The Backcountry Brides Collection – Review + Giveaway

The Backcountry Brides blog tour

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Backcountry Brides Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

~ About the Collection ~

the backcountry brides collectionTitle: The Backcountry Brides Collection
Author: Angela K. Couch, Debra E. Marvin, Shannon McNear, Gabrielle Meyer, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Pegg Thomas, and Denise Weimer
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction collection

Travel into Colonial America where eight women seek love, but they each know a future husband requires the necessary skills to survive in the backcountry.

Living in areas exposed to nature’s ferocity, prone to Indian attack, and cut off from regular supplies, can hearts overcome the dangers to find lasting love?

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~ About the Novellas

Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1754 – Great Wagon Road, into the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia)
As the French-Indian War commences, Magda Sehler wonders if Jacob Owens lost his mind to have abandoned his Philadelphia business and moved to the Shenandoah Valley. Or has he lost his heart?

Heart of Nantahala by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
1757 – (North Carolina)
Joseph Gregory plans to buy a lumber mill, but Mabel Walker becomes a formidable opponent. When she’s forced to make a painful decision, she must choose between survival and love.

Her Redcoat by Pegg Thomas
1763 – Fort Michilimackinac (Michigan) during Pontiac’s Rebellion
Laurette Pettigrew grew up in the northern frontier. Henry Bedlow arrived against his will. Their chance meeting changes everything. Will a deadly clash of cultures keep them from finding happiness?

A Heart So Tender by Debra E. Marvin
1764 – (New York)
As thousands of Native warriors converge on Fort Niagara, jaded British Lieutenant Archibald Walsh and idealistic schoolmistress Susannah Kimball learn the greatest risk lies in guarding their hearts.

A Worthy Groom by Angela K. Couch
1771 – Sapling Grove settlement on the Holston River (Tennessee)
The Cowden temper has been Marcus’s lifelong bane. A trait Lorinda Cowden curses. Now, winning the heart of his bride hinges on fighting a war without raising a fist.

Across Three Autumns by Denise Weimer
1778-1780 – (Georgia)
Fighting Loyalists and Indians, Jenny White settles for strength over love . . .until Scottish scout Caylan McIntosh leads her family on a harrowing exodus out of Georgia’s Revolutionary “Hornet’s Nest.”

The Counterfeit Tory by Shannon McNear
1781 – (South Carolina)
Tasked with infiltrating an infamous Tory gang, Jed Wheeler has no wish to endanger the leader’s cousin, Lizzy Cunningham. He risks not only his life. . .but his heart.

Love’s Undoing by Gabrielle Meyer
1792 – Fur Post on the Upper Mississippi River (Minnesota)
When Englishman Henry Kingsley meets Abi McCrea, the daughter of a Scottish fur trader and Indian mother, will their worlds keep them apart, or have they finally found somewhere they truly belong?

~ Review ~

Soldiers and Indians and forts, oh my! If that sounds like your kind of thing, then you should check out this collection of novellas set in the second half of the 18th Century. With stories covering a span of almost forty years and eight different locations from Minnesota, Michigan, and New York then down the eastern coast to Georgia, there’s a good variety to be found.

As is often the case with these kinds of collections, I found some of the stories to be stronger than others based on the writing style and the way the story developed in the shorter format. I’ll just mention my two favourites here: Her Redcoat by Pegg Thomas and A Worthy Groom, by Angela K. Couch.

Her Redcoat features a French-speaking Métis (mixed-race) woman, Laurette, who is struggling to find her place in a world where tensions are high between the British Redcoats and the native Ojibwe people. There is an Ojibwe man who would like to make her his wife—and he’s the brother of her best friend, no less—but then she meets a convalescing Redcoat who agrees to teach her to read. The relationship developed believably for the space of time it had available, and I loved the tension for Laurette as she struggled to decide which direction her future lay in.

A Worthy Groom features a young woman who has just buried her abusive husband only to find that her equally abusive father-in-law now insists she marry his nephew in order to keep the land in the family. The story is built around Marcus’ struggle to overcome his anger—in relation to one family member in particular—and Lorinda’s struggle to trust her new husband. Again, I thought the tensions were handled well and the relationship developed believably for the time period. One part of the story resolved a little too neatly in my opinion, but overall, this was also an enjoyable read.

I received a copy of this collection from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

~ About the Authors ~

b390c-carrie2bfancett2bpagelsCarrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Connect with Carrie: Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter

jennifer hudson taylorJennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe & the Carolinas. She provides keynotes and presentations on the publishing industry, the craft of writing, building an author platform & digital marketing.

Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn’t writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, horseback riding, cycling, long walks, genealogy and reading.

Connect with Jennifer: Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter

pegg thomasPegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” An avid reader and writer, she enjoys fiction stories threaded through historical events and around historical figures. Civil War and Colonial are her favorite eras.

Pegg is a regular blogger at both and When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, at her spinning wheel, tending her sheep, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper. See more at

Connect with Pegg: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Debra E Marvin photo 2016Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction, and Barbour Publishing…and a judge for the Grace Awards for many years.

Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends

Connect with Debra: Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter

angela couchTo keep from freezing in the Great White North, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and warm) by chasing after three munchkins.

Connect with Angela: Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter

denise weimerDenise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She writes time slip romantic suspense, as well as both contemporary and historical romance.

A wife and swim mom of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, old houses, and to write any story God lays on her heart.

Connect with Denise: Website  // Twitter

shannon mcnearAfter more than two decades in the South, Shannon McNear now makes her home on the windy northern plains with her husband, four of their eight children, two German Shepherds, four cats, several chickens, and a noisy flock of guinea fowl. She serves in worship and youth ministry, and has been writing novel-length fiction since age 15. Her first novella, Defending Truth, from A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® nominee.

When not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the Dakota prairies

Connect with Shannon: Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter

gabeGabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people, places, and events. She loves connecting with readers!

Connect with Gabrielle: Website  //  Facebook  //  Twitter

~ Giveaway ~

backcountry brides blog tour giveaway

(1) Winner will win a prize pack consisting of one print copy of The Backcountry Brides Collection, a pair of handmade earrings from Carrie Fancett Pagels and book swag plus CHOICE of (1) copy of any book by Carrie Fancett Pagels OR a $25 Amazon (or Barnes & Noble) gift card. (US only, however the gift card is also open to international winners except where prohibited by law. Giveaway is subject to policies found here.

To Enter, use the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Be sure to stop at every post on the tour for additional entries!

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During the month of May 2018, the authors of The Backcountry Brides Collection are also hosting a giveaway that includes a print copy of the novel, a Kindle Paperwhite, and lots of Colonial-themed goodies!

To enter click on the image below.

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15 Responses to The Backcountry Brides Collection – Review + Giveaway

  1. debraemarvin says:

    Thanks so much for hosting us, Katie! It’s a pleasure to be in this collection, in an era (and setting) I love!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lori Smanski says:

    what a lovely cover. and a great group of authors. I love this time period.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Carrie says:

    thanks so much for posting, Katie! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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  5. MrsTina Rice says:

    Great review Katie!
    I enjoyed each of the novellas in this awesome collection.
    Blessings, Tina

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Great review! Thanks for sharing your favorites!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Marilyn says:

    This is a terrific giveaway.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. anxious58 says:

    I love reading fiction or facts about the 18 century because it was a learning time for people.


  9. Nikolina84 says:

    I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and reviews!


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