A widower loses his beloved wife. He has two young sons to care for and a business to run. He is overwhelmed. Many of the women in town try to capture his attention. A young girl is opposed to the match her father is trying to make for her. The lonely widower is more appealing. They decide to marry, although he tells her he does not love her. Life becomes difficult and she doubts the wisdom of her choice. Does this sound familiar? Many stories are written in this storyline. The difference in A Place in His Heart, is that it is based on a true story of the authors family. This story took place in the 1600s, when the New World is just being settled. Barney feels he must leave England for religious reasons and start anew on what becomes Long Island. He brings his new wife, Mary, and his two young sons. Life is hard, and Barneys neglect of Mary makes life even harder.
This is a very enlightening glimpse into life in the early settlement of New York. The characters are believable, although the reader may become frustrated with Barney before the resolution. Be sure to read the authors notes at the back of the book to see how she traced her roots to the real Barnabas and Mary.
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I love reading books with a unique setting or time period. Rebecca DeMarino nailed that with her debut novel, A Place in His Heart. After reading countless prairie romances (yes I like them, but) it was refreshing to read a novel set in the early Colonial era. The historical detail is impeccable, and I could practically taste the foods she described. I cant wait to read her next novel!
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I loved this story. There are no major attention grabbing moments. It is a simple, heartwarming tale of everyday family life in the 1600s. The characters are easy to connect with and very human. The conflicts that arise between them are common today as each person sees life from their own perspective. The descriptions of life and how a household was run during this time period were wonderful. They kept my attention just as much as the characters did.
A fabulous job by debut author Rebecca DeMarino. When I found at the end that it is based on her ancestors I was even more intrigued by the story. I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in this familys history.
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Mary wants to marry for love. But her father is pressuring her to marry a young man that repulses her. So impulsively she marries a widower who doesn't love her, but needs her for a mother. She hopes that like her sister, they will grow to love each other over time. But her world might come apart when she learns that he husband plans to move them to the New World to escape persecution for his beliefs. Mary isn't sure she can survive being so far from her family, especially when she can't seem to have a baby of her own.
The first few chapters were about the relationship between the two main characters. I thought the book might be about their romance. But then the story took a turn and became more of a historical saga. The author was able to aptly convey the hardships of life in the New World. The story spanned almost a decade and gave a glimpse into the lives of the early settlers. The drama between the two characters was a bit difficult at times, but I appreciated the wife's loyalty and devotion.
I enjoyed the glimpses into the friendships that Mary formed in her new home. I would recommend this book to people who enjoy sagas, historical fiction, and stories of unending loyalty.
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