The Bachelor Farmers
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Set in northern Minnesota in the winter of 1919, THE BACHELOR FARMERS tells a story of two Norwegian brothers who learn the meaning of love from a most unlikely source.
Hans and Hon, the youngest of four immigrant brothers, have just inherited land from their recently deceased father and set out to develop it, 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, he hires her to be their personal cook.
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 make decisions that will ultimately reshape 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 in the choices that are mde in the face of adversity.
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Very Good Story, Very Well Written, Definitely Recommended, Very Well Edited in 1 reviews.
Mary Firmin : The Bachelor Farmers captured my interest right away and held it to the very end, especially since I am also a product of immigration. This story is a rich family saga which takes place in the 1900ís, and begins with the death of Old Man Gustafson and the reading of his will. He had come from a desperately poor family in Norway and, like all immigrants of that time, he worked extremely hard and sacrificed a great deal to leave his four sons a healthy inheritance. Two of the unmarried brothers, Hans and Jon, inherited the original home and part of the land, which they decided to work together. Their life in Gustafson Corridor, in freezing cold Minnesota, was a hard one. Ms. Sorrels adeptly describes the harshness of working the land and, likewise, the exquisite beauty of the mountains and the countryside. Her passion for the story shows through the passionless existence of these two men who are The Bachelor Farmers.
And then Mahal happensand all their lives are changed.
Jon, the younger of the two, has unknowingly fallen madly in love with this beautiful young woman who is more Indian than white, and is already married. When she comes to work for them Brother Hans is not happy about it and tries to get Jon to make her go back to her sick husband who lives on the reservation. This book gives you a wonderful feel for the changing times, of the judgmental attitudes and ingrained prejudices of its citizens. The two young men were ambitious and accumulated even more wealth and land. But when the big blizzard came that winter, just months after Mahalís arrival, everything changes again. And this time no one can deal with it.
I compliment Ms. Sorrels for bringing us this deeply moving story and for her very competent writing skills. I would love to read more about this extraordinary family, so I hope there is a second book on the way.
Mary Firmin, author of Deadly Pleasures.