Sixteen Brides Stephanie Grace Whitson (Bethany House, $14.99)

In an intriguing novel of post-Civil War history, Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson, a group of 16 Midwestern widows heads to Nebraska, with kids in tow, to homestead.

None of them desire a new husband, but at the Plum Grove station, they face a parade of lonely men looking for wives. Each one of the distinct, multi-layered women handles the pressures from the men and homestead life with personal grit. They tackle the trials and earn the respect of their children, as well as the men they come to love.

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