The Highest of Hopes (Canadian Crossings Book #2)

The Highest of Hopes (Canadian Crossings Book #2)

by Susan Anne Mason

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Overview

After her beloved grandfather's death, Emmaline Moore is shocked to discover that her "deceased" father is actually living in Canada. Having no other family, Emma decides she must find him, and so embarks on a journey across the ocean, accompanied by her best friend, Jonathan. Unfortunately, Randall Moore and his well-to-do family aren't thrilled by her arrival, fearing her sudden appearance will hinder his chance at becoming mayor of Toronto in 1919. Despite everything, Emma remains determined to earn their affection.

Jonathan Rowe has secretly loved Emma for years and hopes that during their trip he can win her heart. Concerned that Randall might reject her, Jonathan is ready to console Emma and bring her home. When she informs him that she has no intention of returning to England, Jonathan begins to despair. Can he convince Emma to find value within herself rather than seeking it from a virtual stranger? And will she ever come to see that Jonathan is her true home?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493417254
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Canadian Crossings , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 100,504
File size: 7 MB

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 www.susanannemason.net.
Susan Anne Mason's debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at www.susanannemason.net.

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The Highest of Hopes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
AngieArndt More than 1 year ago
Susan Anne Mason is known for two things: the beautiful covers on her books, and the beautiful stories inside those covers. "Highest of Hopes" is no different. Orphaned Emmaline Moore enjoyed a lovely English childhood with her grandfather until his death after WWI. When she finds papers indicating her father may be living in Canada, even her best friend's objections can't keep her from selling the shop and sailing to North America. Jonathan Rowe has been waiting for Emmaline to love him for most of his life. And even though he thinks her father will only disappoint her, he can't let her travel so far by herself. He's got one more summer to convince her that she loves him. I love how Mason builds her characters and stories, making them more and more complex. Her romances aren't full of fluff and nonsense. She writes stories with characters who may be stubborn and angry but still find love and faith in spite of those flaws. If you're looking for an uplifting story that entertains and encourages, read "Highest of Hopes" or any story by Mason. I was given a copy of "Highest of Hopes" in exchange for my true and impartial review. This is it.
Patricia Hinojosa More than 1 year ago
Wow!! Another winner from Susan Anne Mason!! I loved "The Best of Intentions" and was eagerly awaiting for "The Highest of Hope" to arrive. I was looking forward to read about Emmaline Moore's story. And I have to say that my eagerness was completely satisfied, beacause it was such a touching book. After Emmaline's beloved grandfather passing, she discovers some letters that her "apparently" deceased father had written to her over the years. So, after her initial shock, she is determined to travel overseas from England to Canada to search for his father and get acquainted with him and get some answers about her origins. Jonathan, Emma's childhood best friend, is a war veteran that is dealing with PTSD, and hopelessly in love with her. So when Emma decides to travel to Canada, he decides to go with her and keep her save, in hopes of gradually winning her love in the trip. But things are complicated, and he never expects Emma's plans to permanently stay in Canada. On top of things, Emmaline's father and his family don't seem very thrilled to welcome her into their lives. Randall is running for Toronto's mayor and the appearance of his long-lost daughter could risk the coming elections. So he asks her to pretend to be his niece. Jonathan is annoyed and worried about Emma's heart, but she just holds on to hope that her new family (her father remarried and has two daughters) will gradually accept and love her. Will that happen or will her heart be shattered if she discovers she doesn't belong? Jonathan has being accepted in Oxford and he wants to fulfill his father's dream, but how can he stand to leave Emma behind? This was a beautiful story with wonderful characters. Emmaline was a wonderful woman, maybe a bit immature at first, but I loved her determination and constant optimist in spite of the circumstances she finds. She's also kind and caring for others. It was humbling how she matures and slowly puts the needs of others before hers. And I loved the way Jonathan explains to her that her true and unconditional Father is God, who loves her infinitely and just the way she is. The plot is engaging and the characters rich. Even Vera, Randall's wife, one of the antagonists, is so vividly portrayed, that you really want to throttle her! An inspirational message about seeking God's guidance in your decisions, and about discovering in God your self worth. The love story is sweet and clean. I was rooting for Jonathan to win Emmaline the whole book until the end. And I loved the ending very much. I totally recommend this book to lovers of the historical genre. The writing style is very good and rich in detail, descriptions and dialogue.
