Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands Romance Collection A Newspaper Ad for Husbands Brings a Wave of Men to a Small Kansas Town by Susan Page Davis, Susanne Dietze, Darlene Franklin, Patty Smith Hall, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Gina Welborn is a new book that will be released by Barbour this June first.
I choose to read this book because I heard of the custom of newspaper ads for husbands and I didn't understand the reason why at a certain point in the USA it was indispensible to start this custom.
Well it was simple and for a very serious reason: after the war of Secession we are in 1865 a lot of women remained widows and alone and it was necessary with the courage typical of the Americans, after a bit of mourning and tears, to re-start their life.
To ask for other husbands.
I loved the first chapter of this story, the story of Abigail, her mom and the ladies and girls of Turtle Spring, Kansas where all the stories are set in.
For avoiding problems and for keeping the community numerous, with new children, new life, more hands, the mayor, Abigail asks the permission during a reunion to posting an ad in a newspaper for requesting husbands for them all.
At first women and girls scared: "And if we fall in love for the same man?" "If we don't like these men?" the most common questions, but something was more than sure: Abigail buried her husband and her dad. They needed someone else in their lives and she couldn't permit, firstly that the town would be abandoned by lack of men.
In the while in the town arrives a new man Josiah. Abigail thinks he would be great as sheriff and something starts to grow up between them although Josiah is allergic to relationships and Abigail is not sure of her feelings yet.
At the same time the sheriff is requested by a lot of women for silly reasons and just for knowing him better.
At the end love will triumph and what I love the most in these stories are positive ends, positive characters and life.
This life that also a terrible war didn't kill with the death of so many men but continued with more enthusiasm and joy for building this beautiful country that are the USA.
I thank NetGalley and Barbour for this ebook.
Anna Maria Polidori