Deeply Devoted (Blue Willow Brides Series #1)

Deeply Devoted (Blue Willow Brides Series #1)

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by Maggie Brendan
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.

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Library Journal
Instead of choosing the young lady his mother has picked for him, Peter Andersen sends to Amsterdam for a mail-order bride in this new series by Brendan ("Heart of the West" series). Catharine Olsen arrives in Cheyenne, WY, with her mother's china and her two sisters in tow. Peter is patient not only with Catharine but with her sisters. However, as the two begin their life together on the wheat farm, Peter's mother will go to any length to see her son's marriage destroyed. VERDICT This novel should appeal to fans of Lori Wick who enjoy a gentle romance with a Western twist as well as those who like reading about cultural clashes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441234025
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2011
Series:
Blue Willow Brides , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
1,084
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Maggie Brendan is the bestselling author of several books, including the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series. Winner of the 2013 Laurel Wreath Award, she was a 2013 finalist for the Published Maggie Award of Excellence, a 2013 finalist for the Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award, a 2012 finalist for Inspirational Reader's Choice award, and a recipient of the 2004 ACW Persistence Award in Atlanta. She is a member of the Author's Guild; Romance Writers of America; Faith, Hope, and Love; and Georgia Romance Writers. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, researching for her novels, and spending time with her family. You can follow her at her website www.MaggieBrendan.com, her blog www.SouthernBelleWriter.blogspot.com, and on Facebook and Twitter @MaggieBrendan.
Maggie Brendan is the CBA bestselling author of the Heart of the West series and The Blue Willow Brides series, as well as The Trouble with Patience. Her books have received the Book Buyers Best Award from the Orange County Chapter of Romance Writers of America and the Laurel Wreath Award. A member of the American Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, and Author's Guild, Maggie lives in Georgia.

