Author: Rebecca Demarino
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Revell’s website description of To Capture Her Heart:
In an uncertain time, she faces a choice that will change her life forever
It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her. Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die–until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.
Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice–stay true to her friend or follow her heart.
What attracted me to this book, initially, was the cover. It’s unique and gives the idea of an interesting story. Also, the backcover description drew me in. However, once I started reading this book, I knew I’d made a mistake. I hadn’t read the first book in the series. Because of this, I simply could not get into the storyline. A good deal of the book is from the point of view of a previous character from the book A Place in His Heart. Since I knew nothing about this character, it was hard for me to just pick up in her story. Also, there were a lot of names and places, so it was hard to keep track of everything. I expected this story to be mostly about Heather Flower and her decisions, but I found the story to be more focused on Ben Horton, and a good deal of it is told from his point of view, at least as far as I read. Which (confession time) brings me to the fact that I…didn’t finish this book. I wish I could. I tried really hard to get into it, but the characters didn’t click for me, and with what I’ve mentioned above, I just lost interest. For those who have read the first book in the series, I’m sure they’ll love picking up with the previous characters. This book is also expertly researched with lots of historicity to it during a time period that not too much has been written about, at least not that I’ve seen as far as fiction. I’ve also seen reviews from others who have loved this book, so as always, these are only my opinions. If you love unique time periods, cross-cultural romance, and a novel steeped in history, then To Capture Her Heart might be worth considering, just make sure you read the books in order.
About the Author
Biography from Revell’s website: Rebecca DeMarino is the author of A Place in His Heart and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and The Southold Long Island Historical Society. She was a 2011 Genesis Award semi-finalist. Rebecca is retired from a major airline and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. Learn more at http://www.rebeccademarino.com.
I was given a review copy of To Capture Her Heart from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.