Thursday, July 31, 2014

Handing Over the Tongs Takes Years

A Place in His Heart

Rebecca DeMarino

The Southold Chronicles #1

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?

     This book was really well constructed and quite fascinating. It reminds me of the style of Jody Hedlund: a somewhat serious and all consuming experience of a less elegant past. I loved the way style made the pages feel grimy in my hands, and I think the ability to make the raser feel such a potent and overwhelming emotion is nothing short of a blessing. 

     At a bit over three hundred pages the story eclipses somewhere near ten years of a not necessarily loving marriage. For ten long years these two struggle to come to peace with their positions in their relationship and their importance to the other. The book does go through a couple lengthy time skips, which is why it is important to keep an eye out for the dates, but focuses mainly on pieces that contain action. It is so easy to fall into the action because when you get back from the time jumps everything feels so comfortable and like you have been reading it for years. In all seriousness it really is very important to keep track of the dates so you are aware of how the story is progressing. 

     I really enjoyed the romance between Mary and Barnabas. At the start of the story she is so naive to believe that life will be without hurdles, but as the story progresses and she experiences tribulations she perserveres and holds tightly to her marriage vows. Barnabas must deal with the addition of another woman in his life after his live dies. I think the portrayal of their struggles is uplifting and a wonderful picture of what marriage could stick with. Anyway happy reading this summer!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. 

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