Hearts Awakening, A Book Review

Two people in desperate circumstances.
One unlikely proposal.

Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon’s Island, nestled in the Susquehanna River, is not of her choosing, either. She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper.

Yet Ellie never imagined the widower would be so young… so handsome.

Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so… plain. But he quickly comes to realize that Ellie’s presence may solve his own problems–both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.

When Jackson offers her something quite out of the ordinary, will Ellie look beyond mere necessity and risk opening her heart?

Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey. Visit www.deliaparr.com for more information.
This book held a few slight similarities that reminded me of my beloved Rebecca which kind of made me gleeful;-)

This is one of those books that you kinda fly through. The story flows from beginning to end and offers a sweet, endearing tale of faith, forgiveness, tragedy and true love. It’s one of those stories where two people are forced into a relationship by circumstance and you get to watch as their lives begin to intertwine and something much more than a relationship of convenience develops. I love when I know the characters feelings before they do and I get to sit back and wait patiently for them to discover what I’ve known since the beginning.
The secluded, woodsy setting of the novel had a peaceful, cozy feel that made you want to imagine being there. The protagonist, Ellie was a very real type of character. She showed a great example of one who held to unwavering faith in the midst of much uncertainty, rejection and difficulty. I loved the determination, boldness and inner-beauty of her character. The story dealt with some real-life issues in a tasteful way. This was a fairly light, quick read, but an enjoyable story that holds lasting lessons. This would make a great summer read!

*Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for the review copy.

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