Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart
Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart

Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart

by Jennifer Moore

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ISBN-13: 9781524402174
Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Sales rank: 771,063
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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PegGlover More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Jennifer Moore’s newest release; Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart. I was quickly swept up into the story and couldn’t put it down until I read the last page. It was 1814, and Eleven-year-old Sarah Whitaker, was anxious to reach Australia. She couldn’t wait to see her papa again. Unlike, her Aunt; she didn’t mind the open seas. Sarah loved everything about the ship. Captain Thackery even allowed her to work alongside his crew. But, Sarah’s happiness would come to an abrupt halt, as soon as she reached the shores of Australia. Ten years later, though, Sarah was still in Australia. She loved managing her father’s sheep farm even though it came with many challenges, betrayals, and setbacks. Her latest betrayal came from Daniel Burton, her new neighbor, he not only took the land that she tried to buy, he stole her best foreman as well. Daniel Burton had been sentenced to death, but instead of hanging he was shipped to Australia. He received a full pardon for his crimes from the governor of the penal colonies. The Duke of Southhampton had paid his way. And, although, Daniel was ashamed of his past behavior, he was grateful for his new start in Australia. One of the best things about his new life, was his neighbor, Sarah Whitaker. She was beautiful and fascinating, and Daniel was determined to make up for their rocky start. Although her farm was filled with working convicts, she didn’t trust any of them. Sarah had been hurt and betrayed too many times to let her guard down. Daniel didn’t know how to tell Sarah about his past. He was hoping that he could just keep it a secret. But, Daniel knew that secrets never stayed hidden for long. And, unfortunately, he was right. Jennifer Moore has become one of my favorite authors. Her novels are superbly written, thought-provoking, and heartfelt. I highly recommend reading Miss Whitaker Open’s Her Heart. Thank you, Covenant Communications and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it!
mara1108 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Jennifer Moore's books take me to places I'll never get to see in person. This story takes place in Australia in 1814. Sarah Whitaker and her aunt travel to Australia via a 6 month journey on a boat only to find upon arrival that her father was killed a few weeks earlier. She and her aunt stay in this strange land and learn to operate the farm that her father had started. The story then jumps ahead 10 years to find Sarah a well accomplished farmer and sheep owner. Daniel Burton also finds himself on a boat to Australia but as a felon. An American living in England, he gets caught up in gambling and because of a poor choice made out of desperation he is almost sentenced to death. A wealthy relative arranges for him to be exiled to Australia and upon his arrival he buys the property right next to Sarah Whitaker. While learning to operate her farm Sarah has been taken advantage of and decided she can't trust anyone, especially felons. Daniel wants to leave his mistakes in the past and start life anew and eventually he and Sarah become good friends until she finds out about his past and how he came to live in Australia. This is a beautiful story about forgiving yourself and others and learning to trust again. Another win for author Jennifer Moore. I loved the cover too.
TheBookmaiden More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! I'm such a big fan of Jennifer Moore and was so excited to see she had a new release - especially when I read the premise of Australia in the Regency/Napoleonic War context. I was not disappointed! I always feel like I'm introduced into a fascinating and lovely world when I read Jennifer Moore's books and this was no exception - an inspiring continuation of Moore's efforts to broaden our outlook on other cultures and people of different backgrounds and experiences (which we've seen especially since Simply Anna). In fact, this was perhaps the best yet of the series, though I love the Maniot/Greek War for Independence more. I really liked Moore's development of Sarah - so human and real. Admirably strong and self-sufficient, yet lonely and vulnerable and unknowingly lost. I was also amazed at how much and how quickly I grew to love and respect Daniel despite the negative opinion I had of him based on his self-absorbed and selfish conduct in an earlier book. I also really enjoyed Charrah and Kiturra, as well as the Hawkins family. This was a high quality book - wonderful perspective taking and soul searching. I marked so many quotes to remember and on which to meditate. I hope to be a better, more considerate person from reading this book with its lessons. Clean, chaste book. No sex or sex thoughts/talk described, though there are some characters (not main) who are immoral.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
Whenever I read a historical novel by Jennifer Moore, I'm guaranteed to be swept away to an earlier era and the location is always unique to any other book I've read! Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart is no exception- I was completely immersed in early 19th century Australia, and the dynamics of the community and politics there were fascinating! I loved learning details about the lives and hardships of the people who relocated there from Europe. The characters are developed so well that I felt like I knew them and was invested in their decisions and hoping for a happy ending, especially for Sarah who suffered the loss of the people in her life who loved her. The themes of overcoming prejudice, compassion, and forgiveness are strong as Daniel and Sarah are confronted with life-changing decisions. I loved their friendship and budding relationship, which developed naturally over the course of the story. Highly recommend! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)