Saturday, December 19, 2009
A Surrendered Heart by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
From the back cover:
Escape into the history, opulence, and elegance of the Thousand Islands
When cholera strikes Rochester, New York, in the spring of 1899, the members of the Broadmoor family flee to their castle home in the Thousand Islands. But Amanda Broadmoor, who has always held a special compassion for the less fortunate, resolves to remain in Rochester with Dr. Blake Carstead, working to help control the spread of the dreaded disease.
However, much more than Amanda's health hangs in the balance. Mishandling of the family fortune threatens to leave the Broadmoor family penniless--and even willing to sacrifice Amanda's future. Will she be forced to marry a man she disdains in order to save the Broadmoor legacy?
My review of A Surrendered Heart:
I have read a couple of Tracie Peterson’s books and I have read one book by Judith Miller. I have tremendously enjoyed their books so I was looking forward to reading A Surrendered Heart. This book is the third book in The Broadmoor Legacy series. I have not read the first two books in the series, but I didn’t feel like that hindered my reading experience in the least. Having enjoyed these authors’ individual books, I knew the writing was going to be terrific, and it was. I did not particularly enjoy the story, however.
The story started out just fine, but as the book went on, it got darker and difficult to enjoy. Amanda’s arranged marriage to an abusive man consumed a large portion of the story and made it very difficult to relax and enjoy the story. I was actually relieved when I finished the book because I just could not take anymore.
This book does have many good qualities. As I mentioned before, the writing was wonderful and I am still very interested in reading more from these talented ladies. Many of the characters in this story were likable. I really liked Amanda, especially her capacity to forgive. Fanny and Sophie were delightful and their loyalty to Amanda was inspiring. And, the way the story ends is very satisfying and helped to make the darker aspects of the story worthwhile.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about A Surrendered Heart. The writing and characters are very good, but the story simply did not agree with me.
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This book was provided for review by Bethany House publishers.