Monday, August 15, 2022

A FEELING OF HOME by Susan Anne Mason, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"After last night I doubt we'll need anything from you ever again."

Ultimatums are rarely a good thing, but grief makes people say things they later regret. Isabelle Waldrop scorned Dr. Mark Henshaw for remaining with his patient at the Bennington Place Maternity Home when her mother's life hung in the balance, and ultimately lost. Tragically, her mother's death was only the beginning of a downward spiral for Isabelle and her sister Marissa. Were it not for the kindness of a household servant, the two once wealthy young women would have faced homelessness.

"For me, being a doctor isn't simply a job or a way to make money. It's a vocation . . . a calling to serve my fellow citizens regardless of their social status."

Mark could scarcely believe his eyes when he literally collided with the lovely Isabelle Waldrop seeking employment as an hospital laundress. Surely things hadn't grown that dire, but apparently they had. Cautiously offering his help, Mark and Isabelle begin to forge a totally different kind of relationship . . . friends . . .but could it become more? Apparently there were more obstacles in the way than either of them could have foreseen. His brother and her sister.

This story has such a luxurious word flow! Pairing humble circumstances with a desire to follow God's calling for their lives, the characters stutter and struggle against what at times seem to be insurmountable odds . . . except for faith. . . and a humble spirit . . . and the courage to admit mistakes . . . perhaps multiple times. Thankfully the result being . . . that elusive feeling of home.
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.4.5 stars

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BackCover Blurb:
Can she set aside the pain from the past to embrace a new love?

Isabelle Wardrop's well-to-do life has completely unraveled. Within months, she's lost both her parents, her fortune, and her home. With nowhere else to turn, she and her younger sister move in with a trusted former servant in an impoverished area of the city. Desperate for work but having no qualifications, Isabelle is forced to accept help from Dr. Mark Henshaw, the very man she blames for her mother's death.

Mark Henshaw has admired Isabelle for several months, but after the tragic death of her mother, he vows to make amends for the past and help her find her way. But when Mark learns his younger brother has formed an undesirable friendship with Isabelle's sister--one that brings a whole new set of problems into their lives--he doesn't know if Isabelle will ever forgive him.

When startling developments begin to take place, both within Isabelle's heart and their siblings' relationship, her future looks very different than anything she could have imagined. 

Bethany House Publishers, July 5, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
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