Published by Beyond the Page Publishing on September 26th 2017
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Even at a young age, Ada Thorne knew that she would marry only for love, never money. So when she finds herself irrevocably drawn to Ned Henley, the lowly gamekeeper on a neighboring estate, she defies her parents and society by eloping with him to London to build a new life.
Without her family’s support, life in the city is far more difficult than the one of ease and privilege Ada has always known. She’ll find herself relentlessly tested in ways she never imagined—especially when Ned, answering the call of duty, enlists to serve his country in World War One.
Alone and near poverty with a child to raise, Ada’s resolve will be strained at every turn. And as she struggles to remain true to her convictions and live life on her own terms, Ada will embark on a journey of courage, faith, and love that will surpass even her own humble dreams . . .
“Stacy Henrie possesses superior storytelling skills, her historical accuracy and attention to detail are unsurpassed, and she knows how to create characters we can identify with and whom we really care for.” —Fresh Fiction
About the Author:
USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances, the anthology Love for All Seasons, and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all laughing with her husband and kids.
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
Ada Thorne defied her parents and chose a simple life with the man who owned her heart. Ned Henley, a gamekeeper, was not the husband her family wanted for the wealthy Ada, and they banished her from their lives. It was not easy for the young couple to move to London as newlyweds, but Ned’s strong faith in God would eventually give Ada the fortitude she needed to surmount the many obstacles they would face, especially when the Great War became a reality and Ned enlisted, reluctantly leaving Ada and her young daughter to fare for themselves while waiting for Ned to come home.
THE KEEPER OF HER HEART is such an emotional read, it required several tissues from this reader, not prone to tearful excesses. Stacy Henrie’s sharp eye for detail paints an extraordinarily vibrant picture of a young couple struggling to make it in a working-class London neighbourhood. I rejoiced at their love; I smiled at Ada’s attempts at managing a humble household, of taking care of her baby, while mostly improvising, and with the help of her new friend Mollie. I loved reading how it was on the home front when women took the jobs while the men were at war.
I have been a fan of Stacy Henrie’s almost from the beginning, and she has earned my respect because of her integrity and her care in preserving accuracy in historical romance. While it is a matter of preference, I surmise, and some readers might prefer bountiful sex scenes to a more spiritual context, Ms. Henrie remains true to the values of the times and still writes captivating love stories that make the reader believe in true love, that touch the heart and in the case of THE KEEPER OF HER HEART, provide much food for thought. Once again, Stacy Henrie has written an exceptional story that I shall not soon forget.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.