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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Follow the Heart Review!!!

*Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus

Book Description:
Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Follow the Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother’s brother in England with one edict: marry money.
At twenty-seven years old, Kate has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America.
Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, their attentions stray to a gardener and a governess.
While Christopher has options that would enable him to lay his affections where he chooses, he cannot let the burden of their family’s finances crush his sister. Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy— gardener aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a wealthy viscount shows interest in her. But is marrying for the financial security of her family the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?
Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?

My Opinion:
Loss, worry, fear, love, spiteful characters to overcome, faith, and beauty are only some of the many wonderful things found in Follow the Heart! :) This is a good read that has a GREAT message. I highly recommend reading it for that alone reason, but that isn't the only reason this is a good book! :) I loved the characters and the premise for the story, woven together by Kaye's elegant style. Humor entangled with difficult circumstances and choices are the basis for Kate and Christopher's stories. They strive to do the right thing even if it means sacrificing there heart's desire. Kaye Dacus weaves the message of learning how to pray and what prayer can truly mean beautifully! The only fault I found was that it was a little long for my liking. Seeming to drag on in areas, and pick up slightly towards the end. While I feel that there where some things that could have been cut a little shorter I really enjoyed some of the scenes, and because I love plants and gardens myself I really felt a connection to the story. I love the inspirations for Follow the Heart as mentioned in her Reader's Letter. And now I really wish I was able to see Prince Albert's Great Exhibition! :)

My songs for this book are: "Walzer-Bouquet No. 1" by Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, "Reitermarsch, Op. 428" by Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, "Vienna Blood, Op.354 - Waltz" by Johann Strauss, and "Trust and Obey" by Eric J. Littleton, M.D.

Jeremiah 29:11


*I requested and received this book because I am a First Wild Card Tour member and for the purpose of reviewing.  This in no way affected my opinion of Follow the Heart and the above is what I honestly think of the book. ~ASC

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