To Follow Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles #3)Rebecca Demarino
To Follow Her Heart is the 3rd book in The Southold Chronicles by Rebecca DeMarino.It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton's ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados, with no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would some... Read More
It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton's ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados, with no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.
Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy is rescued and aboard a British Naval Gunship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold--and to an overjoyed Patience--it's not the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 5, 2016
- UPC: 9780800722203
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Jul 19, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0800722205
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- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 10/31/2016
Have you ever watched a two hour movie and thought it would have been much better if they had condensed it to half the time? That's how I felt after reading To Follow Her Heart. It wasn't a bad story it just seemed to drone on and on. I know that seems to be a bit harsh but it's my honest opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series and I really like portions of this book but overall it was a let down for the final book in the series.
I enjoyed seeing where Mary, Lizzie, and Heather Flower were since we left them in book two. But the main storyline which involved Patience and Jeremy left me scanning paragraphs and skipping ahead. I totally get what DeMarino was trying to put forth but for me it just seemed to be the same song over and over and over and it got old.
Now would I recommend this book to others . . . that depends. If you've read the first two books in the series then I say an emphatic YES! Even with the redundant main story it is worth reading to get another peek into the lives of Mary, Lizzie, and Heather Flower. If you are reading this book as a stand-alone then my recommendation isn't as hearty. DeMarino is a talented storyteller and she has an eye for detail that fascinates rather than bores. So if you are a fan of Historical Romance I say give it a try but I would really recommend reading the entire series.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Which Way Will the Author Go With This??? by Claudia on 8/31/2016
To Follow Her Heart is book three in The Southold Chronicles based on Rebecca De Marino’s ancestors, Barnabas and Mary Horton’s, settling in what is now Long Island, New York. In her author’s notes DeMarino clearly separates the fact from the fiction. While this latest addition to the series focuses on the romance between Patience Terry and Barnabas’ brother, Jeremy, it continues the story of the deep love between Mary and Barnabas.
Life in the 1600’s wasn’t easy with illness and death truly plaguing residents in the New World as well as the Old. The Horton family, while not untouched, was largely spared. The community of Southold demonstrates the reliance those who settled our nation had to have upon one another and upon the original residents in the lands upon which they settled. It also demonstrates the deep attachments that developed.
While it is satisfying to revisit Barnabas and Mary Horton, and to rejoice in the depth of their love for and dedication to one another, it is the ever changing relationship between Jeremy and Patience that keeps the reader engaged with this story. The author does a wonderful job of keeping the reader guessing as to what direction she will take this relationship. Patience, in her early forties, has waited a long time for Jeremy to commit to her, while it seems that that time has finally arrived, Jeremy seems to like the idea of commitment far more than actually committing. Might there be another suitor far more ready to do so?
There is one aspect of To Follow Her Heart that kept me unsettled. That was the question of to what degree did the characters act and interact in a way that was true to the time period in which the story is set. Would they consider that a certain color gown would make the color of their eyes, “pop”? Would a couple, not officially engaged, spend so much unchaperoned time together in the confines of one’s home? Would there be such public displays of affection? Would women and men compete against one another in a game of tug-of-war? This line of questioning did not, however, diminish my enjoyment of the story, and would not keep me from recommending it to others.
I thank Revell Publishing and the Christian Blog Alliance for providing To Follow Her Heart for my honest opinion. I received no monetary compensation for providing this review.
- Does Absence Really Make the Heart Grow Fonder? by Becky on 8/30/2016
Patience Terry loves Captain Jeremy Horton. Jeremy claims to love her, too, and has even promised to marry her. However, he seems to love just about everything else more. First, he had to assist the militia to convince the Dutch to give up New Amsterdam. Afterwards, he wanted to help in case there were uprisings during the transition. Each time, he asked Patience to put off their marriage.
Patience has waited, but each delay has hurt her more. Her friends helped her make a wedding gown, and plan the wedding. But then Jeremy found yet another reason to post pone their marriage. Patience is fast running out of patience! Others have asked Jeremy if he really loves Patience, and if he intends to marry her. Although he answered yes to both questions, he keeps finding more reasons to ask Patience to wait, and the waiting time extends longer than a year.
Another man has pledged his love to Patience, will she tire of waiting, and take up with this other person? Will Jeremy stop making excuses, and marry Patience at long last? Or will the final straw for their relationship be Jeremy's trip to England?
To Follow Her Heart is the third book in The Southold Chronicles. For the most part, this story stands on its own, and is written from a Christian viewpoint. The setting for this tale is Long Island in the 1660's, and the author does a great job describing what life would have been like during that time. I recommend this 5-star book to fans of historical fiction.
The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of To Follow Her Heart, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
- the old and the new together ~ an expansion of history into today by Kathleen E. on 8/24/2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino, © 2016
The Southold Chronicles Series, Book 3
Duty and love ~ only one has the power to make Patience Terry’s life complete in a world of high seas, tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts.
Southold, Long Island, 1664
Book 3 can be read as a stand-alone if you haven't met the characters in the previous two books; those you will want to read for the closeness experienced in their lives, so evident here. I especially liked how their daily lives emerged from their love and care of each other within their common good. Mary and Lizzie are strong sisters who are bonded with Patience Terry, a main character in this story. They are a good example of doing the next thing... leading with the welfare of all as their families work together supportive of others, whether it be the bakeshop filled with the warm aroma of baked tarts and apple butter, or the hat shop while sorting beads offered by their close friend, Heather Flower.
