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Abby Effingham is sassy English socialite on a mission to find her mother in the American West during the California gold rush of 1853. Samuel Harris runs a hotel and takes her in when she runs out of money. She is not looking for romance, but it keeps finding her.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2018
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: My Heart Belongs
An English socialite finds more treasure than expected on her trip to the American West.
When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mothernot romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?
Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her familys elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when sheand her parade of suitorsmove on, though he concedes to let her work in his restaurant. When the sassy socialite is in trouble, will Samuel come to her rescue or find himself alone?
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GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Love the historical fiction novels. This was so fun to read.April 14, 2018GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California joins the collection of Barbour Publishing's series that celebrates historical beginnings in America. This book explores the era of the California Gold Rush, the '49ers, and the roots of San Francisco, the boiling pot of the West. This book places you right there in the middle of all the action from the viewpoint of a young woman from England.
Abigail Effingham was not a typical person traveling out West in the 1850's. For one, while she was not traveling alone by train, wagon train and coach, she was accompanied by her household's butler. Her objective was to meet up with her mother in the Oregon Territories where her mother was visiting her sister. Abigail missed her and wanted her to return home to Philadelphia, a city they were well settled after their immigration from England. This trip gave Abby a close-up look at all the frontier had to offer, including the flooding that diverted their path away from Oregon. With a new found determination, Abby decided against Neville's advice to return to Philadelphia, but to visit San Francisco to wait until the flooding receded in the Spring and her mother could come to her. She couldn't realize how much this side trip would change her life's course.
The people in the heyday of San Francisco were uncivilized, thrill-seeking and out to find their fortunes. Some of them were optimistic, starry-eyed with hope of striking it rich. But if they stayed too long, they often became jaded, swindled, crushed, and hard-drinking gamblers. They were not what Abby was used to. But soon, she inevitably discovered ways to influence a few of them, and being a young person herself, began to improve what was around her. Eventually a young man, Sam (good old reliable Sam), became her protector in more ways than she understood. They developed a strong friendship while she and Neville stayed at the Inn owned by his father. Sam's family housekeeper, who traveled to California with them years before, became the cook at the Inn. Her food was legendary and she was popular all throughout the city.
What I enjoyed so much was the complete makeover of the young lady we know as Abigail, to the self-sufficient woman that emerged as Abby. Her world was turned upside down. We get to watch the sometimes comical change-up as she learned to pluck chickens, make cherry pies, wash dishes and wait tables for the first time in her pampered life.
Another valuable part of Abby's life was her integrity and strong will. That included her spiritual life. She knew what she believed and why she believed that way, yet she never viewed herself as better than anyone else. She made friends with those who were like minded and they encouraged each other in their faith. She was always willing to consider a different viewpoint and learn new things, especially learning about God's character. That part of one of my favorite sections of the book and the best part of the character development that is done so well. If you like historical fiction from a woman's point of view, then you are sure to enjoy this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the Barbour Publishing as a member of the Review Crew. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Teresalock4 Stars Out Of 5Great StoryApril 12, 2018TeresalockQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Abby Effingham is on a mission to find her mother. Her mother left home in search of a more interesting life. Abby knows if she finds her mother she can convince her to come back home. On the way they are derailed due to weather and end up in San Francisco in the middle of the gold rush. The town and people are unlike anything Abby is used to knowing. She's very pleased with the housing they find, but realize that her money is quickly dwindling and she needs to do something about it. Abby is not your working girl, but decides to take a job offered at the local restaurant. The work is hard and Abby isn't used to the demanding work and long hours. As she waits for her mother to arrive she finds out that her family's butler, her traveling companion, has contacted her father because he doesn't find her working acceptable. Abby develops a great friendship with Cookie, the cook, and she finds Sam, the owner's son, an interesting companion. As she starts to know the people of the town better she realizes that her background could come in handy. Some of the men have become rough around the edges after panning for gold so long away from their wives. Abby starts teaching "manners" classes in hopes of helping these men become a little more dignified for when they return to their wives. As Abby becomes intertwined in the town she realizes that she can't imagine leaving. When both her parents arrive and Sam's dad has a big decision on his hands to make there are lots of twists and turns in this book right at the very end. I love when a book takes me in an unexpected direction.
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TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5They both have much to learn about life & love...April 9, 2018TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I've read a number of Janice Thompson's contemporary romantic comedies so I was pleased to see that she had a title coming in the My Heart Belongs In... series. And when I found out that it was set during the California Gold Rush era I was even more interested.
I have to admit that sometimes I wanted to give Abby a good shaking because of her stubborn naivety. But then the same went for Samuel's stubborn self righteousness. Those two really are quite the pair. In addition to Abby and Samuel, My Heart Belongs In San Francisco, California: Abby's Prospects was populated with some delightfully fun and quirky characters, as well as an oily charming villain.
The use of a few phrases/terms that wouldn't come into actual usage for a few decades was only a tiny hiccup and didn't distract from my enjoyment of this truly sweet historical romance.
Janice Thompson's newest release, My Heart Belongs In San Francisco, California: Abby's Prospects, is a lovely addition to the My Heart Belongs In... series and a must read for all fans.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
Pooh Bear3 Stars Out Of 5Interesting story about the California Gold RushApril 8, 2018Pooh BearQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3I've read several of the stories in the "My Heart Belongs" series and enjoyed them. This book was no exception. The setting in early San Francisco during the Gold Rush interested me, I enjoyed learning more about it and what the people during that time had to go through. The main characters, Abby and Samuel, seemed a little superficial to me, and I couldn't really relate deeply with them, although their story was sweet and clean. The characters I enjoyed most were Cookie and Neville. Their personalities really sparkled and brought life to the story. There was a definite inspirational tone to the book, which I felt could have been toned down a bit, as there were countless Biblical references and quotes. For me, it detracted a little from the story, but that's just my opinion. The "Fun Facts About the California Gold Rush" in the back of the book was a great addition. Janice Thompson is a talented writer, and I've enjoyed many of her other stories.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
smiles25615 Stars Out Of 5Great book...cant wait to read another one!!!April 7, 2018smiles2561Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was really great...i really enjoyed it...and cant wait to read another one...by Janice Thompson...it was very easy to feel like you were right there...and i love when books make you feel like that!!! i cant wait to read the next one, i know there are more that are similar to this..,"My Heart Belongs in.........."
***I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."