Uncertain Heart: Seasons of Redemption, Book Two

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Unwilling Warrior began the saga of the McCabe Family series that continues with book two, Uncertain Heart. A farmer is the last man Sarah wants to marry! After all, if Sarah McCabe had wanted to marry a farmer, she would have stayed home in Missouri. Ensconced as a governess for Captain Sinclair of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sarah knows firsthand the life she has always desired, a life of luxury, culture, and social privilege. But then she meets Richard Navis, the captain's steward, and those highfalutin dreams seem ...

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Unwilling Warrior began the saga of the McCabe Family series that continues with book two, Uncertain Heart. A farmer is the last man Sarah wants to marry! After all, if Sarah McCabe had wanted to marry a farmer, she would have stayed home in Missouri. Ensconced as a governess for Captain Sinclair of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sarah knows firsthand the life she has always desired, a life of luxury, culture, and social privilege. But then she meets Richard Navis, the captain's steward, and those highfalutin dreams seem to vanish in salt air. Sarah loves his teasing tenderness and she admires his commitment to the Lord. Why should Richard want to leave behind his career to buy, of all things, a farm? Sarah McCabe knows exactly what she wants... but what does God want for her?

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As a governess for a sea captain's children, Sarah McCabe is used to living in the lap of luxury. She knows what she wants—a husband who can provide her with the finer things in life. Then she falls in love with the captain's steward, Richard Navis, who decides to leave the sea behind and become a farmer. Can Sarah give it all up to follow him? VERDICT This apt follow-up to Boeshaar's series launch, Unwilling Warrior, will please fans of Lyn Cote and readers who enjoy historical romances with lots of drama and intrigue.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616380236
  • Publisher: Charisma Media
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Series: Seasons of Redemption Series , #2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 407,647
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar is a certified Christian life coach and speaks at writers’ conferences and for women’s groups. She has taught workshops at such conferences as: Write-To-Publish; American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW); Oregon Christian Writers Conference; Mount Hermon Writers Conference and many local writers conferences. Another of Andrea’s accomplishments is co-founder of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. For many years she served on both its Advisory Board and as its CEO.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    In 1866 most young women looked forward to getting married and h

    In 1866 most young women looked forward to getting married and having a family. Sarah McCabe was one of the minority, who did not. Instead, she couldn't wait to teach music in Chicago. While waiting for the new school year to begin, she takes a position as a governess to four young children.

    Sarah meets two men as she works in the Sinclair household. The first is Richard Navis, the handsome steward who helps her find her way to her new home and lends a hand with anything she needs help with. The second is Captain Brian Sinclair himself, a suave handsome man who could offer her the chance at the life she wants to live, a life of luxury.

    Step into Sarah's life as she decides which path to take. As she learns that there is more to life than luxury and money.

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    I received this complementary book from Charisma House in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted January 24, 2011

    A captain with a mansion or a kind man with a farm? Who'll win her heart?

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides the backdrop for this historical fiction set in 1866. Sarah McCabe desires independence and a luxurious city lifestyle. She gains this by becoming governess to widower Captain Brian Sinclair's four lively children. Sarah wins readers' hearts just as she does the children's and that of Captain Sinclair's assistant, Richard Nevis. Richard becomes her friend, but she doesn't want to pursue a deeper relationship. He plans to return to work his family's farm after his indentureship is up and she intends to become a music teacher in Chicago. She never wants to live on a farm again-she had enough of that growing up in Missouri.

    The struggles and adventures make for a lively story. Will Sarah succumb to the captain's seduction? Will she and Richard learn to completely trust each other and work out their differences? Will the gossiping community accept her or continue to think the worst? Will she desert the children who love her to pursue her own dreams? Read the novel and discover the answers. Although this is the second in a series, the story stand strong on its own.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

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    Historical Milwaukee

    Set a few years following the initial book of the series, Uncertain Heart follows the story of Sarah McCabe, younger sister of Ben, the hero in Unwilling Warrior. Immediately following the conclusion of the Civil War, Sarah sets out for adventure from her home in a small Missouri town to find work as a music teacher in Chicago, Illinois. When she arrives, the position has dried up, so Sarah finds work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as a governess or nanny for the summer to a ship captain's four children.

    From the first time I met the Captain, Brian Sinclair, I couldn't help comparing Boeshaar's tale with the Sound of Music. The Captain's serious treatment of his children, his tendencies to leave for extended periods of time and even his choice of friends reminded me a little of the Von Trapp family story. Sarah even brings the gift of music as she teaches piano lessons to the children.

    Boeshaar wove a charming tale of big city life in the mid-1880s for historical romantic fiction lovers. Sarah's desire to experience independence before settling down in a home of her own draws the reader into her battle. Sarah's quest sometimes leads her down questionable paths as she struggles to maintain a life of faithfulness in the Sinclair home. She must also contend with a cantankerous housekeeper and the very friendly and too-likeable accounting assistant, Richard Nevis.

