Captain Jeremy Horton's ship, The Swallow, is wrecked and all the crew but him is lost. Adrift at sea, he is eventually picked up by a frigate, a gunner ship headed to Boston. Family and friends have had a memorial service and declared him dead. All but Patience Terry, his lifetime friend and fiance. She never gives up hope and when he reappears to her and all of Southold, they pick up where they left off. She wants him never to sail again and he cannot bear to leave the sea. He was raised on it and it is in his blood. The ensuing emotional struggle forms the main storyline with several additional characters which give this novel substance and depth.
Rebecca DeMarino is the author of this historical romance. It is set in the summer of 1664 in Southold, Long Island. So, that being the case, we are talking (reading) about very early colonial New England. I am always struggling to tell you about the story without giving it away and writing a spoiler! It is hard.
The plot centers around a small group of colonials who are working and struggling to make a new life in a new world.
This is a good story. I have not read any of Ms. DeMarino's work until now and I was impressed with her command of historical facts. I am sure, in part, because this is loosely written on the adventures of a great-grandfather from "generations ago." For me, that always lends an authentic feel to a book. I was absorbed from the beginning and read this fairly quickly. The excellent grammar and sentence structure made it easy to read. It flowed well from page to page. The author included phrases and Old English that would have been spoken in the 1600's and that added to the novel. She did that very well, also. Enough to give you an idea of how colonials spoke but not so much that it sounded corny.
This is Book 3 of The Southold Chronicles. Another series that I am going to have to go back and read Books 1& 2 of!
I give To Follow Her Heart five stars and suggest you give it a read!
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