Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Rebecca DeMarino's A Place in His Heart

Book Blurb:
 Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. 
With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas’s secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary’s world is upended. How could she possibly leave her Papa and her dear sister? And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband’s broken heart? 

Book Excerpt:
The errant bonnet came to rest at the foot of the stone bridge spanning the Thames. With a sense of triumph, she scooped it from the mire then stood to face her family. Her father, shoulders slumped, trudged up the cobbled path toward the shops as Lizzie came to her aid. Thank heavens. What took her so long?
“You should not run like that. You might have broken your ankle and then how would we get you home?” Lizzie’s eyes rolled as she shook her head, but a gentle smile played on her lips. “Father says we should go to the milliner’s. He has business to finish with Mistress Haskins.” She eyed the muddied gray felt with its high crown and wide brim. “It looks worse for wear anyway. Perhaps you shall get a new hat out of all of this.”
“Business to finish? I hope it has nothing to do with me and Robert. What shall I do? I do not love him. Not one whit. I shan’t marry him.”

Her sister’s eyes filled with sympathetic tears and the corners of her mouth quivered. “Father is adamant. After what happened with Nathan, he feels there is no other solution. Certainly your prospects for marriage in Mowsley are naught. Perhaps here in London . . . Perhaps Robert . . .”

Author Bio:

When Rebecca DeMarino traveled to Horton Point, Long Island, with her mother, Helen Jean Horton Worley, in 1999, passions collided: her love of faith, family, travel, history, and writing. Rebecca's debut novel, A PLACE IN HIS HEART, is a historical romance based on Mary and Barnabas Horton, Rebecca’s ninth great-grandparents. Set in 1600’s Southold, Long Island, book one of The Southold Chronicles will be released by Revell in June, 2014. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and when not writing, she enjoys family and genealogy, travel, reading, running, baking and gardening. Rebecca is represented by Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary Agency.

Links to  find Rebecca on the web:

Rebecca DeMarino is giving away a copy of A Place in His Heart. 
The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

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Amy C said...

I love this excerpt. Thank you for sharing.
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Rebecca Maney said...

I love the fact that this story is based on the author's great- grands life. What a treasure to know that family history. Sounds like a great read!rmaney@firstarpchurch.org

Danie Walther said...

This such an interesting story. I would love to read it. It was so intriguing I wanted to read more.

Cindi A said...

Enjoyable story. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. Please enter my name in the drawing.

Anonymous said...

Would love to read this! I love this era!


Rick Estep said...

Looks like a great book, thanks for sharing the review!

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Nadine Keels said...

Historical fiction has been one of my preferred genres since my preteens. Thanks for the excerpt! nadine(dot)keels(at)gmail(dot)com

Library Lady said...

Our library readers love Historical Fiction and I love the cover of your book.
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.

Karen G. said...

Great interview. Would love to win this book - sounds really, really good. Going to add it to my wish list.

Anonymous said...

Lovely excerpt. I am of English Heritage but have never researched my background. Would love to read your story.
Joyce Guard

Rebecca DeMarino said...

Thank you all for coming by - I appreciate your comments! Thank you!
And that you to the lovely ladies at the Barn Door Book Loft! So nice to visit you!! and a big thanks to Sharon!

Linda Finn said...

Can't wait to read this book, love the cover alot.
Linda Finn
Faithful Acres Books

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved this book. Once I started it I wasn't able to lay it down. I love this time era. It was so wonderful that she was able to write about their love for each other in such a refreshing manner and the fact that it was about her own family made it even better. Laura Trout

KayLee from NY said...

Book excerpt sounds great. Need to read more. I hope my library has it. Thank you for the opportunity to win.


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