It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die—until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.
Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice—stay true to her friend or follow her heart.
My Review: I must admit, I'm a little disappointed at this book. While it was well written and historically interesting, it didn't grab my attention the way the first book, A Place in His Heart, did. I did enjoy catching up with Mary and Barnabas and the rest of the Horton clan, and I was glad to see they finally got their house full. I also enjoyed the interesting tidbits about Heather Flower's life as the daughter of the sachem. I felt, however, that the love triangle between Heather Flower, Ben Horton, and Dirk was forced. It didn't seem natural to me. Heather Flower's abrupt conversion was also a little disappointing. I would have liked to have seen more development in her character on that front. Overall, though, this was a very enjoyable story and I look forward to reading more by this author.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.*
About the Author: Rebecca DeMarino writes love, legends and lore as a historical romance author and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Her travels have taken her from Alaska to Nebraska and Florida, from Long Island to England and Italy, and from Washington DC to Texas, California and Guam. But usually you can find her at home, enjoying her grandchildren and baking crisp little ginger cakes. From Publisher’s Weekly ~ DeMarino’s … strong suit is recreating history and relating it to readers.