THE BEST OF INTENTIONS by Susan Anne Mason, reviewed by Paula Shreckhise
First in a new series: Canadian Crossings.
In 1919, Grace Abernathy travels to Toronto, Canada to fetch her widowed sister, Rose, and infant nephew, Christian, back to their mother in England. Dire circumstances greet her. Rose has fallen ill and died and Christian is with his paternal grandparents, a family far above Grace in society. Since Rose was rejected by her in-laws, Grace wants to make sure her nephew is loved and well cared for.
Andrew Easton is guardian to young Christian and he, too, wants the best for his baby nephew.
Grace dares to get close to the baby. What will happen when her true identity is revealed? Will her purpose change to one of protector? Can Grace and Andrew look beyond the surface and see the best of intentions of the other?
This story shows real struggles of faith, motivation and learning to trust God for the best outcome. It also shows how the social classes begin to break down following World War I.
The writing is wonderfully authentic. The setting puts you right in the story. The side characters and their stories add so much to the atmosphere of the book.
I would recommend this book to historical fiction fans who want a Canadian perspective of the aftermath of World War I or just want to enjoy a good historical yarn. I will be looking out for the next book in the series.
*I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite with her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet Toronto holds more tragedy and her nephew Christian is now in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace's sister because of her low social status.
Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace jumps at the chance to be Christian's nanny and observe the family up close under an assumed name. In the course of her new position, she is shocked to discover herself falling for Andrew Easton, the boy's guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who will make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew . . . and her heart?
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