The Best of Intentions

The Best of Intentions

by Susan Anne Mason


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ISBN-13: 9780764219832
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Series: Canadian Crossings Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 212,043
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Susan Anne Mason's historical novel Irish Meadows won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA, as well as the Christian Retailer's Choice Award for Debut Novel. A member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at

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The Best of Intentions 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
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lmnop99 4 months ago
This was a wonderful romantic tale of a girl off to help her sister only to find out she is gone. Now alone, Grace must find a way to help her nephew. I loved meeting the family and it all had a very "Downton Abbey" feel for propriety and life back then. Grace and Andrew were drawn to each other and it was delightful reading their story. Wonderful new series I am so excited to read the next one!!
RobinWillson 10 months ago
An excellent story, when 3/4 through I couldn't put it down! Just after WWII was over, Grace had travelled from England to Toronto Canada. Once there she found that she had lost her sister, so she posed as a nanny to her nephew in order to be close to him. As a servant she was disdained by some of the family, yet her personality, faith and kindness drew her to others - though they didn't know her secret or real social standing. You're brought into the depth of the hearts of this family and it doesn't disappoint. Grab the tissues towards the end though! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the Barbour Publishing - Netgalley book review bloggers program. 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.”
thedanielsr 11 months ago
Really interesting story and characters. Keeps your interest till the very end.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story from start to finish. It takes us to Canada just after WWI and introduces us to a cast of characters full of grit and kindness. Grace and Andrew become our friends and their struggles feel like our own. They love their families deeply and sacrifice a lot for their happiness. Their lives aren’t without heartache, but their courage and bravery in the hard times should inspire us all. There is great conflict and tension throughout the story, which kept the pace flying fast. I was eager to see what would happen to Grace’s nephew. The title matches the story perfectly! Grace and Andrew are both full of good intentions, but things don’t always go according to plan. The lessons they learn are good for us to remember too. The romance builds softly and captured my heart. These two are meant for each other and yet SO many obstacles lay between them. Just when the plot answered one question, a new one popped up in its place. Such a fun book to read! I encourage you to check out! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
This is only the second book I have read by Susan. After reading my first one I knew I had been missing out on a great author. This book proved me correct. I adored this story and could see the troubles piling up. I knew it would all come crashing down and when it did I wondered how Grace could get out of it. How could Andrew and her survive the deceptions? This book has a wonderful cast of characters that will keep you engaged in diving into the next chapter. I can’t wait to read more in this series. A copy of this book was given to me through All opinions are my own.
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite with her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet Toronto holds more tragedy and her nephew Christian is now in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace's sister because of her low social status. Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace jumps at the chance to be Christian's nanny and observe the family up close under an assumed name. In the course of her new position, she is shocked to discover herself falling for Andrew Easton, the boy's guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who will make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew . . . and her heart? This is the first book I've read by Ms Mason. If her other books are like this one, I will be reading more of them. Grace is full of guilt for how she has disappointed everyone in her life. Andrew wants to please everybody especially his father. He believes he has been second best and now that Frank is gone he can now have his father's love. Grace and Andrew have one thing in common. Their love for Christian. When Grace takes the nanny position she doesn't mention the fact that she is his aunt. That in itself creates problems when she is found out. As the story progresses, we of course see Andrew and Grace fall in love. How they end up together is a good read. I recommend this book to those who enjoy a good romance. I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
Mylittlebirdie More than 1 year ago
When Grace travels to Canada from England, the last thing that she expects to find is her nephew orphaned and now being cared for by her sister's dreaded in-laws. As a last resort, she decides to secretly become his nanny. As she slowly builds a relationship with the Easton family, Grace starts to see them for who they truly are. Not without their weaknesses and prejudices, she also finds common ground in the way that both her and the Eastons have suffered through World War I. This story is such a beautiful example of learning to love others as God does, to see them as He does. The relationship between Andrew and Grace builds slowly and in a very believable way, although I must admit that I was frustrated at times with Andrew’s slowness to stand up to society’s expectations for him! That’s the whole point of the story, though, to learn to trust God’s plan for our lives and not to worry about what others expect of us. As I have with all of Susan Anne Mason’s books, I highly enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read