This was an enjoyable historical novel. Though like many other readers I have seen now, I too, had a lot of trouble at the beginning. With sixteen brides, plus the evil Mr. Drake, etc., you have yourself a lot of characters to try and keep up with. It was quite a bit confusing, and kind of aggravating, I almost threw the book down.
Then things began to click and the story developed nicely and you began to see certain characters stand out, and of course this made all the more sense when Drake's evil plan was revealed. And the stronger women escaped to forge the life they really wanted. Land of their own. A place to call their own.
Strong women is so good to see in literature, especially historical literature. And their solid friendships were very enjoyable. It could be very predictable at times, but the characters more than made up for it, Stephanie Grace Whitson made the bleak Nebraska frontier seem very full of hope and second chances.
*Disclosure: Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review and all opinions are my own.