This novel captures the emotions and experiences of a Pilgrim family on their journey to the New World in the 1630's.
This is Rebecca DeMarino's debut novel, and it is a fine combination of history and romance. I haven't encountered that many books set in this time period, and so this whole series is an exciting promise of good reading to come.
I felt so much sympathy for our heroine Mary Langton. As much as she longed for love, and as much as she hoped that Barnabas Horton would provide that love, her life was not easy. She tends to Barnabas's two sons- will they ever fully accept her as Mother? She adores her husband, and wonders if there is room for her amidst his devotion to his first wife. And then she leaves all that is familiar to her for a land of new dreams and new heartaches.
Rebecca conveys a good, solid sense of place and time in her prose, and I could picture so many of the events. Whether she was writing about Barnabas's bakery in England or the weeks spent at sea or the perils of Colonial American life, the scenes are detailed and rich.
I will most surely be looking for the upcoming volumes of The Southold Chronicles!
Thank you Revell for my review copy!
When Rebecca DeMarino traveled to Horton Point, Long Island, with her mother, Helen Jean Horton Worley, in 1999, passions collided: her love of faith, family, travel, history, and writing. Rebecca's debut novel, A PLACE IN HIS HEART, is a historical romance based on Mary and Barnabas Horton, Rebecca’s ninth great-grandparents. Set in 1600’s Southold, Long Island, book one of The Southold Chronicles will be released by Revell in June, 2014. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and when not writing, she enjoys family and genealogy, travel, reading, running, baking and gardening. Rebecca is represented by Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary Agency.