A Blue Willow tea set, a tragic past, a worn letter, and devotion to her two younger sisters, is all that mail order bride Catharine Olsen brings from Amsterdam to Cheyenne, WY to meet her future husband. Peter is a gentle, but hard-working wheat farmer, who doesn't realize the extent his meddling mother will go to in order to discredit his bride after he decides not to marry the lady she chose for him. Will Catharine's secret past threaten the idyllic life she has created with her new husband?
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Mail-order bride Catharine Olsen surprises her new husband, Peter Andersen, when she brings her orphaned teen sisters with her from Holland. What a change this brings about as the well-to-do Olsens face the hard work of life on a prairie farm in Wyoming territory. Catharine must learn to cook and run a home as well as to love and trust a man she’d never met in person. Both Peter and Catharine struggle with being totally honest, allowing hurts to displace love at times.
This book actually contains three romance threads: Besides the newlyweds, Catharine’s oldest sister, Greta, falls for a soldier she meets at the depot when they arrive, and Peter’s widowed mother is taken in by a private investigator she hires to check on Catharine’s past. These developments add greater conflict to the tender story.
The strong characters and realistic unfolding of the tale make for an enjoyable read, and we can learn lessons about honesty and open communication. One thing that bothers me is the acceptance of divorce and remarriage, which I do not believe is biblical among Christians.