Overview: Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton is still in love with his deceased wife and needs only a mother for his two young sons. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies.
Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino’s own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life–and a legacy–in the New World.
My Review: Mary Langton is a strong, strong woman. I don't think I could have made it as long as she did with Barnabas. I admire her courage and strength. However, I can relate deeply to Barnabas and his feelings. I know what it's like to lose a spouse. Rebecca DeMarino perfectly captured the emotions and depth of grief in Barnabas. The character development was well penned. They grew in faith and love just the way I would have hoped for them to. There were parts of the story that lagged a little for me, but I was still kept engaged. My favorite part of the story was the note from the author. It was so cool to learn that part of the story stemmed from the actual legacy of the author's family. I also enjoyed how real the interaction between the Indians and the English felt. The struggles of life in the New World was not dulled down for story purposes.
Overall, if you're looking for a story of faith, love, devotion, and live in the early America's, this is sthe story for you.
*I recieved a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.*
About the Author: Rebecca DeMarino is the author of A Place in His Heart and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and The Southold Long Island Historical Society. She was a 2011 Genesis Award semi-finalist. Rebecca is retired from a major airline and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. Learn more at www.rebeccademarino.com.