Satisfying, Emotionally Rich Conclusion to The Southold Chronicles Series
It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton's ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados, with 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 is rescued and aboard a British Naval Gunship 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 the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.
With a finely tuned sense for authentic historical characters and settings, Rebecca DeMarino plunges readers into the 17th century--a world of high seas and tall ships, daring journeys and yearning hearts.
To Follow Her Heartby Rebecca DeMarino
Rebecca DeMarino bases The Southold Chronicles on her ancestors who lived in the 1600s. The first book of the series A Place in His Heart follows the lives of these ancestors as they come to the New World. It is especially touching, because these are people who actually lived and the author mostly took liberties with their feelings. The latter two books are a bit disappointing, because the main romances are based on fictitious people and on fictitious relationships.
To Follow Her Heart is the third and final book. It follows a real man, but creates an entire life story around a female who did not exist. This book is enjoyable in many ways. The time period is a great setting for a novel. The author describes much of the day to day details of the times in a natural flow. The lives of the characters are intriguing and the historical aspects add much to the story. The concept of a man married to the sea is interesting as well, but there were some things that caused irritation.
It seems as though Patience, the woman in the story, put up with too much. Many ships' captains married, and their wives stayed home whilst they were at sea. In some instances, the wives sailed on the ships as well. The main message in the book was Jeremy just didn't care enough about Patience to make anything permanent. Every other chapter or so brought new irritations in this regard. The relationship felt forced for the good of the story. The woman had given up everything to wait for this man and in the end she has to sacrifice yet again. This novel is all about the relationship struggles of Jeremy and Patience. This relationship not feeling right pretty much ended the pleasure of the book. Give it a read and see how it feels. Those willing to accept the story will find a satisfactory conclusion to this series.
Review of an Advance Reader's Copy
Violence/Gore: Characters discuss the intention of one group to attack and take over another; report of a woman and her children being killed by Native Americans.
Sex/Nudity: Non-married characters kiss and embrace.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death of friends and family.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Reviewed By Susan