Despite her husband’s faults, the last thing that young wife Annalisa expected to face was his untimely death. Annalisa’s father, in an effort to help his now-widowed daughter keep her farm, writes to his brother in the old country asking that he find a husband for Annalisa. Meanwhile, in Germany, fate steps in and exchanges the hangman’s noose reserved for the wrongly convicted aristocrat Carl von Reichert for an escape route to the same small Germanic Michigan settlement that Annalisa calls home. As their lives and hearts begin to intertwine, it is only by discovering their own genuine identities that Annalisa and Carl can find their true homes. Swiftly becoming a well-known contender in the world of Christian historical fiction, Hedlund skillfully taps into her own German heritage to develop this tale of Old World romance and masked identity set against the backdrop of a nineteenth-century German American community. --Elizabeth Ponder
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2014 Carol Award Winner for Historical Romance
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.