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To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles #2)

Rebecca Demarino
To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles #2)

It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montauk tribe, is enjoying her wedding feast when her groom is killed and she is kidnapped by a rival tribe and held for ransom. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is nonetheless left to die in a Connecticut fores... Read More

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It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montauk tribe, is enjoying her wedding feast when her groom is killed and she is kidnapped by a rival tribe and held for ransom. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is nonetheless left to die in a Connecticut forest--until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her long friendship with family friend Benjamin Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice--stay true to her friend or follow her heart.

Exploring a unique slice of history, Rebecca DeMarino transports readers to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York. Her attention to detail and her captivating storytelling bring the New World to vivid life.
  • Store Only: Yes
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jun 2, 2015
  • UPC: 9780800722197
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Publish Date: Jul 7, 2015
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0800722191

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Good Historical Interactions, Story Lacks Special Appeal... by Babbling Becky L on 8/14/2016

To Capture Her Heart is the first book I have read by Rebecca DeMarino. While I enjoyed the premise of the Indians and the English and the Dutch struggling to find their place in the New World, the book did not find a place among my favorites.

I liked DeMarino's characters, but somehow failed to fully connect with them. Given the gravity of some of the situations presented, maybe I felt there wasn't enough suspense.

I did enjoy getting a look at Mary and Barnabas's family and how they came to be a cohesive, loving household. That part of the novel will propel me on to read the next book. Both are worth a reader's consideration. DeMarino has well-presented varying attitudes of the many different peoples towards each other.

I gratefully received a copy of this book from Revellreads in exchange for an honest review.

To Capture Her Heart by kp on 7/28/2016

To Capture Her Heart is the second book in Rebecca DeMarino's series, The Southhold Chronicles. This book tells the tale of a young Indian woman, Heather Flower. After a neighboring tribe kills Heather's future husband right before her eyes, Heather is kidnapped by this tribe and they demand a ransom from her father for her safe return. Once the ransom is in their hands, Heather is left in the forest to die! Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren has been sent out with a group to find the Indian maiden. Dirk is struck with awe at Heather's beauty when she is finally located!

When Dirk is finally able to return Heather to her friends and family, he realizes that there is another man who also has an eye for Heather. Benjamin Horton's family has been friends with Heather's family for years and Benjamin has been in love with Heather for many of those years. Watch and see what will occur on the pages of this book as these two rivals spar for Heather's attention!

This tale was a bit harder read than the other two books in this series; however, it is worth the time to put all the pieces of this story in place!

I received this book from Revell in exchange for my unbiased review.


Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 8/21/2015

The book that began this series, A Place in His Heart, was the first book that I read by Rebecca DeMarino. It was a fascinating tale about the journey to the New World with Barnabas and Mary Horton. To Capture Her Heart picks up the story several years later when the colony is well established and their son Ben is a grown man thinking of settling down. He's recently been dumped by his intended so now he is determined to win the affection of his childhood friend Heather Flower.

When the story begins we are swept up into the rescue of Heather Flower by Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren. While everyone is grateful that Dirk was able to rescue Heather Flower he is still Dutch and most of the townspeople don't trust him. But right away he captures Heather Flowers affection much to the irritation of Ben.

As the story moves along the author continues to give us a bit of insight into the beginnings of our great nation. It's easy to romanticize it all but even after leaving the persecution and establishing a colony there were many obstacles to face and conquer.

I enjoyed the continuing story of the characters that we met in A Place in His Heart. I also look forward to the third book in the series. There's a sneak peek in the back of the book that will make you wish it would hurry up and be published! Rebecca DeMarino does a splendid job of combining history and romance to keep the pages flying.

When a book is part of a series I'm always asked if it can be read as a stand alone novel. The answer this time is probably but you'll be missing out on so many details from the first novel that I wouldn't recommend it. In my opinion I think you need to know the background of the Horton family to understand some of the dynamics going on. I say just treat yourself and read both books . . . and then pick up the third when it is out!

I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

Beautifully written historical novel, with clear and strong message by Sherrey on 7/23/2015

Rebecca DeMarino is a masterful writer and researcher. In her novel, To Capture Her Heart, the second book in The Southold Chronicles, DeMarino’s writing contains sufficient clarity so as not to leave the reader who hasn’t read the first book behind. This book has the strength to stand alone.

