Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer. Her hopes for marriage and a family of her own have long since passed her by, and her arrival on Dillon’s Island, nestled in the Susquehanna River, is not of her choosing, either. She needs work. And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper.
Yet Ellie never imagined the widower would be so young… so handsome.
Jackson, on the other hand, has never met anyone quite so… plain. But he quickly comes to realize that Ellie’s presence may solve his own problems–both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.
When Jackson offers her something quite out of the ordinary, will Ellie look beyond mere necessity and risk opening her heart?
Hearts Awakening is my first Delia Parr novel and while it trod a well worn path, one of a marriage of convenience between two hurting souls, there was much in this story to set it apart. Ellie’s plain appearance, great strength of character and practical nature was refreshing and the way Jackson struggled with anger and unforgiveness was consistent and authentic throughout the entire story. Their journey together is beautifully portrayed by Delia’s flowing prose, attention to detail and heartfelt spiritual message. Historical fiction readers of faith will be delighted with Hearts Awakening and eagerly anticipate Delia’s August release, Love’s First Bloom.
With thanks to Bethany House for my review copy.
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