Hearts Awakening (Hearts Along the River Book #1)

Hearts Awakening (Hearts Along the River Book #1)

by Delia Parr

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Overview

With no means to support herself, Ellie Kilmer agrees to work as a housekeeper for the young widower who lives on Dillon Island, hopeful she can obtain a proper reference. But Jackson Smith quickly realizes that Ellie's presence may solve his own problems--both the rearing of his young boys and the scandal that surrounds his first marriage.

When a marriage of convenience is offered, Ellie is initially humiliated. Though she is past the age most women marry, she has more pride than to agree to his outlandish suggestion. Yet what options does she have? To marry would mean a home and stability. So despite the rumors circling Jackson and his first wife, Ellie accepts this unlikely proposal...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441207609
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2010
Series: Hearts Along the River , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 150,263
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Delia Parr (Mary Lechleidner) is the author of 10 historical novels and the winner of several awards, including the Laurel Wreath Award for Historical Romance and the Aspen Gold Award for Best Inspirational Book. The mother of three grown children, she is a full-time high school teacher who spends her summer vacations writing and kayaking. She lives in Collingswood, New Jersey.
Delia Parr is the author of seventeen historical and inspirational historical romance novels, including The Midwife's Tale, Hearts Awakening, Love's First Bloom, and Hidden Affections. The mother of three grown children, she was a longtime high school teacher in southern New Jersey before retiring to Florida's sunny west coast. In between visits to her grandchildren in several different states, she spends her time writing and volunteering alongside other women who share a bond of sisterhood as sisters of faith.

