“It’s just as easy to love a rich man as a poor man,” the adage goes. But is the dream of fancy clothes, mansions, and fine dining worth compromising your moral and faith? Sarah McCabe must find her answer in Andrea Boeshaar’s Uncertain Heart, book two in the Seasons of Redemption series.
The Civil War is over. Sarah longs to escape the country and experience the finer things in life, so she leaves her home in Jericho Junction, Missouri, to become a governess in Milwaukee. Her rich and dashing employer, Captain Brian Sinclair, shows an attraction to Sarah but doesn’t share her beliefs.
Richard, however, does. Richard Navis is Captain Sinclair’s steward. He is kind, thoughtful, handsome…and harbours an unfortunate desire t leave his city to be a farmer. Sarah has no interest in a rural farm life, even when her interest in Richard grows.
Does she sacrifice love to get the lifestyle she wants? Or will love be enough?
While reading this book, I couldn’t help but notice elements of the Sound of Music and Jane Eyre integrated into the storyline. These similarities compliment the charm of Andrea Boeshaar’s book. Add to that the intriguing history of Milwaukee and the ethnic tensions that are deeply rooted in the immigrant populations, and you have a rich and riveting historical romance.
This book compares the glamour and richness of metropolitan living to the tranquility and simplicity of the country in a way that neither comes out as the clear preference. This is great because the reader is left guessing until the end which Sarah will choose because the pros and cons of both are equally represented. Sarah strives to be an independent and self-sufficient city girl, but, as Richard points out, some of her desires are selfish and shallow in spite of her loving heart. Sarah needs to reevaluate her priorities in life and examine if the wishes of her heart fit with the plans God has for her future.
I absolutely adore the Sinclair children and their relationship with Sarah and Richard. It was wonderful to see a strong male character who has an innate paternal instinct and love for children. At particular moments of this book I found myself disappointed with Sarah and Richard’s decisions as they try to figure out their future, which made them feel all the more realistic. When characters are too perfect they loose their relatability, but Andrea Boeshaar evokes emotions and reactions from her readers by allowing her characters to make mistakes and learn from the consequences.
**Thank you to Glass Road Public Relations and Strang for providing a review copy**