Five Star Review of My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York

My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York

Amanda Barrat

“I’d rather not die today, Lord. Though it’d be my own stupid fault if I did.

Niagara fallsBook Blurb:

Journey now to Niagara Falls, New York, of 1870 where…
She avoids danger at all costs. He makes his living by rushing headlong into it.

Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband.

Having grown up in an overcrowded orphanage, Drew Dawson is determined to make a name for himself. He’ll take any honest job to provide for his sister—even crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope.

On a sightseeing trip to the Falls, Adele meets several eligible suitors. Incredibly wealthy and pompous, Franklin Conway takes an immediate fancy to her. But Adele would truly like to marry for love.  When she encounters the mysterious Drew in the garden, Adele is confused by her feelings for someone who is everything she is NOT looking for. Will they both stay the course they have chosen for themselves?

My Thoughts:

 This book was everything I love in a sweet Christian historical romance. I loved every minute. This story was beautifully written. The author has such an amazing mastery of descriptive language. As an author, I was seriously jealous. As a reader, I was instantly pulled into the story world. You will cry with these characters. You will feel their triumphs and tragedies. This book will keep you hoping for the characters right up until the very end. I also enjoyed the spiritual journey of these characters. I loved how Drew breaths prayers to the Lord at random. Drew is strong in his faith, but even the strongest of faith can eventually suffer a devastating blow.  

Adele is not a believer. She lacks peace, lacks joy. She has allowed past suffering to remove any faith or trust in an Eternal Being who cares.

“Certainly, she could slap on a good façade, but that was the extent of it. A façade to conceal the broken emptiness inside.”

 Adele Linley comes to America in search of a rich husband to recover her beloved estate in England from financial ruin.

“There were riches aplenty to be found on American soil. Tycoons. Fortunes. Scores of them, she’d heard. Well, she didn’t need scores. All she needed, all she intended to secure, was one.”

Drew will do anything to procure a better life for his crippled sister, even if it means facing danger straight on, by crossing Niagara Falls on tightrope.

“You talk of danger, Miss Linley. Perhaps I don’t fear it as you do. Maybe I realize that none of us are immune. I try to live every day as if it were my last, whether I set foot on a tightrope or not.”

 However, as Adele attempts to control her own destiny and the lives of those she loves, she makes a very large mess of things, and is brought to the lowest point she ever thought possible. It is in this humble place, that God can finally reach her heart.

“Could it truly be possible that if she handed her problems over to God, the swirling would cease and rest could be found?”

Will Adele give her life over to God and allow him to control her destiny? Will she find the rest for the weary that God has promised in Isaiah Chapter 40, verse 31? 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. A positive review was not required, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

About the Author

Amanda BarrattECPA bestselling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story – a spinoff of Jane Eyre. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, she lives in the woods of Michigan with her fabulous family, who kindly put up with the invisible people she calls characters. These days, Amanda can be found reading way too many books, watching an eclectic mix of BBC dramas and romantic chick flicks, and trying to figure out a way to get on the first possible flight to England.

 

 

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