the next book in the Canadian Crossings series! I received a copy of this book from Bethany Books through NetGalley and am under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Grace is a hardworking, dutiful daughter and devoted sister. She entangles herself in a sticky web of half-truths and secrets kept... with the best of intentions, of course. I can sympathize and even justify Grace's choices but only to an extent. Andrew, while far from perfect, is between two rocks (perhaps three) and a hard place thanks to a string of unfortunate events and familial expectations. When you read hundreds of books each year like I do, it's to be expected that an occasional book falls prey to a bad mood or triggers an unfortunate memory. That's, unfortunately, the case for me and The Best of Intentions. However, my own lackluster experience with this story won't keep me from reading the following books in this series and I do recommend it, especially to readers who don't have my odd communication pet peeve. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
Susan Ann Mason took me on an adventure. From traveling across the ocean to falling in love, I enjoyed every moment. I could tell by reading the description this was going to be a unique story. Best of Intentions caused me to feel a variety of emotions, ranging from joy to complete sadness. The characters were fun, and all special in their own way. I enjoyed watching Grace as she got to know her nephew and those in charge of raising him. Doing what she thought was best can come with serious consequences, but she will stop at nothing to keep her promise to her sister. The tension between some of the characters kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley. I was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to the beautiful cover of The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason. The blurb further pulled me in and made me excited to read this novel, which begins a new series called Canadian Crossings. I loved traveling to Toronto, Canada a hundred years ago and seeing what life was like back then. The author excels at writing historical fiction that comes alive on the page. The main characters are vividly drawn, emotionally layered, and engaging. I could easily picture them in my mind and feel their emotions and why they responded the way they did. With a blend of history, suspense, romance, and a thread of forgiveness and faith woven in, this novel is one for my keeper shelf. When I pick up a book by Susan Anne Mason, I can count on it being very well written. The story flows beautifully, the editing is great, and it’s so easy to read and get lost in my imagination. I enjoyed this book immensely and look forward to the next story in the series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
As I read this book the title became more and more obvious of the, little white lies, or big ones, I could understand the author putting Grace in the position of wanting to fulfill her sister’s wishes and also wanting to be in life of this young child. I found myself quickly page turning as we become involved in these characters lives, some you will quickly come to love and others, the old saying “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all”, sure comes to mind. It has been one hundred years since WWI and the horrible Spanish Flu, and it is quickly fading from memories, I love that there are stories that help keep alive what this past generation went through and thank the author for bringing it to the forefront. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, and hope to catch up on the lives of those we have already met. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
AngieArndt More than 1 year ago
I can always count on Susan Anne Mason for a beautiful book, both inside and out. The covers of her books are gorgeous and show the beauty of her characters and setting. The Best of Intentions is no different. Set after World War I in Toronto, Canada, a young Irish immigrant falls in love with the scion of one of the most powerful families in the town. I know what you’re thinking, “Class conflict and romance. I’ve been reading that since Cinderella.” This is no Cinderella story. A horrible tragedy in the backstory colors most of the main character’s decisions. Grace Abernathy’s sister Rose died after she was widowed and left her son an orphan. Grace makes desperate decisions to ensure her nephew has the best care but one that nearly proves disastrous for both of them. I love that her name is one of the continuing themes. It’s extended to her more than once throughout this lovely story or redemption and romance. If you enjoy reading historical romances with class conflict (think Cinderella, Pride & Prejudice, etc.) that also has a Christian message, you’ll enjoy The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason. Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Best of Intentions in exchange for my sincere and honest review. This is it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason is the first in the series: Canadian Crossings. In 1919, Grace Abernathy travels to Toronto, Canada to fetch her widowed sister, Rose, and infant nephew, Christian, back to their mother in England. Dire circumstances greet her. Rose has fallen ill and died and Christian is with his paternal grandparents, a family far above Grace in society. Since Rose was rejected by her in-laws, Grace wants to make sure her nephew is loved and well cared for. Andrew Easton is guardian to young Christian and he, too, wants the best for his baby nephew. Grace dares to get close to the baby. What will happen when her true identity is revealed? Will her purpose change to one of protector? Can Grace and Andrew look beyond the surface and see the best of intentions of the other? This story shows real struggles of faith, motivation and learning to trust God for the best outcome. It also shows how the social classes begin to break down following Workd War I. The writing is wonderfully authentic. The setting puts you right in the story. The side characters and their stories add so much to the atmosphere of the book. I would recommend this book to historical fiction fans who want a Canadian perspective of the aftermath of World War I or just want to enjoy a good historical yarn. I will be looking out for the next book in the series. *I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* Paula Shreckhise
