A Place in His Heart

Title:  A Place in His Heart (The Southold Chronicles #1)
Story Pages:  310
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Revell
The setting for the story begins in England in the 1630s when Reformers or Puritans were trying to remove the pomp and circumstance from the Anglican Church of England so that the common man could have a relationship with God and read his own Bible.  Barnabas Horton is such a man, although he conforms when attending church so he won’t be discovered.  He has told very few of his plans to sail for the New World to establish a church free of English rule.  He has recently lost his wife and is the father of two young sons.  His sons need a mother, but he believes he will never be able to love another again as he did his first wife.  He marries Mary Langton, who is 10 years his junior.  He has told her he will provide and take care of her, but not to expect him to give her his heart.
Mary Langton is supposed to wed her childhood friend, but now she despises him.  She discovers Barnabas has recently lost his wife and sets her cap for him.  They soon begin a quick courtship and shortly thereafter are married.  After a couple of years, Barney tells her of his wish to go to the New World.  Mary is devastated at the thought of leaving her beloved father, sister and sister’s family.  As they settle in the New World, years have passed since their marriage and still no baby has arrived.  Mary longs for her own child, but has become a mother to Barney’s sons, even though Joseph won’t call her mother.  She also still hasn’t earned Barney’s love.
Positives:  Barnabas and Mary’s continual reliance and effort to do God’s will.  Their daily Bible readings, devotions and prayers as a family was also something I liked to read about.  The writing style was easy to read, and I did like that the author based the fictional story on her own ancestral family.
Negatives:  I thought Barnabas was very selfish and somewhat cruel in the confines of their marriage to keep his first wife at the forefront of his life and encouraging his sons to do the same.  I thought Mary equally silly for encouraging him to do it!  Mary throughout the entire book thinks she has to work to earn Barney’s love, which is mentioned at the end of several chapters.  Both characters seemed to think if they worked hard enough to do God’s will and they would be rewarded.
My rating is 3 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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