Secrets, secrets, they will be the downfall of this union. A mail order bride is not the normal way to find a wife in the Cheyenne Territory, in the late 1800's. But that is exactly what Peter Anderson did, he placed an ad for a mail order bride, and his ad was answered by Catharine Olsen from Amsterdam Holland. But she has kept several secrets from him, the first to be revealed was that she was a "package" deal bringing her two younger sisters to America with her. However it would the other secrets that would tear them apart.
However Peter had his own secrets, first beginning with the fact that he had not told his mother he was marrying a mail order bride, even though he knew she was set on him marrying Dorothy a young lady that attends their church. His alienation of his mother from his plans was what set in motion the revelation of the secrets that Catharine was keeping from him.
I enjoyed this story very much, so parts of it were just so sad, when the deep secret is revealed, I just cried and cried. I did enjoy very reading along and discovering the love blossom between Peter and Catharine. All in all I have to say this is a beautiful story! 326 pages, US $14.99 4 stars.
Available September 2011 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Acclaimed romance writer Maggie Brendan’s latest offering from the “Blue Willow Bride” series, Deeply Devoted (ISBN: 978-0-8007-3462-6, $14.99, 336 pages, September), introduces readers to Catharine Olsen, a mail-order bride arriving in America from Holland. She carries not only the anticipation of her marriage to Peter Andersen but also the residual pain of a tragic past, her mother’s Blue Willow china, and has her two younger sisters in tow. The fact is, in Wyoming, the single men outnumber the women five to one, so Catharine’s surpassing beauty and willing spirit are priceless gifts for Peter.
In spite of initial culture shock and necessary adjustments, Catharine finds a love with Peter that enraptures both her heart and mind. She is greatly troubled by Peter’s mother’s endeavors to sabotage their precious marriage. Catharine becomes terrified that her haunting past will be discovered, as the story unfolds with tremendous detail and extraordinary characterization.
Brendan’s previous work has received high rankings and praise in the Romantic Times, and she has also received the Atlanta Persistence Award from the American Christian Writers. Author Julie Lessman commented, “Maggie Brendan’s gentle style of prairie romance is reminiscent of Janette Oke, capturing the heart of both the Old West and the reader with romance that will make you sigh.”
Deeply Devoted is sure to captivate readers with its page-turning thrills and the hope of a deeply redemptive story.
is the author of No Place for a Lady, The Jewel of His Heart, and A Love of Her Own. A member of American Christian Writers and the American Fiction Writers Association, Maggie lives in Georgia.
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