After a grizzly bear kills Antonia Valleau’s trapper husband, she packs her few worldly possessions, leaves her home in the mountains of Montana, and treks to nearby Sweetwater Springs, seeking work to provide for her two young sons.
Reeling from the loss of his wife during childbirth, Erik Muth must find a nursing mother for his newborn daughter to survive. For their children’s sake, Erik and Antonia wed, starting a new life together on his farm on the prairie. But it’s no easy union. Antonia misunderstands Erik’s quiet personality. He finds her independence disconcerting. Both hide secrets that challenge their growing intimacy.
When Indians steal livestock from farms around Sweetwater Springs to feed their starving tribe, the outraged townsfolk demand retaliation. Erik and Antonia must work together to prevent a massacre. Will a marriage forged in loss blossom into love?
Historical fiction always touches me to think what it was like for the people that lived at that time. While today it is unheard of for a couple to marry for the sole reason of keeping their children alive, it was a very real thing for some people on the frontier as our nation was being established. This is a beautiful story of how love bloomed in a marriage based on need. As the characters served each other in order to make their new family work, they discovered each other’s strengths. They learned that loving a new spouse doesn’t make the love for a deceased spouse go away. It is a new love and a different love, because they are different people. Debra Holland, the author, is also a grief counselor. She uses her knowledge and incite to create a story of love and hope in very troubled circumstances. I really enjoyed exploring these very difficult themes.
Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it!!!
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