DixieJudy 18 days ago
 Susan Anne Mason has a wonderful talent for writing and her characters seem realistic. You can feel the angst, grief, fear and genuine affection of the characters as they faced trials in their relationships.  You will fall in love with Emma and Jonathan, the main characters who are best friends but Jonathan wants more than friendship from Emma. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. Mason kept my interest the whole time, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. This book is a great stand alone, even though it is book two in the series. I also enjoyed the personal acknowledgment at the end of the story, detailing how some of the book was part of the author’s own history............. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley and was in no way required to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own
BethErin 9 months ago
This book certainly tugged at my heartstrings, I have a soft spot for friends-to-romance stories! Despite her impulsive personality, I wanted Emma to succeed in her mission to find love and family. Some of her antics made me cringe but hey, no one is perfect! Jonathan is everything loyal and hardworking. His sense of honor, duty, and love make him a winsome hero and anyone who can't see that (ahem, looking at you, Emma) needs to readjust their priorities! Jonathan and his friend Reggie were my favorite characters but there's also an enjoyable subplot involving a couple of secondary characters we meet along the way. Readers who like Dear John letter references, post-War veterans, family drama, or themes of belonging, second chances, and faith will especially enjoy this story. 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.
Reading_Bee 10 months ago
A wonderful book touching on some very real, very hard and heart-breaking issues! I really enjoyed reading Jonathan and Emmaline’s story and traveling with them through their travels and struggles. I also thought it was very fun to read more about early collegiate life, especially for Emma and Corrine. And Marianne may have been one of my fave characters—she was so spunky and caring!! ❤️ Emma was also a great character, complete with flaws—she has an incredibly tender and kind heart, along with a heaping scoop of impulsiveness! Jonathan was a kind, generous, thoughtful, and very self-sacrificial person. His love for Emma was strong, and the way he cared for her so selflessly was such a beautiful thing!! Best friends Emma and Jonathan have always been there for each other, but when Jonathan’s feelings begin to change toward his dearest friend, and Emma’s careful life is turned upside down, everything changes.... Susan Mason did a wonderful job weaving a story of hope, second chances, and love. She dealt with the issues of PTSD (in a time when it wasn’t understood or treated well), abandonment, and loss in a very sensitive, heartfelt way. An excellent read—highly recommended!!
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. A very talented author. You get to fully know the lead characters and why they do the things they do. Usually as stories go along I try to think things through for them and try to problem solve for them. Many times it's obvious. With this story you simply feel like there is nothing else that you would have done in their place. Emma was orphaned as a baby, taken in and raised by her Grandparents. When they both die she discovers that her father is not dead as she had been told. He lives in Canada, so she sells everything her Grandfather had left to her in order to go and find him. This girl burns bridges. She's strongly focused, blind to anything else. Jonathan, who is her best friend, sacrifices everything to help her. But will it ever be enough for her? A great story of making mistakes for love, looking in all the wrong places. Good message of faith. It's interesting that the timeline runs concurrently with the previous book in this series. It's not necessary to read that first, but you'll be glad if you do. Here's hoping for another! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and 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.”
sesquius More than 1 year ago
The story was written quite well and the premise of the story had me intrigued. However, as I was reading the story I just had trouble liking the main character. I realize that people, including characters in books, are flawed. But the way she goes about doing things, such as barging in on her father's home, with no warning, just seemed overdone. It was like that in other areas of the book. So my main issue was with the main character, Emmaline. I was vested into reading about her and how she was resolved to find her father. One that she was lead to believe was dead all her life. But when she discovered that he was actually alive, she was determined to find him. For her to drag along her childhood friend, for a decision like that, just seemed outrageous. Selfish. She wasn't someone whom I really wanted to know, more or less, I was curious as to how the story was to play out. So for some you will like the book and the story, and for others, you may not enjoy it. I'm unfortunately in the later category. Despite this, I will definite try other books by Susan Mason, and not base this one experience on this story. The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through NetGalley.
