Thomas N. Holmquist
From the tall bluestem grasses of the Kansas plains and the stories of its first Swedish settlers comes this charming romance. Homesteader Gust sets his eye on 17-year-old Lovisa as the Lutheran congregation gathers for the Julotta service on Christmas Day, 1869. Wanting to follow the traditions brought over from Sweden, Gust and Lovisa struggle to understand the new ways dictated by this new place. Although her father forbids Gust to court Lovisa, the young homesteader rescues her from unruly cowboys, and she applies healing slave to his skin after a prairie fire. A romance blossoms, but can it survive?
These stories of historic fiction capture life as it was when Europeans settled on the Great Plains and struggled to persevere on the hostile frontier. They are true stories: Stories that tell of resilient people overcoming difficulties; stories that represent faith, hope and love; stories that come from the American experience.