Title: To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles #2)
Author: Rebecca DeMarino
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Genre: Historical (1653-54)
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the book:
In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever.
It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die – until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.
Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice – stay true to her friend or follow her heart.
Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports you to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York.
This is an incredible historical novel!
I have thoroughly enjoyed returning to Southold on Long Island. It was great to catch up with Barnabas and Mary Horton and all of their friends and family. Thirteen years have passed since book #1 and I loved seeing the changes as the boys have grown to manhood and one is married, the other is looking for the woman that God wants him to marry. There have also been a number of new additions to the family over the years and we are introduced to these little ones.
The descriptions of how things were done were so detailed that it was a joy to read and really think about the changes that time has made in household chores. This book had the added bonus of one of the main characters being a Native American of the Montaukett tribe. Rebecca DeMarino included some wonderful explanations about how the individual beads and then wampum were made which fascinated me.
I have never studied this time period and what life was like beyond what I got in school. I’m sure that the tension between the English settlers and the Dutch settlers was researched and then accurately depicted. I knew that there were problems between the different tribes of Native Americans so that was no surprise to me. I was totally caught up in all of these conflicts that were a part of the story. The balance between the conflict and the romance was wonderful.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am giving it a 5 star rating. I highly recommend it. I do suggest that if you have not already read book #1 “A Place in His Heart” that you read it first.
The publisher is having a giveaway in connection with this Blog Tour.
Here are the prizes being offered in the giveaway:
Grand Prize: $75.00 Gift Card of choice (Amazon, Target, iTunes or Google play), Signed copy of To Capture Her Heart & A Place in His Heart.
Runner Up Prize: $25.00 Gift card to Barnes & Noble, Signed copies of To Capture Her Heart & A Place in His Heart
Second Runner Up Prize: Signed copies of To Capture Her Heart & A Place in His Heart
You can enter the giveaway here: https://gleam.io/TbXzj/to-capture-her-heart-book-launch (I have tested this link and it does take you to the giveaway page.)