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“I read this for a book club I was joining and was skeptical at first but it was extremely good and the characters intriguing and memorable.”Erica wrote this review Thursday, June 27, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A little bit of mystery in an adventurous story starting in 1912 in the Netherlands. Easy story to fall into and goes to show, just because we can trace our ancestors doesn’t mean we will like what we find. I don’t understand the cover of the book since our heroine is white blond and blue eyed. ”Darla W wrote this review Sunday, February 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book on tape”Sarah W wrote this review Monday, November 12, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/2011/09/title-young-wife-author-pam-lewis.html
The inspiration for this story was the author's own grandmother, who was "hired at fifteen to tend a dying relative in the home of my then thirty-five-year old grandfather, that he took her to South America to start a store there, that their union was a scandal in the tiny town where she lived, that he ultimately abandoned her with four young daughters ...."
In this novel Sander DeVries pays a visit to the home of Minke van Aisma in the Netherlands. It is 1912, and Sander's wife Elizabeth is very ill. Minke's parents know that he needs a nurse for his wife, and their belief is that Fenna, Minke's 16-year-old sister, will be the daughter that goes with him to Amsterdam. Minke, however, is caught out as she tries to listen in on the conversation, and Sander decides to take her instead, leaving Fenna resentful as always.
Minke quickly grows fond of Elizabeth, however, when Elizabeth suddenly dies, Minke is made to suddenly leave, returning to her parents' home with more questions than answers. When Sander asks her parents to marry her, Minke is not certain what to think, but in the end, she agrees and the couple travel to Comodoro Rivadavia in Argentina with Sander's friend Dr. Cassian Tredegar.
In this far-flung new country, populated by gauchos that don't quite meet up with Minke's romantic ideals, Minke gives birth to a son named Zef, who is kidnapped while they are playing together. When Sander's business interests collapse, she must journey to America, leaving behind her hope of gaining Zef back.
This is a story of love, betrayal, lies, and the ultimate deceit. I felt for Minke, a young, gullible girl taken in by an older man. Her friendship with Cassian, her loneliness in her new country, and then the poverty and hard work in her next new country, all combine to make her, in the end, an admirable, strong woman. There are some extremely difficult surprises, some twists and turns, and a tale that kept me interested. The imagery is vivid, bringing to life the desolation and barrenness of the new Argentina, as well as the struggles in America, where everyone in the household has to work to pay the bills.
I would definitely recommend this for lovers of character-driven fiction, as the personalities here make the story even more than the action.
"We came here to Argentina. WE act as though the laws of the place we are from protect us, but they don't exist here. There are no real laws yet. no shared laws. Don't you understand? In order to have law, everyone must agree on the rules. Here there is no such thing."
Why hadn't she seen his character before? The signs had been there. Now they swung up and practically slapped her across the face. He'd married Minke because she was present in his house. He hadn't had to miss a beat from one wife to the next.
Fenna had won this one for sure. Sander hadn't the backbone, and Minke was tired of fighting for a man she didn't want.
Writing: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Plot: 4 out of 5 stars
Characters: 3 out of 5 stars
Reading Immersion: 3 out 5 stars
BOOK RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars”
“spring for susannah is set in the 1800's on the frontier in the Dakota territory.The characters were well developed very likable! The chemistry between them felt real! The only negative I have I felt the challenges and sacrifices at times were rushed with little to no emotion. I was little was disappointed with the ending as it needed another chapter or two. Overall its a great story leaving the reader wanting more! I hope there will be a sequel to complete the story. I recommend this book !! A great new author! ':)”J wrote this review Saturday, July 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No