Unexpected adventure catches the Ingersoll brothers by surprise-and brings unexpected love into their lives. Nathaniel has his sights set on becoming a master figurehead carver, until he risks everything for a woman. Jonathan's merchant trade and his new love are in jeopardy from a brother's animosity. Micah expects to settle down to peace after a life of fighting on the frontier but finds a young woman hiding from an abductor. Alden is press-ganged into tending an ailing naval captain, then catches sight of the captain's fetching niece. Will the unexpected end in four courtships?
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This book has four stories that take place in the 1700’s. It is not a time period I often read about but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the authors described their settings. I found each story to be thoughtful and the characters likeable. I really enjoyed the male characters in these stories. They were all written to be smart and likeable.
I gave this book 5/5 stars. I liked the time period and the stories were each so different in plot! The main characters conversations were all well written. There was one story that dragged a bit; this was due to not enough conversation and too much introspection! That said I still enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who likes reading short yet detailed love stories.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
My Review of 'COLONIAL COURTSHIPS' by Laurie Alice Eakes, Carla Olson Gade, Lisa Karon Richardson and Amber Stockton:
Why did I wait so long to read this book!! Colonial Courtships is four short stories that come together to make a wonderfully written novel. Each story depicts the life of one of four brothers and their own personal search for purpose and love. These four ladies did a great job melding their stories together. Each author's unique style shows through her writing and after reading this book, I look forward to reading more from each of them. I invite you to partake of this wonderful book and get to know the Ingersoll brothers. You will feel like part of the family once you enter the beautiful Red Griffin Inn and meet the wonderful Mrs. Ingersoll, the matriarch of the family. As each brother embarks on his own destiny, you will find yourself captivated by the sights and sounds that emanate from these pages. It is a quick read, for you do not want to stop reading once you begin!
I received my copy of Colonial Courtships as a gift from a Colonial Quills tea party. I wish to thank the ladies of CQ for not only a great party, but for a wonderful prize.
Four brothers find wives in this Colonial collection.
An enjoyable read from four lovely authors. I loved how well each of these stories fit together and the consistency with the characters that showed up in each of the novels.
Carving a Future by Carla Olson Gade is the story of Nathaniel, who is the oldest of the Ingersoll sons, and Constance, a young woman taken to be an indentured servant against her will. Can love bring them together despite the obstacles in their way?
I really liked how this story introduced me to most of the main characters and the setting. The characters were really likable, and with Constance it was easy to understand where she had come from and that it was hard to adjust to being a an indentured servant, plus there were some pretty funny bits about her adjustment.
I really liked Nathaniel's mother and how she prayed for each of her sons to find the right woman :) A really sweet tale with twists and turns along the way!
Trading Hearts by Amber Stockton tells the story of Jonathan the second son, during a storm he takes shelter in an inn meeting Clara, who just may be his match!
What I liked about this story was how Jonathan dealt with the obstacles that Clara's brother put in his way. So Jonathan has to clear his name and prove himself to Clara. So it had a bit of a mystery and also a bit of a whirlwind romance to it!
I really liked Jonathan's character, because though most of the other brothers were introduced in the first story, Jonathan wasn't, because he was constantly traveling.
The characters were highly likable and I liked how the story moved along quickly :)
Over a Barrel by Laurie Alice Eakes
Sarah is on the run from a man who wants to marry her and take away her late husband's plantation. When Micah Ingersoll finds her daughter, Eliza in a barrel he is determined to help Sarah start a new life. But could that new life include...him?
A sweet sort of antagonistic relationship, that moved along steadily and enjoyably. It was a bit hard for me to understand why Micah couldn't have been more understanding, though I did end up liking him :)
It was a sweet tale that I enjoyed.
Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson is the last in the series, and the story of the youngest Ingersoll son, Alden, who is a doctor who is press ganged onto a British ship to treat an injured man. There he meets the lovely Phoebe Carlisle the neice of the man he is tending. Will Alden be able to escape the British, and if he does escape will he be able to do so with his heart still intact?
