I keep reading books that are second or third in a series! Thankfully, Rebecca DeMarino’s To Follow Her Heart, which is the third in the Southold Chronicles series, is just fine as a stand-alone story.
From the back cover:
Duty and love are powerful forces. Only one has the power to make her life complete.It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold–and to an overjoyed Patience–it’s not quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.
With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges you into a world of tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts.
Rebecca DeMarino is the author of The Southold Chronicles, a series based on the lives of her ninth great-grandparents, Mary Langton and Barnabas Horton. 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. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, New England Historical Genealogical Society, and the Southold Long Island Historical Society. Learn more at http://www.rebeccademarino.com.
I left the part about the author in there this time because I love the fact she based this series on her ancestors. It’s something I’ve begun writing as well, but kept derailing myself with worries of how other relatives might take offense. I need to get over that!
What I thought of the book:
From the blurb on the back of the book, I thought that would be the main story: Patience and Jeremy trying to find their way back to each other, and when they finally do, something is keeping them from marrying. At first I was disappointed, because all that happens in the first few chapters, which left me wondering what the rest of the book would be about. I wasn’t disappointed, though! There are quite a few twists and turns, obstacles being thrown in the path of the union between Patience and Jeremy, not the least of which is Jeremy’s own reluctance to wed the woman he professes to love. (Why, though? I never did understand this part of Jeremy’s character.)
All in all, this book is just a wonderful, thoughtful look into 17th Century Colonial life.
**I was sent this copy from Revell Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**