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.
REVIEW: Catharine goes through a lot of changes in this story. After she loses her parents when their ship goes down at sea, she is left to raise her two sisters and deal with the loss of the family shipping business. Once living in elegance in Amsterdam, she moves to Wyoming to marry a wheat farmer she's only met through letters. Catharine was raised with servants and now has to learn how to cook, clean, garden and help her husband with the chores around the farm. Instead of complaining about her losses and all the upheaval of her life, Catharine digs in and does her best to adapt to her new surrounding. One thing I didn't like in the book (and it is just a personal preference) is when problems arose between Peter and Catharine, they didn't discuss them with each other, which caused even bigger problems. They both wanted to wait until "the timing was better." Other than this, I thought this was a great book.
Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
Maggie Brendan is the author of No Place for a Lady, The Jewel of His Heart, and A Love of Her Own. A member of the American Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, and Georgia Romance Writers, Maggie lives in Georgia. Visit her at www.MaggieBrendan.com.