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For Sophia's Heart, A Novella [Kindle Edition]

Lyn Cote
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A penniless but pretty girl...a wealthy young man on his way to war--what could draw them into a marriage of convenience?

This is a short novel. Its theme is "People judge by outward appearance, bu the Lord looks at a person's thoughts and intentions." 1 Samuel 16:7

In April 1898, Sophia Schiffler boards a train and meets Gannon Moore, both on their way to Chicago. Gannon is going to withdraw from the university to enlist in the Spanish American War. Teddy Roosevelt is gathering his rough riders to invade Cuba. And Gannon is ready to join the fight against Spain for Cuba's freedom. Mourning the recent loss of his sister, Gannon is shocked when Sophia reveals she is going to marry a man she's never met. When this suitor doesn't meet Sophia at Union Station, Gannon accompanies her to the man's address. What they discover there catapults Sophia into a situation she could never have imagined.

Soon she is living in Chicago and frequenting Jane Addams' famous Hull House. Gannon trains in Florida and prepares for combat in Cuba. He and Sophia exchange letters written from their hearts. In the fall, Gannon returns from war, a changed man. The course of true love never runs smooth. And life has a way of turning tables on two young people in love. Their springtime love endured separation and a war. Will it survive a winter of reality?

BIO
An author of over thirty inspirational romances, Lyn writes stories that fit her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories.” Her romances always include three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog http://BooksbyLynCote.com Writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine and human love.


Product Details

  • File Size: 2200 KB
  • Print Length: 78 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lyn Cote (January 11, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00870NWGE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,893 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I just finished reading For Sophia's Heart, A Novella. Thank you so much. It is so pure and good. I cried in two places, it was so endearing. (I know, you want to know where!) I would need to look back to it, but possibly it wouldn't be in the same place twice. Such a beautiful story and heritage. I just wanted to tell you thank you and I feel this would be a beautiful full length novel. Kathleen

You don't want to miss this wonderful story. From beginning to end it touches the frailty and fragileness of man. It is wartime and poverty dividing the haves from the have-nots. The story opens with two people on a train; strangers who help each other. I am a book-in-hand person, so to read this in eBook form was a stretch for me. I am so glad I did! It was riveting. I was right there alongside them as their story unveiled. It is beautiful. One thing that stuck out to me was our apprehension to be known when we are uncertain of the actions of another. The sad part is that by holding back, so does the other person, not wanting to offend or be offended. What do we set aside because of vain imaginations; what have we lost because we haven't been ourselves, true to our heart? I am not saying, carrying my heart on my sleeve, but rather true to who we are. Being a lighthouse for others to see by. So good. I loved this Novella and would love to see it rewritten to include a future and a hope in greater detail and longevity! Very excellent.

This is a Historical Fiction story based on the remembrance of an ancestor. This story fits in any generation ~*~ generosity ~*~ of ourselves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Romance August 9, 2012
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Sweet romance, a young man Gannon traveling on a train to Chicago preparing to go off to war in Cuba; steps up to protect a young immigrant women ,Sophia who is traveling alone to meet and marry. Gannon ,somewhat stunned that she is traveling alone with no family's protection takes on the responsibility of protecting her...... Never thinking a that this simple act would lead to a life time of love. Lovely Characters and engaging storyline.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Little Gem!! August 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"For Sophia's Heart" by Author Lyn Cote is a most enjoyable romance novella. The main characters, Gannon and Sophia, meet on a train bound for Chicago. Gannon steps in to protect Sophia from the unwanted advances of a fellow passenger and sits by her side for the duration of the trip.

Although Gannon is drawn to her because of this unfortunate incident and his desire to protect her, he takes the opportunity to learn more about this beautiful young woman with a slight accent...and a shy and endearing demeanor. He learns Sophia is on her way to marry a man she has yet to meet. Gannon is shocked to think of the prospect of her upcoming arranged marriage and refuses to leave her side until he has met the man she is soon to wed.

