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Hand Me Down Bride by Juliet Waldron
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bookshelves: christian, cultural, historical, relationships, romance, spiritual

Sophie has left home and family to marry an elderly man in German’s Mill, Pennsylvania, but is widowed on her first night. Meanwhile the old man’s son Karl, veteran of the Civil War, struggles to find a place for himself in a world that's rejected him. Karl’s brother wants the inheritance and is married to influence. And Sophie has nothing but duty, with no way to fulfill it.

This story of Sophie and Karl's unexpected romance is told swiftly and smoothly, with vivid descriptions of time and place, and a nice sense for Sophie’s struggle to understand the ways and worth of Americans. Hidden secrets are revealed with pleasing timing, adding depth to characters and focus to the tale. Karl is no cypher, and his brother’s schemes are not to be overcome simply by fortune’s favor. Meanwhile Karl's friends evolve from scary strangers to valued allies in Sophie’s eyes, and readers see, with her, behind the scenes of simple history.

This is no bodice-ripper historical romance, but rather a tale of nicely honest, heart-searching, soul-defining, and well-paced relationship. There's an underlying, but underplayed, faith in God. And there's a convincing and generous depiction of history to intrigue and inspire readers. It's a pleasing, fast, encouraging read with a good sense of time and place, and a nice plot.

Disclosure: I was lucky enough to get a free ecopy.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
February 7, 2014 – Shelved
February 7, 2014 – Shelved as: christian
February 7, 2014 – Shelved as: cultural
February 7, 2014 – Shelved as: historical
February 7, 2014 – Shelved as: relationships
February 7, 2014 – Shelved as: romance
February 7, 2014 – Shelved as: spiritual
February 7, 2014 – Finished Reading

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