02 July 2014

Diana Flowers Reviews A Place In His Heart By Rebecca DeMarino




Reviewed by Diana Flowers
4.5 stars!

Intriguing Debut Novel!

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.

Mary Langton is disgraced in her hamlet when she is left at the altar by her fiancé, and is being pressured by her family to marry someone she detests. Desperate to marry for love, she hastily agrees to a proposal from Barnabas Horton, a handsome Puritan widower with two sons. Although in love with Barnabas, Mary holds no place in his heart…for that space is filled with broken memories of his dead wife.

Determined to be a good wife to Barnabas and mother to his children, a heartbroken Mary leaves her family and follows him to the New World. In this savage new land, Mary battles loneliness, fear of wild Indians, the harsh elements, and the insecurity of having no permanent place to call home. When all hope is gone and she plans a desperate move…will Barnabas finally find a place in his heart for Mary?

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!
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This book may be purchased through CBD, Amazon, BAM, and your local bookstore.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy! An e-book will be available if the winner is international!

35 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful book, I would love to win!

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  2. I love reading about the early settlers to the colonies. Sounds like a good book!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It is very good, PATTY, and different! I really love Rebecca's writing!

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  3. I read an excerpt of this book before--DeMarino's writing is fantastic! Would be great to read more.

    nadine(dot)keels(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, NADINE! It's hard to believe this is her debut book! Good luck in the drawing!

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  4. Diana, thank you for a great review. A Place In His Heart sounds like a lovely book and I would love to be the winner. You have been in my thoughts and prayers.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Aww...MELANIE. That touches my heart. Thank you for your prayers! Good luck to you!

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  5. Awesome review of a wonderful sounding book! If only I had time... ;)

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    1. Thank you, MARIAN! I just can't imagine why you don't have the time. :P ;)

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  6. Enjoyed the review.
    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks so much, TINA! Hoping you get the chance to read this ASAP!

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  7. Sounds like a great read.....I always enjoy books by "new authors." Thanks for the giveaway.
    Diana, still remembering you in prayer.

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    1. I enjoy new authors as well, JACKIE. They often bring something different to the table as does Rebecca in A Place in His Heart!

      Bless you and appreciate your prayers! 6 more days to go!

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  8. DIANA once again after reading your review I feel the need to grab this book ASAP!! :-) Thanks for the great review!

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    1. TERESA, thank YOU! I hope you get the chance to read it so you can smack Barnabas with me! hehe

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  9. WOW, thanks for that great review, this sounds like an AMAZING story DIANA! I really want to read this one!!! I'll chip in and give Barnabas a smack up the side of the head too, lol! ;)

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    1. I wish the heroine would have done that, but she was much more ladylike and submissive than we are, NOELA! lol Rebecca is really a fine writer!

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  10. Awesome review, Diana! I've been seeing this cover around the facebook circuit and it really looks interesting. And now your review makes it even more so. Would love to win this one! Thanks for the opportunity to enter. :)

    bookwarp(at)gmail(dot) com

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    1. ANGI, thank you! An intriguing read for sure! Good luck in the drawing!

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  11. Another good job with your review my friend. When I read books like this you have to wonder about your own Ancestors who lived those times. How hard it must have been. I really have tried to win Rebecca's book. Maybe this time. Please put my name in. Hope you are ok. With GOD's help you will be fine. He's an awesome healer. GOD bless you and all of those on OWG. My special friends. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. MAXIE, bless you! I'm doing ok--surgery next Tues!

      Rebecca did a wonderful job depicting the difficulties of starting a new life in America and also crossing the ocean. That was terrible and I know they had to be strong. Nowadays people (including myself) are spoiled!

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  12. This book sounds really good and I love the cover! Count me in on the drawing!
    debsbunch777[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. That cover is the best, isn't it? You're counted, DEBBIE! ;)

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  13. This promises to be a fantastic read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Indeed it is, MARY! Hoping for a win for you!

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  14. Congrats to the author on her debut novel. Really lovely cover with strong faces.

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    1. Hi, Diane! I really love the way they intertwined all the colors on the cover as well! Strong faces to match strong characters. :) Thx so much for sharing!

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  15. Great review:) I have this book on my too read wish list:) Would to win a copy!
    Rebecca
    Rebeccahartman07@yahoo.com

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    1. Thx so much, REBECCA! You and the author have something in common! :) Tossing your name in my cyber-hat here. ;) Good luck!

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  16. WOW!! What a beautiful review, Diana!! Thank you!!

    I just love the story line of "A Place in His Heart" - sounds like a very touching, exciting and adventure-filled book that is full of passion and emotions!! The cover is beautiful!!

    Sounds like Rebecca has a winner for her debut book!! I'm joyfully anticipating the reading of "A Place in His Heart"!! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!

    Prayers, love, and hugs, Diana!!

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  17. A winner indeed, BONNIE! And the small sneak peek that I got of her 2nd book looks like it promises to be even better if possible! Thank you for sharing! I don't think a winner has been drawn yet, so you're still in the running!

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  18. Congrats to Nadine Keels who won a copy of A Place in His Heart! Thx to all of you for sharing and please come back! A lot more giveaways to come!

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  19. This sounds like a storyline I could sink my teeth in to!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

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