Mae Stafford longs for the companionship and unconditional love her sister has found in her new husband. But after years of refusing potential suitors because of a pact they made as children, Mae no longer has any choices left once their agreement is broken. She has no hope that God will give her what she desires most, a family of her own. Instead of dwelling on what she doesn't have, she throws herself into her work as the recent sole owner of the local dress shop.
As a promise made to his late wife, Johannes Mueller agrees to travel west to be a school teacher in Calder Springs, Texas, away from the bigotry associated with being an immigrant in New York City. He hopes to improve his life and forget his loss. Johannes isn't counting on his five-year- old daughter's search for a new mother when they arrive. His little LillyAnn finds ways to bring the seamstress and him together…often. Can he learn to embrace his German heritage and unlock his heart to love again?
I really enjoyed this book. It is the second in a series but I didn't have an issue feeling like I was missing anything. Mae wants a family so bad but has gotten completely into work to avoid facing that God hasn't given her exactly what she wants. Johannes is still grieving but doesn't think he is ready to move on after the loss of his wife. The two of them, Johannes and Mae are each perhaps just what the other needs in their life.
I think LillyAnn was by far my favorite character. She was written so well and just so perfect in the story (not that she was a perfect child, but her character was written well). The book wasn't a long one, but the author did a good job packing her story into a good package. The characters were all done well and the story woven together in a realistic and good way.
It was a 4/5 for me. A good, quick read!
Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book (via celebratelit). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.