My Sweet Danish Roseby Tina Peterson Scott
When Berta finds herself homeless and alone in her Mormon faith, three men add to the confusion and danger of her life; the
Berta Erichsen is an energetic fifteen-year-old with a mind of her own. Last seen in Farewell, My Denmark (2013), and with visions of happily ever after, she impulsively stays behind when her family joins the 1863 Mormon pilgrimage to America.
When Berta finds herself homeless and alone in her Mormon faith, three men add to the confusion and danger of her life; the prominent man who deceives and defrauds both her and her family, but is the only one who offers her shelter; the childhood sweetheart who romances but hasn't proposed; the handsome stableman that stole her Book of Mormon. Berta must uncover their hidden motives and make decisions to save her faith, her heart, and her future.
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I have read the first book and now this one. I enjoyed the many historical details of old Denmark and really enjoyed the book. I just wished our heroin was a not so naive. I understand that she was young and inexperienced but she really was taken advantage of. I could tell the outcome of many of her situations before she was even close to figuring them out. BUT I still really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one!
I love this sweet story of a 15 year old Danish girl named Berta. She is torn between her love of her family and their new religion and the boy she has a crush on or was it love? Her family has made plans to move to America to settle with the Saints in Utah. After receiving a ring from Jens, how could she leave him behind? She is allowed to choose to stay in Denmark to care for her aging aunt with the secret hopes of sharing her faith with Jens and later they could both join her family in Utah and live happily ever after. Does she ever reach her goal? This book reminded me so much of my own ancestors who went through similar trials. I also loved learning more about Denmark in the mid 1800's and the type of hardships they had to endure when they joined the Mormon church. By reading, My Sweet Danish Rose, by Tina Peterson Scott, I feel I gained some insights to my own family tree.
I love this book and look forward to the author's next one.
Fifteen-year-old Berta is a woman of faith. As a Danish convert to the Mormon Church, she has received a spiritual confirmation that she should travel with her family to gather with the Saints in America. But Berta is also young and impulsive, and when her boyhood sweetheart leads her to believe he wants to marry her, she decides to stay behind in Denmark, hoping to convert him to her faith, marry, and live happily-ever-after. But the road to true love rarely runs smoothly, and thus it is for Berta. When her family agrees to let her stay behind, she goes to stay with an elderly aunt, temporarily losing contact with her beloved Jens. Before she can let him know that she has stayed in Denmark just for him, her aunt falls into dire straits that sends her to the poorhouse, leaving Berta alone to fend for herself in the world. Bereft of family, home, and even the prospect of feeding herself, she is rescued by an elderly gentleman who hires her to work as a maid in his house. But is he really a gentleman and are his intentions honorable towards her? And if not, who is there to come to her rescue? The handsome Jens, for whom she stayed behind? Or Anders, the stalwart stable hand who steals her Book of Mormon and appears to mock her faith? Berta is a very human character with whom the reader can easily sympathize, and for those who can remember being fifteen, quite likely identify with in her decisions and emotions. Author Tina Peterson Scott does a lovely job of revealing the story through Berta’s eyes and experiences. Nor does Ms Scott shy away from questions that sometimes confront persons of faith, such as how the Lord in His mercy can turn even poor decisions into joyful outcomes for those who will humbly turn to him for help. That said, this is not a story that is heavy in LDS doctrine. Berta could represent any young girl of faith from any religion, and the questions referenced are handled with a sufficiently light touch that even those who enjoy more secular stories can easily enjoy “My Sweet Danish Rose.” As a bonus, the reader will also learn a great deal about Danish life and culture in the 19th century, woven into the story in an entirely natural and enjoyable way. This is a thoroughly well-researched book (be sure to peruse the extensive research notes at the end). As with her prior book, “Farewell, My Denmark,” the author’s love for her Danish ancestors shines through the sweet tale of Berta in “My Sweet Danish Rose.”