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?
MY THOUGHTS-This is a book that I have mixed feelings about. While I enjoyed the plot and found parts of it to be interesting, I got somewhat irritated with the characters. Especially with Mary. Her endless crying throughout the first part got on my nerves. I understand she is still a teenager, not quite a woman yet, but it quickly got annoying. I respected Barnabas and enjoyed his learning with his sons, etc. There were several parts that I liked, one of which is the first time Barnabas and Mary meet in the store. His sons have played with yarn and it is strung all over. Mary quickly assists the young men in cleaning up and in doing so, shows Barnabas that she is capable of taking his two boys in hand. But at the same time, she doesn't cook or bake and this poses a problem. Of course, Barnabas being a baker helps a bit. Mary's sister is somewhat devious and allows a bit of flirting to go on while Mary is with her, which I found a bit odd. The sisters have no problem talking with their father about things, even though he is a bit hard headed and stubborn.
Overall a good book that shows the time period well and gives some background to the Puritans and their theology. I found it to be interesting as I have always enjoyed reading about John Bunyan and his life. Other than the irritation with Mary, I found the book enjoyable.
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