In a writing style unique to her, Rebecca DeMarino continues the 1600’s saga of her family’s emigration from England to America in To Capture Her Heart. The second installment of the Southold Chronicles is scheduled to release this Tuesday, June 30 and joins A Place in His Heart which was published in 2014.
The new tale is filled with many plot twists, a wonderful historical adventure that will leave readers breathless. Don’t try to guess the outcome because DeMarino will keep you reading to the very last page.
Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is captured while celebrating her wedding, taken away, and left to die by a warring tribe. Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren risks his life to rescue her, discharging the woman to English friends with whom she has spent part of her childhood. One of those men, Benjamin Horton, along with Dirk, become contenders for Heather Flower’s affections. Broken by her past, she must heal, forced to choose between family loyalty or following her heart.
Sprinkled through the action-packed scenes and the delightful dialogue is an abundance of history with which DeMarino has seasoned the romance like fine spice. One prominent theme is the evident care and concern the different peoples have for one another. The English strive to maintain the tentative peace between themselves and the Dutch settlers who share territory on Long Island, while showing reverence for the native Americans as well.
Rich character profiles abound. Readers who finished the first book in this series, A Place In His Heart, will remember Barnabas Horton as the man who married for convenience in England and dragged his new bride, Mary, to Southold. Many booklovers labeled Barnabas an uncaring man who put everything before his wife, a woman only seeking his love. In this story, Barnabas has learned his lesson. He and Mary are now happily content and rearing three more sons and two daughters. Not a bad change for a cold fish.
Don’t miss this second story in the continuance of the Southold Chronicles from Revell. Available in bookstores and online.