The Southold Chronicles, Book 1
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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?
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Coming to America stories are some of my favorites. I'm just captivated with the courage and strength it took for our ancestors to make their way to America from foreign lands. With just the promise of a better life they packed up very little and set sail to most likely never return.
A Place in His Heart is one such story. I was immediately drawn to Mary Langton. She has such a tender heart and just wants to be loving and helpful to those closest to her. When we meet her she has recently been left at the alter and her family is in the midst of trying to repair the damage that scandal has brought to their home. Mary's beloved father wants her to marry a family friend, but she is repulsed by him. Quite unexpectedly Mary is drawn to the recently widowed Barnabas Horton.
Barnabas is struggling to balance running a business and taking care of his two young sons. Marrying the beautiful Mary seems to be the perfect solution. Barnabas finds Mary to be attractive and kind but his heart still firmly belongs to his late wife Ann.
Mary's father and sister have great reservations about the marriage, least of which is the differences in religion. The Langtons are Anglican and Barnabas is a Puritan. Being a Puritan in England in the mid-1600s is very risky. The call of the New World is very appealing to Barnabas.
I was completely spellbound with the journey that the Horton family embarked upon to the New World. With each turn of the page my opinion of Mary continued to grow. With each setback or challenge she just seemed to increase in her faith. That's not to say she didn't have her struggles. Being the second wife is never easy, especially when the husband still pines after his deceased love. Becoming a mother to two little boys, one of which is old enough to vividly remember his mother, is no easy task, yet Mary rises to the occasion and showers the boys with her love.
The ending of the book is very fulfilling and yet leaves you eagerly anticipating the second installment in The Southold Chronicles. I cannot wait to read the continuing saga of these brave and fascinating people. Ms. DeMarino is set to make her mark among the great authors of historical romance.
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