Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother.
With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas's secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary's world is upended. How could she possibly leave her papa and her dear sister?
And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband's broken heart?
I really enjoyed this book. It's from a period of history we learned about at school. Saying that this book covered a lot more of the religious aspect that I don't remember learning about.
The lead characters Mary and Barnabas as well suited for one another and Mary especially, a very brave and adventurous soul. I liked how the character Joseph was portrayed as a young boy who so missed his mother and felt he would betray her if he called Mary, mother. It made the story even more believable.
I thoroughly enjoyed the everyday life occasions that were written about in the book. It made you feel as though you were there. They had a very hard life with many up and downs that's for sure.
Stars out of 5 : 4.5 I was hooked on the book right away, which is always a good sign. I did find the love story of Mary and Barnabas a bit drawn out. Lesser characters would have thrown in the towel I think at the way things progressed there. I am looking forward to the next book in "The Southold Chronicles," as I need to know what will happen next. Well worth your time reading this book, I read it in a day.
(Nothing to do with the story, but don't you think the woman on the front of the book reminds you of Nicole Kidman?)
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