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is an absolutely incredible historical romance! I love all of the main characters in this book. Though I was truly annoyed with Mr. Easton’s overbearing and demanding personality. I also wanted to slap Celilia silly because she was such a spoiled brat. All good stories need conflict and these two provided plenty of it. I was delighted with both Grace and Virginia. They are both charming women and I wanted each of them to marry for love. They had plenty of obstacles to overcome before that would be possible. The one character that I was the most impressed with was Reverend Burke. He was so calm and not judgmental. He was supportive and a good listener. He simply asked questions and then allowed those he was speaking with to think things through for themselves. Most of the characters grew and matured throughout the story. They learned how to look to God for guidance and trust Him. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions 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.*
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Mason does an excellent job of writing family dramas—the first series of hers that I read was about the O’Leary family, and the next novel was a standalone about a complex family tree, hidden for years. This book begins a new series, but the relationships within and between these families are both complicated and difficult. The result is an engrossing read that kept me turning pages and hoping for a happy ending, even as I couldn’t see how it could realistically happen. I think most people will readily sympathize with the two main characters. I could relate to Grace in many ways—though I have thankfully not been burdened by guilt to this extreme, I could imagine how regrets and fear might take hold and lead to disastrous choices. Andrew’s difficulties are not the same, but he is no less burdened by the heavy familial duty he places on himself. There is a lot in this book about perception, how we see others and how they see us. When feelings are hurt and pride gets in the way, relationships suffer. But I absolutely loved how this book shows that it doesn’t have to be a permanent condition; though not easy, resolution and restoration are possible. We have far more in common with each other than we know. I really enjoyed this story of family, of misunderstandings, and of reconciliation. This is an engaging novel and an emotional beginning to the Canadian Crossings series. The characters are relatable and the setting is unique without being too far removed from other historical locales. I look forward to reading Emmaline’s story next, and hopefully there is a book in the works for Quinn as well! I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed are both honest and my own.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
This story grabbed my attention from the beginning. Filled with drama and emotion, these characters leap off the page and into your imagination with ease! I was kept up late into the night, unable to put the book down, because I just had to know how it was all going to turn out! The story takes place in Toronto, Canada shortly after World War I. Many people have lost loved ones and as a reader you are welcomed into the various stages of their grief as they seek to establish a new normal for not only themselves but for their families as well. This story has an over-arching theme of forgiveness. Learning to not only forgive others, but yourself as well as yourself. I appreciated the treads of faith woven into the story. There are lots of layers to enjoy in this story! While the historical details are light, I did enjoy learning about Canada's Dominion Day. I give this story 4.5 stars. Fans of Mason's other stories are sure to be delighted by this latest addition! I for one am looking forward to the next story in this series. (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
BookwormMama2014 More than 1 year ago
This story is filled with so many emotions! Grace's life has been filled with so much heartache. When she finally finds her nephew, she is determined to keep him in her life, at any cost. The need to protect him and reunite her family drives Grace to a place she never thought she would go. But is she really just running from forgiving herself for the past? Andrew Easton has spent his life serving to please others. But what about his own dreams and desires? Will he sacrifice everything he longs for just to please his family? Or will he stand up for himself and take the path for the future HE wants? There are so many interesting characters in this story. The layers of personality are lovely. Virginia is one of my favorite people and I am so glad we get to follow her story too! Set in the beautiful city of Toronto, it is wonderful to get a new perspective of history in the early 1900s. I received a complimentary copy of The Best of Intentions from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Simply wonderful. I enjoyed everything about this story, the plot, characters, setting… All masterfully woven together to make my heart beat faster as I turned the pages. Great job! Full review is at my website. I received this book complimentary from the author. I was not required to give a review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Best of Intentions is the beginning of Susan Anne Mason's whole new series, Canadian Crossings. I have loved her other previous books and this one is no exception. I loved Grace right from the start and admired her bravery, courage and determination. I had to keep reading, turn the pages, and not put the book down. I give The Best of Intentions a well deserved five plus stars. Susan Anne Mason is becoming more and more one of my top favorite authors to read. I can not wait to see what happens in the Canadian Crossings series. Highly recommended. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This is 100% my own honest opinion.
