Review: Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

It is always interesting to come across books by new authors. The synopsis of A Place in His Heart seems to have all of the makings of a wonderful book:

From Amazon: She could cross an ocean, but could she ever win his heart?

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?

Honestly, I love stories where a marriage of convenience is what starts the romance. But for some reason, this novel just seemed to be lacking. The story is wonderful, and their were a lot of opportunities where the author could have added in some tension or excitement, but it just never happened. There are two main problems that run through the course of the novel: Mary wants her husband to love her, and Mary and Barnabas both want to have a baby, which seems like it will never happen. The problem with both of these plotlines is that for the first one, there are a handful of scenes that seem to show the feelings Mary and Barnabas have for each other. The fact that Mary feels a lack of love from Barnabas is either not as clearly written as it could be, or it makes her a shallow character. As for the baby plotline, that one just gets annoying.

There were some perks to this novel though. The scenes are beautifully written. In a strange way, the characters are pretty well-rounded and as well as quite developed. I think there could have been more action for the characters and that would have helped. The dialogue was also well done.

I was a bit disappointed in the novel overall. Not to the point that I had to stop reading it or that it was hard to pick back up, but mainly this anticipation of waiting for something ‘big’ to happen that never seemed to.

With all that said, there is one extremely admirable trait to this novel. The main characters, well they are the actual ancestors of the author. I have a lot of respect for an author who tells that kind of story and chooses to tell it in as authentic of a way as possible. So I wonder if this is the reason for the novel lacking the excitement that it could have.

This is listed as the first book for the author in what will appear to be a series of books. While I’m not interested in picking this particular novel up again, I will probably watch for the next one in the series.

And one last thing, can I just mention how wonderful the cover is for this book?

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I received a free copy of this book from Revell and NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.



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