Sunday, May 25, 2014

"A Place in His Heart" by Rebecca Demarino

When Rebecca DeMarino traveled to Horton Point, Long Island, with her mother, Helen Jean Horton Worley, in 1999, passions collided: her love of faith, family, travel, history, and writing. Rebecca's debut novel, A PLACE IN HIS HEART, is a historical romance based on Mary and Barnabas Horton, Rebecca's ninth great-grandparents. Set in 1600's Southold, Long Island, book one of The Southold Chronicles will be released by Revell in June, 2014. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and when not writing, she enjoys family and genealogy, travel, reading, running, baking and gardening. Rebecca is represented by Greg Johnson of WordServe Literary Agency.


Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

She could cross an ocean, but could she ever win his heart?

Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Left at the altar and disgraced in her small hamlet, she is being pressured to marry the eligible son of the London milliner. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. 

With tender hearts, Mary and Barnabas take a leap of faith and wed. But when Barnabas's secret plans to move his family to the New World to escape persecution come to light, Mary's world is upended. How could she possibly leave her papa and her dear sister?

And will she ever reach the secret places of her husband's broken heart?

"This debut novel will pull you into love and loss, then sweep you across the English sea to the rolling landscapes of Long Island. Be prepared to have your heartstrings plucked to the music of God's song of love in sickness and in health, and in times of richness and want. A Place in His Heart is a satisfying and compelling historical romance sure to win fans early for the entire series."--Jane Kirkpatrick, bestselling author ofOne Glorious Ambition

"A tenderly told story enriched by the author's own heritage, A Place in His Heart is sure to win readers' hearts too. Rebecca DeMarino weaves a lovely spiritual message as old and new worlds collide and love thrives amid the challenges of early America."--Laura Frantz, Christy Award finalist and author of Love's Reckoning

Rebecca DeMarino is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and The Southold Long Island Historical Society. She was a 2011 Genesis Award semi-finalist and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Tom. A Place in His Heart is based on DeMarino's ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life--and a legacy--in the New World. Learn more at

About the Author
Rebecca DeMarino lives in the Pacific N.W. and enjoys hiking, baking, genealogy and gardening. Her debut novel, A Place in His Heart, is a historical romance inspired by her ninth great-grandparents, Barnabas and Mary Horton, and is book one of The Southold Chronicles. It is available now from Revell. For more information please visit her at or She can also be found on Pinterest!

Book Description

 June 3, 2014
Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton is still in love with his deceased wife and needs only a mother for his two young sons. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.

This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino's own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life--and a legacy--in the New World. 


"A Place in His Heart" by Rebecca Demarino is definitely a five star novel times two. " A Place In His Heart held my attention from the first page. I love Historical Fiction and knowing that this story was actually based on the author's real life ancestors added to the appeal. This story is full of love and faith and yes even laughter, ( when flour is dumped on a character's head). No story is complete without heartache and this story has it share but I believed that is why it was such a great story. It was told with just enough details I had to keep reading because I just had to know how the story ended. I am thinking if her debut novel is this fantastic, I cannot wait till the second volume in the "The Southold Chronicles" . I think all readers of Christian Fiction and Historical Fiction will enjoy this book! There are some books that has parts that are boring for a page or two, but not this story, no boring parts at all.  

I was given a copy by the author for my honest review and once again I say it's fantastic. 

Rebecca and her Publisher (Revell Books) is hosting a giveaway.  Entry form is just below.  Enjoy!
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  4. This sounds like a wonderful book. The Colonial Period is my favorite historical period to read. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  5. Hi Debbie, I am so glad to find your blog and I have enjoyed this review.

  6. Hi Debbie, I am so glad to find your blog and I have enjoyed this review!

  7. This is a great review. I have read this book and it is so awesome. I definitely recommend this book.

  8. Thank you so much for participating! Blessings!

  9. Rebecca sent me, thanks for the giveaway opportunity and the great review!!


  10. Hi, Debbie ~ thank you so much for highlighting my debut novel!! I so appreciate your kind words! I love your blog!!

  11. This sounds like a really good book. Thanks for a chance at winning it.

  12. Thanks everyone for your comments!

  13. what a deliteful premise and the historical connxns add to the interest for me as well!
    thanks for posting, Debbie =)
    and Congrats on a wonderful debut, Rebecca!