    At the end of the summer, Sinclair vows to do anything to keep Sarah in Milwaukee instead of letting her return to Chicago as a music teacher. Just how far he's willing to go gets Sarah into plenty of trouble. When her big brothers come to her rescue, Sarah is determined to choose her own destiny. Will it be Missouri, life with Richard who wants a quiet life on the family farm or the luxury of the worldly captain? When fate intervenes, Sarah and Richard must make difficult choices.

    Uncertain Heart is the second book in the Seasons of Redemption series, but can be read as a stand-alone story.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    2nd in Seasons of Repentance series has surprising ending

    Uncertain Heart by Andrea Boeshaar is the second book in the Seasons of Redemption series about the McCabe siblings. Youngest child and only girl in the family, Sarah McCabe has often dreamed about leaving her family farm for city life, and she thought that she had achieved her dream with a position at a music school as the piano teacher, but when she arrived, she discovered the position had already been fulfilled. Rather than return home in defeat, Sarah finds herself a new position as governess for wealthy Milwaukee business owner Brian Sinclair's four children. When she arrives, she quickly falls in love all of the children who have had to do without a parent's love all of their lives. Their mother was a busy socialite before her sudden tragic death, and their father is often busy, as well as absent-minded. Gabriel, twelve; Michael, ten; Elizabeth, six; and Rachel, three keep Sarah's days busy, but not so busy that she doesn't find her heart softening toward Captain Sinclair's assistant, Richard Nevis, but Richard intends to quit working for the captain at the end of the year and return happily to the family farm. Sarah has no intention of becoming a farmer's wife, so she is swayed by the Captain's beautiful home and luxuries, but his intentions toward her are worrisome when he can't keep his hands off of her, despite his recent engagement. Boeshaar recreates mid-19th century Milwaukee well, with its growing reliance on breweries and new wealth. Sarah is truly a young woman, uncertain of where her heart lies, with big dreams and a determination to trust in the Lord. Boeshaar's characters are enjoyable to read about. I was a bit disturbed however at how the children's prayers were answered at the end, as well as the too neatly tied up ending. I would think the children (and Sarah) would feel a bit guilty for the result of their prayers. That said, Sarah's two brothers should make for fascinating future reading.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    Romance, history and faith all rolled into one entertaining story!

    Uncertain Heart is the second book in the Seasons of Redemption series that started with Andrea Boeshaar's first book, Unwilling Warrior. The saga of the MaCabe family continues in this entertaining romance novel. The setting is 1866. Sarah MaCabe is following her dreams and exploring life outside of her family and home back in Missouri. She accepts a position as a governess in Wisconsin and dives head first into a world she has only dreamed of ~ luxury, culture and wealth. Sarah soon realizes that she may be walking a path that she has dreamed of but it might not be the path God planned or wanted for her. Which path will she choose? Will she follow God's guidance? Will she find true love? This book is entertaining and easy to read. It's well written, full of rich history and faith. It's just the thing to read and relax with during the upcoming holiday season. It would also make a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer. Many thanks to Rebecca at Glass Roads Public Relations for allowing me the opportunity to review this book.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    Sarah McCabe knows exactly what she wants...but what does God want for her?

    The year is 1886 and Sarah McCabe has wanderlust. In an effort to become independent of her family back in Missouri, she accepts a governess position in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, giving her a firsthand taste of the life she has always desired - a life of luxury, culture, and social privilege.

    Richard Navis is a man determined to finish his indentureship to Captain Brian Sinclair and take over his family's farm. But when he falls in love with Sarah, his homesteading goals blur. She doesn't seem interested in settling down. What's more, Richard fears she's fallen victim to the captain's charm and persuasion.

    When Sarah's reputation is questioned, Richard devises a bold plan in hopes of protecting her. But is he too late? Has Sara already made her choice?

    In Uncertain Heart, Andrea Boeshaar continues the dramatic saga of the McCabe family that she began in Unwilling Warrior.

    My Review:

    Andrea Boeshaar's second novel in the Series of Redemption, captivated readers once more in Uncertain Heart. Following up with the character of Sarah from Unwilling Warrior, Sarah leaves her family in Jericho Junction and sets out to find her own independence in Wisconsin. She applies as the governess for Captain Brian Sinclair but when she arrives, she isn't expected even though she has the letter from the Captain.