EElizabeth More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Susan Ann Mason's first book, The Best of Intentions, in the Canadian Crossings series; so I had high hopes that the next book, The Highest of Hopes would be just as good. The characters were very realistic, the setting was unique, and the plot was intriguing.  The characters had both good and bad qualities which made them seem real since they were never perfect. .  I even couldn't completely dislike the characters that were mostly mean and nasty because they had something good about them.  The setting in Canada was unique because I  haven't read many books set in Canada. I've read many books that take place in the USA or England but not Canada. The story itself was intriguing because I wanted know how everything would end, and I have to admit that part of the ending did surprise me a little, although not completely.   So, did The Highest of Hopes live up to my expectations for another great book in the Canadian Crossings series? Yes, it did! I enjoyed this book just as much as the first and am looking forward to another great book by Susan Ann Mason.  I would recommend this book to those who enjoy historical romance and to those who enjoy books set in Canada.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
I love stories of friends who find out they are each other’s best match for life, so a story where a man tries to win his best friend’s heart proved irresistible. But the path to happily ever after is not a smooth one for this couple, with multiple misunderstandings and competing priorities. It makes for riveting reading; I was so invested I debated throwing the book a few times in frustration with the main characters. Emmaline is a sweet character who often acts on impulse. While not always a bad thing, it does get her into some situations that don’t have to be as hard as she makes them. Jonathan is far more measured and willing to do almost anything for Emma, even crossing an ocean to help her find the family she didn’t know existed. Both of them are stubborn, which leads to trouble at some points in the story, but it also makes them very believable and even more likable, especially together. This isn’t a light, romantic read, however. Emmaline is looking for her father, whom she believed dead. She had built up the man in her mind, but what happens when reality and the reunion are not what she had dreamed about as a child? There are some painful revelations she has to experience, including that we cannot make anyone behave the way we’d like, and sometimes love means fighting, while at other times, we have to let go. While a difficult read in many places, this is a powerfully moving book about love in various forms, both romantic and familial. I recommend it for adults and up, but with a mild word of caution for those who may have a difficult relationship with a parent, to be aware that the theme runs through this book—it is hopeful, but also realistic, which may be hard for those in the middle of that particular struggle. I received a review copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
PrincessGlor More than 1 year ago
This was an enjoyable read overall. I will say Emma kind of annoyed me at times early in the book but by the end of the book I loved her character. This book hit kind of close to home for me as my dad has never been a part of my life so I could identify well with Emma’s desires and feelings. The plot and story flowed well and kept a good pace despite the fact the book is a longer read. I am looking forward to the finale of this set! I received this book from NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Highest of Hopes By Susan Anne Mason This is the second in Susan Anne Masons series following three strangers as they travel to Canada in search of their future. I think that the book was well written with characters that were relatable. I am sure we have all faced the fear of rejection at some point in life. It is a scary thought but when we discover our heavenly Fathers acceptance we better navigate through life’s more challenging situations. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion which I share here. https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
After reading the first book in this series, The Best of Intentions, I couldn’t wait to hear Emma’s story. I could tell she was going to be a blast to get to know, and I was not disappointed. I loved how she always tried to be positive and see the best in every situation. Having a best friend along who can always make her smile definitely helped. The problem is, when that best friends feelings go beyond friendship. Jonathan cant imagine his life with out Emma as his wife. Knowing he loves her, and convincing her to fall in love with him are two very different things. I liked how protective he was of her, and how he wanted her to have everything she ever dreamed of. Of course that doesn’t stop them both from making mistakes. I had so much fun going along for the ride. I couldn’t imagine thinking you were an orphan and then years later finding out otherwise. You don’t want to miss out on the amount of family drama that caused. