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Hearts Awakening de Delia Parr
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Hearts Awakening (edição: 2010)

de Delia Parr

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With no means to support herself, Ellie Kilmer agrees to work as a housekeeper for the young widower who lives on Dillon Island, hopeful she can obtain a proper reference. But Jackson Smith quickly realizes that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems.
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Título:Hearts Awakening
Autores:Delia Parr
Informação:Bethany House (2010), Paperback, 352 pages
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A wonderful read filled with history, culture, challenges and love. Another you just can't stop reading book.

With no means to support herself, Ellie Kilmer agrees to work as a housekeeper for the young widower who lives on Dillon Island, hopeful she can obtain a proper reference. But Jackson Smith quickly realizes 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 a marriage of convenience is offered, Ellie is initially humiliated. Though she is past the age most women marry, she has more pride than to agree to his outlandish suggestion. Yet what options does she have? To marry would mean a home and stability. So despite the rumors circling Jackson and his first wife, Ellie accepts this unlikely proposal ( )
  Gmomaj | Sep 12, 2021 |
Elvira has no choice. She can either continue life as a spinster or marry this man as a business arrangement for the sake of his boys. But her faith is stretched when she sees not only his love for his boys, but his distrust and quick anger at her. This agreement is held by a thin thread as he constantly threatens to send her away for any rule she breaks. How can any business stand against that?

Although an interesting concept, several things stick out as "non-real." Men do not normally fight women. That includes verbal fights. When a woman "attacks" verbally, men will retreat into silence, rather than fight back. When Elvira thinks she has won an argument, she has just shown herself as non-submissive to his rules. He will retreat from her, but that doesn't mean he has conceded to what she has said.

There were too many instant fixes at the end that made for a quick ending, but not a satisfying one. Anger is not controlled by just an apology and a "I'll try better."
Her faith seemed to lean on God, but she forgot as a Christian that his must, too. Going to church does not equate to faith in God, although many "Christian" books are making that connection.

The spiritual lessons are deeper than just pat answers, which was a refreshing change to other books. ( )
  Sonya.Contreras | May 21, 2017 |
This was a good read. It wasn't the kind of book that drew me in right away, but it was a fair read. I felt that the characters needed some strengthening, but otherwise the story line was fine. I felt sorry for the boys who really didn't want a stepmother and I was sympathetic for the woman trying to be a good wife and mother.

I'm not sure I would want to read this book again. It doesn't really call out to me. ( )
  caslater83 | Jul 24, 2015 |
I really, really liked this book in the beginning. Apart from mail order bride stories, coming across historical fiction that goes beyond the vows is rare, so I was really looking forward to reading about a married couple.

My heart broke for Ellie over the calloused way that Jackson thought of her, spoke toward her, and allowed others to speak for her. Despite Ellie thinking that Jackson defended her, I didn't really see that. I saw him abruptly end conversations, which may have been appreciated, but were not the same as directly fending off the attacks against her.

I really enjoyed the Christian themes and challenges regarding honesty and faithfulness, trust and forgiveness. I thought the role of stepmother was well done, though I found the complexity of the three year old a little unbelievable.

What really brought this book down, though, was the issue of Dorothea. Loving and lusting after a married woman is bad enough, but while being married himself? How does a Christian man not know that it's adultery, equal to what his wife did? And why does he think it would be acceptable to dissolve his marriage to Ellie, just because it's "in name only?" Since when has God ever been confined by the laws of man?! I don't know why he would think that just because the law said he could annul the marriage if he hadn't been consummated, that God would approve of his abandoning his commitment and responsibility to his wife. Why would Ellie accept that? None of this sat right with me; it just wasn't in line with God's words on marriage.

Then Dorothea comes into the picture... her husband has been dead a week? less? and she's immediately writing a former flame not just to renew an acquaintance, but to demand professions of love? WHAT?! there's not even a word for how inappropriate that is. Then, let's add to the fact, that she must be aware that Jackson is now married himself. No one questions her character based on these two facts?! Ellie doesn't question Jackson's character for not questioning Dorothea's?! Rather, she invites Dorothea to stay for dinner after catching her in her home. Oh. OH NO. There is SO much wrong here, it makes me nauseous. This was not an example of self sacrifice or love. This was just wrong. ( )
  lyssa73 | Aug 2, 2014 |
NCLA Review - This historical novel takes place on Dillon’s Island, on the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1840. Family secrets caused Ellie, a spinster of thirty-one, to do penance by being a housekeeper to a widower, Jackson Smith, and his two young sons. Jackson is haunted by the scandal of his beautiful wife’s affair and death and is still in love with his first love (who jilted him). After two days, Jackson proposes a marriage of convenience. At first, Ellie is insulted and refuses, but ultimately decides that it would be best for all involved. Family secrets, mistrust, anger, hope, faith, forgiveness, friendships and love make this book a must read. Rating: 4 —VJ ( )
  ncla | Jan 2, 2011 |
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