In 1848, a young, privileged German couple, Johann and Hanna find love in their arranged marriage. However, to the disappointment of both their families, chuck it all way, and travel half way across the world to experience life on the Texas frontier. They put their lives in peril on both land and sea, enduring through storms, wagon wrecks, encounters with savage Indians, and a harsh, unforgiving new climate. Johann often wonders why he ever brought his beautiful Hanna to this God-forsaken land. Was it God-forsaken? Would they endure? Or would they leave Texas, and come home to Germany as their families hoped?
It’s always sad when a story has potential and falls short. The characters were interesting enough for me to continue reading, but it was frustrating to continually see extraneous details and events pop up for no apparent reason, never to be expanded upon, and leaving you to wonder why they were there at all.
There was very little conflict in the story, and what was there felt forced. It didn’t flow well, and in most cases was resolved within a few sentences. It’s a shame because there were a couple of events that would have provided rich material for a recurring problem that could be resolved in a dramatic way.
Minor annoyances include poorly worded phrases, sentence structure, and the repeated use of the word ‘site’ instead of ‘sight’.
The ending left a lot to be desired, as well. It was abrupt and, to me, an odd place to conclude the story.
There are other books in this series, but I won’t be reading them.
Author: Lesli Neubauer
Title: A Rose for Hanna
Series: New Beginnings #1
Published: November 29, 2013 by Louis & Reed Publishing