Historical fiction is a captivating genre for this reader. Not a student of history who enjoyed long, boring lectures, I enjoy learning history through the research, the facts shared, and the fictional story built around the well-researched facts. Here again DeMarino takes the threads of centuries past, stories from the time and place, facts, emotions, and her own life experiences and weaves a magnificently told story.

The story of Heather Flower and her family and friends in Southold is set in the mid-1650s, a time when the Dutch and the English were still bickering, quarreling, and often fighting over religious beliefs, land ownership, and rights of citizens.

Heather Flower’s tentative emotions during the story are impacted by several factors (I won’t spoil it for you!). Among them, the attraction an Englishman and a Dutchman have for her affections. It is Heather Flower’s decision to make, and it is a difficult one. What will she do? How will she make up her mind?

I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves fiction based in history, Christian principles, and the early settling of the eastern part of our country. Rebecca DeMarino does not disappoint. Once the story begins, it picks you up and carries you away!

FCC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are solely mine.


What a wonderful historical Christian romance! It has so many things going for it than just being well written and a great story! It is clear the author has meticulously researched the time, 1653, and details about the European settlers in America. In addition, some of the characters are based on some descendants Ms. Demarino’s personal family tree. All this combined develops some realistic characters and helps the reader slip into their era and lives. Another big plus for me was the strong spiritual center to the story, played out in the their lives.. There was a lot of scripture application which I am sure was a part of the original setters existence, to be able to handle all the hardships they faced.

The book begins with Heather Flower, Indian princess of the Montaukett tribe, lying bound and left to die after an attack of the fierce Narragansett tribe. It had been her wedding day, and she was about to marry the man she had grown up with and loved, only to watch him be murdered in cold blood. After ransom was paid, instead of releasing her the rival tribe left her helpless and alone. Thirteen other women were taken but she had no idea if her friends were dead or alive.

As part of a search party, Dutch Lt. Dirk Van Buren comes to her rescue. There is an immediate spark between them. To heal from her tragic loss she goes to live with her aunt and her tribe. Nearby is an English settlement that has been close friends to her family since she was small. There also lives Benjamin Horton a childhood friend who has always loved Heather Flower. He wants very much to make her his wife. Her emotions are in turmoil. She still grieves over the loss of her husband yet she is drawn to both of the men? What should she do?

The author did a beautiful and skillful job of simultaneously presenting the daily details of the individual characters daily lives and their relationships with one another too. Along with this, she included historical details in many areas: politics, European and Indian customs, work, home life, childbirth, challenges and much more. Each character was well developed and their particular personalities made them seem very real. Add to all this a surprise ending!

I have not read the 1st book of the series, A Place in His Heart, but I am definitely going to! This book stood alone but I am anxious to read what led up to the story. At the end is a sneak peek at book number 3 that is coming. Can’t wait!

I received this book free from the Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Will It Capture Your Heart? by Claudia on 7/17/2015

In this second book in The Southold Chronicles we once again enter the lives of the Horton family and their many friends, this time during the year of 1653. Benjamin Horton, the second oldest son, is in love with his childhood friend, Heather Flower. Heather Flower, princess of the Montaukett tribe, struggles with her emotions following the rescue from her kidnappers who killed her groom on their wedding day. Benjamin understands her need for time to heal, but worries about the intentions of her rescuer, Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren who also has eyes for the lovely princess.

Through the telling of Benjamin’s story, DeMarino reveals the bond between the members of the Horton family and their dearest friends. She opens a window for her readers to see how the English and their native neighbors learned from, supported and depended upon one another. I found the descriptions of how daily chores and winter preparations were accomplished fascinating, and how bits of free time were spent inspirational. I am anxious to try Mrs. Horton’s recipe for pippin [apple] pie.

The story moves at a slow, relaxed pace, and will appeal to readers who like characters to be fully developed. It will be less appealing to those who prefer being kept in suspense, steep climaxes and lots of action. The author was inspired by her own family’s history in the settling of what would become Long Island, and fans of historical fiction will appreciate the research behind her writing.

