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Stowaway Heart [Kindle Edition]

Patricia Strefling
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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Francine Louise Devin hovers on a dark dock in Devon, England. Fifteen and alone she huddles in the night -- she must be on the last ship to France before the snow flies. Frannie does the unthinkable and sneaks aboard The Antonia, becoming a stowaway. She must get to Aunt Matilda, her only living relative.
Almost immediately she is discovered by Captain Caldwell who hides her in his cabin. He leaves Frannie with his lady friend in the harbor town of Brest, with a promise to return and take her to Aunt Matilda.
Times passes and she still hopes, but the Captain’s woman hates her and trouble arises. If Captain Caldwell does not come, she will be forced to make her way alone.
Can God provide a way? She believes but too many circumstances nearly undo her plans leaving Frannie to wonder if she will ever feel safe or loved again.


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About the Author

Patricia Strefling, author of many inspirational romance books, contemporary and historical. She enjoys writing stories that inspire and encourage. Patricia loves to travel and crochet and is always ready for more exploring and finding inspiration wherever she goes. Mother of three grown sons and five grandsons. Patricia lives with her husband in SW lower Michigan.

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  • File Size: 810 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A5AVRCA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where was the Editor? February 22, 2013
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I really don;t like to knock writers. But this book is full of inconsistency. the main character's name Frannie is suppposed to be French, making her real name Francine appropriate. But there are other section in the book naming her Francis. There is mention of Thanksgiving before Christmas in the early 1800's being celebrated in France, REALLY? There is mention of a purchase made for $5000 and then $10000...did they have Dollars in France.....
Not to mention the inconsistency of where Joanna worked for her parents - Was if Brest or Bordeaux? Even the number of days to get to Bordeaux changed from 11 to 4.....

I really liked the premise and the story - but the inconsistency really was not good.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bewildered. January 7, 2013
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The 15 year old heroine is bewildered and so is the reader. What missionaries was France sending to England in 1814? Who believes that the French celebrate Thanksgiving? Surely this is an American festival? A rough sea captain falling in love with a fifteen year old is improbable. His sudden conversion is a rather arbitrary turn in the plot. This cannot be classified as an historical novel as the setting in time and place is unconvincing. More detailed research was needed. Also the use of language was too often inept.

Christians will not accept any old thing as a novel just because it has references to faith and God. Well done to the author for trying. Please try harder next time.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fun story full of editorial and research issues April 29, 2013
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The characters were fun and kept the story alive but there were quite a few problems within the story itself. I think others have mentioned them but the most glaring was Thanksgiving being celebrated in France and dollars were not used in France... I also thought it highly unlikely for a career rough and tough sea captain to fall in love with a girl of that age. There was a decent inspirational theme, but that was about all I can say positive about it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Needs polish December 26, 2012
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There was a lot of action packed into this tale, but the movement was far-fetched and unnatural. Weak sentence structure and misplaced modifiers abound. A good editor would greatly improve the quality of this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I read up to 80% of the book and gave up. It was ridiculous. The plot just tanked after the heroine, Frannie, travels to Bordeaux. The author has woefully inept knowledge of England and English people, however, her knowledge on France is non-existent.

The whole social-economical, cultural, and political setting appeared to be the Wild West. I didn't recognise anything English or French about it.

Overall, I wish I could have finished the book. It started out quite good but deteriorated gradually till it became a frightful farce. Utterly far fetched and illogical - the events in the story would either drag or jumped from one huge subplot to another. Tragic Travesty.

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Weird Historical and Cultural Inaccuracies:
The story starts in Wales (with a European/ English Sea crew) and moves to France in the early 19th century. I don't mind if a book isn't totally realistic or historically accurate but this became insultingly ridiculous:

1. The author assumes people in Europe celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is an American holiday!!!!

2. The majority of the story is based in France but the majority of people appear to be English and living in English homes e.g. Sir William Henry George of Mannigton Manor (in Bordeaux!!!).

3. The socio-economical setting is utterly wrong. Example: There's a seamstress who is being courted by a naval Captain (the hero) and the owner of a local bank. A seamstress would belong within the humble working class social sphere. But despite that a single woman would not be living on her own. Or have male visitors and remain respectable (society particularly respectable female customers would shun her).
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stowaway heart January 8, 2013
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Book catches interest right at beginning causing you to want to find out what happens to young girl hiding on vessel. If you enjoy historical stories and wholesome Christian based romances you will enjoy this simple story about a young girl who lost parents and meets a kind captain who protects and cares for her as she grows to womanhood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not bad, but not good July 28, 2013
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This story held some potential, however, the authors lack of research kept this book at two stars for me.
When getting free kindle books I'll overlook a multitude of things to be able to read a decent book, but the errors in this book became distracting. Nineteenth century France was not reflected in this novel as mentions of Thanksgiving, screen doors, pumpkin pie and lemonade made me wonder what country and era the author was thinking of when this was written.
There also were many unnecessary plot twists and unfleshed-out characters making completing the book somewhat of a drudgery to accomplish.
I think the author shows some potential in her writings and maybe with more attention to research and detail and a more proficient content editor a higher quality book could be achieved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Christian values January 14, 2013
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I appreciated the clean language and plot of this story, as well as promoting Christian virtues. However, the characters were rather 2 demensional and parts of the story did not seem to fit in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
This book is wonderfully written. I enjoyed it so much...hard to put it down.
Published 1 month ago by Retired
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok story
It's ok
Published 1 month ago by Barbara A. Perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by GAIL NICHOLS
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting from first sentence, never lags.
I enjoyed the story very much. My husband also read it.
I do wish writers would remember our modern day things were not in existence at that time, such as 1814 didn't have... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hannah Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story!
Each character becomes so real. I also enjoyed the fact that God and morals were alive and well! It just goes to prove that a story can be told without using profanity and sex... Read more
Published 3 months ago by BAReed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I found this story to be the perfect book for a light easy read. It is inspirational and the storyline keeps your interest so much that it is hard to put the book down. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Audrey
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good
Published 6 months ago by Danny Crumpton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved the book. Five stars all the way!!!!
Published 7 months ago by Marvella Murden
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
This was quite an epic covering 3 years of Frances life, from the death of her missionary parents to finally her marriage to the man of her dreams. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mary B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This is a book that keeps you thinking it was going in one direction but surprises you by leading you in another. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Diana
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Patricia Strefling, author of many inspirational romance books, contemporary and historical. She enjoys writing stories that inspire and encourage. Patricia loves to travel and crochet and is always ready for more exploring and finding inspiration wherever she goes. Mother of three grown sons and five grandsons. Patricia lives with her husband in SW lower Michigan.


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