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Hearts Awakening 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr is a very unusual entry in Christian fiction, Ellie Kilmer knows that her dreams of having a husband and raising children of her own will never come true. At thirty-one, with an extremely plain face, she's placed her faith in God that she will find a life that will make her content. Jackson Smith has a proposition that just may fit the bill. He needs a housekeeper and caretaker for his two sons while he cares for the apple orchard on the family island just outside of town, but after just a few days, he realizes that he needs a more permanent position and proposes a marriage of convenience. Jackson is haunted by the scandal of his first wife's death, as well as by the memory of his one true love, and his suspicious nature threatens their business arrangement, but Ellie's strong faith and loving heart just may change both of their hearts. Most romance novels spend plenty of words gushing about the heroine's beauty, and the hero is often head over heels in love from the first glance. Ellie doesn't have that advantage, yet she is a heroine readers will fall in love with from the first page. Fiercely loyal and faithful, she has an beautiful heart. Parr has written a stellar romance that is truly of the heart and raises, through Jackson, the question of what true love really is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this wonderful historical story over two evenings and just loved it! It was hard to put diwn and I would highly recomend this to anyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A spiritual book that uplifts.
daylily5 More than 1 year ago
I am almost finished reading this book and love it! I am not familiar with the author (Delia Parr) but this is an excellent book. I will definately look for her other books. This one is a real page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story!  Great ending too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a unique story, well written, with good research. I enjoyed the easy read and I will recommend to my friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really sweet love story. I really enjoyed it.
AAR More than 1 year ago
HEARTS AWAKENING by Delia Parr is a wonderful, touching Inspirational Historical Romance set in 1840 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is fast paced, page turning written with depth and details. It has hope, despair, hurt, anger, betrayal, secrets, mistrust, misunderstanding, faith, hardship, forgiveness, courage, love and strength. The characters jump off the page, they same so real and true. What an enduring story of love and faith. This is a sweet tender love story and the hardship, and devotion two small boys, their father and their new mother endure and come out on top. The hero,Jackson, is a widow of six months, has two small boys, is ridden with scandal of his wife's affair and death.The heroine, Ellie, is a spinster, needs work, is plain, longs for a family of her own and a home of her own. Although, Ellie is plain, has no outer beauty, she has an inner beauty of faith and spirit. Jackson asks Ellie to marry him after only knowing her for two days,She was sent by her cousin to work for Jackson as penance for learning something about her cousin. She agrees to the marriage, they set rules more for her to live by than Jackson. For he has trouble trusting her, due to the scandal around his first wife. What happens is short of a miracle. Jackson sees Ellie's inner beauty and how much she loves him,what their live together could be, his children and her undeterred faith. I would highly recommend this story, especially if you enjoy a beautiful tender love story. This book was received for review and details can be found at Bethany House Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Great book about faith, trust, and finding out that a beautiful heart is more to be treasured than physical beauty. Loved this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the characters although i thought Jackson was really self absorded good christian message!
AuntBa More than 1 year ago
Made me laugh and even cry a few times. Love a strong woman who loves the Lord.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This one evolves gtadually. Makes it more interesting. Good story and is clean reading. I like that in a book. You don,t have to skip bedroom scenes to enjoy the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a good and thought producing story. Found myself praying my own prayers for forgiveness and hope right along with the story characters. Will look for more from this author. Thank you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't detached myself from this book. I found myself lost in these characters and their stories. What a wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Love historical romance stories and this one did not disappoint . Beautiful story.
Raenolt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was VERY excited to win Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr. When I started this book, I realized it was one I wasn't going to be able to put down until I knew all the secrets to the book. Ellie and Jackson marry for convenience and try to make their marriage work. The little ups and downs they have along the way help them to fall in love with each other. On a side note, I wished the author would have written one more chapter and not ended so fast. Without giving away the ending, I felt it ended fairly fast after EVERYTHING happens. But over all, this was an amazing book and I would share it with others!
love2readnovels on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ellie Kilmer has spent her life caring for her parents. In her thirties and well past marrying age she finds herself being shuffled off to her cousins house. He finds her a temporary job with a widower Jackson Smith caring for his two boys. After being hurt by his first wife he decides that love isn't the answer but Ellie is good with the boys and trustworthy. So he proposes a marriage between them in name only. He would have someone care for his boys and she would have a home to call her own. Can two hurting people find love together with God's help or will fear, pride and an old flame get in the way?I loved this story. The chemistry between the main characters was totally tangible. The emotions and feelings of Ellie and Jackson were right-on. The dialog seemed true to life. I loved the inner strength Ellie displayed and the way she trusted God through everything. She was honest with Jackson even when he didn't want to hear it but she did it lovingly. Jackson was a wonderful tortured hero. He had so many buried hurts that affected how he reacted to Ellie. But he really didn't set out to be cruel. Another thing I appreciated about this story was the fact that Ellie was a plain girl but beautiful in heart. This story kept me turning page after page. I highly recommend it.
WCallister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book. The story was different to anything I've read recently. It kept me interested straight through the entire book.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
