I’ve been waiting to read this book for several years, since I met Rebecca DeMarino at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Her story idea fascinated me, and I was delighted when she was offered a contract by Vicki Crumpton at Revell Books – my editor too!
A Place in His Heart is based on Rebecca DeMarino‘s family history, of Barnabas and Mary Horton, who came to America in the 1630s and settled on Long Island. This early segment of American history is so intriguing – leaving behind family members, probably never to see them again, the long and perilous sea voyage, arriving in an unknown land filled with danger. In this novel, Barnabas and Mary experience all of these and more as they adapt to life in the colonies.
Barnabas has lost his dearly loved wife, Anne, and he struggles to raise his two young boys alone. Mary Langton longs to avoid marriage to the man her father has chosen, and she finds herself falling quickly for the heartbroken widower. For both Barnabas and Mary, marriage seems like the obvious solution to their problems. But will Barnabas ever be able to love another woman? And will Mary be able to bear the burden of unrequited love while adapting to the harsh life of colonial Long Island?
Rich in historical detail and family lore, A Place in His Heart makes a fascinating read. Barnabas and Mary have their strengths and weaknesses, and you root for them to overcome. The difficulties of preparing for the journey, leaving loved ones, the sea voyage, and creating a new home in the New World make you appreciate the comforts of modern life. I strongly recommend this novel and look forward to the second novel in the Southold Chronicles.