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Deeply Devoted 4.5 out of 5 based on 8 ratings. 51 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am always looking for a clean and true romance. This was a great book. I will read it again.
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts Well, I love books about mail order brides, and this one was awesome, one of the best I've read! I was so touched by Peter's acceptance of Catharine's sisters and his attitude toward Catharine. And well, Peter was just a romantic sweetheart swooning his new wife and trying to please her in every way. And I am so glad he didn't let his mom ruin his life. Along with the characters of Peter and Catharine, I enjoyed the sisters as well as the other characters in this story. The author truly has a way of creating characters that capture your attention early in the story. In Deeply Devoted, Maggie Brendan creates a wonderful romantic story of love, devotion and forgiveness, creating unique and remarkable characters that are so real and believable. And what a wonderful Wyoming town to live in with its kind and friendly people willing to help out when their neighbors are in need. And the author describes the area with its dryness, wind and hardly no rain, especially for a wheat farmer in such detail the reader is drawn into the setting as much as the story. I wanted to take a trip to Wyoming while I was reading this book! If you like historical fiction this is a must read for you. Grab a copy of this book with a cup of your favorite coffee or tea and enjoy the journey of the wheat farmer and the mail order bride. You will not be disappointed! Now just waiting on the second book! "Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group." I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 55
luluLM More than 1 year ago
About the Book: (Back Cover) 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. My Thoughts: I have read a few books about mail order brides and this book while entertaining, was fairly predictable. I like the strength portrayed in Catharine and her sisters, as well as Peter, they all handled their situation quite well, at least until Catharine's big secret was revealed! The secret of Catharine's past surprised me, it was a surprise to me, and helped keep the book from becoming overly predictable! The 'villain' in the book was quite entertaining as well! If you like a sweet, romance you'll enjoy this book, a great cuddle up with a blanket on a cool night kind of read! *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Wonderful clean period romance.
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
Maggie Brendan explores the theme of communication and trust in marriage in her latest book, Deeply Devoted. Deeply Devoted is the first book in the new Blue Willow Brides series and focuses on the relationship between a wheat farmer and his mail-order-bride from Holland. Brendan is able to take the common Western idea of the mail-order-bride and give it an Inspirational fiction spin. With engaging characters and a very sweet and romantic plot this novel will appeal to Christian and Inspirational fiction fans as well as main stream romance fans. Deeply Devoted is a novel that has a lot to offer to readers from many different reading backgrounds. The main characters in the book, Catharine and Peter face a multitude of obstacles in their relationship and subsequent marriage. The cultural differences between them brings an interesting feel to the book, as well as dealing with secrets and issues from their pasts, and of course a meddling mother-in-law. Brendan is able to combine all of these ideas into a very engaging romance with an underlying Christian basis, that readers will love. This isn't your typical Christian fiction prairie romance. I tend to have some trouble with the repetitiveness that Christian fiction titles with a western theme typically have. It's the same story over and over again. I found Deeply Devoted to be quite different from the norm. Brendan is able to bring a fresh and unique approach to this book that is evident from the first chapter. I generally enjoy inspirational fiction that can transcend the reading barriers and I really felt that this is one of them. I can definitely see general romance fans enjoying this book just as must as Christian fiction fans. The faith issues are written with a light hand and are not overly dramatic or preachy. Brendan also does not leave the reader feeling let down by leaving all of romance behind closed doors. One of my favorite parts of the book dealt with how Catherine and Peter being so very different from each other in background were able to let each other grow and become the spouse they each needed. There love for each other jumps off the page and the reader will be cheering them on, even in the face of the obstacles they have to tackle. Clara, the mother-in-law, was in my opinion an essential character in this book. She provided much of the needed conflict to give this novel what it took to hold the interest of the reader, along with the secrets of Catharine's past. Brendan uses supporting characters like Catharine's sisters and Clara to bring the main characters closer together and allow them to see that communication is one of the most important issues in any marriage. I recommend this book to main stream romance fans who like their books clean, but still passionate. I also recommend it to Christian and Inspiration fiction readers and those who enjoy books where the clash of cultures is an important element. I thought Brendan provided a book with thought out characters, issues that most people today have faced in their own lives, and clear cut spiritual values. This is the kind of book I would like to see more of in this genre. I have always thought Christian fiction should reach out and draw other readers in and this book does that. It's very approachable and a wonderful read!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Fairly well written and rather an enjoyable read.. Juliann
Anonymous 11 months ago
Enjoyed
wfnren More than 1 year ago
A wonderful mail-order bride story Catharine Olsen, from Holland, was willing to be a mail-order bride to start her life over. Peter Andersen, in Wyoming, wanted a mail-order bride because he couldn't find a woman to suit him, even with his mother's unwanted help. Both parties left parts of their lives out of the letters that they exchanged over several months. Peter sent the money for her voyage, but didn't tell her that his mother, Clara, desperately wanted him to marry Dorothy Miller so he didn't let his mother know that he was even writing to Catharine, yet alone planning on bringing her to America so they could marry. Catharine used the money she had left from her parents shipping business, after they died and left her guardian over her two sisters, to pay for the voyage for Greta and Anna. Peter didn't know anything about her sisters or the fact that she'd been married before and lost a child in her past life. Peter picks Catharine and the girls up at the hotel and takes them to lunch to discuss things, still not realizing the sisters will live with them, then the problems begin because as they are leaving his mother is arriving, sees him with the 'ladies' and demands to know what's going on. Peter invites his mother to the wedding and she shows up with his grandmothers wedding ring that 'he was going to give to Dorothy' and tries to stop the wedding that way. Catharine doesn't let her get away with it and agrees to marry Peter. Since Clara's ploy with the ring didn't work, she hires a private investigator to check Catharine out. She thinks Catharine is out to get Peter's money and will prove it, she thinks anyway. The investigator discovers that Catharine was married before but can't find a divorce decree, so he says! Clara wastes no time in letting Peter know this piece of information. Can Peter trust Catharine, why didn't she say anything to him about her previous marriage, she didn't tell him about her sisters coming, what else might she be hiding. Can Catharine believe that Peter loves her, he didn't tell her that he dated Dorothy, he didn't tell his mother that she was coming and he was going to get married, what else might he be hiding? Will this marriage survive? An enjoyable book to read and yet again, another book that shows you should be honest in all things and trust God to lead you in your life. Maggie did a fine job of keeping me interested, so yes, I'm anxiously waiting for the second book in The Blue Willow Brides series, Twice Promised, to come out in September for the Kindle and in October in paperback. I won this book at southernbellewriter(dot)blogspot(dot)com, I was not required to read the book or post a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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DNunley 4 months ago
Easy read and very well written story with a good story line. I enjoyed this very much.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Just couldnt put it dowm
Anonymous 4 months ago
Christian romance and be sure to read the author's comments at the end if you have even a small interest in American history. It makes the book even more interesting.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love reading romance books that incorporates devotion to God's will and characteristics of trust, truth, hope, and faith.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Sweet Christian read. Well written and the first in a series. 277 pages
Anonymous 6 months ago
I have always enjoyed historical inspirational stories. I can't even imagine marrying someone I met through a letter. I enjoy reading about mail order brides. This is a clean story with no porn and no foul language. I will continue reading t
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was an enjoyable read, I didn't put it down until I got to the last page!! Plus it had good editing.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
I love books that take place in the old west. It was such a hard and romantic place. This book brought Cheyenne, Wyoming alive. Thank you. It reminded me of Sundance, Wyoming. My home. Even though I no longer live there. I look forward to reading more of your books.
Anonymous 10 months ago
A clean book - no foul language and no porn scenes.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I loved how they became a family and showed love and understanding for each other. Mail order bride seems to keep my intrest? What a scarey thing to do go somewhere you dont know anyone and try to make your life with someone you have written to by mail. It takes someone with a will to live a different life than they are use to. Especially to take your sisters with you which you have promised to take care of them and love them when you all are starting your life again with someone new! Will look forward to reading more of your books. Keep up the good work. Thank-you
Anonymous 10 months ago
Enjoy the books by this author, and the history she wraps up in each one of her stories.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Peter has such a good heart. When Catharine came to be his mailorder bride he did not know that she would have her two sisters with her. Catharine was so afraid he would not want her, that she was scared to tell him. But Peter became a big brother to them. A great story with faith and love.