Monday, June 9, 2014

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

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 to move 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?

About The Author

When Rebecca DeMarino traveled to Horton Point, Long Island, with her mother, Helen Jean Horton Worley, in 1999, passions collided: her love of faith, family, travel, history, and writing. Rebecca's debut novel, A PLACE IN HIS HEART, is a historical romance based on Mary and Barnabas Horton, Rebecca's ninth great-grandparents. Set in 1600's Southold, Long Island, book one of The Southold Chronicles will be released by Revell in June, 2014. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and when not writing, she enjoys family and genealogy, travel, reading, running, baking and gardening. Rebecca is represented by Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary Agency.


My Review: 

The title of the book and the story, A Place In His Heart, is totally true, and will almost break your heart for Mary as you read this. We are back in the 1600’s, when people who did not agree with the Anglican Church were be persecuted and leaving for America, sometimes sneaking out.
Barnabas Horton has lost his beloved wife Ann, and is left to care for two young sons, and run his business as a baker. I loved the descriptions of his work, never imagined that woman in the village would bring their dough to a baker to put in his oven to bake, so interesting.
Enter young Mary Langton, struggling with whom her father wants her to marry, after having been jilted. Poor young woman, she is adamant she does not want to marry her father’s choice. She is rather content in her life, living in this small village, and being with her Dad, and near her sister and her family. So when she meets Barnabas in a chance meeting, going on the errand to have her dough baked. Mary mentally makes a decision that will change her life forever.
I felt sorry, yes as a young woman’s love is rather blind, and we always think that we can change someone with love. She seems to pours her heart and soul into her marriage, and makes the boys her own, even if the oldest has a hard time accepting her. Sometimes it appears that she is giving everything, and hitting a brick wall, and through out it all, I kept wondering when Barnabas would begin to live his faith.
Travel along with these people who will do anything for a chance to live what they believe, and we literally walk in their shoes on this journey. A real good look at what makes America the melting place it is now.

I received this book through Revell’s Bloggers Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

Through June 16th, Rebecca DeMarino is hosting a giveaway with $250.00 in prizes!  Open to anyone with a US shipping address!

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1 comment:

  1. Don't miss this one, and be sure to enter the fantastic giveaway!