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Recommended Read: Sagebrush Knights

Are you a fan of mail-order bride stories?

Sagebrush Knights, a novella collection by Erica Vetsch, contains four.

About the Stories

Journey along with the four Gerhard sisters as they head to Wyoming Territory in search of husbands and discover that happy endings are not ready-made.

Evelyn arrives in Wyoming with a secret and a grudge, only to find her prospective groom holds a secret, too. Jane vies for the attention of her workaholic husband who is bent on saving his ranch even if it means losing love. Gwendolyn’s would-be husband dies, leaving her to the will of another man. And Emmeline’s knight-in-shining-armor herds sheep instead of cattle.

Will love prevail, or will their journeys have not so happy endings?


My Thoughts

Mail-order bride stories are my all-time favorites, so when I learned that Sagebrush Knights includes four of them, I pre-ordered the book right then. I knew from having read Erica’s full-length novels that she’s a talented storyteller, so I was certain I’d enjoy her novella collection. And I was right.

The four sisters who head to Wyoming have different personalities, but they all four possess determination and the desire to make their marriages work. Each sister is thrust into an entirely different situation, with the four stories taking place concurrently. Although Erica has a limited number of pages in which to tell each story, she does a great job creating well-rounded characters and engaging plots with all the appeal of a full-length story.

The conclusion brings all the stories full-circle, leaving the reader heaving a satisfied sigh. Those who are enjoy mail-order bride stories and like the shorter length of a novella will enjoy those in Sagebrush Knights. I certainly did.


Questions for You

What do you think of mail-order bride stories?

Are you a fan of novellas? Why, or why not?


Win a Copy of Sagebrush Knights!

To enter the drawing, leave a comment by Monday, December 17, answering one of the questions above. Be sure to leave your email address when prompted so I can contact you if you win.

I’ll post the winner’s name here and in a comment.

Congratulations to the winner, Patti Jo!

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Keli Gwyn


  • amyc says:

    I do love mail order bride stories. I really can’t explain why but I do love them.
    I am a new fan of the novellas. I have read several the last month or so.
    I can’t wait to read Erica’s novella. I’m a new fan of hers, as well.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Amy, it sounds like Erica’s novella collection would certainly be enjoyable reading for you. I’m glad you discovered her. She writes fun stories, doesn’t she?

  • Keli, I always loved mail-order bride stories. As a kid I thought it was a great adventure and a cheap way to get away from Brooklyn. Still love the premise. The novella? I’m a big fan of the novella.Some of the greatest classics of all time were “technically” novellas and it is only recently we are so consumed with word count having a significance to the story. I should say … publishers are consumed. Readers love a good story … short or long … if the story grabs me … I don’t care 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Florence, I can’t imagine you wanting to escape from Brooklyn, since you love the City so much. 🙂 However, when you did want a little adventure, I agree that a mail-order bride story was a great way to get it.

  • karenk says:

    keli, like you…i love mail order bride stories…and novellas, too. thanks for the chance to read this one. merry christmas 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Karen, I wonder what the appeal of mail-order bride stories is that makes them attractive reads for so many of us. What do you like about them?

  • Rosalind says:

    I like Mail-order bride stories and probably would be one if I had the chance but I do not care for novellas and only read them when there is nothing else available. reason…they just end to soon. I am a fan of lengthy novels!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Rosalind, I used to wonder what it would’ve been like to be a mail-order bride. I’m not sure I would’ve had the courage to marry a total stranger, but I admire the strong women who did–and still do on occasion.

  • Nancy says:

    I really like novellas. They are easy reading and fun. Some I cannot put down! I have become a fan of historical fiction because of Erica’s books! That’s how I heard about you and your books.

    Thanks for writing. Keep it up! My life has been enriched!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Nancy, I’m glad Erica’s stories introduced you to historical fiction and that you’re enjoying it. I’ve long been a fan. It can be such fun to travel back in time and experience the slower pace of life back then, can’t it?

  • Keli, thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the stories. They are dear to my heart. 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Erica, I’d been looking forward to reading Sagebrush Knights ever since I heard all four novellas are mail-order bride stories. I knew I’d enjoy them, and I was right 🙂

  • Kristine Klein says:

    I don’t think I have ever read a mail order bride story. I am looking forward to reading Sagebrush Knights, though, because I love Erica’s books! I was introduced to her books earlier this year and have had the pleasure of meeting Erica at my book club when we read her last couple of books.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kristine, first off, I love your name. It’s my middle name and is spelled the same way.

      You’re in for a treat when you read Sagebrush Knights. The four novellas are all fun stories, each one being quite different from the others. You’ll get a good taste of mail-order brides stories, thanks to Erica’s story-telling abilities.

  • Thanks for letting us know about this book, Keli! 🙂 Erica is an amazing author (and a very sweet lady, I might add) so I will definitely plan on purchasing this book (besides the fact I LOVE Novella collections and mail-order bride stories–what’s not to love?!) 😉 Hugs to you and Erica ~ 🙂

  • Melissa Tagg says:

    I love mail order bride stories! And yes, I like novellas, too…except when I love the story so much that I wish it was longer. Haha! 🙂

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Melissa, I was impressed with how well Erica used the limited length of a novella to tell well-rounded stories. What was fun was how they all tied together.

  • Any story with mail-order bride or orphan train has me!! I love them. Trusting the Lord. I have read novellas that have stuck with me for a long time because… I would like to know what happens in their future and could be a prequel!
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Kathleen, I read a story by Janet Dean that was about an orphan train called Courting Miss Adelaide. It’s from Love Inspired Historicals. I enjoyed it and think you might, too. Amazon has used copies for sale.

  • Keli Gwyn says:

    Yikes! I went offline for the holidays and forgot I was supposed to choose a winner for this drawing. I just did, and Patti Jo was the name came up with.

    Congratulations, Patti Jo! I’ll get Erica’s latest book on its way to you.