Monday, September 26, 2011

Deeply Devoted

Author: Maggie Brendan
Publisher: Revell
September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3462-6
Genre: Historical romance

Catharine Olsen has left Amsterdam, Holland, for Cheyenne, Wyoming as a mail order bride. But she has neglected to tell her husband-to-be some important details. She is bringing her two dependent sisters with her since she is their caregiver, and something else…

Peter Anderson is a bit floored by the fact that his wife is a red-head when he’s expecting a blond, but he still finds her beautiful. But he’s concerned with the two girls she has with her. How will he support an instant family?

But that isn’t the least of his concerns. Peter’s mother, upset by his marriage to a mail-order bride, orders a background check done on his new wife. But what she discovers during the check has the potential to destroy Peter’s and Catharine’s marriage.

DEEPLY DEVOTED is another mail order bride story with a different twist. I like all the ways that authors are finding to write these stories so they aren’t all the same. I also appreciated that Catharine and Peter entered into the marriage by consummating it (uncommon in most inspirational novels). And I appreciate that they had a normal newlywed behavior. I don’t really know how to say what else I need to say… except there didn’t seem much else to the plot, other than Catharine’s untold secret.

The story is very well told. Very well-written. And as I said above, a unique twist to an old western/historical theme. I also loved the author’s notes at the end of the book.

If you enjoy prairie romances, mail order bride stories, or historicals, you will want to read DEEPLY DEVOTED. $14.99. 332 pages.

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