This is a very engaging novel sending one stubborn German woman from her homeland to Plum Creek, Oregon. Hired by the mistress of the house as a mother's helper, Erika Scharf arrives to find a home shrouded in gloom and sorrow. Mrs. Callender has recently died, leaving her husband bereft and lost. He does not want to love the baby, or anyone else, because of the emotional pain he is experiencing.
Dr. Jonathan Callender does not want to hire Erika, but she has no where to go if he refuses. Erika immediately sets about to convince the doctor that he (and his daughter) need her.
This is a moving story about Erika's patience and the love she showers on the Callender's family. Erika and Jonathan are such opposites but the author weaves their learning and emotional growth into a lovely story.
Linda C. (Seagull) reviewed Plum Creek Bride (Harlequin Historicals, No 474) on
Lynna Banning has combined a lifelong love of history and literature into a satisfying new career as a writer. An amateur pianist and harpsichordist, Lynna performs on psaltery and recorders with two Renaissance ensembles and teaches music in her spare time. Currently she is learning to play the harp.
Now it had led her to America, and a tortured man with a motherless infant. But would the widowed Dr. Jonathan Callender ever recover from his grief?
Whatever drove him had died with his young wife -- or so it seemed to Jonathan Callender. He knew only that nothing mattered anymore -- until the day a German whirlwind disguised as the very determined Erika Scharf charged into his life -- and made his heart live again.