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
INTENSE DRAMA ******************************************************* May 1919, three strangers meet on the SS Olympic. Each one is on a mission to find family. Grace Abernathy is traveling from England to Canada to find her sister Rose along with her new baby and bring them home before her mother leaves this world. Quinten Aspinall comes to her rescue when a male passenger tries to take liberties. Emmaline Moore has a traveling companion who has not quite become accustomed to the sea. The three decide to form a brief friendship until the ship docks. ******************************** Grace arrives in Toronto, Ontario and heads straight for the boarding house her sister’s letter has listed, only to find her sister is no longer there. The story takes several turns and she learns her infant nephew is now in the care of Mr. and Mrs. Easton, Rose’s in-laws. Rose’s letters adamantly detailed them as heartless people who abandoned their son and his new family. Grace is determined to get to her nephew and ensure his happiness no matter the cost. *********************************** Andrew Easton has always felt second best behind his brother Frank. But, when Frank goes off and marries a young British clerk from his father’s company instead of the wealthy socialite he’s been courting and then goes off to war, expectations quickly change. Andrew must pick up the pieces, help run the family’s hotel business and marry the socialite who has turned her attention his way. His father leaves little room for argument and his mother’s failing health pulls his heartstrings as well. His path has been laid out for him, but he can’t convince his heart it’s all going to be okay. Then, when his nephew shows up in his life he is drawn into fiercely loving the little boy and adjusting his life to ensure his well-being. When he meets Grace life to gets more complicated. CH.4: Vivid recollections of his boyhood came to mind when he used to lie out on the back lawn at night and try to memorize the constellations. It was during those moments of peace and awe that Andrew had felt closest to God. … He needed to get back to those simpler pleasures. *********************************** This story is filled with drama and intense emotion all the way through. Grace and Andrew both seem to carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. There are some very kind characters I enjoyed such as Reverend Burke who has really developed a knack for listening and gently guiding people. Plus he bakes cinnamon scones! Mrs. Chamberlain is a kind, doting, older lady who brings the first tray of tea (and toast) into the story (smile). Tea Moment (and happily there are many) - CH.6: She thought of her cozy room in the boardinghouse and the unexpected friendship she’d developed with Mrs. Chamberlain. She’d miss their cups of tea in the evening before they retired. But for a chance to be close to her nephew, Grace could do almost anything. ************************************** I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys intense drama in a historical setting. At times I thought my heart was going to explode as it continually dropped into my stomach. ****************** Thank you to the author and Bethany House Publishing who sent me a review copy. My opinion is my own without expectation or compensation. Canadian Crossings Series 1 The Best of Intentions – Grace Abernathy’s story 07/2018 2 The Highest of Hopes – Emmaline Moore’s story 03/2019 3 TBD - Quinten Aspinall’s story
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Best Intentions ( Canadians Crossings-Book 1 ) By; Susan Anne Mason The Best Intentions is book one by Susan Anne Mason in her new series Canadians Crossings.The author pens a wonderful start to her new series. This was a very touching romance. There was times when I had tears in my eyes. In this story family wants to take care of their family and I liked that. Grace goes through a lot to try and find her nephew. Can she find him, and how is he being treated? Will she get to carry him back home like she planned too? Very emotional and heartwarming story you don’t want to miss. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House , but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
