Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Review: To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

To Follow Her Heart
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.

My Review

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino is the third in her Southold Chronicles.  This was a historical novel taking place during the 1660’s when New York was still held by the Dutch and was called New Amsterdam.  Around this time the British wanted control of New Amsterdam and this book shows some of the history of the British take over which resulted in the gaining and the renaming to New York.  The history was fascinating and this book moved quicker than the previous. 

This story in particular dealt with the relationship of Patience Terry and Captain Jeremy Horton.  After the town thinking him dead after his entire crew and ship was lost at sea, his own desire to get back to the love of his life, you would think that he would want to settle down and marry her.  However, Patience lives up to her name and more and I must say that Jeremy was getting on my nerves.  He loved Patience but I believe he was unsure if he was the marrying type.  Poor Patience waited and waited trusting in his promises.  I was quite put out with him and was even hoping for a possible new love interest for her.  The lovely Patience knows her own heart and after waiting for Jeremy for years, will she continue or has he asked too much of her this time?  The title was fitting.

We are once again reunited with old friends and this book does take a sad turn that I was not expecting.  The covers of this series are absolutely gorgeous, they look like paintings.  I am curious at what next will come from the pen of author Rebeca DeMarino.

I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.

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