The Southold Chronicles #3
Duty and love are powerful forces.
Only one has the power to make
her life complete.
It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton's ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.
Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold--and to an overjoyed Patience--it's not quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.
With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges you into a world of tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts.
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Have you ever watched a two hour movie and thought it would have been much better if they had condensed it to half the time? That's how I felt after reading To Follow Her Heart. It wasn't a bad story it just seemed to drone on and on. I know that seems to be a bit harsh but it's my honest opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series and I really like portions of this book but overall it was a let down for the final book in the series.
I enjoyed seeing where Mary, Lizzie, and Heather Flower were since we left them in book two. But the main storyline which involved Patience and Jeremy left me scanning paragraphs and skipping ahead. I totally get what DeMarino was trying to put forth but for me it just seemed to be the same song over and over and over and it got old.
Now would I recommend this book to others . . . that depends. If you've read the first two books in the series then I say an emphatic YES! Even with the redundant main story it is worth reading to get another peek into the lives of Mary, Lizzie, and Heather Flower. If you are reading this book as a stand-alone then my recommendation isn't as hearty. DeMarino is a talented storyteller and she has an eye for detail that fascinates rather than bores. So if you are a fan of Historical Romance I say give it a try but I would really recommend reading the entire series.
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