I truly enjoy marriage of convenience stories and I found The Witness Tree to be absolutely fascinating! I had no knowledge of Moravian culture and customs prior to this book. The combination of the traditions that the men and women of this heritage had to follow and the decidedly precarious relationship with the Cherokee nation set the stage for a real page-turner!
I thought that the author handled the feelings of the two main characters splendidly. John and Clarissa battled doubt, hurt feelings, and even anger toward each other as they worked to balance their brand new relationship as husband and wife while they were still strangers to each other. The Witness Tree was a captivating tale.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Past betrayal has turned John Kliest’s passion to his work as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina. Now, to satisfy the elders’ edict and fulfill his mission in Cherokee Territory, he needs a bride. But the one woman qualified to record the Cherokee language longs for a future with his younger brother.
Clarissa Vogler’s dream of a life with Daniel Kliest is shattered when she is chosen by lot to marry his older brother and venture into the uncharted frontier. Can she learn to love this stoic man who is now her husband? Her survival hinges on being able to trust him—but they both harbor secrets.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Romance and Heritage Beacon Historical Fiction, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, as well as the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of romantic novellas including “Across Three Autumns” of Barbour’s Backcountry Brides Collection. She has four new novels releasing with imprints of LPC: Fall Flip (Candlelight Romance, September 2019), The Witness Tree (Smitten Historical Romance, September 2019), Spring Splash (Candlelight Romance, March 2020), and Traces (BLING! Romance, March 2020). Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise is a wife and mom of two daughters who always pauses for old houses, coffee, and chocolate!