While I don’t always read an author’s acknowledgements section, this time I did. When reading the author’s comments about her father, Howard M. Worley, who authored his first book at the age of eighty-nine, I was reminded of an article I had recently read in Guideposts magazine. Sure enough I flipped through and found Rebecca DeMarino’s article about her father’s writing and how it was impacted by a heart attack in the May, 2015 issue! The article demonstrates that Rebecca’s own family has a strong support system, maybe being what inspired the same among her fictional Horton family.

I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing To Capture Her Heart for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Rebecca DeMarino beautifully recreates life in 1653 on Long Island by Robin on 7/15/2015

In this Christian Historical Romance there is a settlement from England living peacefully near the American Indian Montauk tribe, yet uncomfortable with the Dutch settlement nearby. You enter their homes and lives with detail of thought as well as surroundings. It's easy to see yourself there and become part of the characters' lives - some of whom are based on the author's actual ancestors. Her writing style reminds me somewhat of Lorraine Snelling in the Red River series. I have been researching my ancestry and some of my family came over during this time. I try to picture what it must have been like for them, and this helps.

This is the second book in the series. Although I wish I had read the previous book, there was enough fact provided to pick right up on the story. An Indian princess is captured at her wedding by another tribe and forced to watch as they murder her new husband, who was also a lifelong friend and companion. She is then taken into the woods in Connecticut and left to die even though her father paid the ransom. A Dutch Lieutenant tracks and rescues her, and they come to care for one another on the way back to her family, even though the girl is in shock and mourning. She also has friends amongst the English, and two of them intercept their return home to escort her the rest of the way.

The return is difficult for her to come to terms with after the brutal murder of her husband, so she goes to stay with her Aunt who lives near the English settlement. The story is about the girl, Heather Flower, learning about God and regaining her life, being loved by two men whom she deeply cares about. She is at home with the English as well as her own native customs, but there is still a cultural separation between the people. You will feel torn with her as she struggles with her love for both men and learns to live again, finding out where she fits. This was a page turner for me. I eagerly waited to see what would happen next and it was filled with real life happenings in the settlement and other characters lives as well. I very much want to read the next story in the series (there's an excerpt included at the end of the book). Isn't that cover just gorgeous?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Revell/Baker Publishing Group - Netgalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

To Capture Her Heart by Elizabeth on 7/9/2015

To Capture Her Heart: A Novel (The Southold Chronicles - Book #2)
By : Rebecca DeMarino

This is the second book in The Southold Chronicles series.

Even though I read this before book one, A Place in His Heart, I had no problem following the story or the characters. I will go back and read book one, A place in His Heart. Rebecca DeMarino has did a fantastic job of pinning ,To Capture Her Heart and I know that she had to put a lot of research into it. I really enjoyed my first book by Rebecca DeMarino and I plan to read more by this wonderful author. Heather Flower , A young Princess of the Montank tribe was captured by a rival tribe on her wedding day. Her husband was killed. Ransom was paid , but she was left to die in a forest , but along came a Dutch Lt. Dirk Van Buren and rescued her. Do you believe in love at first site? Heather Flower is torn between two men in her life that she cares for, a long time friend Ben Horton and the handsome Lt. Dirk . What will she do? Rebecca DeMarino has weaved together a very touching heartwarming love story. I love the history and the Spiritual threads that flows through out the novel. I thought I knew what the ending would be, but was not prepared for the way it turned out, Oh it was turned out really good. I can't wait to to read book one and will be waiting for book three.

I was given a copy of this book by the author and the publisher Revell for my honest review, which I have given.

Early America by Maureen on 7/1/2015

While I enjoyed catching up with characters in this book, I learned to love them in the first book. I had a hard time getting into this one, but as the pace picked up, I had to find out what happens
The story takes place on Long Island, and we travel easily between the Indian and English communities. We also have the threat of the Dutch, and other Indian Tribes, particularly the Narragansett from Rhode Island. We begin the story with the rescue of Heather Flower by Dirk Van Buren, a Dutchman, and her falling in love with him. There is another love interest involved and that is Benjamin Horton, and I found myself rooting for him.

This story is set in the very beginning of our Country, and life is not easy, I marvel at all that accomplished by the people in their every day lives. We sure have become soft, and would probably starve to death.
I see there is another book in this series to come and I am looking forward to it, and I peeked at the preview and learned more about the end of this book. Come and enjoy the visit with old friends, you won’t be disappointed.

I received this book through Revell Reads, and was not required to give a positive review.

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