Period Pearl: A Bride for Donnigan by Janette Oke


       She didn't even know his name...but she was about to become his bride. Standing on the ship's deck, Kathleen O'Malley watches the land she has called home slip from her view. She had thought she would be glad to see it go, but regardless of the unpleasant situation she was leaving, it was at least safe and familiar. America seems so very far away...
       At his prairie farm, Donnigan Harrison anxiously awaits his bride's arrival. He has known the wonder of a dreams fulfilled--a snug cabin, a sturdy log barn, a fine herd of livestock, and crops in the field. But even with all that, he is lonely. A notion that once seemed unthinkable had come to make sense, and so he wrote a letter. But Donnigan's anticipation is overshadowed by terrifying uncertainties: What have I done? And that question is echoed in Kathleen's heart as she nears the port...

       I loved this book. It is filled with God on every page.
       This is another story of a mail-order bride, but one that does not end with the marriage. Rather it begins there and then follows up with the hardships, the romance and the love. They get to know each other and together they get to know God. This one is another of Janette Oke's masterpieces and the tenderness between the hero and the heroine will grip your heart.
       I especially liked the fact that the heroine had a slight limp and how that played a role in their romannce.
       This was a book that brought me closer to God's own heart.

Rating: 5/5

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