Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Like its preceding novel, A Place in His Heart, To Capture Her Heart conveys a strong sense of the period in early America as English settlers, with Native Americans and the Dutch nearby, are looking to carve out a new life of religious freedom. Most interesting to me is a question that arises concerning tolerance, whether settlers who fled religious persecution in England are becoming persecutors themselves in their treatment of the Quakers.
The novel is chock-full of historical detail, particularly in the characters’ day-to-day lives, which lends a lot of time for readers to “sit down” with the people from Book One of this series. However, I didn’t find those parts of the story to have the most engaging sense of plot, and even though I read the first book, there wasn’t much that stood out about most of the minor characters to help me keep all of them straight.
Also, the dual romances weren’t too convincing to me. The love triangle isn’t completely predictable, which I liked, but I didn’t sense much depth, tension, or passion on either side of it. (Can’t fault the way the cover beautifully indicates passion and tension, though. Just look at the faces of those two!)
Overall, I think historical fiction fans who appreciate the first novel in The Southold Chronicles can enjoy the second.
The first book in The Southold Chronicles, A Place in His Heart.