    Seeing the damsel in distress in a new city, Richard Navis, comes to her rescue and occupies her time until the Captain can straighten the mess out with his household staff. Richard is more than impressed with Sarah as she can defend herself quite well in his verbal quips with her, being the youngest of the family and with three older brothers to her credit. He finds her most refreshing. However once Sarah is settled as the governess, Richard can't seem to get her off his mind and finds himself running more errands just so their paths meet each day. Will Sarah come to love him as much as he is falling for her or will she return to Missouri at the close of the summer like she planned?

    I received this wonderful novel from Glass Roads Public Relations for my honest review and after loving the first book as a personal favorite, this one is just as rewarding. I would rate it a 5 out of 5 stars for the romantic story woven with the strong and independent character of Sarah McCabe and all the delightful characters we meet throughout the story. Even the children are charming as we meet each of them through Sarah's time as their governess and see how she heals each of their hearts.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    Great book in a great series!

    While this book will totally stand alone, you will recognize characters from the first book of this series. The main character of this book, Sarah McCabe has left Jericho Junction and has headed to the big city. Certain that she is truly a city girl, Sarah leaves behind the small town and her family, determined to be an independent young woman. After a job at a music school in Chicago falls through, Sarah is delighted to find a job in Milwaukee as a governess to four young children. Brian Sinclair, Sarah's boss, is a widower who is very good looking. A dashingly handsome man, he is a rich man used to getting what he wants, and his morals seem to not be very important to him. Sarah is awed by this man, he is the man of her dreams or so she believes until she begins noticing that he is not what he seems. Often overwhelmed by the situation she finds herself in, Sarah leans hard on Richard, Brian Sinclair's indentured apprentice, and Sarah first friend in Milwaukee. Sarah is attracted to Richard, but he wants to be a farmer, and she is determined that she will be a city woman.

    A story you will not want to put down until you finish it. I truly enjoyed this story, I think even more than the first one of the series and I loved that one also. Follow Sarah McCabe's story as she learns that life in the big city, is definitely different than in small towns. I truly was in amazement at the faith of Richard and Sarah both in the book, and was please to see even fictional characters can share their faith. A great book! 304 pages $12.99 US 4 stars.

    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this book.

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    Andrea Boeshaar in her new book, "Uncertain Heart" Book Two in the Seasons of Redemption series published by Realms brings us to 1866 Wisconsin in the lives of the McCabe family. This time the focus is on Sarah.

    Sarah McCabe is a young woman of twenty who is looking for a new life filled with adventure far from her home of Jericho Junction, Missouri. She learns of a governess position, applies for it and is given the job so she leaves home for Milwaukee. Sarah is to be governess to Captain Sinclair's four children and there could not be a more perfect match because Sarah loves children. Captain Sinclair is a bit of a rogue who charms her into believing that he is in love with her. Sarah is not really in love with him but the life of elegance and luxury he can provide.

    Richard Navis is an indentured steward to Captain Sinclair and as soon as he can work off his indenture he is going back to his family farm because he is a man of the land. He is also really in love with Sarah. Events happen and Sarah's reputation is called into question. If something isn't done to fix it her ability to work and any chance at an honorable marriage will be forever ruined. Richard has an idea but it is up to Sarah to accept what he has come up with.

    Ms. Boeshaar is an accomplished writer who knows how to deliver true to life dialog and create characters that you fall in love with. The love story between Richard and Sarah is a lot of fun and this book is filled with plenty of action to keep you turning the pages. This is an excellent read, I recommend it. Book Three is due out in January so let us count down the days together.

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  • Posted November 14, 2010

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    Uncertain Heart

    The Civil War has come to an end and Sarah McCabe decides its time to become her own person, she is at the age where she wants to spread her wings and become independent of her family. She is tired of living in Jericho Junction Missouri, where her father is a pastor and the family is known for their strong christian faith, being the youngest child she often felt smothered by her parents and siblings. She had always dreamed of a life different than what she had, she wants excitement, culture and refinement, things she will never have if she stays in Jericho Junction, or so she believes. She secures a job as a music teacher in Chicago, but when she arrives she finds the position has been filled, but with the promise that the job would open up in the fall . She is determined not to go back home so she accepts a job for the summer as a governess for Captain Brian Sinclair's a widower with four children in Milwaukee. When no one arrives at the train station to pick her up she decides to walk to Mr. Sinclair's business where she meets Richard Narvis, the captain's steward, who is also an indentured servant, because the captain had paid for his schooling to become an accountant, but Richard would much rather be a farmer, with his service to the captain up in a few months he is leaving his future in Gods hands. Sarah soon finds herself torn between the two men, the Captain can give her the life she has always dreamed of, while Richard only has his love and the family farm. Who will she choose? I love reading historical fiction and this book didn't disappoint. The plot in this book was captivating, grabbing your attention from the first pages and holding your attention until the end. While this would be considered a christian story, the author blends it in the story in a way that it isn't overwhelming, instead its there and it feels right. Often the characters in christian romance come off as perfect or very nearly so, but that wasn't the case here, she allowed them their flaws, and for me that made them seem so much more real. Even though this book is the second in the Seasons of Redemption series it can easily be read as a stand alone novel. If your a fan of historical christian romance that moves at a brisk pace, and enjoy a little drama and humor woven in the mix then you are going to love this book. A third book titled Unexpected Love is due out Jan. 2011 and I for one can't wait to read it! Even though I was provided a copy of this book by Glass Roads PR it in no way alters my opinion of this book.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    Finding true love in a life that you desire...

