Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Blog Tour: Deeply Devoted (Review)

Catherine has a secret. The baggage she carries as she and her sisters travel "across the pond" to America is as heavy as the luggage she actually brings.

Through a variety of twists and turns, Maggie Brendan brings to life the story of a prairie mail order bride.

Without pulling any punches, she describes a life - a choice that many women made duirng this time period - to marry a man only known to them by mailed letters.

Through several trials, and a lot of effort, Catherine and Peter not only learn how to live together - as a married couple - but also function as a married unit.

They also learn how to deal with the past, so they can move into a new future together. The story highlights how we cannot be weighed down by our past - or let our choices be dictated by secrets.

On a scale of one to five, this book is a solid three. It's a good read - I'm wondering where Brendan will take the series (I assume books two and three will focus on Cahterine's sisters).

More About The Book
From The Publisher
She is staking her future on a man she's never met. Can she learn to love him?

When Catharine Olsen leaves Holland for Wyoming as a mail-order bride, she brings some extra baggage with her: two sisters, her mother's set of Blue Willow china, and a tragic past. As she steps off the train, Peter Andersen is glad to see that she is everything her letters showed her to be. But he is a bit perturbed by her unexpected companions. How will he support them all? And what other secrets might Catharine be keeping from him?

Filled with sweet romance and vivid characters, Deeply Devoted highlights a clash of cultures as a highborn European and a simple wheat farmer learn to love one another and trust God with the past--and the future.

More About The Author
Maggie Brendan is the author of No Place for a Lady, The Jewel of His Heart, and A Love of Her Own. A member of American Christian Writers and the American Fiction Writers Association, Maggie lives in Georgia.

Online Resources
Buy it at
Find it at Barnes & Noble
Read an excerpt online

Additional reviews of Brendan's books
The Jewel of His Heart (Review)
A Love Of Her Own (Review) 

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.  

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