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.
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