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My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B074V225C2
- Publisher : Barbour Books (January 1, 2018)
- Publication date : January 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1657 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,715 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In her debut novel, Amanda Barratt delivers a well crafted story rich with deeply developed characters, beautifully depicted settings, and a good amount of plot twists. Set during the late 1800’s there is plenty of danger and romance to be found at Niagara Falls, along Canal Street, and within the homes of high society in Buffalo, New York.
Adele Linley and Drew Dawson…two young souls from different sides of society…struggle to better their situation in life, not for themselves, but for the ones they love. Franklin Conway’s thoughts and actions never travel far from satisfying his own selfish desires, or striving to garner a place in the upper echelons of society.
“Suffering is part of life, is it not? Sometimes a larger part than happiness, or so it seems.” The flow of the story easily moves the reader along Adele’s journey of suffering through a whirlpool of events toward an unexpected resolution to her situation…one neither Adele, nor the reader, ever saw coming.
“A man who possessed a million dollars only realized how grand that million was when he lost it. Drew’s health had been his million dollars.” No longer able to care for himself, let alone his sister, Drew fights to hold onto his faith and find a way to survive in a world bent on destroying any hope he has left.
No matter our lot in life, difficulties will come. But God is faithful, and we can find our hope in Him. My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls New York is a wonderful story of love and redemption, of hope and faithfulness set around the hypnotizing flow of beautiful Niagara Falls. I loved this book and look forward to more from Amanda.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31
I loved the hero Drew Dawson. Yes, he was a funambulist but he was also a good, honest, hardworking, trustworthy, responsible man. He loved his sister and would do anything to take care of her. Always scrimping by, trying to save enough money for her to see better doctors.
I had a bit harder time loving the heroine, Adele Linley. She caused me a bit of stress for a while. She was trying to do the right thing, save her family and their home. She was just going about it the wrong way. I actually yelled at her, out loud, a couple of times. She did not listen though. (Husband thinks I'm crazy) I did find myself loving her by the end.
This book is filled with so many unexpected twists and turns, I could not put my Kindle down until I reached the last page.
If you like fully developed characters, surprises, and unpredictable outcomes then this book is for you!
I love this authors' writing style. I've read several of her novellas and look forward to reading more full-length novels from her.
This book focuses on Niagara Falls as the romantic backdrop. Adele has traveled from England to find a rich husband who can help her save her family’s estate. She meets Drew, a tightrope walker and daredevil trying to make a name for himself and raise money to help his ailing sister Hope.
It seems a bit odd that Adele’s family would let her travel abroad alone, especially in the 1870s. I did appreciate the research that went into creating this story, as Barratt’s details brought the scenes to life. It was a bit easier to connect with Drew than Adele, though she’s likeable enough. It would’ve been nice to have had a bit more about Hope, as I really enjoyed her. Overall, even though a few parts moved a bit slower than desired, the writing is solid and shows that Barratt has promise as a writer.
Adele Linley has been used to having money. However, with her father gone, so is that money. With the estate in jeopardy, she goes to the United States seeking to find a husband that is rich enough to save her estate. For her, this marriage isn't about love. So when she stumbles upon Drew Dawson, who is the complete opposite of what she needs financially speaking, she knows that she can't be interested in him. Imagine her surprise when he's the one that she can't stop thinking about...even when she's with the man that wants to marry her and help her family in England.
There's several words I would use to characterize Adele, but guilt-ridden would be one of them. She does so much out of guilt, even at the cost of her own happiness. She thinks that she can make things right by denying herself things. Thankfully, she does learn in time that isn't true! Franklin Conway seemed like an absolutely terrible person! I wanted to give him a good talking to, although it wouldn't have done any good!
The whole Niagara Falls setting with the backdrop of 1870 was a perfect place to escape as a reader for a few minutes each day. Amanda Barratt wrote a wonderful story that pulled the reader along from start to finish.
I received this book free from Barbour Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.