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My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby's Prospects Kindle Edition
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B074TY7XVL
- Print Length : 258 pages
- File Size : 1547 KB
- Publication Date : March 1, 2018
- Publisher : Barbour Books (March 1, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,316,249 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Abigail Effingham was not a typical person traveling out West in the 1850's. For one, while she was not traveling alone by train, wagon train and coach, she was accompanied by her household's butler. Her objective was to meet up with her mother in the Oregon Territories where her mother was visiting her sister. Abigail missed her and wanted her to return home to Philadelphia, a city they were well settled after their immigration from England. This trip gave Abby a close-up look at all the frontier had to offer, including the flooding that diverted their path away from Oregon. With a new found determination, Abby decided against Neville's advice to return to Philadelphia, but to visit San Francisco to wait until the flooding receded in the Spring and her mother could come to her. She couldn't realize how much this side trip would change her life's course.
The people in the heyday of San Francisco were uncivilized, thrill-seeking and out to find their fortunes. Some of them were optimistic, starry-eyed with hope of striking it rich. But if they stayed too long, they often became jaded, swindled, crushed, and hard-drinking gamblers. They were not what Abby was used to. But soon, she inevitably discovered ways to influence a few of them, and being a young person herself, began to improve what was around her. Eventually a young man, Sam (good old reliable Sam), became her protector in more ways than she understood. They developed a strong friendship while she and Neville stayed at the Inn owned by his father. Sam's family housekeeper, who traveled to California with them years before, became the cook at the Inn. Her food was legendary and she was popular all throughout the city.
What I enjoyed so much was the complete makeover of the young lady we know as Abigail, to the self-sufficient woman that emerged as Abby. Her world was turned upside down. We get to watch the sometimes comical change-up as she learned to pluck chickens, make cherry pies, wash dishes and wait tables for the first time in her pampered life.
Another valuable part of Abby's life was her integrity and strong will. That included her spiritual life. She knew what she believed and why she believed that way, yet she never viewed herself as better than anyone else. She made friends with those who were like minded and they encouraged each other in their faith. She was always willing to consider a different viewpoint and learn new things, especially learning about God's character. That part of one of my favorite sections of the book and the best part of the character development that is done so well. If you like historical fiction from a woman's point of view, then you are sure to enjoy this book.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from the Barbour Publishing as a member of the Review Crew. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
San Francisco isn’t at all what proper Abby or Neville envisioned. The town is home to very few proper or respectful citizens which causes Neville great concern for Abby’s welfare especially when she becomes determined to work at the Gold Rush Inn. Of course, Neville will have to work along side Abby to protect her. Here they meet Cookie and Sam. While Neville tries to fit into their temporary situation, Abby is plotting ways to make the citizens of San Francisco more cultured with the exception of Marcus Denueve who is already a perfect gentleman.
As Abby learns, things are not always as they seem and not everyone needs her to fix them. Throughout the story Cookie encourages both Abby and Sam to accept people as they are, to pray and to let God do the changing that is needed. The author closes the book with an avalanche of happy endings for her cast of characters.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I found it interesting that socialite Abby Effingham travels from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to San Francisco, California with only her trusted elder butler, Neville (who is humorous at times), as her chaperon and protector. Of course, it is 1853 and a young lady should not travel without a chaperon. I don’t think she realized San Francisco is in the middle of a gold rush and teaming with lots of gold-hunting men before she arrived. How will she adjust to her new surroundings and all it offers and will she find what she is looking for?
Samuel Harris, owner of the hotel Abby and Neville find themselves taking shelter in, and his trusted cook, Cookie, quickly became two of my favorite characters. Samuel watches over Abby despite trying not to care for her. Cookie is a sweet, mothering, godly women dishing up Bible verses along with her delicious meals. I enjoyed the historical aspects woven within the story-line and the fun facts about the California gold rush and the authors’ notes at the end of the story. A fun, heartwarming story.
~I received a copy of this book from the author/Barbour publishing (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~