Saturday, August 28, 2021

DESIRE OF MY HEART by Heidi Gray McGill, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

This is a new-to-me author and Desire of My Heart is her debut.

“Being a Christ follower isn’t easy, but it’s always rewarding. She would continue to trust God.”

This book reminded me of stories about my husband’s grandparents. His grandfather lost a parent who remarried and then died. So he was raised by someone who was not a blood relative. That story did not have such a happy ending. Times were tough in the 1800s. This book brings that across. What brought comfort was the way the author portrayed Rachel, Melvin, Clay and the Sullivans with a deep faith. God sustained them through the tough times. I liked the way they all came to aid Rachel as she worked through depression. I grew fond of five year old Thomas and the instant connection with Grammie. Although they were not blood relations, God brought them together. And isn’t that the best kind of family?

This is a great beginning to a series set in Missouri. I am anxious to read the next story about neighbor Pete and brother Charlie.

An accomplished debut by Heidi Gray McGill.
*I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* I give this 5 stars and a strong faith thread. 

BackCover Blurb:
All Rachel has ever wanted is a family. How could God grant her the desire of her heart, then do nothing to prevent it being taken away? Can she wait for God’s perfect timing, or will she take matters into her own hands…again? About to age out of a Missouri orphanage in 1858, shy Rachel listens with terror as the orphanage matron tells her she’s practically auctioning her off to the highest bidder for her hand in marriage. Rachel prays, asking God to help her and her younger brother Charlie escape, but how? 

When God provides what Rachel believes to be her liberator, the seed of an idea sets in motion an adventure that will bring happiness and heartbreak, and nearly cost Rachel her health. When trouble comes, it comes in a big way and those who care for Rachel wonder if she will ever recover. Rachel and Charlie face danger and sorrow, see new territory, and grow in their faith. They just might even find the desire of their hearts and realize God had bigger plans than they ever imagined.

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