Day #16 – Today I am reviewing Anna’s Gift. This is the third novel from the series: Hannah’s Daughters, by Emma Miller. This is not a Christmas story, but nonetheless a wonderful, inspiring story.
No one in Seven Poplars, Delaware, expects Anna Yoder “ever” to marry. Among her six pretty, petite sisters, big and plain Anna feels like a plow horse. But then Samuel Mast, the handsome widowed father she has secretly loved for years, asks if he can court her.
Surely Anna has misheard–Samuel has his pick of lovely brides! She’s convinced he seeks a wife only as a mother for his five children. Or could a man like Samuel actually have a very romantic reason for wanting Anna by his side forever?
Anna has the same problem that many of us share… she is big boned, and a large woman. She is very active and does more than her share of the work, yet she will never be small and petite like her sisters – she just isn’t made that way.
Fortunately, Samuel appreciates Anna for her inner beauty and her gift of hospitality, her good sense and kindness. But unknown to Emma, Samuel has been attracted to her for at least two years. He doesn’t see her as plain or fat; to him Emma is beautiful. And he wants to marry her.
His problem is getting her to believe him. First she thinks he wants to marry her mother. Then she thinks he is settling for her because he desperately needs someone to care for his children and his home. Will she ever believe he truly cares for her?
Ms. Miller does a superb job showing Emma’s reasons for hesitating and Samuel’s determination to win her. I love reading books in a series and Ms. Miller keeps the family moving along through these four
If you get the chance, check out the Hannah’s Daughters series by Emma Miller, published under Love Inspired.
I have three others in this series to read and review. Watch for them on this blog.