Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hearts Awakeneing by Delia Parr*A Review

About the book:
March 2010:

With no means to support herself, Ellie Kilmer agrees to work as a housekeeper for the young widower who lives on Dillon Island, hopeful she can obtain a proper reference. But Jackson Smith quickly realizes that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems--both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage. When a marriage of convenience is offered, Ellie is initially humiliated. Though she is past the age most women marry, she has more pride than to agree to his outlandish suggestion. Yet what options does she have? To marry would mean a home and stability. So despite the rumors circling Jackson and his first wife, Ellie accepts this unlikely proposal...

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Bethany House (March 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764206702
ISBN-13: 978-0764206702
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 1 inches

About the author:
Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey. Visit for more information

My Review:
At the end of the year I’m going to post my 10 most favorite books of the year and “Hearts Awakening” will most certainly be one of them.
From the very beginning this book grabbed me. Telling about Ellie struggling/walking two hours just to get to a new job as a housekeeper and care taker of Jackson’s two sons Daniel and Ethan.
This book tells us of Ellie's faith, an attractive, hurt man Jackson with two sweet, lonely children add to that some scandal, gossip and on top of that a long-ago first love.
Island/orchard setting is just beautiful and you will be able to picture it quite easily. It is a place that we all would love to live.
Ellie wasn't a beautiful young woman, but a plain spinster with no prospects of a place to live, or work or anyone to marry, but she has common sense, wisdom and compassion.
“Hearts Awakening” has every emotion from sorrow to humor, anger and love.
Here are a few paragraph from “Hearts Awakening” that really spoke to me. I’m sure you will love them also.
“ Overhead, a fluff of a cloud was framed with pure golden light from the sun that was hidden from her view. Awed by the sight, she studied the dark nooks and crannies in the body of the cloud within the frame and smiled.
Like the cloud, her life was filled with troubles and doubt, as well as joy. At times like this, she needed to remember that God was always behind her, surrounding her with the light of His love, even though she could not see He was there.”
This book is so good you will want to read it again and again. A keeper for sure that will not gather dust. Wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I recommend “Hearts Awakening” very, very much.

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I received a free copy of this book from Bethany Publishers in exchange for a free and honest review of the novel.


csthankful said...

Wow! Reading your thoughts on this book certainly makes it sound like a "must read". Really appreciate having a clue before getting a book....thanks for you words that make me want to RUN to get it! Blessings

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

Wow! Awesome review!! It really does sound like a keeper!

Prolucker said...

This sounds really good! Thanks for another great review!--Lex