Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Place in His Heart (The Southold Chronicles #1) by Rebecca DeMarino

Title: A Place in His Heart (The Southold Chronicles #1)
Author: Rebecca DeMarino
Pages: 330
Year:  2014
Publisher: Revell
Note:  I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     She could cross an ocean, but could she ever win his heart?

     Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother.

     With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas’s secret plans tomove his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary’s world is upended. How could she possibly leave her papa and her dear sister?

     And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband’s broken heart?

My review:

     Incredible debut novel!

     I loved this story. There are no major attention grabbing moments. It is a simple, heartwarming tale of everyday family life in the 1600s. The characters are easy to connect with and very human. The conflicts that arise between them are common today as each person sees life from their own perspective. The descriptions of life and how a household was run during this time period were wonderful. They kept my attention just as much as the characters did.

     A fabulous job by debut author Rebecca DeMarino. When I found at the end that it is based on her ancestors I was even more intrigued by the story. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in this family’s history.

     I give this wonderful story about faithfulness to wedding vows a rating of 5 stars. I highly recommend it.

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