Sunday, October 27, 2013

Perfectly Matched by Maggie Brendan

  • Series: The Blue Willow Brides (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800734645
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800734640

This book is also available as an e-book.

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.

My take on this book:
A mail order bride along with the idea that the main character Anna decides to become a champion for animals made this my favorite story in The Blue Willow Brides series.
The story opens in the fall of 1888 in Denver, Colorado. Anna Olsen's two sisters were mail order brides who found their happily ever after, so Anna hopes that she might find the same. Feeling stifled in her sister's home in Cheyenne Anna's longing for adventure and a family of her own had her deciding to become a mail order bride as well. Thing is Edward Parker, the man she weds is totally opposite from her. He is stuffy and uptight, wanting things done a certain way, he even gives her a list of "wifely duties" chores that he expected done. It's a rocky start especially when Anna's dog Baby shows up. Will Edward and Anna be able to have their happily ever after, or are their differences to much to overcome?

There were so many things to enjoy about this historical tale. I found the fact that the pair were married within the first page to be great. It was neat to see their differences, and watch how they worked thru them. With Edward's background it was easy to understand his need for control.While he was totally opposite from Anna he was determined to make his marriage different that what he had seen with his parents marriage.  Anna was such a free spirit, her character was such a joy to read. I love the message of compromise that was woven within this story, something that is so true where a successful marriage is concerned. Historical romance that provides a great mail order bride tale is what I found within the pages of "Perfectly Matched."

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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