Sophia quickly discovers she is stranded in Chicago and once again Gannon comes to her rescue. Without giving away too much of the storyline, this young couple manages to stay in touch despite the obstacles confronting them. If you like well-written, captivating, romance short stories, this one takes place in the late 1800's and is a treat for the young at heart. It will certainly capture the attention of any romantic personality and bring much delight to the reader. I can honestly say...you will be sure to enjoy this wonderful little gem!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming Short Story August 8, 2012
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For Sophia's Heart by Lyn Cote
A Novella
This is a story of two people on a train to Chicago, each heading to a new start in life in 1898.

Sophia Schiffler is the daughter of a poor immigrant from Ljubljana. Going to Chicago to start a new life. To marry a man she'll be meeting for the first time. Not a love match but it will be one less person for her father to support with his farm job in Wisconsin. She meets a handsome young man on the train who refuses to let her meet her intended alone. When one incident leads to another....she ends up in a marriage of convenience for her own protection. Who could have known the doors that one act of kindness would open up for her, little Sophia?

Gannon Moore is going from a university student to being a soldier. He feels pulled to help the young immigrant woman and later sees that it must have been God that put them on that train together....at that time. The letters he receives from Sophia while in the army and memories he has of her from their two short days together help him through the worst of times. As she is a stranger in America he soon feels the same way in Cuba, being in a strange land with a language he don't understand.

This is just a short novella but so packed full. The author does such a great job of bringing the characters to life along with their emotions. I could imagine Gannon fighting off the mosquitoes in Florida and fighting the battle in Cuba. The reality of Sophia having to rely on someone else to read and write letters for her until she could learn the language enough to do it herself. And the struggles each of them faced hoping and praying the other was safe. I really enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay December 20, 2012
By Amy
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This book was very Christianese. It was an ok story line, but not the best I've ever read. The characters were likable and the story line flowed well, but I didn't really care for the book overall that much.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Story
This is a very sweet story about two young people from different worlds who find they have more in common than they could have imagined.
Published 10 months ago by Lillian Ammann (Lillie)
5.0 out of 5 stars For Sophia's Heart
Very nice and charming short story. Perfect for "beach reading." I couldn't put it down until I had finished it.
Published 16 months ago by LMH
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a nice story that gives you glimpses of the difficulties and sacrifices immigrants faced in the early days of our country. Also a beautiful love story.
Published 22 months ago by bernadette
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet novella
I was looking for a shorter read due to time and not wanting to start anything longer at the time. I found this to be a charming story of immigration and prejudice. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Loree
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Novella
This was a sweet novella. Loved the beginning and the interaction between the characters until around half of the book but kinda lost the interest after that... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Veronica
3.0 out of 5 stars for sophias heart ok nothing special
This was ok for a short read. Nothing special or memorable but i wanted a short read and this worked.
Published 24 months ago by Toledo CPA
4.0 out of 5 stars Good premise but needs an editor
One of the worst things about self-published ebooks is that no one proofreads them before they are released. There were glaring errors throughout this book. Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by Brenda Starr
4.0 out of 5 stars For Sophia's Heart
I enjoyed this kindle book. Perfect light reading. Sophia is a new immigrant to the U.S. She meets a young man on a train who completely changes her life. Read more
Published on September 16, 2012 by Krista James
5.0 out of 5 stars For Sophia's Heart
Once again, Lyn Cote has written an excellent book. Her writing is always tops and this is another good read from one of my favorite authors. Read more
Published on September 10, 2012 by amvk
4.0 out of 5 stars Sophia's Heart
I am in a group with Lyn, and she mentioned that this book was free, so of course I snatched it up straightaway. I am so glad I did! Read more
Published on September 9, 2012 by Kate
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More About the Author

In 1997, Lyn Cote's first book, Never Alone, was chosen for the "new" Love Inspired romance line. Since then, Lyn has had over thirty-five novels published. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, and her book Her Patchwork Family was a finalist for the Carol Award in 2010 and Her Healing Ways won in 2011. These are two of the highest awards in the romance genre.

Lyn's brand "Strong Women, Brave Stories," always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog http://BooksbyLynCote.com

Lyn also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Drop by and "friend or follow" her. Now living her dream of writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine as well as human love.


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