By Maggie Brendan
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
From the back cover:
Anna Olsen knows it’s time to leave her sister’s increasingly crowded house and start a life of her own. Following her sisters’ examples, she becomes a mail-order bride, and after a short correspondence with clock maker and jeweler Edward Parker, she moves to Denver to become his wife. Almost immediately it’s painfully apparent that Anna and Edward are very different. Anna is a free spirit who would rather be painting and enjoying the company of friends than cleaning house. Edward is a consummate perfectionist who, on their wedding day, hands Anna a list of chores that need to be done around the house daily.
Can this mismatched couple see past their differences to a harmonious future? Or will their disparate passions create obstacles neither is willing to surmount?
Maggie Brendan closes her Blue Willow Brides series with a heartwarming tale of true love despite misunderstanding, showing readers that God’s timing is always perfect.
This is the final book in this mail order bride series that is called “Blue Willow Brides” because of the theme of the Blue Willow china that is woven throughout.
Anna is impetuous, and when she marries a man she doesn’t know find that there are some struggles to overcome. Edward has his own struggles, struggling with what we know as OCD, then he just seemed rigid and organized to a T. I found it interesting how Ms. Brendan wove the china, OCD, Macular degeneration and other topics throughout this romantic story.
I especially enjoyed the book club meetings that were a part of it, hearing about what books they were reading at that time as well as the history of the city of Denver. I am curious now, to go and do my own research about the beginnings of animal shelters, as that was another interesting tangent entwined in this story!
This is a heartwarming story of two people that seem so opposite, hardly know each other and yet, in this book, they fall in love without meaning to. If you enjoy reading a clean, romantic story, this will be one that you will want to pick up.