The Bachelor Farmers
This story is set in the early 1900's with two Norwegian brothers, Hans and Jon. The flu epidemic takes the lives of both parents, so, these two brothers inherit the family home and surrounding land. They both set out to develop and acquire more land in order to ensure the family success in America.
While on one of his business treks, Jon discovers that a beautiful Ojibwa's husband has been injured on their land and is unable to work. On a spur of the moment decision, Jon offers her a job at their home cooking and tending to the kitchen. Hans reluctantly agrees to allow her to stay until her husband is able to return to work.
Going against all dictates of the day and the disapproving eye of his brother, Jon finds himself falling in love with Mahal. Then, a major winter storm kicks up, and Hans and Mahal are forced to spend several days alone in the house. Decisions that they both make will have lasting affects on the three of them and cause their lives to be irrevocably changed forever.
This is a wonderful story about family, love, decency, and making choices in adversity. I absolutely loved this book. The story line is well developed and flows smoothly. The protagonists are human and each have flaws that make them more endearing. Jon is the intelligent one and sees things as either black or white. Hans is from the old school mentality and sees women as trouble even though he has no problems using one for a one night stand. He has no feelings for these women so it is okay. Mahal has a strong sense of honor. Even though her husband is abusive, he is her husband and she will stick by him. In a moment of weakness, all three lives will change forever. Decisions will be made that will set a chain of events in motion that there will be no turning back from. If you enjoy a good, clean story, I highly recommend this one. I cannot wait for more from this author.
I wish to thank the author for providing me with a lovely signed copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in any way except to receive the book to review.
I give Bachelor Farmers 5 out of 5 stars