Title: To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles Book #2)
Author: Rebecca Demarino
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
There are some characters originally introduced to readers in book one of the series, A Place in His Heart, that are in the sequel. Of course, new characters are in the story of book two, which takes place in the late 1600’s; the era has a fascinating and rich history that is woven in the story. The timing of the story shows tension between various people groups, different belief systems, and yet in some of the homes there are daily prayer and Scripture reading as a family.
Life is precarious and a day-to-day existence is the norm, and danger from warring Native American tribes brings some action into the story. Included also is the war in England with the Dutch, which is now at an end, and the Southold community is expected to begin living in peace with their neighbors. Some intermarriages between people from different cultures isn’t advocated at first, but the beginning of hearts turning to accept change in marriage decisions is slowly blooming.
The book held my interest because of the rich history of the people and area, which was new to me. I enjoyed reading how fathers would rise early to lead the family in prayer and Scripture reading before members of the family dispersed to complete the daily chores their lives depended on. The growth in the community along with changes in law required new roles mainly for the men. The women took care of hearth and home, gathering together at harvest time to prepare food for the coming winter, or sewing for an upcoming wedding.
I thought much on how in our instant society we have lost in some way a very real awareness of our dependency on God for each day’s food, clothing, etc. America is filled with much history that has its basis in people coming to her shores to leave a place where they couldn’t worship. America is filled with true stories of various peoples learning to live life in peace and in community.
The author ends the book with an opening that I am sure will be continued in book three. I didn’t locate the title of this third book, but I am excited to know that I haven’t read the last of a rich history and faith that came to America’s shores so long ago!
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