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Add this book to bookshelf. Add book. Book added to the bookshelf Ok. Something went wrong and the book couldn't be added to the bookshelf. Please try again later. Joe's Wife Cheryl St. All About the Bundt Cheryl St. Saint or Sinner Cheryl St. This is one of my favorites of Cheryl St. John's books.

I not only loved Lydia and Jacob and their tender and sensual story, I found the information on the Harmonists very interesting. Cheryl's voice lends itself to the warm and hard-working place I always think created the Heartland. This is Cheryl St.

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John's second Harlequin novel, but it is an interesting look into her future, as it contains both a sensual love story of which she's written several for HQN Historicals and a story heavy in religion she has since switched over to writing HQN Love Inspired, the inspirational line. There's probably too much sex for the Christian set to like this, and too much religion for those who dislike heavy doses of God in their romance novels. I thought it struck an interesting balanc This is Cheryl St. I thought it struck an interesting balance, because the religious aspect comes in the form of the Rappite colony , a radical sect that broke away from German Lutheranism, rather similiar, I think, to the way the Swiss-based Mennonites broke away from the Anabaptists.

The Rappites were definitely a strange bunch, though, because they believed that any sort of pleasure was sinful, and the purest path to God was through celibacy. The Rappites literally died out because of this belief. Crazy, no?? Our heroine, Lydia, is from the Rappite colony, and she finds herself attracted to a German Lutheran, Jakob, aka an Outsider. She leaves the colony to begin her life with this man, and it is fairly rough going.

They are both young and inexperienced Lydia is outright ignorant in ways that are rather unbelievable , and they don't know how to use their words to sort out their differences. A jealous sister in law, Peine, doesn't help matters: she's in love with Jakob herself and is willing to do anything to drive Lydia away from the homestead so that she can have him for herself. Just because Jakob hadn't said three little words, she immediately believed the worst of him in spite of all actions and deeds to the contrary.

I hate this particular trope. I am a firm believer in actions being louder than words, so I have little patience for characters who get hung up on a singular phrase.

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The ending was unnecessary, too. These are things that St. John grows out of as her books continue, though, so at least there's hope - but I am unlikely to ever hunt down her debut because of them. May 11, J Jares rated it liked it Shelves: historical-romance , read-in This is a story about a couple being attracted to someone of a differing background and religious tradition.

Jacob is attracted to Lydia, who is a member of a religious colony.

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Despite their differences, they are able to make a life together because of their faith in God and each other. This is an earlier book by this author and it drags in places. Although this is listed as Neubauer Brothers, Book 2.


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I have read a couple books by Cheryl St. John and bought this expecting something sweet, maybe even what one would call saccharine. I was in the mood for it! Lydia and Jakob are a sweet pair.


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  • Their storyline focuses on newlyweds struggling to strengthen their bond and work through intimacy issues. I would say that approximately two-thirds into the story, they work through their problems and are finally honest with each other. At this point, the storyline ultimately sputters and flounders to an e I have read a couple books by Cheryl St. At this point, the storyline ultimately sputters and flounders to an end.

    The weakest point would be the superficial, oddly sketched scheming of Jakob's sister-in-law, Peine. Peine is painted as being crazed and unconvincingly obsessed with Jakob. Within the first few pages of the novel she attempts to set Lydia on fire because Jakob states that she is pretty. She bullies and antagonizes the heroine, fights with her husband on a daily basis, and openly ogles her brother-in-law and the family never comments on or even seem to notice her behavior.

    At one point she concocts an absurd story view spoiler [claiming that Jakob fathered her unborn child hide spoiler ] and it is easily shut down, and yet she is NOT confronted about lying. The family members just continue to behave as if the entire incident never happens. He gesticulated wildly with his hands, which he tucked into his sleeves, giving him the effect of an inflatable dancing man outside of a goth used car dealership. I closely monitored my every word, my every gesture, my every letter S , but Simply Fred let it all hang out.

    He was proud of himself. He was too gay to function, and yet he functioned. As a teenage boy. In To this day, I fear and envy Simply Fred. There was not yet a word for the music I was falling in love with, which made it feel even more like it had been made just for me. In the summer of , the teenaged record-buying American public spoke with one voice, and it was the voice of a year-old dental hygienist named Pam.

    They were their own Kidz Bop.

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    This is what our culture is missing right now. This is the void they should have pushed Malaya Watson into on American Idol. I am officially pining for the Jets. There is no wordplay, no subtext, no hidden meanings. The end. Because who is Johnny? Is El DeBarge Johnny, in which case why is he so happy about the girl pretending not to know his name?

    And how does the robot from Short Circuit fit into all of this? Commenters, please enlighten me. I sensed the ammunition being stored. I was about to get the attention of a building full of pubescent boys in ties.