Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Southold Chronicles #3

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Duty and love are powerful forces. Only one has the power to make her life complete.
It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton's ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island.

Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold--and to an overjoyed Patience--it's not quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.
Published July 19th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company 

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Meet the Author:

Rebecca DeMarino was born in Pensacola, Florida, the daughter of a Navy pilot. Her mother made a home for the family of six all over the map, including Virginia, Nevada, California, Washington, and Guam, before her parents put down anchor on a ranch in Oregon.
Rebecca DeMarinoAs the wife of a young Air Force officer, married life brought more travel. She relied on her mother’s example of how to make a home anywhere. Her three beautiful daughters were born in Florida, Alaska and Nebraska.
Retired after sixteen years with a major airline, she manages to fulfill her love of wanderlust with frequent family or research trips.
Rebecca grew up listening to her mother’s family lore of a great-grandfather from generations ago. Barnabas Horton sailed from England in the 1600’s, to Long Island, N.Y., on a ship called The Swallow. In 1999, after she found Horton Point, L.I., on a map, Rebecca and her mother made the journey to see the lighthouse named after their ancestor.
The legend goes that Barnabas brought a slab of blue slate with him from England, and had the epitaph he wrote himself engraved on it. The blue slate still exists in the Old Cemetery in Southold, L.I., with the Bible verse, “He being dead, still speaketh.” Much information was found about Barnabas, but none of his wife, save a mention in his will.
Her mother passed away in 2005, but Rebecca returned to Southold many times, drawn by her Puritan roots and English heritage. Each time she wondered about her ninth great-grandmother, a young woman who married a widower with two young boys and then followed them for the wilds of Long Island, leaving behind her home and family. What were her dreams? Her motivations? Her fears?
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My Thoughts:

This is the third and final installment in the Southold Chronicles.  This is a story that will sweep you back to 1644.  The author use of imagery paints a picture of both the life and struggle of the people living in Southold, Long Island.   This is a story of love, heartache, and the struggle of loss.  I was immediately swept into Patience and Jeremy's story.  I was amazed at Patience resilience and strength when faced with the struggles of life.  She never lost her faith in God.  She is surrounded by friends and the love they share is her greatest strength when facing trying situations.  
Jeremy knows God has a purpose for him and he struggles to find the path in which to follow.  He has a great sense of duty and obligation, sometimes to the point of breaking the one person who loves him most.  Both are well developed characters that are easy to love.  
I loved this story, but somewhere in the middle I felt the obstacles for Jeremy and Patience were just a bit much.  Maybe if I lived in 1644 I would see it differently.  This is a well written story and I don't want that comment to put anyone off this book and maybe not read it because of that.   The vivid descriptions brought the community to life for me.  
This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history or a good romance.  
**I received this book from the publisher for a honest review without bias or outside influence.  


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