mary's book basket ~ "deeply devoted" by maggie brendan

"Deeply Devoted" by Inspirational author Maggie Brendan takes on the classic historical trope of the mail-order-bride. This one comes with a twist. Actually two twists, her sisters. Heroine, Catherine Olsen is running from a past and she has brought her sisters with her. A bit of a surprise for our hero, Peter. This complication creates some definite tension in the newlyweds household as well as a few moments of levity.

This historical inspirational romance has all the benchmarks of a timeless love story. He is strong, hardworking and gentle. She is loving, faithful and determined to prove he made a good choice in her as a wife. They work together to create home and hearth in the midst of trails both physical and emotional. She faces her past, he is able to stand on his own two feet and God carries them both throughout. The setting is stunning, the historical details are spot on and the emotional journey is present for both of them.

My one bone I have to pick with this book is the heavy use of the secondary characters. It felt like they were getting too much of the story and Catherine and Peter not enough. I wanted to see less of his mother and her sisters and more of our hero and heroine. Their story is so rich and the emotional pay off so fabulous, I just wish I had more. All in all a solid read.

Product Description:
When Catharine Olsen leaves Holland for America as a mail-order bride, she brings along some extra baggage: two sisters, her mother's set of Blue Willow china, and a tragic past. When she arrives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she promptly marries Peter Andersen and dreams of starting life over in this rugged land. Peter is kind and patient with Catharine and accommodating to her sisters. His mother, however, is not. When she begins a campaign to sabotage Peter's marriage, Catharine is distraught, worried that her secret past will be discovered. Will her life end up as nothing but broken pieces? Or will these trials make her stronger?

Readers will love negotiating the clash of cultures and class as a highborn European and a Western wheat farmer learn to love one another and trust God with both the past and the future.