Amazon Reviews: What Others Are Saying

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Amazon Reviews For A Place In His Heart

Read what others are saying in Amazon reviews about A Place In His Heart, the book that began The Southold Chronicles, now on sale for 99 cents (in ebooks)!

As we prepare to celebrate the July release of book #3, To Follow Her Heart, my publisher, Revell, has a special price for a limited time for both books 1&2 in the series! A Place In His Heart, my debut novel is 99 cents and book #2, To Capture Her Heart is just 4.99 in Ebooks.

I would like to thank the readers who have read and loved my books and taken the time to write a review! I’ve read your kind words and they have touched my heart. I’m thrilled to know how much you’ve enjoyed The Southold Chronicles!  And I thank you!!

Here’s just a sample of the praise in Amazon reviews for A Place in His Heart:

Those who love novels by Lauraine Snelling and Debbie Macomber will adore this charming new debut author. A story of normal day to day happenings from the towns of England to Long Shore in New England this kept me enthralled even when she wrote about what they served at the elaborate feasts. Most women will be able to relate quite well to Mary, full of doubts and second guesses both in relationships and in her labours, while what we learn of Anne made me thankful that Mary was more like me! And though I wanted to dislike Barnabas I grew fond of him long before the end of the story. Both the hero and heroine have enough flaws and make mistakes that we often see in,ourselves, but as both learn more about each other we can see how they change. All characters were very well developed and true to the character the author gave them. This book will keep you reading into the night just to see what happens next. A Place in His Heart is not a thriller or suspense, but written in such a way to keep you turning pages.
I really loved this book. It is filled with historical antidotes that chronicle a family coming from England to the New World. The story is very interesting and gives a peek into what life was like and how much was sacrificed and eventually gained in taking such a drastic trip into the unknown. The author brings into focus just what life may have been like for these pioneering brave people in a world that was full of uncertainty. Reading books like this give us courage to face our trials today with learning how much people endured in the past to stand up for their beliefs. I loved the characters in the book and how the author brought them fully to life. This is a three book series and I cannot wait to read the second book. I will be looking for more books by Rebecca DeMarino.
Rebecca DeMarino’s debut novel, A Place in His Heart, stands out with her excellent character development and historical research. Set in the 17th century, DeMarino takes the challenge of writing about a time period readers may not be as familiar with for historical fiction. With a few references to the political climate that played a part in the Puritans journeying to America, this story also has a fresh perspective. DeMarino did a great job portraying her characters’ conflicts, which include themes of overcoming grief, wanting the best for our children, and the hope of love. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and following them along on their journey and look forward to reading the second book in the series.
Debut author, Rebecca DeMarino, has penned an intriguing, sweeping saga fraught with dangers on every hand, adventure, and unrequited love—spanning from mid-1600s England to the primitive colonies of the New World . . . Rebecca DeMarino has written a fast-paced, never boring debut novel – with realistic characters facing some of the same challenges modern day couples deal with every day. The brokenness of infertility, living with a detached spouse, and an insecure future are among a few of the topics that are covered with finesse and compassion. You will fall in love with Mary and her kindheartedness…and wonder why Barnabas doesn’t. And just when you feel like smacking him, he does something endearing that makes you love him in quite in spite of yourself! A Place in His Heart is an impeccably researched, expertly written colonial novel that is guaranteed to evoke powerful emotions from its readers! Ms. DeMarino has me anxiously awaiting the next book in this series from which I got a sneak peek at the end of this novel!
And Amazon reviews for To Capture Her Heart:
Amazon Reviews

To Capture Her Heart

5.0 out of 5 starsA Gentle Historical Romance on August 3, 2015 Format: Paperback

In To Capture Her Heart, Rebecca DeMarino weaves a family history seamlessly with colonial times to create a beautiful tapestry of a novel that held me riveted from the first pages through the sigh-worthy ending.
For the most part, this story is a romantic triangle set in the earliest days of European colonization. Heather Flower finds herself caught between two men, a childhood friend and the man who rescues her from an enemy tribe. I felt as if I was there, experiencing the same emotions and confusion that Heather Flower did as she tried to decide the course her life would take. Unlike many other romantic triangles I have read, there did not seem to be one clear-cut frontrunner for most of the novel—I was kept in suspense literally until the closing pages. And it was hard for me to even decide who I preferred; both potential heroes were good men who wanted what was best for the woman they loved.
The historic detail demonstrated the pull and tug between cultures in Heather Flower’s life, which I found very interesting. I would have perhaps expected the white characters’ families to be the reluctant ones about intermarrying, but instead we got the native perspective on that. The fear of a people being lost to history was contrasted with the desires of the heart, and it was both poignant and powerful as she faced the conflict between duty and love.
Another unexpected bit of history was the persecution people faced because of their religious convictions, this after coming to the New World. I never considered that those who came for freedom would have struggled with it here as well, but the prevailing mentality seemed to be that of keeping the groups and beliefs separate. Rather than living in the same towns, perhaps influencing current residents to worship or believe a different way, those who thought differently were excluded, having to find and settle their own land and form their own communities. These details were related through thoughts and dialogue with other characters, and it helped me to see through the eyes of the people living during that time rather than feeling as if I was reading a history text. Instead, I was an observer of a rich environment given depth and flesh by the amazing details contained in the writing.
I really enjoyed the spiritual component as well. Heather Flower struggled to trust God with her future, feeling Him untrustworthy because of her husband’s death on their wedding day. Given my own native heritage, I found the tension between the Great Spirit and God to be fascinating and loved how the novel addressed this topic throughout, culminating with a beautiful scene of redemption and understanding towards the end of the novel.
But perhaps my favorite part of the novel is where love, strength, and sacrifice all came together in the mind of one of the main characters. There was a lot of truth and beauty in the passage where this occurs and it served to highlight one of the major themes running through the novel. Again, however, it was so intertwined in the text that it occurred naturally; it wasn’t until the novel was complete that I realized it had been there from the beginning.
I would highly recommend this novel to both romance readers and those interested in history, especially early colonial America. I don’t think the reader has to necessarily be a fan of both because there is so much here that will appeal across genres. Because historical romance is my favorite, however, this novel was perfect for me and proved to be an outstanding story with excellent writing. It will be hard to wait for the third installment, coming in 2016.
“To Capture Her Heart” is the beautiful second story of the Southold Chronicles series by Rebecca DeMarino. There are so many things about this book that I love. 1. The story is the creative imagination of the author while the people/places/events are real pieces of the author’s family history. 2. The author did not stick to an easy storyline. She dove into the personalities of the characters, even the parts that might have been a bit uncomfortable. We’re all a bit messy and the author doesn’t try to pretend otherwise. This just makes her characters all the more believable and relatable. 3. I tried to guess the ending of the book from the very beginning and could not guess it. Many romances are completely predictable, but the tale of Heather Flower is not. 4. While many events in the story line are indeed sad, the story itself is not. The story itself is hopeful, encouraging, and inspiring.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review from Rambles of a SAHM By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2015 Format: Paperback

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!

Amazon Reviews

To Follow Her Heart

To Follow Her Heart releases July 19th and is available for pre-order now!

Duty and love are powerful forces. Only one has the power to make her life complete.

It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were 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 sails aboard a British warship 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 quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.

With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges you into a world of tall ships, daring journeys, and yearning hearts.

“A Satisfying, Emotionally Rich Conclusion to The Southold Chronicles Series”

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