Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Place in His Heart

GIVEAWAY

DEMARINO, REBECCA
A PLACE IN HIS HEART

Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton is still in love with his deceased wife and needs only a mother for his two young sons. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.
This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino’s own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life–and a legacy–in the New World.


My Review:

Gripping debut novel full of the grit and drama of the 17th century New World. Historical details really captured my imagination and have me amazed anew at the strength and courage of our ancestors. Especially the women.

DeMarino stays true to the time period, as frustrating as it was for this modern-day woman to read in parts. Mary's willingness to follow her husband's lead into the unknown is astounding, and yet so many women did just that. It was the men who had the visions and the women who worked to create a home wherever they landed. I would not have been so gracious under such trying circumstances!

I felt Mary's heartache and insecurities; her frustrations and determination. This is really her story, and in it, an echo of all the other women who bravely settled this land.

I will say that I had a hard time relating to Barnabas. Simply put, he was a complete dunderhead when it came to his relationship with Mary. :-) You'll have to read the book to find out why, but honestly, the man aggravated me no end. Definitely not hero material for me.

This is an epic tale that spans a decade and really gives the reader a glimpse into the way things might have been in the mid sixteen hundreds.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Place in His Heart please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 29 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


32 comments:

  1. Thanks for the chance to win! samke23 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, samke23. Good luck!

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  2. I've read mixed reviews of this book...and just about all haven't liked Barnabas too much! Still, looking forward to reading it!

    Stephanie
    mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

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    1. If you like plain historical, this is a great book. I happen to like a liberal dose of romance with my history and that fizzled for me. Barnabas should have been lost at sea on the voyage over, in my humble opinion! Good luck, Stephanie

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  3. I don't know how you get so much reading done! I love historical fiction, would love the opportunity to read this book.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I have a long commute twice a day, Patty, so I read up a storm. And then I always read a bit before I go to sleep...and a bit more to wake myself up and...oh never mind, you're right, I read a lot. Good luck, Patty.

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  4. I find this review fascinating and would love to read A Place in His Heart. I love the title...I think it speaks volumes.the cover draws me to this book. Thank you, Kav.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Glad I could fascinate you, Melanie. Good luck!

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  5. This book sounds really, really good! Thank you for the review and the giveaway.

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    1. My fingers are clicking too quick and my brain is too slow. Here's my email:
      kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    2. LOL -- that's a bad omen when your fingers think faster than your brain. Good luck, Karen.

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  6. Love to read this! Thanks for the chance.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  7. I keep seeing this cover and would love to be entered to win! Thanks for hosting, Kav!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're entered, Nicole. Good luck!

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  8. I love the cover of this book! The story sounds interesting, too.

    Blessings,

    ~Tammi

    dandtdearing{at}earthlink{dot}net

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  9. I would like to try this one! Could be good (even if emotional) food for thought.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. New author to me. Looking forward to reading her book. Going to add to my wish list. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.
    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. This is her debut novel, KayLee, so she's new to all of us. Good uck!

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  11. Oh my, a new author ... any time so count me in. rrwalter34 @gmail.com

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    1. It's exciting to be 'in' at the beginning of an author's career, isn't it? Good luck, Becky!

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    2. Ops ...totally missed doing my email the right way.

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  12. I so agree with your review. For a debut author (or any author for that matter), Rebecca did a fine job of writing this book. Looking forward to the 2nd in the series. As for Barnabas, every time I felt like smacking him, he did something nice! :/ Take for example the beautiful bed. Major frustration with him!

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    1. Yes -- but he was soooooooooooo you know for way too long. I could buy it for months..even a year but years and years and years? For someone who followed God's promptings so ardently he sure missed the boat on his home life. Gah!

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  13. A "gripping debut novel" sounds like something I want to read! Sign me up, Kav! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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  14. Hi Kav. Good review. Got a laugh from your remark about Barnabas. I've been trying to win this one. Some guys don't know how to express their feelings so I've heard. Maybe things will get better. They have always said only those who were strong made it back in those times. I can understand why. I would love to win. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. I bet you want to smack him upside the head when you read this book, Maxie. LOL. Good luck!

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  15. Interesting review - thanks for the chance to win. truckredford (at)gmail Dot Com

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