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There were times in the novel, especially towards the end, when it seemed to go on a bit long, but I found myself really looking forward to picking this book up and reading it. It is not a perfect novel. It is, however, a very nice change from the bodice rippers I have encountered in past reads. I liked the portrayal of the characters where no one was out and out dastardly, except for, perhaps, one character, but people, even the heroes, behaved like real people. The hero and heroine were not goody goody, but you liked them for it. I thought the love story was sweet, but this book would probably not appeal to people who like steamy romances or overly pristine Christian romances. I think it would appeal to those readers who like a realistic, relatively clean novel about real love. The author's descriptions of dress, food, settings and supporting characters were very nice. I would seriously consider another book by this author.
The premise for this story is intriguing and captured my attention immediately, drawing me in quickly. This book is unique in that it involves German immigrants who have moved to America. I thoroughly enjoyed the historical elements very much, and it is obvious the Ms. Waldron researched this period of history, giving me a fascinating glimpse of what life must have been like in a German immigrant village in the post-Civil War era.
Sophie Neiman comes to Pennsylvania to marry Theodore Wildbach, a man three times her age. He dies on their wedding night without consummating the marriage. Karl Joseph, his youngest son, gives her a job as his housekeeper, when he finds out his father did not provide for her in his will. This is a lie. Karl’s brother, who is married to the judge’s daughter, connives and hides the codicil, which would have provided for Sophie.
At first Sophie and Karl do not get along at all. He thinks she is a prude; she thinks he is uncouth. They are at odds most of the time. However, Sophie’s questioning mind intrigues Karl. As they get to know each other better, they find redeeming qualities in one another and a growing attraction blossoms. When he finds out she only married his father to bring her family to America, he realizes she willingly sacrificed herself for them.
In his father’s will, the only way he can inherit the mill is to marry a German woman and run it for two years before he attempts to sell it and move west. Since Sophie is not like the other German women he knows, Karl decides to win her heart, but does he trust her? She has a secret. Finding it out could be the answer he needs to gain her love or tear it asunder. Will she accept him if she finds out about his father’s will, or will she turn from him, thinking he sees her only as a means to gain his inheritance?
After such a promising start, the sagging middle is a bit tedious to read. This occurs because the hero and heroine have too much conflict. But once they move past that, the pace picks up dramatically and the second half of the book pulled me in again. The author does an excellent job of setting up a scene. At one point in the story, there is a fierce storm; she describes it so well that I felt as if I were experiencing it with them. The emotions Karl feels when he sees Sophie is in danger are intense and very well-written. I sat on the edge of my seat as he raced against time to safe her.
While I enjoyed the ending and was pleased Sophie and Karl had their ‘Happily Ever After’, it was somewhat rushed. Ms. Waldron leaves some plot lines dangling to some degree, especially in regards to his conniving brother and his devious wife. Also the book needs some serious editing. There are quite a few missing words. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the story and I am glad I read it. If you like a story with a unique storyline and a strong romantic element, then this will be a book you will want to read. Happy reading!
Karl, her deceased husband's older son, was so layered and complex. I thought the author really captured the vulnerability that he faced as a soldier. He's personal demons and his outer conflict were sad to see unfold but at the same time it made him that much more a hero. He and Sophie were a great couple.
The historical background, Post-Civil- War Pennsylvania was a great time to focus on. There was still so much instability and doubt surrounding the time in American history. I really enjoyed this beautiful story and the only thing that made me happier than reading it is knowing I have another story to read by this author.
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