The Dutch colony of New Amsterdam was heavily populated at the lower part known as Manhattan. With a surrender of the settlement to the English, we now know this island as part of New York on the East River. I really like the stories of the old and the new together ~ an expansion of history into today.
I like how this author has formed this series around the real lives of her heritage. What fun to incorporate them into a story with heartache and triumph in the new land. It would be hard to leave what you know, yet bring it with you in how you do things. Developing a nation came from interaction in a community dependent upon each other in skills and, most importantly, attitude.
Driven by aiding the country, for some, displaced their home life with their families. Trained to be at ready to serve, their loved ones were left behind until they returned home, if at all. Reading this story I first thought of the rebuilding of the walls where they each restored where they lived, over against their house; baker, merchant, refiner. Daily life and at the ready. Each generation into the next. As Mary's children helped, as a daily what they did, they were taught, able at a young age to come alongside.
Patience nodded. "The faith of a mustard seed. That's what it is. You both make me so grateful for friends like you. Mary, you know you will have a full house come Wednesday. Every woman in the town shows up when the men are gone."
"I know, but 'tis a good thing. I remember all those years it was you and Lizzie and Winnie. I wanted to give assistance to ladies who found it difficult to cope––we were all in this wild, raw land together..."
--To Follow Her Heart, 71
The story is conversational, so you come to know their hearts and feelings. Some faced and dealt with responsibilities differently ~ avoidance, jumping in, yet a desire emerged encouraging each other forward the best they knew. The forming of a country continues each day.
***Thank you to Revell Reads for sending me a review copy for the August 2016 fiction review tour for Rebecca DeMarino's To Follow Her Heart. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
- A Good Historical Romance by Sydney on 8/5/2016
From the blurb on the back of the book, I thought that would be the main story: Patience and Jeremy trying to find their way back to each other, and when they finally do, something is keeping them from marrying. At first I was disappointed, because all that happens in the first few chapters, which left me wondering what the rest of the book would be about. I wasn’t disappointed, though! There are quite a few twists and turns, obstacles being thrown in the path of the union between Patience and Jeremy, not the least of which is Jeremy’s own reluctance to wed the woman he professes to love. (Why, though? I never did understand this part of Jeremy’s character.)
All in all, this book is just a wonderful, thoughtful look into 17th Century Colonial life.
**I was sent this copy from Revell Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**
- To Follow Her Heart by kp on 8/1/2016
In Rebecca DeMarino's latest book, To Follow Her Heart, her third installment in her Southold Chronicles series, the year 1664 has arrived with the news that Captain Jeremy Horton's ship, along with his entire crew, have been lost at sea. Most in Jeremy's hometown of Southold believe that he is dead. The single holdout is Patience Terry. She believes in her heart that Jeremy is still alive!
On the day a funeral is being held to honor Jeremy's life, the mourning is suddenly turned into a celebration when Jeremy appears on the scene! Patience's rejoicing is soon turned into despair when Jeremy announces that he must join the military forces as they plan an invasion into New Amsterdam. Patience cannot believe that he will be walking into danger again. Once Jeremy finally makes it back home safely, you will be as surprised as Patience is when he finally proposes to her!
Patience is so excited to start making plans for their wedding; however, it seems like Jeremy keeps finding reasons to delay setting a date. Just when Patience believes that Jeremy is finally ready for the wedding to take place, the family suddenly learns that a raging fire has left the Horton estate back in England in shambles! The attorney overseeing the estate has requested that Jeremy return immediately. Patience does not know what to do when Jeremy decides to sail back to England. After the rough experience traveling to this land years ago, Patience cannot bring herself to consider stepping on a ship ever again!
What will Jeremy find when he finally makes it to England? Will Patience's love for Jeremy be enough to convince her to travel back across the ocean to join him? Hold on to see what happens on the final pages of this book!
I received this book from Revell in exchange for my unbiased review.
- To Follow Her Heart by Elizabeth on 6/17/2016
To Follow Her Heart ( The Southold Chronicles Book #3- A Novel )
By: Rebecca DeMarino
To Follow Her Heart is the third book in The Southold Chronicles series . This book could be read alone , but I highly recommend reading them in order. I really enjoyed the story and the characters , both were easy to follow. Rebecca DeMarino had me captured right at the start and did not let go till the end. She weaves a story of Duty and Love , which are two powerful forces. Patience and Captain Jeremy Horton , the two main characters. Patience has been waiting a long time for Jeremy to give up the sea and marry her. Well Jeremy’s ship has been shipwrecked and all has been reported dead. Patient just can’t believe Jeremy is dead. What will she do now? How long did he expect Patient to wait for him while he sailed the seas ? There was times when I was saying NO NO ,and my eyes were filled with tears. I could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. There was times I just wanted to sit Jeremy down and have a long talk with him. What will happen to Patience now? She really has a big and kind heart. This is a wonderful story and I hope you will get your copy and find out more about Patience and Captain Jeremy .
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.