Swedish immigrant Inga Linberg might not be as beautiful as her flirtatious sisters, but that doesn't meant she doesn't share their romantic ideas. When Dirk Bridger, a handsome but beleaguered Iowa farmer, approaches her minister father for help in caring for his orphaned nieces and ailing mother, Inga immediately volunteers.
Inga goes to live at the Bridger farm as a housekeeper and finds that all is in disarray. Gradually, with patience and understanding, she begins to smooth the family's rough edges. As Inga falls in love with Dirk's little nieces, she is helplessly drawn to their bitter uncle,too. If only there was a way to live forever with this charming but lost family. But could she risk her secret dream of being loved by Dirk in return, when she knows that his dream is to leave them all behind?
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My dear Beth, Though Uppsala, Iowa, takes its name from a city in my native Sweden, life here is different from what I have known. With my parents' blessing, I have taken employment in the home of Mr. Bridger, a dairy farmer, caring for his ill mother and two young, orphaned nieces. It is most unlike me to leave home, even in a temporary manner. But the need is great and Hattie Bridger and the children are so endearing. As for Dirk Bridger, he is an unhappy man, but also loyal, hardworking, and honorable. And, I should add, quite handsome. My younger sisters were smitten the instant they saw him. Young flirts! And with beauty to match. I, on the other hand, am considered to have common sense to attend my common looks. But, friend Beth, I am afraid my heart betrays my wisdom---for I, too, long to be seen as beautiful. Not just by anyone. By Dirk Bridger. Your friend, Inga Linberg In rural Iowa, life is both the planter and uprooter of dreams. As love, long delayed, springs to life in the heart of a young Swedish immigrant, one man struggles with his withered ambitions---and new blessings that could take their place if he would but allow them room. Patterns of Love is Book Two in the Coming to America series about women who come to America to start new lives. Set in the late 1800s and early 1900s, these novels by best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher craft intense chemistry and conflict between the characters, lit by a glowing faith and humanity that will win your heart. Look for other books in the series at your favorite Christian bookstore.About the Author:
Robin Lee Hatcher has had a Iong term love affair w ith books, particularly those set ill times past. She began writing for her own pleasure while a young student, but it wasn't until 1981 that she decided to write her first novel.
Now the bestselling author of twenty-four novels ind two novellas, with more than four million copies in print, Robin Lee Hatcher has won numerous awards, including the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Americana Romance. She served as president of Romance Writers Of America from 1992 to 1994 and was RWA's first National Literacy Chairperson from 1994 to 1996. Because of her efforts on behalf of literacy, Laubach International named their mard for best romance novel for new readers "The Robin Award."
She and her husband, Jerry, live in Boise, Idaho. Readers can visit her web site at http://www.robinleehatcher.com or write her atP.O. Box 4-122, Boise, ID 837 11-4722.
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Book Description HarperTorch, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110061086886
Book Description HarperTorch. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0061086886 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.1022763
Book Description HarperTorch, 1998. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0061086886