I’ve often wished I could live in a different era. The dark ages I imagine were fascinating. Fortresses, knights, kingdoms. The Industrial age with all the new advances in technology. Pre civil war with the huge dresses. Even the 20’s seem appealing with the ease in which the American dream felt it could be achieved. It is easy to focus on the good things that these eras had. In many cases, it just seems that life was simpler “back then”.
Then I read a book such as Follow the Heart, and it reminds me why I would really just prefer immersing myself in a different era through fiction. Follow the Heart centers around Christopher and Kate. Two siblings with one goal: make a financially advantageous marriage. It doesn’t matter if they find love, money is the priority. It seems that being able to fully marry for love is fairly recent. I imagine that now, if we heard of someone marrying for any other reasons, we would think them to be archaic (even though in some parts of the world, love is not a reason for marriage).
While I’m sure that I will still wonder about living life a hundred years ago, I think I will always prefer to experience it through a book.
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**I received a free copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review**
If one romance makes for a good book, then two must make it exceptional. Follow the Heart follows Kate and Christopher, two siblings who are sent to England to marry wealthy spouses. Of course as any book worth reading would do, Kate and Christopher develop affections for a gardener and a governess, not exactly wealthy prospects.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. While it might not be a novel that stands out to me among others, I was entertained and wrapped up in the story. Both of the storylines are a bit different from each other but they are also intertwined. And amidst it all, is a lesson in trusting God.
The cast of characters was quite vibrant. The cousins, sour Edith, timid Dorcas, and inquisitive Florence, each add their own element to this story through their interactions with Kate and Christopher.
I do wish that a bit more of the story would have occurred around The Great Exhibition, as that is one of the reasons that this book drew me. The World’s Fairs settings are always fascinating to me and they seem like excellent story fodder. While we do see a bit of the fair and Queen Victoria, there isn’t much, but I’m hoping the next novel in the series has a bit more.
I would love to hear from you! Ever wished you could time travel to a different era? Where and when would you choose?
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