This story had alot of suspense to it with Alden being held against his will, and the currents leading up to the Revolutionary War growing stronger.
Alden and Phoebe had to make choices and trust their futures to God, because often God's plan is not our plan, but it's better. I thought they interacted well, and that it had a touch of forbidden love to it which added to the tension!
Overall this was an excellent collection of novellas, about how three brothers found brides in the most unexpected ways and had to learn to lean on God's understanding an not their own. A most enjoyable read!
I received this book from Carla Olson Gade in return for an honest review. Thanks!
Four brothers Nathaniel, Jonathan, Micah and Alden live in the mid 1700’s and are working to help keep the colonies going. Nathaniel is working at a carver and finds himself helping a woman who claims to be wrongly brought to the new world. Jonathan is the captain of a merchant ship and one stormy night takes refuge at an inn and finds a young woman who steals his heart. Micah is a baker and finds a child hiding in a barrel of flour. The mother claims to be on the run but can Micah find out the truth before its to late? Alden is a doctor who finds himself on a British war ship thanks to the Captains niece. Will he forgive her in time to find love?
Another book in the Romancing America line and it was a good read.
What I liked: I liked how the stories went in order and intertwined. I also find this time period interesting to read about. I thought all the characters where likeable and each story could have been a full book in itself. I also really liked the cover image of this book.
What I did not like: The 2nd story about Jonathan was kind of boring. It just needed something to give it some excitement and I would have liked it better.
Over all I enjoyed this book. Of the four stories I liked that last two the best and my favorite was the last one with Alden. That story could have easily been a stand alone novel. I like the Romancing America line because they can be read easily and are great books for those days you find yourself waiting on your kids at practice or waiting at the doctors office. Looking forward to reading more of these books.
This book is a collection of four novellas about four brothers and their mother who live in Glassenbury, Connecticut. Their mother had turned their large residence into the Red Griffin Inn when their father passed away in order to provide for her four sons. In the first novella (Carving a Furture, by Carla Olson Gade), Nathaniel Ingersoll, journeyman figurehead carver, rescues a severely ill young woman (Constance) from a ship's captain, paying her indenture with all the coins he has left and his father's silver water flask to keep the captain from finishing her off. He takes the unconscious Constance home for his mother's tender care, and then they find out the captain had no right to sell her bond--she had been kidnapped. Once she somewhat recovers, she demands her release. Nathaniel's uncle and employer is more than a little upset at Nathaniel's expenditure. Constance can't cook, so his mother is also not pleased. But Nathaniel finds himself drawn to this young aristocrat--who, by the way, is also betrothed. Is there a way out of this mess? The second book, Trading Hearts by Amber Stockton, is about the second son, Jonathan, captain of the river ship left to him by their father. He finds himself stormbound at the Higganum Inn where he meets Clara, the petite daughter of the owners. The attraction is instantaneous on both sides. Clara's brother plans to throw a crimp in the romance. He thinks Jonathan is the author of all his troubles--a severe injury and a lost merchant ship. Jonathan has convinced her parents he's worthy of Clara's attention, but her brother is a conundrum of a different color. Jonathan will have to stop the rumors her brother has begun to spread before his own trade route is ruined and before the budding relationship with Clara can be brought to a painful halt. The third novella, Over a Barrel by Laurie Alice Eakes, begins with a small child found in a flour barrel in brother Micah's bakery. The child supposedly belongs to a pretty young woman, Sarah. There is a striking disresemblance between the young woman, Sarah, and the five-year-old screaming girl. Micah has his suspicions. He takes the woman and the child to his mother who is able to get the entire story from Sarah. Micah is not so sure he believes her, but he puts Sarah to work in his bakery. A man searches for her and the child, claiming Sarah is his wife. Should Micah protect her or turn her over? The final book, Impressed by Love by Lisa Karon Richardson, finds Aldon, the youngest of the brothers, a surgeon, impressed by a British ship to save the life of still another ship's captain, the uncle of orphaned Phoebe. Aldon believes he will be released once the captain is out of danger, but no--he is now a member of the British navy. But then, even if he were not, would he wish to leave the young beauty, Phoebe?
