Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Lisa Harris's Rebecca's Heart~Reviewed

Rebecca's Heart
By Lisa Harris
Paperback, 170 pages
Published by Heartsong Presents
ISBN: 1-59310-945-8

Rebecca's heart is open to love, but she discovers she's about to make the biggest mistake of her life. To avoid such a mistake, she cancels her wedding plans and moves to Boston. There she takes a position as a seamstress in a furniture sop where she hopes to mend her broken heart.

Luke Hutton longs to build ships for a living but is set to sail one last time before he can make his dream come true. He stops by the furniture shop on an errand for his mother and falls at once for the dark-haired beauty who works there.

Can Rebecca and Luke find a way to share the secrets that keep them from true happiness? Will Rebecca trust her heart to God, as well as Luke?

Harris brings innovative creativity to this historical romance. With the whaling industry as a backdrop, her research is evident in many places. She brings nineteenth-century Boston alive before our eyes with her hero telling the heroine, who sews slipcovers for furniture, about a yacht owner who "… had an electrically ventilated dairy built on his yacht where he keeps a cow…" Both caught my attention, and I had to look them up. I applaud Harris for incorporating little known facts that made her story all the more delightful.

Harris uses creatively apt descriptions that make you feel you're part of the scene and the lives of her true-to-life characters. They stepped off the pages and into my heart. This book is perfect for a cozy read before the fire, with a cup of tea. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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