Tuesday, May 27, 2014
A PLACE IN HIS HEART (REBECCA DeMARINO)
Baker Publishing Group|June 3, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-2218-0
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 much 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-1600's to establish a life-and a legacy-in the New World.
I felt so sorry for Mary in this story. She loved Barnabas so deeply and was such a good mother to his two boys, but Barnabas couldn't allow himself to love Mary in return. He was still too deeply in love with his deceased first wife, Anne.
As patient as Mary was, no matter what she did, what work she took on, no matter how many people she helped, no matter the amount of meals she prepared or the sewing she did, nothing could make Barnabas say those three words of "I love you" to her.
Barnabas's two young boys were good kids, but the eldest boy never accepted, Mary either and gave her a hard time, constantly. He was outright rude to her and went out of his way to make it known he was not at all happy that she was a part of their family.
They decide to cross the ocean to the new world and Mary has her hopes set that this change of venue will also change Barnabas. Will this brave and daring move get Mary what she wants or will she always languish as nothing more than a glorified babysitter for his two sons?