Life is full of the unexpected, don’t you think? That seems to be the over-riding theme of this 4-in-1 collection from Barbour’s Romancing America series, where each of the characters find that life has taken one or more turns they had not seen coming. Each of these authors takes those turns and gives them an extra twist in these tales of Early Americana.
Connecticut in the 18th century provides the setting for this group of stories about the Ingersoll brothers. They live in the town of Glassenbury up the Connecticut River, four young men whose father died an untimely death. Their mother operates the Red Griffin Inn, a popular boarding house, in an effort to see to the needs of herself and her sons. Their Uncle Phineas keeps an eye out for his nephews, as well as the entire town of Glassenbury. Against the backdrop of the French and Indian War, the lives and loves of the Ingersoll brothers take shape.
“Carving a Future” is the first novella in the collection, written by Carla Olson Gade. Constance Starling finds herself about to be sold as an indentured servant in America after a difficult passage from England, where she and a friend had been on an innocent errand too near the docks. Captain Smout was determined to make some coin on this woman, but she hadn’t weathered well. Nathaniel Ingersoll didn’t come to buy a slave, but when he sees Constance faint on the deck of Smout’s ship, he can’t help but interfere. Short on funds and a carver by trade, he bargains a new figurehead for Smout’s ship in exchange for Constance, whom he takes to his mother’s inn for recovery. Constance creates disasters as she’s never cooked or cleaned before, lending credence to her tale that she had been abducted from a life she wishes to return to. Is there any chance Nathaniel can convince her to carve a new future in America with him?
The next novella is “Trading Secrets” by Amber Stockton. The second Ingersoll brother, Jonathan, has inherited their father’s merchant ship, delivering goods up and down the Connecticut River. Forced ashore in an unfamiliar port due to a sudden storm (complete with flooding), he and his crew make their way to a nearby inn. The innkeepers’ daughter, Clara, takes an instant shine to Jonathan and he to her, but her brother, a former merchanter in his own right, has doubts about Jonathan’s character and believes Jonathan to be among the gang that maimed him. Before Jonathan can pursue Clara as his wife, he must clear his name and prove himself to be an honest, Godfearing man.
Laurie Alice Eakes wrote about the third brother in “Over a Barrel.” Injured in the wars, Micah Ingersoll has returned to Glassenbury and become the town baker. It’s something a guy with a limp can do, after all. What he doesn’t expect is for his flour barrel to make noise one morning–and to have a small child inside it. Sarah Carter has been running for a few weeks, trying to get her daughter to safety from the man who’s taken over her late husband’s plantation, but to Micah, it appears she’s kidnapped the child. How can Sarah prove herself to be honest when no one believes her and she needs to watch her back trail?
A few years go by before the fourth novella, “Impressed by Love,” takes place. Lisa Karon Richardson tells the story of the youngest brother, Alden, who has finally realized his dream of returning to Glassenbury to practice medicine. Sailors burst into his office and require his presence on their ship, part of the Royal Navy. Their captain has been severely injured in an attack and Alden’s skills are needed to save the man’s life. It takes a bit longer for Alden to realize the gig doesn’t end there, that he’s been pressed into service and is not free to leave. Phoebe Carlisle, the captain’s niece, ably helps Alden care for her uncle. When she realizes her impulsive orders have caused Alden’s detention, she is afraid to tell him. But as Alden falls for Phoebe, he finds his desire to escape fading. Will he abandon his medical practice–and the entire Ingersoll family–to stay onboard with the women he loves?
This collection takes place in the late 1700s, a different time period than many historicals and one I wasn’t particularly knowledgeable about (don’t forget I’m Canadian!) I found the stories interesting from that perspective. I also enjoyed cameo appearances by previous novellas’ characters, and watching their families grow and interact within the newer stories. If you enjoy this period of American history, I think you’ll like this collection.