When Catharine Olsen leaves Holland for Wyoming as a mail-order bride, she brings some extra baggage with her: her two sisters Greta and Anna, 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.
I thought this was a lovely story about the ups and downs of marriage. I liked that even though this book featured a couple already married, any descriptions were fine (compared to books I've read with unmarried couples that had descriptions that I'm not sure I would even be comfortable reading in a book with a married couple).
There were, however, a couple of details in this book that weren't historically correct. For example, Anna wears overalls around the farm and her sisters think it is a good idea. The characters treat Greta's turning 18 as a big occasion. Peter and Catherine have a "cute" mud fight. A restaurant owner offers refills. Other historical mistakes.
However, I didn't notice most of these things until thinking about the book later. This book is captivating and I couldn't put it down. I loved that the reader gets not only Catherine's point of view, but also the points of view of Peter and his meddling mother.
Alyianna's review: 9 out of 10