I admire Grace’s determination in fulfilling her promise to her ill mother. Not knowing what will happen on the other side of the ocean & facing the Easton’s who rejected her sister Rose is a mighty bold move in my mind. What she finds on the other end is not what she expected when she finds tragedy that scatters her plans awry! Even more bold, is obtaining the nanny position under the guise of an assumed name. Knowing the risk of the family finding out who she is, she forges forward in the desire to get to know her young nephew. Upon meeting Christian’s uncle & guardian, Andrew, the picture she had in mind is not what reality is. She quickly finds her heart tangling in feelings she doesn’t know what to do with. Not only is he handsome, but he truly cares for the boy and will do what is needed to care & provide for him. Along with the rest of the Easton family who’ve lost too much already--Mr. and Mrs. a son, Virginia aka Ginny, a brother. I think having Christian around is helping their hearts heal and Grace soon finds this to be true the more she observes them. This is a story of how all of these things play out. For me, it was chock full of emotion both happy & sad. My heart went out to both Grace and Andrew as they struggled with regret, guilt, remorse and feelings of not being enough, especially when it comes to their parents. Also how there were many reminders that in spite of human feelings, they are always enough in the eyes of God and nothing will dampen His love for them. I really love how this came together and how it kept me engrossed in it. When you pick up a book to read and it’s as if you’ve literally stepped into the pages and feel a part of everything going on you know it’s a good one! I couldn’t help but feel like the characters were people I would like to get to know…though Cecilia tried my patience on more than one occasion. She’s the spoiled socialite. If I could have reached through the pages to shake some sense into Andrew, I would have! Grace is the epitome of her name; gentle, graceful, never afraid to speak the truth in love and softhearted. She’s everyone’s friend and feels things deeply. Andrew is the swoon-worthy hero, though he struggles with regret and trying to prove himself to his father. He’s loyal to his family and will do the right thing, even risking losing his own happiness for family obligation. But we all know you can’t fight true love and when it comes knocking on their doors, will they have the courage to open it? Emotional and gripping, you don’t want to miss this! I can’t express how much depth this holds and all the layers the reader unfolds as the pages fly through your fingers. Susan Anne Mason is a master of telling stories that touch your heart and feed your soul at the same time. It left me smiling and wanting more and I can’t wait until the next book in the Canadian Crossing series! P.S. It was fascinating to learn about Canada's Dominion Day, July 1st. Seems to be much like our own Fourth of July celebration with family activities and fireworks to end the day with. Probably called Canada day in today's modern world! How fun to learn history through fiction. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House publishers on behalf of the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own*
DianaFlow More than 1 year ago
When you reach the conclusion of a book with a huge lump in your throat and smudgy mascara under your eyes and streaming down the sides of your cheeks—you know you have just read an awesome novel. Gut-wrenching, angsty, and oh, sooo romantic. Such exquisite torment…sighhh. Grace Abernathy is lovely and compassionate and although she makes some not so great decisions she ALWAYS has the best of intentions. And Andrew. Charming, handsome, and everything you could ever wish for in a hero. Except when he's not. Talk about a stubborn male! I can't begin to tell you how many times I wanted to thump him in the head and tell him to get a clue. If you love books with huge opulent mansions and plenty of romantic tension and drama without a lot of mystery or suspense, then this is the book for you. The setting in lovely Canada simply adds to the allure of this amazing story. Beautifully written as are all of Susan Anne Mason's novels! I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review.