“Follow the Heart” The Great Exhibition series, by Kaye Dacus, book review
1851- Kate and Christopher Dearing are sent to their rich uncle’s house in England to find wealthy mates to save the family from financial ruin. Their father had gambled his wealth in the railroad land specualtion and lost. Now the all hope falls to the eldest children to marry wealth. As Kate and Christopher learn about English life, they both find love, but not with the elite segment as instructed.
The world’s attention is focused on the Great Exhibition- a show of industrial marvel and innovation. As the Dearings prepare to attend the openning, they are surrounded by the very wealthy of the area, friends of their uncle, the very people they are to meet and hopefully marry.
I enjoyed the novel and the attention to detail, of the lifestyle of the day, the clothes and horticulture, as much of the story is about the gardens of the estate and exhibition. The loyalty the Dearing siblings show to each other and their family is tremendous, as well as the sacrifice- to give up their own happiness for the better of their family. This is an easy to read novel and I look forward to the next in the Great Exhibition series.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, as a member of the Christian Fiction Alliance. All opinions expressed are my own.
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B&H Books (May 1, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing, Harvest House Publishers, and B&H Publishing. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a full-time academic advisor and part-time college composition instructor for Bethel University.
Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and educator who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an academic advisor and English Composition instructor for Bethel University.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Follow the Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.
Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother’s brother in England with one edict: marry money.
At twenty-seven years old, Kate has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America.
Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, their attentions stray to a gardener and a governess.
While Christopher has options that would enable him to lay his affections where he chooses, he cannot let the burden of their family’s finances crush his sister. Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy— gardener aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a wealthy viscount shows interest in her. But is marrying for the financial security of her family the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?
Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?