About the Book
Genre: Historical, Romance
Publisher: Smitten an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: September 16, 2019
To gain his wife, he must break her heart.
Past betrayal has turned John Kliest’s passion to his work as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina. Now, to satisfy the elders’ edict and fulfill his mission in Cherokee Territory, he needs a bride. But the one woman qualified to record the Cherokee language longs for a future with his younger brother.
Clarissa Vogler’s dream of a life with Daniel Kliest is shattered when she is chosen by lot to marry his older brother and venture into the uncharted frontier. Can she learn to love this stoic man who is now her husband? Her survival hinges on being able to trust him—but they both harbor secrets.
About the Author
Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s an editor for the historical imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas as well as the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of romantic novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Backcountry Brides Collection. Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise is a wife and mom of two daughters who always pauses for old houses, coffee, and chocolate!
Denise Weimer gives readers an engaging history lesson on the Moravian community and the Cherokee one with a story that immediately pulled me in. The first chapter left me with so many questions as to whether this marriage between John and Clarissa would survive. And as circumstances become more difficult, it is put to greater tests.
Clarissa’s hopes and expectations are crushed over and over throughout the book. Whether from circumstances or the people surrounding her. Then there is her marriage. John and Clarissa are holding back truths. They argue and disagree, but they also challenge each other to see their own faults and improve on them. I couldn’t help but root for them to figure it all out.
Weimer relays the fear, the heartache, the danger, and the difference one person can make amidst trying circumstances. Clarissa and John may not save the world (or even a people), but for those in their world, they can change a heart or two.
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