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 Deeply Devoted Discussion Questions: Maggie Brendan


1. Catharine and Peter begin their lives together with many secrets. Have you ever tried to maintain a relationship with someone while withholding the most important parts of yourself, such as your stories, your hurts, or your fears? What was that like? How well did it work? What did you learn from that experience?



2. Women chose to become mail-order brides in the late 1800s for a variety of reasons, and many of Catharine’s reasons are easy to understand. Besides seeking a helpmeet who was not of his mother’s choosing but rather his own, what do you think motivated Peter to find a mail-order bride?



3. How could Catharine and Peter know simply through their few months of correspondence that their relationship could succeed? What might be a modern parallel to their situation?



4. Why did Clara choose to investigate Catharine and her sisters? Why did she choose not to talk to Peter about his decision? Have you ever been blinded by what you thought was best for someone and failed to see or take into account that person’s thoughts or feelings on the subject? Were you right? What might we discover if we choose to listen before making a judgment?



5. Do you think that Mac truly cared for Clara? If he did, why was he unable or unwilling to change his lifestyle for her by doing things such as going to church with her, contemplating marriage, or even limiting how much he traveled? Was the difference in their faith and beliefs to blame? Does such a difference in faith or religious beliefs always spell the end of a relationship?




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?




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Discussion Question Index


 • Abigail: Jill Eileen Smith
 • Abigail's New Hope: Mary Ellis
 • Against All Odds: Irene Hannon
 • Against the Tide: Elizabeth Camden
 • Almost Forever: Deborah Raney


 • Blue Moon Promise: Colleen Coble
 • Blue Widow Brides: Maggie Brendan
 • Breach of Trust: DiAnn Mills
 • (The) Bridesmaid: Beverly Lewis
 • (The) Bridge: Karen Kingsbury
 • Brigid of Ireland: Cindy Thomson
 • Burn: Ted Dekker


 • (The) Calling: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • (The) Chance: Karen Kingsbury
 • Chasing Mona Lisa: Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
 • Chasing the Sun: Tracie Peterson
 • Choices of the Heart: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate: Diana Wallis Taylor
 • Critical Care: Candace Calvert
 • Crossing Oceans: Gina Holmes


 • (The) Dance: Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley
 • Deadline: Randy Alcorn
 • Deadly Devotion: Sandra Orchard
 • Deadly Ties: Vicki Hinze
 • Deception: Randy Alcorn
 • (The) Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow: Olivia Newport
 • (The) Discovery: Dan Walsh
 •  Dolled Up to Die: Lorena McCourtney
 • Demon: A Memoir: Tosca Lee
 • Digitalis: Ronie Kendig
 • Dogwood: Chris Fabry
 • Double Minds: Terri Blackstock
 • Dying to Read: Lorena McCourtney


 • Fair Is the Rose: Liz Curtis Higgs
 • Freefall: Kristen Heitzmann
 • Frontiersman's Daughter: Laura Frantz


 • Gift of Grace: Amy Clipston
 • Gone South: Meg Mosley
 • Grace: Shelley Shepard Gray


 • Havah; The Story of Eve: Tosca Lee
 • Heart's Safe Passage: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Highland Sanctuary: Jennifer Hudson Taylor
 • Hope of Refuge: Cindy Woodsmall


 • Intervention: Terri Blackstock
 • Into the Whirlwind: Elizabeth Camden
 • Invisible: Ginny Yttrup
 • Iscariot: Tosca Lee


 • (The) Jewel of His Heart: Maggie Brendan
 • June Bug: Chris Fabry


 • Katie's Way: Marta Perry
 • Killer Among Us: Lynette Eason


 • Lady in the Mist: Laurie Alice Eakes
 • Lady of Bolton Hill: Elizabeth Camden
 • Lady of Milkweed Manor: Julie Klassen
 • (A) Lasting Impression: Tamera Alexander
 • Leah's Choice: Marta Perry
 • The Lesson: Suzanne Woods Fisher
 • Lethal Remedy: Richard Mabry
 • Life in Defiance: MaryLu Tyndall
 • Like Dandelion Dust: Karen Kingsbury
 • Lonestar Sanctuary: Colleen Coble
 • Lonestar Secrets: Colleen Coble
 • Love Amid the Ashes: Mesu Andrews
 • Love at Any Cost: By Julie Lessman
 • Love Calls: Lorna Sielstad
 • Love in a Broken Vessel: Mesu Andrews


 • Making Waves: Lorna Sielstad
 • (A) Memory Between Us: Sarah Sundin
 • Moon in the Mango Tree: Pamela Ewen
 • Moonlight Masquerade: Ruth Axtell
 • (A) Most Peculiar Circumstance: Jen Turano
 • My Heart Remembers: Kim Vogel Sawyer


 • Naomi's Gift: Amy Clipston
 • Never Far From Home: Mary Ellis
 • Nightshade: by Ronie Kendig
 • No Place for a Lady: Maggie Brendan
 • (A) Noble Groom: Jody Hedlund



 • Paper Roses, by Amanda Cabot
 • Plain Jayne, by Hillary Manton Lodge
 • Preacher's Bride: Jody Hedlund
 • Promise of an Angel: Ruth Reid


 • Rebekah: by Jill Eileen Smith
 • Redeeming Love: Francine Rivers
 • Redemption: Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley
 • (A) Reluctant Queen: Joan Wolf
 • Remember to Forget: Deborah Raney
 • Remembered: Tamera Alexander


 • Sarah's Gift: Marta Perry
 • Shadows of the Past: Patricia Bradley
 • Simple Choices: Nancy Mehl
 • Simple Deceit: Nancy Mehl
 • Slow Moon Rising: Eva Marie Everson
 • Someone to Blame: Susanne Lakin
 • A Sound Among the Trees: Susan Meissner
 • The Sweetest Thing: Elizabeth Musser


 • Tailor Made Bride: Karen Witemeyer
 • That Certain Summer: Irene Hannon