The Bachelor Farmers

The Bachelor Farmers

by Brenda Sorrels


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The Bachelor Farmers is a story about two Norwegian brothers who learn the meaning of love from a most unlikely source.

Hans and Jon, the youngest of four immigrant brothers have just inherited land from their recently deceased father. They set out to develop the land, thus perpetuating the family dream of success in America. When Jon learns that the husband of Mahal, a beautiful half-breed Ojibwa woman has been injured on their property and cannot work, Jon hires her and brings her home.

Under the eye of his disapproving brother, Jon finds himself falling in love, but when a terrible blizzard blows into town without warning, the three of them must deal with the consequences, and Mahal is forced to make a decision that reshapes their lives in profound and unimaginable ways.

The Bachelor Farmers takes us into a world where true meaning and healing are found in the complexity of human relationships and dreams of a better life fuel a family's drive for success.

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ISBN-13: 9781105424427
Publication date: 02/24/2012
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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The Bachelor Farmers 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story hated to see it end. A great summer read. Can't wait for the sequel. thank you Janet Lamont
GINNIEP More than 1 year ago
charlie75 More than 1 year ago
THE BACHELOR FARMERS By Brenda Sorrels The Bachelor Farmers captured my interest right away and held it to the very end, especially since I am also a product of immigration. This story is a rich family saga which takes place in the 1900's, and begins with the death of Old Man Gustafson and the reading of his will. The Old Man had come from a desperately poor family in Norway and like all immigrants of that time, he worked extremely hard and sacrificed a great deal to leave his four sons a healthy inheritance. The flu epidemic of 1918 took both of the Gustafson's parents. Two of the unmarried brothers, Hans and Jon, inherited the original home and part of the land, which they decided to work together. Their life in Gustafson Corridor, in freezing cold Minnesota, was a hard one. Ms. Sorrels adeptly describes the harshness of the winters and working the land, likewise, she brings to life the exquisite beauty of the mountains and the countryside. Her passion for the story shows through the passionless existence of these two men. Their two married brothers were given an equal amount of land and benefits and continued to raise their families. But The Bachelor Farmers settled in to improve the land, expand their holdings, and harvest the rich forests bequeathed to them. Then Mahal happened--and all their lives were changed. Jon, the younger of the two, had unknowingly fallen madly in love with this beautiful young woman who was more Indian than white, and is already married. When she comes to work for them as a cook and housekeeper, Brother Hans is not happy about it. He tries to persuade Jon to make her go back to her sick husband who lived on the reservation. But that was not to be. The story-telling gave me a convincing feel for the changing times, and accurately describes the judgmental attitudes and ingrained prejudices of its citizens. The two young men were ambitious and continued to accumulate even more wealth and land. But when the Big Blizzard hits Gustafson Corridor that winter, just months after Mahal's arrival, everything changed again. This time no one could deal with it. I compliment Ms. Sorrels for bringing us this deeply moving story and for her very competent writing skills. I would love to read more about this extraordinary family, so I sincerely hope there is a second book on the way. Mary Firmin, author of Deadly Pleasures.
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is a fantastic and compelling story of love and loss set in 1919. I really enjoyed it! Jon Gustafson is the youngest son of four brothers. He is a wonderful character. He is kind, thoughtful and hardworking. I liked him very much. Hans Gustafson is the next to youngest son. He too is a wonderful character. He has a very good head on his shoulders. Like his brother, he too is hardworking, but he is more taciturn and reserved. I liked him a lot too. I do not usually read a lot of historical fiction, but the blurb intrigued me so I decided to give the book a try. This is not necessarily a fast paced tale, but it is most definitely a page turner! There are four Gustafson brothers, who are immigrants from Norway and now living in Duluth, but this story only follows the two youngest, Hans and Jon. They are both intriguing characters in their own way. Jon is a sensitive soul, so when he hears of Mahal's story, he impulsively employs her as their cook. Mahal's story is not a happy one, but she has a strength of character that filled me with awe! The story is told from Jon's, Hans's and Mahal's points of view, which allows the reader to get to know the thoughts and feelings of each of them. The author has brought the past to life with her detailed descriptions of people and places, and made me feel like I had traveled back in time. However, it is the last half of the story that really touched me. My heart broke for all the characters, and I ended up in tears. Therefore, be prepared with some tissues! This story is not a love story nor even a romance, but the story of betrayal, love, loss and forgiveness. Brenda Sorrel has written a fantastic historical novel that is extremely touching and deeply moving. I love her writing style that, although not as fast paced as the other books I am used to reading, flowed beautifully. I would definitely read more of this author's work in the future. Although there are scenes of an intimate nature, they are not explicit. I highly recommend this book if you love historical fiction. - Lynn Worton
WHAMReviewscom_AnnCowan More than 1 year ago
“There’s always trouble when it comes to Indians and women. You know that.” “The Bachelor Farmers” written by Brenda Sorrels is a family tale of the immigrant family Gustafson living in rural Minnesota in the early 1900’s. As children, Hans and Jon stayed in Oslo, Norway with relatives for seven years waiting for their parents to make enough money for their voyage across the ocean to rejoin the Gustafson family. Hans became somewhat a surrogate father to Jon during this time and this theme carries over throughout the story.  The Gustafson family thrived in America; upon the passing of Mrs. Gustafson soon followed by the Old Man, the family of four boys are well enough off to divide the property. The two older brothers, Bjorn and Emil, have families – wives and children – are given lands to fit their needs. Hans and Jon are bachelor famers left to share the main farmhouse.  