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I grew up in Fargo, N.D., then headed east to Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. Most of my life has been spent living in Connecticut, but in 2000 I married my college boyfriend, Barry Sorrels, and moved to Dallas where two lovely step-daughters and a new life awaited me. Although I’ve been writing for years, it was returning north for summers, during those lazy country afternoons, when I began to get serious. After numerous workshops and writing courses, I developed a series of short stories, ironically, all set in the Midwest. Working with my college roommate, Margaret Doud, as my editor, in time I expanded one of these stories into The Bachelor Farmers - my first novel.
I haven’t stopped since, and I’m happy to report that I’m well on my way with another book. The Way Back ‘Round, will be coming out in the fall of 2012. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of my latest book and let me know what you think. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you a little better.
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.
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Each book is different, but I have to say that this book stuck with me for days after I read it. I fell in love with the characters and the story. I wanted to know more about each one. The development was great, and the story pulled me right in. It's a quick read- I finished it in one night. I'm not going to give anything away, but I can honestly say that I argued with the book over the ending!
Brenda has crafted a world that is imaginable and truthful. I could easily see this as someone's family history and a story that has been passed down through the years. Is it? I don't know.
Oh how I wanted more though! I give it 4.5 stars! This is a great book for those that like Westerny books, books that take place with a little more rough outdoors and a little less civilization to get in the way. It's a romance with a twist. Check it out!
"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