Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Book Review - "Deeply Devoted"
I have read and enjoyed Maggie Brendan's Heart of the West series, so when I heard about her new series, The Blue Willow Brides I was excited! "Deeply Devoted," book 1 in Brendan's Blue Willow Brides series is an excellent historical romance novel!
Catharine, a woman of society in Holland, responded to a mail order bride ad placed by Peter, a wheat farmer in Wyoming and they corresponded by letter back and forth over a few months before Catharine arrives in Wyoming to meet her groom. However, Catharine left out a few details in the letters. Peter is shocked when Catharine's two younger sisters have arrived as well and plan to live with the newlyweds. Throw in siblings, a disgruntled mother-in-law and a lady who seems to have had her heart set on Peter and you have a rocky start to a marriage! Catharine is still hiding something that she cannot bring herself to tell Peter, but yet it is keeping her from being completely comfortable with him and gives her nightmares. Just as she feels ready to tell him, someone else has done some digging into her past and makes matters worse.
I really enjoyed this story and the characters! Peter and Catharine are blessed to have such good friends, the Cristini's, in their lives. The role and significance of the blue willow set is a great addition and shows love and the beauty of forgiveness. This book was a quick read as I did not want to put it down once I started. I wanted to know the hidden secrets just as much as the characters who were seeking the truth as well! I am looking forward to the next book in this series!
“Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”