Back Cover: Michigan, 1880
Annalisa Werner's hope for a fairy tale love is over. Her husband failed her in every way and now his death has left her with few options to save the family farm. She needs a plentiful harvest. That, and a husband to help bring it in. Someone strong, dependable. That’ll be enough. A marriage for love...that's something she's given up on.
So her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.
Then a man appears: Carl Richards, from their home country of Germany and a former schoolteacher--or so he says. He's looking for work and will serve on the farm until her husband arrives.
With time running out, she accepts his help, but there's more to this man than he's admitting. He's also gentle, kind, charming--unlike any man she's ever known. But even as Carl is shining light into the darkness of her heart, she knows her true groom may arrive any day.
My Review: This is Jody Hedlund's best book yet. I absolutely loved this novel. Hedlund puts her characters in difficult situation after difficult situation. Her characters are varied and deep, and the change that they experience over the course of the story is believable. Hedlund isn't afraid to make her character's lives miserable, and for that I am truly thankful. Without the difficulties that Carl and Annalisa face, they wouldn't have had such and amazing story. I also enjoyed the historical setting of this novel. Having grown up in the thumb area of Michigan, I was drawn to the setting and began wondering about my own ancestors and their struggles to tame the land. Great writing, Jody! I couldn't put the book down.
My Recommendation: I highly recommend this book to readers of historical romance.
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