Book: Hand-Me-Down Bride by Juliet Vandiver Waldroncategories: Book, Germany, Pennsylvania, Romance, Historical Romance, German-Speaking Americans, Dutch Country, Civil War Veterans, Farm Community, Small Town America, Mail Order Bride
Juliet Vandiver Waldronabout this book: This story was triggered by the experiences of my great-great Grandmother Neimann, who was a real life "mail-order" Bride. In her case, she married an much older man and carried on making lemonade from the lemons life had handed her, but that isn't exactly the stuff of a romance novel.
In "Hand-me-Down Bride," Sophie arrives from Germany to marry a much older, wealthy man in the hopes of rescuing her own family from the poverty into which they've fallen after the father dies. In America, things don't go right--almost from the first--in any of thousand ways she's fearfully imagined during her long trip from Bremen. Suddenly, she's alone and adrift in strange country where she barely speaks the language, with in-laws who can't stand the sight of her. How will she manage to survive, much less rescue her little sisters in Germany?
Set in rural Pennsylvania just after the Civil War, this is a tender, old time love story, set in a small farming town.
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