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  1. A Place in His Heart, Southold Chronicles Series #1 -eBookeBOOK
    A Place in His Heart, Southold Chronicles Series #1 -eBook
    Rebecca DeMarino
    Revell / 2014 / ePub
    $5.59 Retail: $14.99 Save 63% ($9.40)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 52 Reviews
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  1. North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    well researched
    December 10, 2014
    Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    As I began reading A Place in His Heart, I was immediately captivated by the setting, characters, and authors writing. I was especially thrilled to read the quotation from the Bible in the early part of the book. I sensed the quote was from an old version so I check the front pages and saw that Biblical quotes were from the Geneva Bible, 1599 Edition. Often an author (I am sure bowing to preferences of her readers) uses modern translations or version when they quote the Bible. That, however, is a true turnoff for me. I give Rebecca DeMarino a 10-out-of-10 points for authenticity by delving into a version accurate to the time and place.

    Since the story is based on the authors family history dating back to the 1600s, her research into the Horton family is to be commended.

    After the first 50 or so pages, the story began to drag and was repetitious at least to this reader. The gist of the story is a young woman is about to be given in marriage to a man she simply does not wish to marry. But another man desires to take her to wife and to be the mother of his two young boys. His wife, Ann, whom he loved greatly, having just recently died. They seem to be agreeable to marriage and the wedding takes place. Soon it becomes evident that Barnabas has not told Mary all. He plans to soon move to The Massachusetts Bay Area to escape the encroaching discipline of the Church of England on those who believe in a Reformed church.

    They prepare to leave, travel across the Atlantic, and begin to settle into life in their new home. Much of the story is given over to this period of their life and it seems to drag.

    The author writes well and for a debut novel this is a good book. Im giving it a 4-star rating because I felt the writing was good, her research very well done, and for the beautiful cover. I probably would give it a 3-star for not being able to retain my interest, but Ill just boost it to a 4-star since the inattentiveness could simply be my own.

    DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Revell in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.
  2. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!
    November 12, 2014
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A Place in His Heart was a great book by Rebecca Demarino. It demonstrates that love is possible after being rejected. The historical facts were in great detail and lent the reader to believe they were right there with the writer. The book was well-written and kept the reader on their toes. There was just the right amount of suspense, romance, family, and relationships to keep you entertained. I can not wait to read the next book of Rebecca's.

    I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Nearly True Tale of Romance in Early America
    October 28, 2014
    samcivy
    Eugene, OR
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Benjamin and Mary Horton, the main characters in this historical romance, are the ninth Great-grandparents of author Rebecca DeMarino. She has written of their move from England to Northeast America in the mid-1600s, to escape religious persecution.

    DeMarino researched life in that time, studied family history and added well-written imagination to unknown parts of the story. The result is a tale of life with many hardships and joys but none of the blood-pressure-raising terrors or insurmountable dangers and disasters like fill so many modern stories. A welcome change from many modern tales.

    Benjamin married Mary after the death of his first wife, needing a mother for his two sons. A godly and good man, he nevertheless struggles with guilt over his first wifes death, a sorrow that interferes with loving Mary fully. Mary does her best to earn Bens love, seemingly to no avail. Sometimes, readers will feel like shaking Benjamin and saying, Wake up, Man.

    Romance readers will enjoy this nearly true account of a marriage in the early settlements of our country.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Familiar But True Tale
    October 2, 2014
    KGD history teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
  5. Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Rebecca DeMarino's A Place in His Heart
    September 10, 2014
    Carol
    Lebanon, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Welcome to London in the 1600s. Get ready to take a voyage

    to the New World.

    But first we need to meet Mary Langton who is looking to

    marry for love. Her father has other ideas and has made

    arrangements for her to wed someone she despises.

    Then Mary re-meets Barnabas Horton, a Puritan who is the

    town baker. Barnabas use to give her cookies when she was

    younger.

    Barnabas was married but his wife died leaving him heart

    broken and unable to love another woman. He has two young

    sons who need a mother. Mary falls in love with him.

    Soon they marry. Will he be able to overcome his past to learn

    to love again??

    The book transports you into a past time and the difficulties of

    the everyday lives they lead. The storyline leads into the

    Anglican Churchs persecution of the Puritans which led to an

    exodus to the New World across the ocean for many Puritans.

    Among those to sail across the waters are Barnabas, Mary and

    the boys. They settled on Long Island. They were many

    problems to overcome, great risks taken but with the guidance

    of God the settlers made their way through the hardships in the

    New World. Will Mary ever find the love from her husband

    that she desires now that they are on Long Island?? What will

    happen to her??

    The characters are so realistic, the dress and language fit that

    era. It was a surprise to learn that the characters were actually

    based on the authors real ancestors that she fit into a historical

    fiction Christian story.

    I received this book from book fun.org. My opinion is my own.
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