Historical Fiction, Review

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarinoIt is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados, with no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.

Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy is rescued and aboard a British Naval Gunship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold–and to an overjoyed Patience–it’s not the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.

With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges readers into the 17th century–a world of high seas and tall ships, daring journeys and yearning hearts.

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My Thoughts

We’ve seen little Patience Terry grow and mature from a flirty young woman fawning over Barnabas Horton before they crossed the Atlantic into a virtuous and compassionate woman respected throughout the Southold community. I couldn’t help but want a happily ever after for her once she became one of Mary’s dearest friends and outgrew her schoolgirl crush.

Jeremy Horton has been one of my favorite characters throughout the series. The characteristics I love most about him are his adventurous spirit and attentive relationship with his sister-in-law. Jeremy does have flaws and unfortunately for Patience it seems he didn’t learn much from his brother’s missteps in the dance of love.

This final installment in The Southold Chronicles is full of adventure, heartache, romance, and best of all, a full circle conclusion that draws the entire series to a satisfying end. Rebecca DeMarino has beautifully combined her own genealogy and family lore with vibrant historical fiction.

I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through Revell Reads. The opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

Rebecca DeMarinoWhen Rebecca DeMarino traveled to Horton Point, Long Island, with her mother, Helen Jean Horton Worley, in 1999, passions collided: her love of faith, family, travel, history, and writing.

Rebecca’s series, The Southold Chronicles, is a historical romance based on Mary and Barnabas Horton, Rebecca’s ninth great-grandparents. Set in 1600’s Southold, Long Island, book three, To Follow Her Heart, released from Revell in July 2016.

Rebecca is the author of A Place in His Heart and To Capture Her Heart. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and when not writing, she enjoys family and genealogy, travel, reading, running, baking and gardening.

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