Friday, February 22, 2013

THE BACHELOR FARMERS by Brenda Sorrels ~ Presented by Lightning Books Promotions

About Book

The Bachelor Farmers is a story about two Norwegian brothers who learn the meaning of love from a most unlikely source. Hans and Jon, the youngest of four immigrant brothers have just inherited land from their recently deceased father. They set out to develop the land, thus perpetuating the family dream of success in America. When Jon learns that the husband of Mahal, a beautiful half-breed Ojibwa woman has been injured on their property and cannot work, Jon hires her and brings her home. Under the eye of his disapproving brother, Jon finds himself falling in love, but when a terrible blizzard blows into town without warning, the three of them must deal with the consequences, and Mahal is forced to make a decision that reshapes their lives in profound and unimaginable ways. The Bachelor Farmers takes us into a world where true meaning and healing are found in the complexity of human relationships and dreams of a better life fuel a family's drive for success.

  • ISBN-13: 9781105424427
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  • Publication date2/24/2012
  • Pages: 174

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About Author

Brenda Sorrels grew up in Fargo, N.D. and attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. She's worked as an editor at Mademoiselle Magazine and in promotion with the National Media Department of The Fox Broadcasting Company. She now lives in Dallas with her family, including small dog, Charlotte - and spends summers writing in Connecticut.

My mother was the youngest of 15 children and when I was a small girl I used to visit her hometown, Halliday, in the western part of N.D. I had two bachelor farmer uncles who used to ride horseback to the white Lutheran church on Sundays! There was an Indian reservation nearby and I remember many stories surrounding the the Native Americans. The stories were mixed - involving their customs, the pow-wows, the drinking and bar fights! Later one of these uncles lived with a Native American woman who cared for him until he died. The inspiration for my writing comes from these experiences and the unending stories of childhood!

My Thoughts

Hans and Jon after many years of being separated from their parents and other two siblings finally make the journey to America to join their Norwegian family on the farm.  The farm has been a great success and their father has continued to buy up more land which will provide well for the four brothers and their families now and in the future.   

Both of their parents fall ill and die leaving their sons with their own land and homes.  The father has provided above and beyond for his sons.  The now grown men, Hans and Jon are still single but the other two brothers are married with children.  

Hans and Jon are definitely living the bachelor's life.  They do their own housekeeping and cooking on top of all the chores on the farm and the paper work for the farm.  When Jon is at their logging camp he notices, Mahal, a young beautiful green eyed Indian woman.  She works as a cook at the camp.  But she has just been told her help is no longer needed.  She needs the job because she is supporting her husband ever since he way seriously injured in a logging accident on Jon and Hans property.   Jon was told by his friend that her husband is abusive towards her leaving visual marks.  Jon feels responsible for her since it was on his property that her husband was injured.   Jon and Hans had been thinking of hiring a cook so he offers Mahal to come live on the farm and cook for the two brothers.  Jon knows it is not appropriate for a married woman to live with two single men but he is so enamored  he ignores propriety and hire her anyway.  Mahal can tell that Jon is attracted to her but she needs the job and will just have to stay to herself and pretend to not notice.  

Hans is not happy with the new cook and let's it known.  Will this be too much for the two bachelors having a beautiful young woman living in the same house with them?   Can Mahal keep them at bay?

The author has written a historical fiction about immigrants farmers that succeed in American.  Love is abound and not easy to ignore.  

The story was slow going in the first half of the book.  There is one chapter in the book that does have sexual content but it was not offensive to my sensitivity.   I found Jon's love for Mahal sweet but beings she was married he knew he should not be acting on his feelings.   

I recommend this book.

I rated this book a 4 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy from the author/Lightning Book Promotions for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my honest opinion.