Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr

Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr was released in March by Bethany House Publishers and they provided me with this copy for review.

I was immediately drawn into this story when on the first page I read that it takes place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on an island in the Susquehanna River. The Susquehanna has long been my favorite river, the islands have intrigued me for years. It is a beautiful part of our state.

See? Isn't it pretty? I've always thought it would be fun to explore those islands and in Delia's newest book I was able to do just that. This is a lovely story of learning how to trust someone with whom you've been thrown together with. I highly recommend this novel. It'll whisk you back to 1840 where you'll follow Elvira (Ellie) as she ventures into a marriage based on business purposes with Jackson. The mistakes of their pasts and the sacrifices that they've made in the present lead to a sweet ending.

About the book:

Two people in desperate circumstances. One unlikely proposal.

Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon's Island, nestled in the Susquehanna River,k is not of her choosing, either. She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper.

Yet Ellie never imagined the widower would be so young .... so handsome.

Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so ... plain. But he quickly comes to realize that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems -- both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage. When Jackson offers her something quite out of the ordinary, will Ellie look beyond mere necessity and risk opening her heart?

Please join Ellie and Jackson on Dillon's Island and share their journey as their hearts awaken to the challenges and joys of a lasting love!

To learn more about Delia please visit her website.

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