Deeply Devoted (Blue Willow Brides Series #1)

Deeply Devoted (Blue Willow Brides Series #1)

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 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.

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: 49,484
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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 and A Sweet Misfortune. 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 Christian Fiction Writers Association, Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers, and Author's Guild, Maggie lives in Georgia.

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Deeply Devoted 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 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 More than 1 year ago
Fairly well written and rather an enjoyable read.. Juliann
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful clean period romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. The story was thought out and the characters were developed fully. The author was confident in her ability to tell a good story without having to lower herself to write sex and smut into it. Lovely story! esk 09/2016
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just couldnt put it dowm
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
I love reading romance books that incorporates devotion to God's will and characteristics of trust, truth, hope, and faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet Christian read. Well written and the first in a series. 277 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year 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
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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.
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 More than 1 year ago
Nice love story that mixes love and the hardships of the old west. Like the blue willow dishes.
Sneezybee23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Peter Andersen is a simple farmer who longs for a bride of his own. Overlooking the local girls, Peter corresponds with a mail-order bride from Holland. Each letter he receives convinces him more that Catharine Olsen is the right woman for him. When she arrives, he is pleased with her beauty and sweetness. However, she failed to mention that she would be bringing her two younger sisters to live with them. Frustrated and unsure about this turn of events, Peter takes a leap of faith and marries Catharine the day after she arrives in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Settling into life as a married man and older brother-figure is undeniably difficult, but quite satisfying. However, when Peter's mother, Clara, conducts a private investigation, Catharine's secrets are exposed. Will their new relationship survive? Can Peter and Catharine learn to trust God and each other?Deeply Devoted is the start of Maggie Brendan's Blue Willow Brides series. Filled with a tender romance between Peter and Catharine that many readers will enjoy, Deeply Devoted also addresses deeper issues of Catharine's previous failed marriage. This drama adds tension to the plot and keeps the plot from stagnating. Personally, I thought the story moved a little too slow, but other readers may feel differently. The characters of Deeply Devoted were well-developed and Clara's internal conflict was especially intriguing.Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.¿Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. 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 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
MelanieSki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Deeply DevotedMaggie BrendanCatharine Olsen becomes a mail order bride, leaving Holland for the USA, travelling by train to prairie land WY with her 2 young sisters in tow. Catharine became the guardian of Anna 15, and Greta 17 when her parents perished in an accident. Peter anxiously awaits the arrival of Catharine and is surprised when he sees her arrive with her two sisters. She kept that from him for fear he wouldn¿t want her if he knew she had to care for them. Secret number one. Peter¿s mother Clara had high hopes for him to marry Dorothy and is struck clueless when she runs into Peter and Catharine on their way to be married. Clara hires a PI to find some `dirt¿ on this `gold digger¿ that is taking up with her son. Secret number two. The PI finds that Catharine was married prior to coming to the USA, and she had not mentioned that to Peter either. Secret number 3.Secret after secret are kept between the couple, that slowly begins to tear at the trust that they had built up through their correspondence and courtship. They both seem deeply devoted, but are they enough so to reveal all the burdens that they are carrying, and bring them into the light?Rich in Wyoming history the novel felt like I was walking down the streets of WY in the late 1800¿s. Mail order brides was an actual happening in America where there were hard working men, but no women to share their lives with. This is why I love historical fiction so well. Not only do you get a glimpse of history, of a different way of living, a different economy, dress, etc, but you also get a story that helps make that time period more real to the readers mind. I sure hope Maggie Brendan continues the series right where she left off. I can¿t wait to see what happens to the sisters as they grow up on WY, and how deeply devoted Peter and Catharine can become to one another. I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
MichelleSutton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't remember the last time I stayed up into the wee hours of the night to finish a book. I could NOT go to bed last night until I had read the last page and I started in the afternoon. You know it's a fantastic book to hold my attention for over 300 pages, make me skip dinner, and then make me unable to rest until I finished to whole thing. I think it was about 2AM by the time I went to bed. This story was awesome! It started out sweet like any other Christian book but kept intensifying with each chapters. Important elements to the story slowly trickled out over time and made it impossible to put down. I had not read any books by Maggie Brendan before and figured this would be like any other typical Christian prairie romance, but I decided to give it a try anyway. Boy, was I wrong about that! It was anything but typical. I am so glad I joined the blog tour for this book because this is one of the few Christian fiction titles available that deals with mail order bride issues that doesn't make you wait for the entire book while they "get acquainted," if you know what I mean. I was thrilled about that. I always figured in real life it didn't work that way, only in Christian books, LOL! And unlike many novels that deal with secrets, this one had situations that were believable and worked for me. I absolutely loved the characters. All of them. Even the meddling mother/mother-in-law. This novel is not only incredibly romantic with a hero that is swoon-worthy, but it makes you think about communication in marriage and makes you want to be a better spouse. Seriously. I loved Peter. Absolutely adored him. And when he got upset I understood it. Rather than getting ticked off at him I just hurt for him. Same for Catherine. She wasn't a petty wife with dumb issues that are supposed to carry an entire story. She was like a real person to me. I loved her and her sisters. I especially loved the scenes with her and Peter and their coming together as husband and wife. Tastefully done, yet enthralling at the same time. I wish all Christian historicals were this yummy and inspirational. I think more people would switch over from secular fiction if they found more books like these on the inspy shelves. The scriptures all fit perfectly, too, and there was nothing sappy about the faith element. It wasn't heavy-handed, but was clearly present. I can't say enough good things about the book. The writing was stellar, too. I highly recommend it. It's making my best fiction list for this year!
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
DEEPLY DEVOTED by Maggie Brendan is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in 1887 Cheyenne Territory, Wyoming. The first in ¿The Blue Willow Brides¿ series. What an amazing story of diversity,forgiveness,healing,secrets,faith,romance, where a highborn Holland lady and a simple wheat farmer learn love,to let the past go and move forward to their future together. Catharine Olsen leaves her homeland in Holland with her two sisters to become a mail order bride in Wyoming.She leaves behind a tragic past,and sets out for a future with a wheat farmer,her two beloved sisters,her mother¿s set of Blue Willow China,and her faith. Her new husband,Peter Anderson,is unaware of her companions,while a bit perturbed by this unexpected surprise,he is not disappointed to find Catharine to be everything he thought she was¿until his mother has her investigated. This is a fast paced story with vivid characters and is filled with romance,and faith.A must read for any historical,romance readers.While,this is an inspirational story it is not ¿preachy¿ story,but a story of love,forgiveness,and healing. This author has done in again in ¿The Blue Willow Brides¿ series with ¿Deeply Devoted¿as a wonderful start to a sure to be wonderful series.This story will touch your heart as two different culture comes together to find love and peace. Received for review from the pubisher.Details can be found at Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good story line, great characters, are no foul language. I would recommend this to anyone from teenage on up. Kathy weekly
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Mary17 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book. Good read.
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An enjoyable, easy read.
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