18 November 2011

Friend on Friday - Review of Deeply Devoted by Maggie Brendan

Picture from Miriam of her copy of Deeply Devoted!!! Isn't this pretty?
Maggie Brendan sent us her friend's review to post for our Friend on Friday.  
Welcome Miriam Davis! 

Before there was online dating, there were mail-order brides. This way of developing relationships into lasting marriages was risky business for both men and women.

The novel opens with mail-order bride, Catharine Olsen, her two younger sisters, and her mother's Blue Willow china leaving Holland and her painful past to make a new life with wheat farmer, Peter Andersen, in Wyoming.

Newlywed life seems normal as both Catharine and Peter make adjustments to each other. Peter's patient teaching of farm life encourages Catharine and her desire to work hard at learning how to be a farmer's wife.

Peter's mother is not happy with her son's choice for a wife and begins an investigation into Catharine Olsen's past. Will revealed secrets of Catharine's past harvest hearts of distrust and reap unmeasurable trials for Catharine and Peter?

Maggie Brendan's Deeply Devoted shows how her writing vividly expresses new depths of relationships dealing with forgiveness, honesty, and trust. The heights this novel reaches sets the stage for the next novel in The Blue Willow Brides Series to come. I have no doubt that The Blue Willow Brides Series will fast become treasured in the hearts of Maggie Brendan readers and those who are new to her novels. I highly recommend it and look forward to her next ones in this series.

Bio - Miriam Davis: Jesus loves me! He is my Savior and LORD! Happily married woman to a godly, loving man, blessed mom. Praying daily for them. Writing, painting, and photography are treasures that are being pulled off the shelves to be a part of my life again.

Thanks for sharing with us, Miriam!

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  1. Thanks, Miriam for your review, this definitely sounds like a story I would love to read. Also special thanks to Maggie for all the hard work she put into this book. :)

  2. Waving to Miriam! Thanks for your review and for participating on the blog. Teresa--I hope you get a chance to read DD. I'm working on the 3rd book in the series now and have been immersed in Denver research, a place I loved. :)

  3. Miriam, thank you for being our Friend on Friday, and for the wonderful review as well. Oh, and thank you for the lovely pic...reminds me so much of my Dutch mom. I miss her so dearly. I am really looking forward to the next in this series...I want to find out what happens with Greta. Don't know if I trust the soldier boy or not. Hmmm...

  4. Wow another great review for a book that sounds so good. Great Job.


  5. LOVE mail order bride stories from the West. Your addition of new depths of relationships dealing with forgiveness, honesty, and trust ups the ante--a good Christian read!

    Please enter me.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  6. Hello, Everyone! *waving ~~~~
    Thank you, Carrie and Dianna, for inviting me to share my review of Maggie Brendan's wonderful novel! Oh, my picture came out nice on your blog :)

    Teresa Matthews, you will simply fall in love with Maggie's stories and her characters!

    Maggie, Hello!!! (*waving back & smiling)What a thrill it was to read your novel, Deeply Devoted! I just love all your novels! I cannot wait to read the others in the series. When are they scheduled to be out?? Can you tell I'm just a little anxious?

    Diana, {hugs} Moms warm our hearts always, don't they? I'm glad you love the picture! Blue Willow china just has always been a favorite of mine; it just speaks "welcome" with a smile :)

    Jen, thank you! I'm so glad you entered!

    Linda, Oh! then you will love Maggie's DD! The way she describes her settings and characters I feel like I am right there!

    Thank you all, again! This has been FUN!
    God bless!

  7. Miriam, Thanks for joining us here on Overcoming Through Time - With God's Help. Your picture is fabulous and what a blessing to Maggie to have a friend like you! Thanks for being our Friend on Friday, too!!!

  8. Miriam, the next book, Twice Blessed should released at the end of August 2012. The last in the series the following August. I'm so glad to know you and if you keep writing, we'll be saying congrats to you in the future! :) I appreciate Diana and Carrie for having me this week. Blessings all around!

  9. what a heart warming review, miriam...
    looking forward to reading this novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  10. Maggie, August seems like such a long time to wait, but time tends to fly by, and it'll be here before we know it. Thank you for visiting with us this week; you have been such a blessing and an inspiration, not only to Carrie and myself, but to all who have stopped by the blog this week. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Love Mail Order Bride books!! Can't imagine doing it! What faith these woman had! Also love the blue willow concept...that is really collectable stuff!


  12. I think Miriam needs to give lessons on How to Write a Review! This one is fantastic :) Makes me want to read the book even more than I already did. And the photo is perfect!!! It makes me want to grab a cup of hot tea and curl up with a good book. It's cold here today ;)

  13. Thank you for coming by Maureen and I am about to do the drawing. Anne, we were glad to have Miriam visit with us.

  14. Karenk, thank you! You will love it! :)

    Maureen, I agree with you, these women must have been brave! You need to read Maggie's novel to find out.

    Anne Payne, oh, you're sweet! Thank you! You will be delighted with Maggie's novel, so yes, get your cup of tea and curl up with this one!


  15. Diana and Carrie, thank you again! You all are sweet ladies that have warmed my heart :)

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