Today I am pleased to present a review for The Bachelor Farmers by Brenda Sorrels.
Title: The Bachelor Farmer
Author: Brenda Sorrel
Format: Hardcover, Paperback & eBook
Genre: Family Saga, Literary Fiction
Buy Now: Amazon
About the book: The Bachelor Farmers is a story about two Norwegian brothers who learn the meaning of love from a most unlikely source. Hans and Jon, the youngest of four immigrant brothers have just inherited land from their recently deceased father. They set out to develop the land, thus perpetuating the family dream of success in America. When Jon learns that the husband of Mahal, a beautiful half-breed Ojibwa woman has been injured on their property and cannot work, Jon hires her and brings her home. Under the eye of his disapproving brother, Jon finds himself falling in love, but when a terrible blizzard blows into town without warning, the three of them must deal with the consequences, and Mahal is forced to make a decision that reshapes their lives in profound and unimaginable ways. The Bachelor Farmers takes us into a world where true meaning and healing are found in the complexity of human relationships and dreams of a better life fuel a family’s drive for success.
What people have said about The Bachelor Farmers:
“Sorrels’ could be described as a fundamental minimalist with descriptions of
characters, scenes, and dialogue but her laconic way works because the story is strong and pulls the reader in, by the middle of the book making it hard to put down. This is a sweet read, a well written read, and a comfort to go to bed with, providing one doesn’t have to get up early the next morning.”~Paulette, amazon review
“Although each of the main characters is flawed in uniquely human ways, the author treats each of her characters with enormous empathy and warmth – in my opinion, the mark of a true burgeoning talent. I definitely recommend snuggling up with The Bachelor Farmers on a cold winter’s night, or anytime you want to escape to a more romantic time and place.” ~nyc2086, amazon reviewer
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Hauntingly beautiful read and story! This book grabbed my attention from the first moments, with the death of the beloved father and his remonstration to his four sons that Love is the most important thing. From this point forward, we are treated to the example of love in action as the brothers manage business and family concerns with a constant eye to the welfare of others.
The author managed to incorporate seamless transitions in narrator voice, with strong character development and beautifully vivid settings. What emerges is a story that becomes a testament to love: found, lost and longed for. All fans of Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion will instantly ‘know’ the brothers, and find themselves willingly traversing the cold and snow in Minnesota to reach the end of the book.
I received a copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author: Brenda Sorrels grew up in Fargo, N.D. and attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. She’s worked as an editor at Mademoiselle Magazine and in promotion with the National Media Department of The Fox Broadcasting Company. She now lives in Dallas with her family, including small dog, Charlotte – and spends summers writing in Connecticut.
My mother was the youngest of 15 children and when I was a small girl I used to visit her hometown, Halliday, in the western part of N.D. I had two bachelor farmer uncles who used to ride horseback to the white Lutheran church on Sundays! There was an Indian reservation nearby and I remember many stories surrounding the the Native Americans. The stories were mixed – involving their customs, the pow-wows, the drinking and bar fights! Later one of these uncles lived with a Native American woman who cared for him until he died. The inspiration for my writing comes from these experiences and the unending stories of childhood!