Mary Langton does not wish to submit to an arranged marriage. Her intended is a boor and for her father to insist on a union between the two is enough to make her cry. After a chance meeting between Mary and baker, Barnabas Horton, Mary finds herself falling for the widower and his two children. If only she could convince her father that such a marriage would not be a disaster.
Barnabas mourns still for his beloved wife. But he needs a mother for his two sons and Mary Langton appears to be able to fit the position perfectly. So begins the courtship that will set into motion a lifelong journey for the couple.
At first A Place in His Heart was very difficult for me to take an interest in. But it soon picked up. Normally I’m not a fan of reading books about married couples or about couples who marry so soon in the story because (1) some authors don’t have much tact about certain things and (2) I cannot really relate to the characters after they marry. But note “normally”. While I did feel the story dragged in some areas I was completely immersed in the lives of both Mary and Barnabas and their failure to communicate with one another while bearing difficult burdens that resulted in so much pain for both individuals. As stated in the past I don’t read too many books that make me feel like “one of the clan” so that I absolutely abhor it when something bad happens to the main character or that I cry when they cry. With this first book in The Southold Chronicles I felt very close to Mary; she seemed so real! (Well the story is based on the author’s family history, but a lot of fiction was incorporated in order to make up for obscure details/facts). Not only does this make for an entertaining read it also provides casual readers with a peek into the life of the early female settlers and how difficult it must have been for them. A sound read.
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