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 must 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-1600s to establish a life–and a legacy–in the New World.
This was a good historical book. Mary doesn't want to marry someone arranged by her father, she wants to marry for love. Barney needs to marry for his children but is still in love with his deceased wife. The situation works well for both of them. Following God's will leads them to the new world and hopefully to a new love.The author did a good job with these characters. Mary's turmoil and hurt are understandable. I really wanted to be mad at Barney for some of the things that happened, but the author did a great job with him too. Though Mary doesn't understand his motivation, as the reader you see his hurt and feelings for his late wife. I did like that faith was central to the whole story and how it isn't an easy thing. There are going to be more books in this series and I cannot wait to read more of this story.
This is a 4/5, solid Christian historical romance.
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine