As the title of the book aptly describes the book is a collection of stories written by different authors. Altogether I thought the series to be unremarkable and sadly predictable. They all end up happily married. (Yes, I know that’s supposed to happen especially when the title has the word “brides” in it, but come on, there was never a question about the ending while reading through it. I felt like I had to just endure reading the middle of each story but knowing what was going to happen because each plot was designed to lead the woman to their man. Not worth reading in my opinion. Not just for that.
Now, you’re undoubtedly thinking, wow Katharina, this is so harsh of you. Well yeah, I think the collection needs a bit of harsh reality. If each had been published separately with more detail and backstory, I think it would have benefitted each book so much more. The only thing I liked about the collection is that it went in chronological time. The first setting was in 1832 and the last book had a time period of 1936. Each one was written accurately for the historical aspect as far as I know.
One thing I want to address is a thought attributed to one of the men characters one of the women fell for. In Lesson of Love Luke thinks, “All teachers should be just the right side of ugly in order to stay unmarried or a temptation.” Wow, that stung. Like my eyes actually started to sting from the welling of tears that I just barely held back as I reread the words over and over again. I got so stuck on it. Do all men really think like that? Christian men? Even if they do, I’d rather not see it in black and white in a Christian book. I have had many moments thinking I’m too ugly to ever get married and I didn’t need that opinion echoed in a book I thought had a purpose for lifting up spirits. I has hurt and even though I have more confidence as a single woman currently it can still be hard to be alone. I am learning to cling on to the Lord for my strength and feeling loved. I only wish that the author of the book had emulated the same importance. Cling to God, not to men.
I give the collection 2 out of 5 stars.