Todd Valmer should have known better. A farmer who's been through several disasters, he travels to Virginia to fetch his widowed mother to cook and help him around his Texas farm... or that was the plan until she keels over on the train and they get kicked off. Maggie Rose barters for a living and also makes soaps, lotions, and perfumes with a special rose recipe passed down from mother to daughter for generations. She hasn't wanted to marry... until that handsome Texan shows up. Her heart skips a beat, and when he proposes, a hasty marriage follows.
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Maggie is a captivating heroine and Todd is the perfect befuddled love interest. Their romance is toe-curling funny, if you can imagine such a combination.
There are so many great lines – delivered amidst smoldering looks. Hake’s pacing and delivery is superb and this is the kind of feel-good book that will put a smile on your face for a long time after you finish reading.
Lovely cameos of some of my favourite characters from Gooding, Texas are thrown in for an added bonus. This is an all-round rollicking good read and one you won’t want to miss.
I loved this book. Great characters, Maggie Rose is someone you will find quirky and amusing and delightful, Todd is a strong, upright, moral man that is endearing, his mother is annoying, obnoxious, bitter and resentful... mix that all up and you have a fun book. The premise of the book is wonderfully charming and as Maggie Rose has to make up her mind whether to stay the only female in her little village of old men or to go with Todd after his spur of the moment marriage proposal as he passes through town because of his sick mother. Prompting from her uncle leads her to believe that this may be God's will after all, that remains to be seen as she settles into a new town, new home and new surroundings taking care of his sick mother. The journey to the end of this book is fantastic and I encourage you to take it for yourself!
This light-hearted novel comes with instructions for dealing with a difficult in-law.
The plot involves a sharp-tongued, mother-in-law, who suffers a stroke, and her tough cookie daughter-in-law as they struggle to settle into their new home in Texas. Todd, the son/husband works hard to hang on to his heavily mortgaged land, but like most men, doesn't see his world crumbling. Miscommunication and misunderstandings abound as these three learn to adjust--in a one-room house.
Hake is adapt with dialogue; she peppers the novel with metaphors and similes. Reading Maggie's mountain dialect often caused me to chuckle aloud. For example, when discussing her plan for bartering, Maggie says, "Ma, he's going to be slicker 'n snot on a glass doorknob. But he tried cheating us, and... I'm agoina teach him a lesson" (229).
The end is a bit choppy. Transition is lacking between Chapters twenty and twenty-one, but overall, the book is well worth the time spent reading it.
Thank you to Bonnie at CFBA and Bethany House for my copy.
I am a devoted fan to Cathy Marie Hake now! I only read her work in the multi-authored book, Virginia Brides, and loved her work then. But, now that I have read Serendipity and I've seen the blessedly tender characters she created along with the amazing, God filled plot line, I am, forever more, a Cathy Marie Hake fan!
I loved reading Maggie Rose's story. She was a "take me as I am" kinda gal, and walking along side her, her man Todd, and her mother-law-law Helga, was truly a magnificent experience. Traveling from the Ozarks to Texas was wonderful fun! Not only did Cathy Marie Hake create these lovable characters (even with stubborn ol' Ma Helga!), she incorporated God's love and messages through out. Seeing the way Maggie was selfless and always trying to do right by others, thinking of them first before herself, really pulled at my heart! But, her man, Todd.....now THAT is a man that made me peeved a time or two. His marrying Maggie for convenience was one that happened quite often in those days, so that wasn't a surprise. What was a surprise was all the events that happened after the marriage. His following God's will to do right by the marriage.....THAT is tender!
Mixed with just the right about of sweet humor and wholesome messages (not to mention the fun loving trip back into History!), this is an unforgettable sweet 5 star novel, that I recommend to EVERYONE with the highest of praises. I am officially hooked on Cathy's books and will be looking for her past works, along with all her future works, too. Well done, Cathy!
This is typical Cathy and she did not disappoint. I enjoyed this one as much as I have all her others. The way she throws the humor in, is just what you need when things seem too serious in the story. These characters are wonderful too. I think Maggie had to have had the patience of Job with that mother-in-law. She was a pistol. And just when you thought Todd was never going to stand up to her for Maggie's sake , he stands up to her without any disrespect to her. I hope everyone who reads this book enjoys it as I have and I'm waiting on Cathy's next one. And I hope it's soon. Also Cathy if you read these things. Your in my prayers and may God keep you from breaking any more bones. God Bless!!
I am a big fan of Cathy Marie Hake so I jumped at the chance to read one of her books. It has characters from previous novels but you don't lose anything if you have not read the previous books. I always like to catch up on old friends. This book shows the struggle of a married couple trying to become one, of honoring the definition of love without thinking about feelings. Maggie is the kind of person that inspires me, she is strong, loving and kind. Todd is an honorable man and it was great to watch them grow together.