissTaken Identity by Kimberley Woodhouse 1883 Texas Headstrong, bubbly, accident-prone Abigail Monroe is on a quest for adventure away from society’s expectations. But her pursuits are unexpectedly thwarted when she is arrested by a handsome Texas Ranger.
Lesson of Love by Cynthia Hickey 1885 Arkansas City girl, Leah Ellison has big dreams but soon finds out that teaching in a backwards Ozark mountain community is far different than what she’d imagined.
Maddy’s Llamas by Marjorie Vawter 1898 Colorado In spite of Maddy’s “missadventures” raising her llamas for their wool and strictly-by-the-book Harry’s attempts to get her to do things “right,” they learn to work together and find love in the laughter.
Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure by Mary Davis 1904 cross-country trip Zola Calkin sets out on an adventure to be the first woman to drive across the country. Will the journalist tasked to report her presumed failure sabotage her efforts? Or will he steal her heart?
Detours of the Heart by Donna Schlachter 1925 New Mexico A tour guide who wants to move on and a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?
Riders of the Painted Star by Kathleen E. Kovach 1936 Arizona Zadie Fitzpatrick, an artist from New York, is commissioned to go on location in Arizona to paint illustrations for an author of western novels and falls for the male model.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
With authors like Mary Davis and Kimberley Woodhouse, I knew I had to grab this collection. I’m glad I did because I was introduced to some new authors whose works I would like to read more of.
One of my very favorites from the collection is Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure by Mary Davis. At first, I was afraid that it was going to be a little like The Great Race but I should have known better. (Not that I don’t enjoy the movie!) Though the story takes place around the same time period, the story was very different. I loved the way that Zola and her cousin spent a year learning everything they could about the car they would be driving cross-country so they could handle anything that arose on their journey. The combination of their faith and their spunk made for a delightful adventure.
The rating I gave this collection is according to the highest rated stories. There are two that I would give five stars. In full disclosure, there was one of the stories in the collection that I did not like. The plot was decent – I just did not care for the writing style and the way it was executed. Don’t let that discourage you from reading more. There are many good stories in here, so if you encounter one you don’t like, skip it and move on to the next.