First of all I truly love this beautiful cover and when I found out it was about Wisconsin where I lived for 11 years, I really wanted to read this historical book.
It is about the perils and hardships of a newly married couple who travel from home to the unknown wilderness of Wisconsin. I enjoyed this story gleaned from the history of the author. Beryl and Edward were patterned after her ancestors but much of the story was imagined as records were scarce. The author gave us a good account of how things might have been in 1897. It is set in a beautiful grove of maples.
While Beryl and Edward faced hardships, tragedy and disappointment, they learned through it all, to rely on God for their strength and learned to grow in their marriage even though they spent some early years apart.
This is my first book from Ms. Knipfer and I am intrigued by the possibility of further books in this series. This was a great start to a historical series.
*I received a complimentary ebook of this title from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*I give this 4.5 stars and a strong faith thread.BackCover Blurb:
A HISTORICAL NOVEL OF THE PERILS OF NEWLYWED LIFE AND ALL THAT COMES TO DIVIDE LOVERS
In 1897 newly married Beryl and Edward Massart travel more than one thousand miles from Quebec to farm a plot of land in Wisconsin that they bought sight-unseen. An almost magical grove of maples on their property inspires them to dream of a real home built within the grove, not the tiny log cabin they’ve come to live in.
Misunderstandings and tempers get the better of them when difficulties and troubles arise. Just months after they wed, Edward leaves pregnant Beryl in the midst of the coming winter to tend the farm and animals while he goes to be a teamster at a northern Wisconsin logging camp.
Will Beryl and Edward walk into the future together to build their house of dreams in the grove of maples, or will their plans topple like a house of sticks when the winds of misunderstanding and disaster strike?
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