I bought and read this book years ago, recently re-discovered it on my Kindle and decided it was past time for a re-read. As the book blurb says Johanna falls in love with a mountain doctor, far removed from her social class and upbringing. She first meets him at the opening party of the holiday season and they feel a connection as their eyes meet, even before they have been properly introduced. Johanna and Ross Davison meet several times at different events and some “chance” meetings around town, and it takes no time at all for them to fall in love. When Johanna tells her parents that she and Ross love each other she is unprepared for their united disapproval, especially her father’s.
There are some very interesting concepts in this story, ones that caused me to stop and really think. I will mention two or three but I will not explain my own thoughts and conclusions. They will be familiar to most people, but two in particular will resonate with Christians. The first is, how do you reconcile obeying (or honouring) your parents with being true to yourself and the man you love? Or, does it come down to merely getting your own way? Secondly, the idea of free will and how to exercise it, and thirdly, self-imposed feelings of guilt.
This is a book with Christian characters so there are no vulgarities, violence, or sex scenes. It is a rather simple tale well-told, and with likeable characters who draw the reader in as their stories unfold. There are some wonderful poetically descriptive passages that always enhance reading pleasure for me and I enjoyed it very much. My only complaint is that I would have preferred the story to be longer, especially Part Two, so the relationships and character development were explored in more depth. I like the instructions for the quilt pattern at the end, although sketches would be helpful.