To Follow Her Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

Disclaimer: To Follow Her Heart, by Rebecca DeMarino, was provided by Revell in exchange for an honest review.

It is 1664 and Patience Terry is devastated to learn that Captain Jeremy Horton’s ship has been shipwrecked off the coast of Barbados. There were no survivors. She had hoped that Jeremy would someday give up the sea and settle down with her in Southold, Long Island. Unaware his memorial service is being planned, Jeremy sails aboard a British warship with secret orders to attack New Amsterdam and claim it for the British Crown. When he makes his surprise return to Southold—and to an overjoyed Patience—it’s not quite the happily-ever-after his beloved had hoped for.

My rating: 2/5

I might have enjoyed To Follow Her Heart more if it wasn’t so obvious that this was the third book in a series. Now, DeMarino does a good job of introducing each character and giving brief descriptions of what has happened to them in the past, but without having read the previous two books, I felt as if I was missing something. Plus, all the characters were hard to keep track of and it was difficult to remember who was related to whom, etc.

The other thing that held me back from enjoying the book is that the most interesting parts are right at the beginning and right at the end. The middle is one long, plodding sequence where not much happens and Patience is impatient. I almost stopped reading the book halfway through because I was so bored. It’s not an exciting book at all and it’s not really a particularly romantic one, at least for me. I liked to see the progression of a romance and this book, presumably because it’s the third one in the series and I didn’t read the first two, starts out with Patience and Jeremy already established as a couple. The only thing left for them to do is get married (which is what the entire book is about). “Established couple” is not a bad thing for a book to start with, but DeMarino didn’t really do much with it beyond the typical “break up and get back together” shtick.

To Follow Her Heart is about as interesting as its title, which is to say, not particularly interesting and a little cliché and unoriginal. Patience spends most of the book wondering when Jeremy will marry her in between cooking, teaching, and taking care of a dog. Jeremy spends most of the book building a ship. They kiss sometimes (actually, quite a lot. It didn’t seem particularly historically accurate to me, but maybe I’m thinking too Regency-England). There’s a good bit at the end. Overall, a mostly dull book with a few interesting parts. Maybe it would be better if I had read the first two books, but maybe not.

Warnings: None.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian

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