"An engrossing tale of intrigue, deceit and racial unrest in the Upper Midwest in the 1950s.”
—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
A Fireproof Home for the Bride
A Fireproof Home for the Bride is a classic coming-of-age story featuring 18-year-old Emmy Nelson, who becomes swept up in a family secret when she attempts to step outside her parents’ rules in order to follow her heart.
Set in 1950s Minnesota and North Dakota, Fireproof captures a time when women’s roles were being rapidly redefined, and when a country that had been united in the wake of World War II was starting to fray along the weaker seams of prejudice and jingoistic sentiment.
"An engrossing tale of intrigue, deceit and racial unrest in the Upper Midwest in the 1950s, A Fireproof Home for the Bride is a fresh take on a pivotal moment in American History.” —Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train
"Its nuanced, utterly real characters and tantalizing revelation of secrets will keep readers turning the pages." —Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker
'"Emmaline Nelson is a wonderful heroine: a fierce, smart, independent woman you'll be cheering for long after the novel is over." Haven Kimmel, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of A Girl Named Zippy and The Solace of Leaving Early
"A Fireproof Home for the Bride fascinates with its postwar period detail, and bravely travels to corners of the heartland where everyone has secrets, and wholesomeness is not as it appears." — Kate Manning, author of My Notorious Life
"Scheibe's fantastic sophomore effort explores the coming of age of a young Minnesota woman in the late 1950s….The multilayered plot feels organic: the strands are knitted into a tight story of substance that touches on the politics of race, class, and gender…. Overall, the book is spectacular." —Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review
“The future for Emmaline Nelson is preordained: life on her family’s farm in Minnesota with a man her parents have chosen. But when she uncovers the true character of her fiancé—and a shameful family secret—she decides that only she has the power to determine her fate.”—All You Magazine #1 Way to Treat Yourself
“This is a profound novel that quietly tells a beautiful coming-of-age story in the less-than-idyllic 1950s upper Midwest. The characters have a realness to them that is in some ways raw, but also utterly fascinating. They continue revealing the kinds of secrets that keep the reader thoroughly engrossed in the novel.”—RT Book Reviews
“Fans of Katherine Stockett will identify strongly with the agonizing choices Emmy must make as ugly family secrets concerning racial hatred emerge. The author artfully folds fashion, cars, and music references into the story, and readers will delight in the surprise twist on the 1950s-style love affair that at first appears to be the perfect solution to the heroine’s woes. The action picks up again as Emmy hurtles through wintry obstacles toward an ending that is as neat as a well-darned sock.”—Library Journal
“Your Spring Break Read. This is the book that’ll remind you to do what feels right to you. The heroine of Amy Scheibe’s A Fireproof Home for the Bride, set in 1958 Minnesota, senses there’s more out there for her than a prescribed marriage. Even though her increasingly bold steps away from her old life take her only as far as Fargo, you’ll cheer for how far she’s really gone.”—Redbook