My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley, by Andrea Boeshaar

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

Journey into the Shenandoah Valley of 1816 where…
With Very Little Left of the Family Farm, Lily May be Forced into a Loveless Marriage.

Captain McAlister “Mac” Albright has purchased land in the Shenandoah Valley. However, the land belongs to Lillyanna Laughlin—or so she erroneously thinks. Mac sets her straight and despite a poor start, the two become friends. . .if only he were financially stable to offer her more.

When Lily’s life is threatened and his whole future goes up in flames, Mac truly becomes a man without means, and Lily is forced to make the impossible choice between a loveless marriage with a man twice her age or the man who has shown her what true love could be. How can she choose between love and economic security? Her family is depending on her. Is her heart destined to break?

Journey into Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley of 1816 where a woman’s dreams and future happiness are on the line.

First Thoughts:

I’m currently reading Andrea Boeshaar’s Civil War series which is also set in the Shenandoah Valley. It’ll be interesting to read something by her set in the same place but over 30 years earlier.

My Take:

If you’re looking for a light-ish historical romance, please allow me recommend the My Heart Belongs series from Barbour. New books in the series are released every other month, and each is set in a different state. The latest offering takes place in Virginia, shortly after the end of the War of 1812. Mac is a veteran of the war and probably has what we would now call PTSD. When he meets Lily’s younger brothers who have romanticized the idea of seafaring, Mac must temper their dreams while facing his nightmares. Lily, meanwhile, is faced with the reality that the land she’s been tending has been sold out from under her feet and that she could also become homeless if she doesn’t acquiesce to the wishes of a local businessman.

The initial plot point regarding the land ownership is resolved early on and from there the plot focuses mainly on Lily and Mac trying not to be attracted to each other. They are joined on the pages by Lily’s brothers and spinster aunt, and Mac’s former shipmate who’s still trying to find his land legs. There’s a villain in the form of the businessman and class-conscious family members. There is some darkness within, with discussions about slavery and impressment (which could be considered a form of slavery carried out by the Royal Navy.) Despite these difficult subjects, however, I still found this to be an easy read.

Actually, I found this installment of the My Heart Belongs series to be shorter than what I’m used to reading. The story left me wanting more. I especially wanted to know about two characters whose futures were left somewhat up in the air. I could envision a Shenandoah Valley family saga except Boeshaar already has one in progress, albeit one set during the Civil War.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Have you read My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Excerpt

Publisher: Barbour Books

Publication Date: 01 September 2017

Page Count: 256

Read more on:   Andrea Boeshaar’s Website   Barbour Books’ Website

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My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas, by Erica Vetsch

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Journey now to Fort Bliss in West Texas of 1874, where…
A Battle Is About to be Waged Between Two Hearts.

Fashion artist Priscilla Hutchens has a grudge against the army that has ruined her family and taken the people she holds most dear. When her twin niece and nephew are left orphaned at Fort Bliss, Texas, she swoops down on Fort Bliss to gain custody of them immediately.

There is just one thing standing in the way—Post surgeon Major Elliot Ryder, who is also the twins uncle, also claims the children and thinks he knows what is best for them.

Priscilla and Elliot will cross swords, but each will have to lay down arms if they are to find a lasting peace on which to form the family both are longing for.  Who will win the battle? Or will a truce be called for the sake of love and family?

First Thoughts:

Sometimes, I just want to get lost in an historical romance…

My Take:

Barbour Publishing has started a new line of historical romance fiction called My Heart Belongs focusing on different locations in the USA.  In January, it started with Fort Bliss, Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille by Erica Vetsch. Priscilla is the ‘fish out of water’ stylish city woman who is completely unprepared for life on the frontier. She has one plan: to get to Fort Bliss, gain custody of her family, and then immediately take them home to civilization. The children might be loved at Fort Bliss but, as far as Priscilla is concerned, a military environment is no place for a child. Her plan takes a slight detour, however, when she’s attracted to the Major in the Military Corps who happens to be the children’s uncle.

My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas is a cute story that’s easy to read. While it’s mostly light, there are serious times such as interactions with local Indian populations and the spread of disease throughout the fort. The physical descriptions were so good I could visualize everything. During the course of the novel, Priscilla must continuously step out of her comfort zone and, as she does so, she gradually comes to realize that home really is where the heart is.

Thank you to Barbour Publishing for my complimentary electronic copy of My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas, which I downloaded from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss, Texas? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Excerpt

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

Publication Date: 01 January 2017

Page Count: 256

Read more on:   Erica Vetsch’s Website   Barbour Publishing’s Website

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The Pattern Artist, by Nancy Moser

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Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1911 with her wealthy mistress. Wide-eyed with the possibilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if there’s more for her than a life of service.

Annie chooses to risk everything, taps into courage she never knew she had, and goes off on her own, finding employment in the sewing department at Macy’s. While at Macy’s Annie catches the eye of a salesman at the Butterick Pattern Company. Through determination, hard work, and God’s leading, Annie discovers a hidden gift: she is a talented fashion designer—a pattern artist of the highest degree.

As she runs from ghosts of the past and focuses on the future, Annie enters a creative world that takes her to the fashion houses of Paris and into a life of adventure, purpose, and love.

First Thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed every historical novel by Nancy Moser that I’ve read. It’s great to have the opportunity to review her newest title.

My Take:

Nineteen year old Annie Wood arrives in New York on the trip of a lifetime. Although she’s a lowly housemaid who has to answer to other servants, her sewing skills have necessitated her inclusion and she’s determined to make the most of it. But after disillusionment sets in and she makes an enemy in her temporary household, Annie decides to go after the American dream. What follows is a fast paced story which, while it does comes across as improbable at times, is highly entertaining.

It’s easy to like Annie. She isn’t perfect, but she’s eager to learn and has a positive attitude. She surrounds herself with good people from various backgrounds and some, such as Maude, are interesting enough that I’d like to read more about them. Annie’s story isn’t all sunshine and flowers, however, and there are some sad moments. I waited for the proverbial shoe to drop as the narrative moved towards April 1912 in Paris, and drop it does.

The Pattern Artist is a story about God’s nudging and how He has grand plans for each of us. It actually ties in well with a Bible study I’m currently doing. Even when Annie’s life is touched by tragedy, we see how He can bring about something positive from it. It’s also an enjoyable historical romance that I couldn’t put down and consequently stayed up very late to finish.

Thank you to Barbour Publishing for my complimentary copy of The Pattern Artist, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Do you plan to read The Pattern Artist? Let me know your thoughts.

Excerpt

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press (an imprint of Barbour Publishing)

Publication Date: 01 December 2016

Page Count: 320

Read more on:   Nancy Moser’s Website   Barbour Publishing’s Website

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