6. Peter knows in his heart that Catharine is the woman he believes her to be. His instincts, his intuition, and even his prayers tell him that he made the right choice. Why then is he unable either to confront Catharine with his mother’s accusations or to believe the best of Catharine despite his mother’s questions? In what ways does Peter need to grow in his understanding of the concept of love when he entertains negative thoughts about Catharine based on his mother’s speculations? Have you ever believed gossip or rumors about someone you care about, even when the actions described were completely out of character for that person? What did you do with your suspicions?
7. What is the significance of the Blue Willow china for Catharine? Is there an object in your life that holds that much importance for you? What is it, and what does it mean to you?
8. Anna develops a special relationship with Clara. How is she able to disarm Clara and bypass all of the walls of judgment and suspicion that Clara reflexively erects? Have you ever met someone like Anna? If so, how was that person similar to her?
9. Greta and Bryan seem to have developed a mutual bond in just the few moments they met at the station in Cheyenne. Is this bond merely physical attraction, or do you think they truly love one another? If their feelings were more than just physical, why did Greta hide her relationship with Bryan from her family? How is she like many young people today when it comes to choosing whether or not to share a special person with their immediate family?
10. Catharine and Peter continue to write letters to one another even after they’re married. Why do they choose to do this rather than talk about their concerns and feelings? Is the written word more powerful than the spoken word? Which do you prefer, and why?
11. If the next two books in the Blue Willow Brides series center on Greta and Anna, what do you think will happen next in their stories?