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Book two, Patterns of Love, winner of a RITA award for best inspirational romance, features Swedish immigrant Inga Linberg. Inga isn?t like her sisters; she isn't pretty or flirtatious, and she wouldn't know how to attract her man if her life depended upon it. She fully expects to spend her life assisting her minister father in his pastoral duties and creating her uniquely beautiful story quilts. Inga has a good heart and is a hard worker, and she is happy to volunteer to help when a beleaguered dairy farmer, Dirk Bridger, enters her life. Dirk himself has never married, but the sudden and tragic deaths of his brother and sister-in-law compels Dirk to come back to the family farm to care for his ailing mother and two young nieces. Dirk is a man whose dreams and faith have dried uq, buried beneath disappointment after disappointment. He has longed for adventure, to travel the world and see exotic places. Instead, he is stuck in Iowa, living his brother?s life, raising his brother?s children, tending his brother?s farm. So Inga goes to work as the Bridgers? housekeeper and soon loses her heart to a family -- and to a man -- whom she thinks she can never have. But when Mrs. Bridger dies, Inga?s parents insist that she return home, since it would be unacceptable for her to live in the Bridger home with no other adult than herself and Dirk present. When the household begins to fall apart -- and the two girls miss Inga terribly -- Dirk proposes marriage. But this, he carefully explains, is merely a marriage of convenience that will not be consummated, and the two will be able to have it annulled when the girls are old enough that Inga is no longer needed. It is clear that Dirk expects one day to escape from this -- marriage -- and from the farm itself. Can Inga accept this kind of arrangement with a man she loves? And if so, how will she be able to live with him without being able to express that love? Can a tall, willowy Swedish immigrant erase the bitterness in his heart and give him something new to dream about?
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."
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