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Monday, November 15, 2010

Andrea Boeshaar's Uncertain Heart Review and Giveaway

From the author's website:

The year is 1866, and Sarah McCabe has wanderlust. In an effort to become independent of her family back in Missouri, she accepts a governess position in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, giving her a firsthand taste of the life she has always desired—a life of luxury, culture, and social privilege.

Richard Navis is a man determined to finish his indentureship to Captain Brian Sinclair and take over his family’s farm. But when he falls in love with Sarah, his homesteading goals blur. She doesn’t seem interested in settling down. What’s more, Richard fears she’s fallen victim to the captain’s charm and persuasion. 

When Sarah’s reputation is questioned, Richard devises a bold plan in hopes of protecting her. But is he too late? Has Sarah already made her choice?

This book has got the love triangle down to an art form, and that was the main reason I asked to be an influencer. Nothing I like better than a little competition for affection. Andrea's Uncertain Heart doesn't disappoint.

I liked the way Andrea presented the age-old debate of love v. money in a really fresh way. Sarah's country background made her desire the finer things in life. Enter Bachelor #1: Brian Sinclair, her rich, charming employer who pays her more to be a governess than she'd ever make as a music teacher. Brian's got a few hangups, namely the fact that he doesn't share Sarah's beliefs and basically treats his children as if they were burdens/afterthoughts.

Enter Bachelor #2: Richard Navis, Captain Sinclair's steward with a head for numbers but a heart for farming--the one profession from whose clutches Sarah was eager to escape. He's just as handsome and charming, and he shares Sarah's beliefs and becomes a fast friend (a deadly word for a man in love, but there you have it).

As a therapist, I've encountered many a woman caught in the throes of the kind of attraction a man like Captain Brian Sinclair can wield. In fact, I'd wager (if I were a wagering sort) that many of you have also experienced it. It can be overwhelming as you soar along with the emotional highs and lows.

I'm a big believer in trying to get the client to listen to her heart, because in all reality, it's not as uncertain as it might seem. I appreciated the way Sarah's heart spoke to her--when she needed it to and took the time to listen. My clients will often say something offhand and it takes me saying, "Wait! Repeat what you just said!" for them to really listen. Sarah's no different. We get distracted by things, especially in the arena of romance. It was a joy to follow Sarah through to her own conclusions.

I'm very interested now in reading Book 3 in this series, as it directly pertains to the ending of Book 2, although I imagine it'll be great as a stand-alone, too. (I hadn't read Book 1 of this series and had no trouble at all following along.) I just want to thank Andrea for including the first chapter of Book 3. That was a kindness. :)

To be entered to win this book, you have to do two things: 1) make sure you are a follower of this blog by clicking "follow" in the right-hand column and 2) leave a comment with your email address written in a non-spam way [yourname (at) hotmail (dot) com]. I'll draw a winner on Saturday!

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rubynreba said...

I follow and would really enjoy this book.

Diane said...

Love me a good love triangle too. Now, you're just teasing with the first chapter of the next book.... :O)

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Julia M. Reffner said...

I'm a follower and would love to read this historical.


karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel...i'm a follower, too.

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