Today we take religious freedom for granted, but in the 1600’s England, people were not free to worship as they wanted. In the book, “A Heart of His Own” Barnabas Horton is trying to follow his heart in many ways, but mainly in leading his family in Biblical Worship, which is not allowed by the government. When his beloved wife, Anne, dies, leaving him with 2 young sons, he is heartbroken. But for the sake of his sons, he pushes on. Mary Langston longs to marry for love, especially after being left at the church steps by her suitor. When she meets Barnabas, she feels he is someone she can love, and he needs a mother for his sons.
They come to an agreement and marry. Although Mary feels that she can never be like Anne and earn Barnabas’ love. They travel to the new world to escape the religious intolerance and again Mary hopes to earn Barnabas’ love. During the difficult days of building a new community and home, Mary also longs for a child, but none come.
This is an interesting book of searching for love. Both Barnabas and Mary long for love, but is seemingly escapes them. The struggles to build a new home, town, church and community was difficult! But the strong persevered. I will not look at the church and the freedom we have the same after reading this book.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Revell (June 3, 2014)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rebecca DeMarino was born in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter of a Navy pilot. Her mother made a home for the family of six all over the map, including Virginia, Nevada, California, Washington, and Guam, before her parents put down anchor on a ranch in Oregon.
As the wife of a young Air Force officer, married life brought more travel. She relied on her mother’s example of how to make a home anywhere. Her three beautiful daughters were born in Florida, Alaska and Nebraska.
Retired after sixteen years with a major airline, she manages to fulfill her love of wanderlust with frequent family or research trips.
Rebecca grew up listening to her mother’s family lore of a great-grandfather from generations ago. Barnabas Horton sailed from England in the 1600’s, to Long Island, N.Y., on a ship called The Swallow. In 1999, after she found Horton Point, L.I., on a map, Rebecca and her mother made the journey to see the lighthouse named after their ancestor.
The legend goes that Barnabas brought a slab of blue slate with him from England, and had the epitaph he wrote himself engraved on it. The blue slate still exists in the Old Cemetery in Southold, L.I., with the Bible verse, “He being dead, still speaketh.” Much information was found about Barnabas, but none of his wife, save a mention in his will.
Her mother passed away in 2005, but Rebecca returned to Southold many times, drawn by her Puritan roots and English heritage. Each time she wondered about her ninth great-grandmother, a young woman who married a widower with two young boys and then followed them for the wilds of Long Island, leaving behind her home and family. What were her dreams? Her motivations? Her fears?
Rebecca’s historical romance novel, A PLACE IN HIS HEART, debuts with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing House, in June of 2014.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton is still in love with his deceased wife and needs only a mother for his two young sons. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.
This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino’s own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life–and a legacy–in the New World.
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