Upon a visit to a camp store to replace his father’s broken ax, Jon meets the half Ojibwa Indian woman, Mahal, working at the shop. Mahal is a natural beauty with eyes the color of sea glass. Due to circumstances and perhaps a jealous wife of the store owner, Mahal is in need of a new job. She is married to a full Ojibwa Indian. Her husband was injured whilst working on the Gustafson farm and rumored to be abusive. What was Jon to do, after all the injury did occur on their land? Didn’t he owe Mahal? He brought home more than an ax that day.  In the turning point of the story a blizzard hits the Gustafson farm.  Mahal must make an unexpected decision. This quick and startling choice will change the lives of everyone involved.  “There’s always trouble when it comes to Indians and women. You know that.” As you can imagine there may also be trouble with two bachelor Norwegian farmers and a beautiful half Ojibwa Indian married woman living beneath one roof. Another theme of the book was “Gossip.” I wish I could tell you that I have only been on the receiving end. That would be a lie. Imagine if your two little brothers were living with a woman that was not merely beautiful but exotic and married. Yes, even today, I would have my reservations, I would protect my family. Unfortunately, the gossip was not just kept in the family. In small communities gossip seems to equal wild fire.   Attention all romantics, “The Bachelor Farmers,” is a book for you. I would recommend this to those that love to love. There is plenty of room for interpretation and day dreaming. I have definitely added one of the brothers to my list of fictional flames.   This is my fan letter to Mrs. Sorrels Dearest Brenda Sorrels, I would love to read a prequel of this story. I believe that there are many stories still untold hidden within the Gustafson family.  Sincerely,  Ann
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Hans and Jon after many years of being separated from their parents and other two siblings finally make the journey to America to join their Norwegian family on the farm.  The farm has been a great success and their father has continued to buy up more land which will provide well for the four brothers and their families now and in the future.    Both of their parents fall ill and die leaving their sons with their own land and homes.  The father has provided above and beyond for his sons.  The now grown men, Hans and Jon are still single but the other two brothers are married with children.   Hans and Jon are definitely living the bachelor's life.  They do their own housekeeping and cooking on top of all the chores on the farm and the paper work for the farm.  When Jon is at their logging camp he notices, Mahal, a young beautiful green eyed Indian woman.  She works as a cook at the camp.  But she has just been told her help is no longer needed.  She needs the job because she is supporting her husband ever since he way seriously injured in a logging accident on Jon and Hans property.   Jon was told by his friend that her husband is abusive towards her leaving visual marks.  Jon feels responsible for her since it was on his property that her husband was injured.   Jon and Hans had been thinking of hiring a cook so he offers Mahal to come live on the farm and cook for the two brothers.  Jon knows it is not appropriate for a married woman to live with two single men but he is so enamored  he ignores propriety and hire her anyway.  Mahal can tell that Jon is attracted to her but she needs the job and will just have to stay to herself and pretend to not notice.   Hans is not happy with the new cook and let's it known.  Will this be too much for the two bachelors having a beautiful young woman living in the same house with them?   Can Mahal keep them at bay? The author has written a historical fiction about immigrants farmers that succeed in American.  Love is abound and not easy to ignore.   The story was slow going in the first half of the book.  There is one chapter in the book that does have sexual content but it was not offensive to my sensitivity.   I found Jon's love for Mahal sweet but beings she was married he knew he should not be acting on his feelings.    I recommend this book. Disclosure:  I received a free copy from the author/Lightning Book Promotions for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Brenda pens "The Bachelor Farmers" in a plot that contains realistic and vivid writing, with characters that were very well developed and believable. A wonderful and beautiful story of two immigrant brothers making their way during the hard times of the early 1900's. Highly recommended for all readers. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
Some time ago I was approached by author Brenda Sorrels who wanted me to review her novel The Bachelor Farmers and I readily agreed. I couldn't help it, I was completely taken in by the summary of the novel and knew it would be the perfect book for me and you know what? It really was perfect for me. I loved this book. I really did. It was so different from my usual type of historical fiction/historical romance novel that I would typically read and I thought that was great. I love discovering new authors and Brenda Sorrels truly has a new fan in me. There was a lot of story packed into this 176 page novel. It was part family saga, historical fiction mixed with historical romance written with a distinct new voice in the writing world. I found the Bachelor Farmers to be an incredibly moving, dramatic read perfect for reading in the fall and winter to allow you to curl up and drift away to 1919 Minnesota. The book focuses on two brothers Hans and Jon the youngest son's in their family and it takes place not very long after their parent's deaths. Since it is just the two of them on their family homestead now with there parents gone and their older brothers are off on their own with their families. One day Jon happens upon a young half native girl named Mahal who is working to support her injured older husband and brings her home to be Hans and his housekeeper at home. Slowly, feelings for Mahal grow on both brothers sides for the young girl until one night changes everything for everyone involved. I loved how this novel gives a bit of insight into rural Minnesota during the early part of the 1919s. The descriptive writing style the author employed is what really had me interested. The writing flowed wonderfully and the characters were incredibly well developed and her ability to evoke emotions was great. I'm really glad I gave this novel a chance and I really hope Brenda Sorrels continues her writing career. I hope to see more books from her in the future. I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction with a romantic and dramatic twist. *I received a complementary copy of this book in exchange for my FREE and HONEST review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for Lightening Book Promotions for a fair and honest review. This book is about two brothers that had no interest in women or love. They were content to spend their lives together running the family farm. That was until Mahal walked into their lives. Love and jealousy can ruin a man. Especially when the love is not returned. I enjoyed this story a lot. I just wish the end was different. I would of liked to learn more about the relationship Jon ended up having with Nathaniel.
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