HEARTS AWAKENING by Delia Parr is a wonderful, touching Inspirational Historical Romance set in 1840 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is fast paced, page turning written with depth and details. It has hope, despair, hurt, anger, betrayal, secrets, mistrust, misunderstanding, faith, hardship, forgiveness, courage, love and strength. The characters jump off the page, they same so real and true. What an enduring story of love and faith. This is a sweet tender love story and the hardship, and devotion two small boys, their father and their new mother endure and come out on top. The hero,Jackson, is a widow of six months, has two small boys, is ridden with scandal of his wife's affair and death.The heroine, Ellie, is a spinster, needs work, is plain, longs for a family of her own and a home of her own. Although, Ellie is plain, has no outer beauty, she has an inner beauty of faith and spirit. Jackson asks Ellie to marry him after only knowing her for two days,She was sent by her cousin to work for Jackson as penance for learning something about her cousin. She agrees to the marriage, they set rules more for her to live by than Jackson. For he has trouble trusting her, due to the scandal around his first wife. What happens is short of a miracle. Jackson sees Ellie's inner beauty and how much she loves him,what their live together could be, his children and her undeterred faith. I would highly recommend this story, especially if you enjoy a beautiful tender love story. This book was received for review and details can be found at Bethany House Publishers and My Book Addiction and More.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice story without much substance.The plot itself is mediocre and winds its way along without taking any risks or leaps, staying predictable and comfortable. Thus I would say, if you want a book that isn¿t going to surprise you and that you can simply follow along for the sake of following a nice story, this one¿s for you.However, that¿s also what bothered me. There weren¿t any risks. The main character was flawless, despite the ¿secret¿ she held (which you can guess in the first 10 pages) ¿ even the cookstove that she struggles with and burns food on isn¿t much of a flaw at all, as it¿s something external that she has to conquer. The things others see as flaws ¿ she¿s too old to ever find a husband, she¿s plain-looking ¿ aren¿t flaws, they¿re external obstacles. Where¿s the internal development? Where¿s the weak point that helps us regular people connect with the character?The hero of the story is definitely flawed, but the problem is with his reactionary attitude throughout the novel. I understand why he does it, as the back story clearly explains, but he doesn¿t learn and reacts the same way every time. Yes, I get that he¿s stubborn, but it would help to have a little more dialogue to flesh out the reactions rather than the basic ¿extreme action + consequence + revelation that he¿s in the wrong¿ every single time.Finally, the love angle. Oh, how this bothered me to no end. In a story like this, you know that the couple is going to fall in love by the end of the book, it¿s no secret. You read these books for the journey, not for the end result, and that¿s where the charm lies ¿ or is supposed to. I kept waiting for hints on both sides, things that would make me believe that they were truly falling for each other, but I was disappointed and felt slightly cheated¿ because in the end, we¿re told that they¿ve fallen for each other, rather than truly and honestly shown. Personally, I thought the heroine¿s side of the story was the most cheated of the two, as we learn in one sentence that she¿s developed feelings for him, rather than having the reader follow the development of those feelings from the get-go.In Conclusion¿Like I said at the beginning of the review, if you want a comfortable read, this is the kind of book to go to. It does exactly what you expect (in fact, my husband read the back cover copy, smiled, and proceeded to `predict¿ the plot¿ which he got exactly right), and in that respect it does what it promises the reader it will do. So that¿s a good thing!I only wish that there had been some more risks taken within the story (and character development!), and that the love story follow-through hadn¿t been rushed ¿ a bit better pacing in that area would have made this a more well-rounded book.I¿d say this is another one for church libraries ¿ many women borrow from their church libraries looking for ¿comfort reads¿, so I believe it would find a wide audience there.
BoiseCOC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great old-fashioned love story. Ellie and Jackson have a marriage of convenience and their faith is tested when the struggles of step-parenting, small town gossip, and their own self images interfere. The characters and setting are well developed and the story is quite enjoyable.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing work!Amazing author! Amazing cover! I love it! A heart-wrenching story of faith tested and struggles only God can help with. HEARTS AWAKENING is a sweet, meaningful historical that I would read again and again! Delia Parr knows how to truly make her readers feel apart of the story. Through her breath-taking story line and magnificent characters, she teaches a lesson of romance, secrets, God's amazing grace and forgiveness. It creates an unforgettable story. This book is filled with every emotion from heartache to humor to anger and love. I recommend everyone who loves historical fiction to take a trip back into time and meet Ellie & Jackson. Reading their captivating story will take your breath away and strengthen your faith. So grab a copy of this 5 star, charming story about a marriage of convenience and fall in love with new faith and new friends!Get ready to hunger for reading more of Delia's work, which we will get the chance to do so in September of 2010 with the release of LOVE'S FIRST BLOOM!
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story revolves around two main characters. Ellie Kilmer, who has seen her marriage prospects pass her by while she cares for her elderly parents, and Jackson Smith, who has lost his wife through drowning and left him with his two young boys. Now one might think this is just another story like all the rest, Ellie helps out Jackson and they fall in love and end of story, but for me it was a much deeper story. What I liked about this story is that Ellie isn't a pretty girl and doesn't turn into a pretty woman in the story. She is a faithful and loving woman, who has had to love when she was unloved and show forgiveness time and time again for when she has been wrongly treated. A vital aspect to making their marraige work was communication and being honest with each other. It was a refreshing look at a story line I have read many different ways.
kwells on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the premise of this book - a marriage of convenience to benefit both parties that eventually turns into love. Jackson Smith needs a mother for his children and Ellie Kilmer needs a place to live. The setting, a Pennsylvania island in the 1840s, was interesting as well. I liked the characters (except, of course, for the ones we're not supposed to like).
rjmoren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! Christian historical fiction does not usually hold my interest but this was an exception. The characters were well formed and the descriptions of the island were very good. I loved that Ellie was a strong woman and helped Jackson find his faith again. It was entirely believable as the boys rejected Ellie as their new mother. I liked all the adventures and mishaps that the family went through and how in the end, they were truly a family put together as God intended.