    Sarah McCabe is determined to become an independent woman. She is tired of the little country life that she has in Jericho Junction, Missouri and has her heart set on living the life of luxury, culture and social privilege in the big city. Little did she know that in the big city people are always who they seem to be. Is living the life that she always desired worth the risk of changing the person that she really is on the inside?

    The year is 1866 and the Civil War is over. Sarah McCabe has made the decision to fulfill her life dream and become a music teacher, but not in the little town of Jericho Junction where her family is well known for their strong Christian beliefs and her father is the pastor. She has her eyes set on Chicago, where she can become independent and start living a life full of culture and luxury. But she finds herself hired on as a wealthy widowers governess in Milwaukee, when her plans fall through in Chicago. Sarah falls in love with Captain Brian Sinclair's children and finds her heart confused between the charm and persuasion of the Captain and the tenderness and warmth of Richard Navis, the Captains steward. The Captain can give her the life that she desires, where Richard is only able to offer her is whole heart and his families farm, hardly the life of wealth and social status that the Captain can provide.

    In the book Uncertain Heart, author Andrea Boeshaar continues the dramatic sage of the McCabe family. I found this book delightful and romantic. Andrea Boeshaar has done it again with being able to instantly draw her readers in. This book is entertaining, captivating, and perfect for a weekend read or beach read. It is full of characters that you fall in love with and is full of little surprises that leave you going "Woah". The way that Andrea is able to intertwine faith in God into her stories is a true talent. I find that Andrea Boeshaar is a very talented writer and I look forward to the release of book three in the Seasons of Redemption Series titled, Unexpected Love scheduled to be release January of 2011.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: Glass Road Publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted November 5, 2010

    great read

    This is the second book in the series and another wonderful read. Sarah arrives in Milwaukee to work for Captain Brian Sinclair as a Governess, but when she arrives no one meets her. She then walks to his place of employment and meets Richard the Captains right hand man. Richard would give anything to be a farmer but has to work for the Captain til Dec. Sarah is only in the city for the summer then hopes to go back to work in chicago. The story is interesting as the Captain Sinclair has the house and lifestyle Sarah would love to live in and Richard wants to be a farmer the lifestyle Sarah wants to get away from.
    This leads to some interesting encounters between the three. I love the story and the different lifestyles and how Sarah reacts with both men and also the children. It is also interesting how because the Captain is rich he thinks he can buy people or control people to do as he wants.
    A good read.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

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    great historical romance

    I have not read the Unwilling Warrior but I was excited to read Uncertain Heart Book Two by Andrea Boeshaar! I was not disappointed!
    These are stand alone reads so one doesn't have to read book one to get into reading book two.
    In the Uncertain Heart we meet up with Sarah McCabe. Being young and of great courage Sarah was always wanting to go different places. Like a lot of young ladies almost into womanhood, Sarah wants more that what she has. She wants excitement, adventure and a true love. For most young people have dreams and Sarah has a dream to do more and to go places away from her home state of Missouri.

    Sarah takes the position of governess and this is where Captain Brain Sinclair enters the picture. Being "older" and very handsome he immediately gets Sarah's attention but, of course, this was an easy endeavor for him since Sarah has fallen in love with the thought of luxury, culture and social privilege. She loves the children in her care but also enjoys the attentions and luxuries that surround her.
    But then Sarah meets Richard Navis, Captain Sinclair's indentured servant on his vessel.Captain Sinclair immediately sees the wonderful heart in Sarah. He also treats her as the beautiful, special lady that he knows she is to become. Richard realizes that Sarah longs for more than he can give her, for Richard wants to be a farmer and his heart has always been into working the land.
    However, beyond Sarah's control, causesher reputation to be questioned. Not a good thing to have in the 1800's. For a bad reputation usually meant that one could not get a good job or in a ladies' case probably not a husband. Sarah is heart broken for she loves working with the children. But Richard steps in and devises a plan to protect Sarah. But will he or Sarah end up getting hurt? Will the plan really make everything come to light and help the truth to be revealed? A surprising plan with a surprising ending.



    This book was sent to me by Glass Roads Publishing for review.

    I also received a copy from Strang Publications for review. Thanks to both of the great publishing companies.

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