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Publisher's Note:

In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite with her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet Toronto holds more tragedy and her nephew Christian is now in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace's sister because of her low social status. Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting c…

The Best of Intentions

by Susan Anne Mason

Overall Book Review:

Susan Anne Mason starts off her Canadian Crossings series with The Best of Intentions.  This story captivates and intrigues from the beginning.  The prologue was done in such a way that this reader kept expecting some of the characters to reappear later in the story. 

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this story is seeing the kindness and compassion of those who help Grace Abernathy. These individuals really remind readers that there are wonderful people with good hearts even amidst the struggles and challenges.

The story of Grace’s life is quite sad in many ways and her emotional state is clearly less than stable, because of these challenges.  Things jump all over the place emotionally for the readers too.  Anger, hope, joy, disappointment, frustration, love, and admiration are just a few of these emotions.

This particular novel makes it easy to imagine what it would be like to be the characters in the book.  The experiences and changes of attitudes are enjoyable to read, even if they are accompanied by painful moments.  Romance fans will enjoy this first book and eagerly look forward to the next.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bethany House Publishers

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 derogatory name. 

Violence/Gore:  A man tries to detain a woman by grabbing her arm; many references to men being killed in the war. 

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters kiss, hold hands and embrace; character indicates a person would have to do more than kissing once married; character refers to another as a whore.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of family members, war, familial estrangement.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Character consumes brandy.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.