Jun 24, 2014

Book Review: A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

Back Cover: 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?

My Review: I wanted to like this book. Rebecca DeMarino is a debut author and the premise of this story sounded interesting. Unfortunately the novel didn't click with me. I tried to like the characters, but they didn't resonate. The dialogue felt contrived. I understand that the 1600s were a different time and people then acted differently then they do now, however, as a modern reader I couldn't bring myself to care about what happened to the characters. I had nothing invested in the story. That being said, this story isn't a complete write-off. What I may not enjoy about the writing, others may find intriguing. This review reflects my opinion of the book, but you may feel completely different after you read it.

My Rating:

My Recommendation: This book may appeal to readers who enjoy fiction about the Puritans.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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