I absolutely hated this book. The entire cast of characters acted like vindictive children all the way through it. There was no love story. The principles spent the whole book deliberately trying to hurt, insult and alienate each other and the German language inserts didn't help. No matter their reasons for their actions, it was way too much animosity for any one supposed to be love story.
I could not put this book down until finished it in one day. Great story.
I loved the ending of this book!
I couldn't put the book down!
There is such depth to Cheryl Reavis' books and this one is no exception. Caroline Holt bartered her freedom for a name for her unborn child. Frederich bartered away his freedom to get a mother for his two little girls.
From the opening words in this book, the story keeps the reader turning pages. It takes place during one of my favorite time frames -- the Civil War. This story brings the war to the forefront when Confederate soldiers conscript the local farmers into service after church one Sunday.
This story might not be for everyone; the author shows just how difficult life was for an unwed mother (even after she marries to give her baby a name). The war years adds another measure of grief to the lives of all who lived at that time.
Do we marry or not, Caroline Holt? It occured to Caroline that everyone in her small North Carolina community accepted the obvious reason for her agreeing to marry Frederich Graeber. She was pregnant, and the real father of her baby was unwilling. She was due in a few short months. Her unborn child would have everything to gain by Caroline makeing the strong silent farmer her husband. She'd become his bartered bride