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My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey Kindle Edition
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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.
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 had a tremendously arduous week this week with finals and needy students, so I had very limited reading time which was really disappointing because this book is so good I did not want to ever put it down. It’s easily one of those stories where you say to yourself, “One more chapter, I can do one more chapter!”
The main characters are Adele and Drew. Life for Adele and Drew is very difficult. Adele has struggled for the past four years to keep her family estate in England going after the reckless death of her father. Instead of having any help from her brother, a man more interested in spending money he doesn’t have on cards and alcohol, she is left to figure out how to manage her mother, home, and family finances alone. Almost destitute, Adele decides to leave England for America. She tells everyone it’s to visit estranged family, but in actuality, Adele has a plan — to catch a wealthy American husband. Once in New York, during a visit to the majestic Niagara Falls, Adele meets Drew Dawson. Drew and his sister, Hope, have been orphans as long as he can remember. Growing up in an orphanage, Drew single-handedly raised and protected Hope. Due to an accident that has left her unable to walk, Hope is an invalid and totally reliant on Drew. Drew’s goal in life is to work as hard as he legally can to make enough money so Hope can find a good doctor who will help her walk again. Well-paying jobs are hard to come by, so Drew utilizes his talents as a funambulist to help secure larger sums of money in order to grow his “Hope Savings.”
Two things stood out in this book for me. First, the tension. Oh my good gracious does this book have tension. Part of the reason why I had a difficult time putting this book down is because as every page passed, I could not figure out how Adele and Drew would get to their happily ever after. To call this book a page-turner would be an understatement! Tension because of circumstances. Tension because of mistakes the characters make. Tension between Drew and Adele. Tension between Adele and her American family. Tension between Drew and Franklin (the villain!). Tension between Adele and her brother. There are so many layers of tension going on in this story that at one point (around the 94%-read mark), I looked at my husband and declared, “I have no idea how this book is going to end!!!” It was FANTASTIC!!!
The second aspect to this book that really struck me was the intense and powerful message to place our trust in God. Drew is strong in his faith, even when the going gets really rough. But Adele has very little faith in God. The men in her life who were supposed to love and protect her let her down badly. Naturally, she has transferred her distrust of men to God. Adele wants to fix everything on her own. She cannot trust that anyone will come to her aid. So she constantly comes up with plans, but her plans never work out. I can relate to Adele so much. I, too, have had a very difficult time with trust. I, too, want to fix everything. But, my plans are rarely successful if I don’t include God. I appreciate Adele’s spiritual struggles because it made her all the more real a character. She endeared herself to me, and when she came to a full understanding of God and His love for her, I almost burst into happy, happy tears!
I truly loved this story, and I am a little sad that my time with Drew and Adele has come to an end. I am so blessed to have read this wonderfully engaging story, and I cannot recommend it enough. When it is released on January 1, I highly suggest purchasing this book. You will not be disappointed with this read!