“When Winter is Past” by Janice Cole Hopkins is a novel about the life in colonial Pennsylvania in 1739. Stanton Klein was a farmer in the area outside of Philadelphia. He has lost his wife and unborn child a year ago and was trying to run his farm along with an indentured servant. He knew he needed a wife to help run the farm and decided to go into the town of Middleville to search for an appropriate bride.
He wisely went to his minister to ask for suggestions as to where he might start to look. He was enamored of a beautiful girl, Fiona Fletcher, whose parents seemed eager for her to wed. But after witnessing her treatment of a crippled young woman, he determined that she would not be a caring wife. He asked about Beth Evans, the crippled woman who was caring for her father who was very ill. She had endured the bullying and scorn from Fiona and her friends by turning the other cheek and walking away. After befriending Beth, Stanton found his bride. Beth’s father asked that they wed soon as he was aware that his time on earth was limited.
After they wed, Beth proved to be a loving wife and helping companion to him and the farm. However, alarming incidents started occurring which no one could explain. It all began when someone had entered their home during the night and left grotesque severed chicken parts on their dining table. Beth was shot as she searched for mushrooms; Ralph, the indentured servant was shot, and Beth was abducted briefly as she was doing her farm work. Finding the culprit(s) and staying safe consumed Stanton. The end to this story was heart-warming. I enjoyed reading this novel very much.
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