Item description for Patterns Of Love (Revised) by Robin Lee Hatcher...
Overview This newly revised edition of this title from the "Coming to America" series tells the story of Inga, a Swedish immigrant working as a housekeeper for Iowa rancher Dirk Bridger, who has come home to tend to his ailing mother and orphaned nieces. Inga falls in love with Dirk, who proposes a marriage of convenience to Inga. Can Inga accept this kind of arrangement?
Publishers Description 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."
Citations And Professional Reviews Patterns Of Love (Revised) by Robin Lee Hatcher has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 04/01/2001 page 84
CBA Retailers - 03/01/2001 page 70
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Mar 12, 2001
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Coming To America
ISBN 0310231051 ISBN13 9780310231059 UPC 025986231057
Availability 0 units.
More About Robin Lee Hatcher
Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of 70 books. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin and her husband currently reside in Idaho. For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com.
Robin Lee Hatcher currently resides in Boise, in the state of Idaho.
Reviews - What do customers think about Patterns Of Love (Revised)?
Loved This Book !! Jul 9, 2006
This book is second in a series titled "Coming to America". What an endearing story. I fell in love with the main characters. I love how the author gives real insight on the thought patterns of the main characters. At the end of the book I felt like I really knew the characters.
Through timing of events, this book shows the sovereignty of God. How wonderful to witness the change in Dirk Bridger. Inga Linberg is an example of someone who is sacrificial, others focused, and full of love. My heart really went out to her.
This was one of the few books in which I actually shed tears. It's one that is difficult to put down and has a wonderful ending.
By the way, this review is based on a later version of the book published by Zondervan.
Careful which edition you are looking for.... Jun 3, 2006
The book listed here is the 1998 version. It is not the Christian version. The 2001 version reflects more of Robin's current writing. I would highly recommend the 2001 edition.
Tender, touching, and full of hope Dec 25, 2001
It's easy to see why this book has won so many awards. It touches a reader on so many levels and searches the human heart. Dirk is a true hero, a man who gives of himself to others, even when it means letting go of his own dreams. And Inga is a woman who loves with her whole heart. This is a perfect historical romance, well deserving of every accolade that has come its way. I highly recommend it.
Like watching paint dry!!!!! Nov 18, 2001
All I can say is, where's that recycling bin???? This book is reminiscent of the time I had a wisdom tooth pulled out. Don't touch this one, it's painful.
Touching story, great read Aug 24, 2001
PATTERNS OF LOVE is book two in Robin Hatcher's Coming to America series. The 2001 revision of the 1999 RITA Award book portrays the life of Swedish immigrant Inga Linberg and Dirk Bridger, an Iowa dairy farmer, with the added insight of their spiritual journey with God.
Because of his strong sense of responsibility, Dirk Bridger has abandoned his dreams of world travel and adventure to settle in Uppsala, Iowa, as the guardian of his two orphaned nieces and his deceased brother's dairy farm. Pragmatically, he struggles with despair over his lost dream and the monotonousness of life on the farm. Dirk's sure God if He even exists, has abandoned him.
Inga, the oldest daughter of a Lutheran minister, is resigned to God's plan for her life as quilt artist and capable assistant in her father's ministry. Unlike her four sisters, Inga is neither attractive nor flirtatious and completely content until Dirk arrives at the parsonage to ask her father's help in finding someone to assist him in caring for the two children and his ailing mother. Inga agrees to become his live-in housekeeper and quickly brings order and love to the Bridger household. Personally, she grows discontent with her life. As time goes by, Dirk finds himself attracted to the tall, willowy Swedish immigrant that his mom and nieces have come to love. When Dirk's mother dies, proprietary morals of the period prohibit Inga from continuing in her role as live-in housekeeper. Dirk offers Inga a marriage contract to be terminated when his nieces are older. When Inga agrees, their lives are forever changed.
Robin Hatcher skillfully weaves a tender romance between Inga and Dirk while portraying their spiritual struggles in an unobtrusive, believable way. Her historical and cultural accuracy blends an engaging story line with Swedish heritage in an authentic narrative of life in 19th century America.
Through Inga's correspondence with her friends from the voyage to America sprinkled throughout the story, the reader sees glimpses of the main characters from the other books in the Coming to America series. After reading about Dirk and Inga, I'm sure you'll want to read their stories too!