Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hearts Awakening: A Book Review

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, 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? 

About The Author:

Delia Parr, pen name for Mary Lechleidner, is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. She is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. The mother of three grown children, she lives in Collingswood, New Jersey. Visit for more information. 

My Review:

Without giving away any plot lines of Hearts Awakening, let me just say, this book was amazing. This is historical Christian romance at its best. I will definitely be seeking out more of author, Delia Parr's work to read because I was so impressed with this book.

The storyline's are wonderfully written and so descriptive that I felt I was right there in each scene, like a fly on the proverbial wall. As with many books I have read of late, I was very happy with the underlying faith message that came through loud and clear....even when we are going through a trial that we don't think we should be, or life does not seem like its going the way we want it to, we have to remember God is in control through all of it! We just have to trust and obey!

Throughout this book, I was also reminded that forgiveness is key to our faith in God and in our relationships here on earth. If we cannot forgive, we will be bitter and God does not want us to be bitter, He wants us joyful as we do His work here on earth.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Hearts Awakenings online, directly from Bethany House. It is also available online, through and You can also purchase this book at your favorite local bookseller, as of March 2010

***Thank you to Bethany House and Graf-Martin for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of review on this blog***

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