The Baby Bequest is the second book in the Wilderness Brides series. It does not disappoint. Ellen Thurston moves to Pepin, Wisconsin for many reasons. Her cousin, Ophelia, lives there. A schoolmarm position is also available. However, the primary reason Ellen has left her hometown is a broken heart.
Kurt Lang is a German immigrant who has lived in Pepin for about six months by the time Ellen moves to town. He and his teenage brother and their young nephew moved to America to escape tragic events in theie homeland and hope for a new start.
This was a very interesting story. Kurt and his family are treated like second class citizens of the town. Whenever anything goes wrong, it seems that inevitably someone blames the “Dutch” family. They are further insulting this family by calling them “Dutch” instead of German or “Deutsche” as it is said in their homeland.
Ellen faces prejudice of a different kind when someone leaves a baby on the doorstep of her quarters behind the school. When Ellen announces that she plans to keep the baby, everyone has an opinion about a single school teacher trying to care for a baby.
Kurt and Ellen are both drawn to each other, but will they be able to overcome past hurts and truly start fresh in Pepin?
I won this book through the author’s blog and was not required to write a review, but happily do so. (5 stars)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
2013 This year is filled with “brides”–The Wilderness Brides. The former is being published by Harlequin in its Love Inspired Historical line. The first book, Their Frontier Family out 11-2012, has been on Amazon’s Christian Historical Fiction bestselling list since then. The second book, The Baby Bequest, will come out in August 2013. I’m very grateful for these opportunities to continue writing. I’m also grateful when I receive emails from readers who have enjoyed one of my stories. Sometimes I feel like a chef who prepares a gourmet meal but who never gets to see anyone eat and enjoy it. 🙂 So thanks for the emails and comments on the blog. They mean a lot!
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