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Review: Where Hearts Are Free by Golden Keyes Parsons
Bridget is in love with one man…and promised to another.
Amid the liberty and promise of the New World, Bridget Barrington and Phillipe Clavell fall in love. But nothing about their love seems possible.
To pay for the Clavell family”s passage from France, Philippe, a former member of French royalty, worked as an indentured slave to the Barringtons. Bridget is the heiress of the prominent plantation.
When Bridget”s parents discover the budding Romance between their daughter and their servant, they quickly orchestrate her engagement to an older, more advantageous match. But Edward Moorehead has a secret. And he”s anything but a good match for Bridget.
Separated from her true love and in danger from her betrothed, Bridget must rely on God to deliver her from darkness into light.
This book honors the richness of European and American history and religious upheaval of the 1600s with accuracy and rich contextual descriptions. In a time where women are forced into marriages of convenience so that they will not be a burden on their families, Bridget defies the societal norm and publicly declares her love for an indentured servant who is beneath her station in life.
Bridget and Philippe do not spend much time together over the course of the story, but their history together through their adolescence is continually used as a reference and sets the scene for their budding love. The bond between the Clavell family is as comforting as a warm blanket on a cool evening. Their affection and care for one another is starkly contrasted by Bridget’s parents selfishness in securing a “suitable match” for their daughter.
The plot is centered around Bridget’s devious fiancé and his shady business practices. The tension between Edward and Bridget builds with every turn of the page and her desperation to escape his control is palpable. The suspense surrounding their future and whether justice will be served for Edward’s deceptions and abuses harnesses the attention of readers. Once the story gets started it keeps a steady pace that does not disappoint.
**Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing a review copy via Book Sneeze