This kind of setting always grabs my attention. For one, I haven’t read a lot of historicals set in this era, so that’s refreshing. I appreciate learning details from different time periods and watching the different cultures influence and impact each other. To Capture Her Heart really goes to show that history can come alive through fiction. Readers can time-travel with authentic, well-researched writing like this.
I had not read the first in this series, though, and I felt a bit lost throughout the book. There were a LOT of characters and it was hard keeping them all straight. I had expected the story to focus around Heather Flower, but much of the book also focused on previous characters and family members. I would not say this is a stand-alone. I’d recommend reading the first in the series before picking up this one.
Some things happened so fast I couldn’t keep up. The two men she’s torn between, for instance, fall in love with her from the very start. It wasn’t quite believable to me. Plus, I wasn’t always sure where her emotions and feelings were at. Some scenes didn’t feel pivotal to the overall plot and had me skimming over the small parts. And I don’t like to skim. 🙁
But I will say this… love triangles intrigue me and this one definitely kept me guessing. I had no clue how it was going to end. The historical details laid a strong foundation for the story and I felt the author did a good job of writing the readers into that world.
Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
It is 1653 and Heather Flower, the princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die—until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.
Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben 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 you to the wild land that would eventually become Long Island, New York.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Rebecca DeMarino is the author of A Place in His Heart and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and The Southold Long Island Historical Society. She was a 2011 Genesis Award semi-finalist. Rebecca is retired from a major airline and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. Learn more at www.rebeccademarino.com.