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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Deeply Devoted

She is staking her future on a man she's never met.
Can she learn to love him?


From the Publisher...
When Catharine Olsen leaves Holland for Wyoming as a mail-order bride, she brings some extra baggage with her: two sisters, her mother's set of Blue Willow china, and a tragic past. As she steps off the train, Peter Andersen is glad to see that she is everything her letters showed her to be. But he is a bit perturbed by her unexpected companions. How will he support them all? And what other secrets might Catharine be keeping from him?
Filled with sweet romance and vivid characters, Deeply Devoted highlights a clash of cultures as a highborn European and a simple wheat farmer learn to love one another and trust God with the past--and the future.


Cafe Lily's Review...
Deeply Devoted is the first book I’ve read by Maggie Brendan.  Not only did she appeal to my thirst for historical fiction, she also won me over with this sweet love story! 

Catharine Olsen is a mail-order bride from Holland who finds herself with a series of challenges as soon as she arrives in Wyoming.  Her handsome groom Peter Andersen, comes with a meddling mother who seems determined to make Catharine’s life miserable after Peter rejects his mother’s pick for his future wife.  

Catharine travels with a few secrets of her own; two of them being her younger sisters who accompany her to America, taking her soon to be husband by surprise.  The newlyweds find themselves off to a rocky start as they try to overcome the unexpected twists and turns that each of them bring into the marriage, along with getting to know each other.  But the biggest secret of all could tear them apart before they manage to secure the foundation of their marriage.

I really enjoyed the characters in this story, especially the Cristinis’ (good friends of Peter) and the Italian culture they bring to the town of Cheyenne.  This is a perfect example of the blending of customs and cultures, which helped make America so rich in variety.  Maggie also explores the subject of mail-order brides and the challenges they might have faced, coming into a situation where everything was completely unknown.  This is a splendid story of trust, honor and commitment in the face of adversity - I highly recommend it!

Deeply Devoted is the first book in The Blue Willow Brides series.



 


 


Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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