This book starts in St. Louis, with 16 women boarding a train headed west. They
had been promised free land by a deceitful Hamilton Drake, who plans to make money on marrying them off. When the women realize his plan half of them decide not to finish the trip with him and settle in Plum Grove. The majority of Sixteen Brides is set in Plum Grove, a relatively new and growing settlement. The story follows a handful of the women as they settle into this new territory, try new things and make new friends.
I enjoyed reading Sixteen Brides, but I think it would have been even more fun as a series. With more books, the stories could have been more developed. There were a number of characters in this book. The most involved were well developed, and even the minor characters had strong personalities and fun quirks. This was a quick read with a nice historical element. Truthfully, I wanted more. I ended the book wondering what happened to some of the characters. There could easily be a sequel...I guess we'll have to wait and see! Overall, this was a good book, with sweet messages of hope and second chances.
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.