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. Mason kept my interest the whole time, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. This book is a great stand alone, so no need to worry about reading the series in order. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS!!! The Highest of Hopes (Canadian Crossings #2) is about searching for identity and yet it doesn’t always come from where we think it should. Emmaline was raised by her grandparents in England, believing she is an orphan. Upon her grandfathers’ death, she discovers her father is alive and living in Toronto, Canada. Off she goes in search of him, thinking he will be as delighted to see her as she is to know she is not alone in the world. I could understand her desire to know her father and the circumstances surrounding why he would abandon her, never to return. Her dogged persistence, even when it is obvious things are not going as she hoped, remind me of myself when dealing with a certain situation in my life. Emmaline’s journey to understanding that her identity should be rooted in Christ and not a man has been a gentle reminder of Who I belong to and where my focus needs to be. All else will work itself out in time; as Emmaline will discover. Jonathan Rowe. My, my, my. Susan Anne Mason knows how to bring life to a fictional character. He practically jumped off the pages for me. With a deep love for Emmaline, he decides to take the summer and travel with her to Canada, knowing on some level that the reunion with her father will probably not go as she has dreamed up in her head and heart. He is out to protect her at all costs until he realizes he must return to England and begin life anew without her when she tells him she is determined to stay in Canada! Jonathan epitomizes what it is to be a gentleman in his words, actions, and deeds. He isn’t perfect but he sure comes close. I loved his deep faith, and the honest yet vulnerable moments between his friend Reggie and himself. They both served in the war and this thread in the story is extremely well-written and deeply moving. I’ll just say I didn’t like Emmaline as a person very well. She made me mad. I actually had to keep reminding myself she is fictional and the author has done a good job at developing her character too. But that didn’t (and still doesn’t) mean I have to like her. She gives Jonathan the run around one too many times and I wanted to jump in there and protect him! The Highest of Hopes is a historical fiction story full of life, love, and a cast of wonderful characters that will tug at your heartstrings. I was gifted a copy of the book from the author and publisher. No review was required. No compensation has been received.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
It is June 1919 when Emmaline Moore boards a ship in England and sets off for Canada in the hopes of finding the father that she had presumed dead until six weeks earlier. Her best friend Jonathan Rowe travels with her and it is very apparent that he considers Emmaline (Emma) to be more than just his friend. Jonathan knows that Emma often acts without thinking things through but he loves her and he wants to protect her as she begins this life-altering journey. Susan Anne Mason has a way of creating very realistic characters and Jonathan may just be my favorite character. I admired him for his strength and his loyalty and even though he had his own problems, he considered Emma's needs above his own. Emma was a little more self-centered and I found myself being impatient with her tendency to take him for granted. The other characters are also multi-faceted and they often exhibit the many sides of human nature. This story spans about one year and we are shown bitterness, selfishness and downright meanness but we are also allowed to see genuine goodness and witness what love and forgiveness can do. Redemption is a positive outcome for many of these people and isn't that what all of us hope for? There are many twists and turns after Emmaline Moore finds her father and we are reminded that it is easy to overlook our blessings while seeking other goals. Emmaline's longing for a father and a family overshadows just how fortunate she was to have been raised by loving and supportive grandparents. It wasn't until later that she realized how blessed she had always been and "How ironic that she'd traveled thousands of miles, searching for home, for love and acceptance, when it had been with her all along." Emmaline had the highest of hopes that she would find a traditional family and Jonathan's hopes were centered around his love for her. Hopes for an "everlasting love, forged from a common childhood, solidified by friendship, and strengthened by the challenges that had come their way." The Highest of Hopes is a must-read for anyone who enjoys historical fiction and Christian romance and I highly recommend it. I received a copy of this book from the author and Bethany House but I voluntarily chose to share this review.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Highest of Hopes is the second installment from Susan Anne Mason’s series, Canadian Crossings. I loved the first book, The Best of Intentions, and this one does not disappoint. I loved Emmaline and Jonathan’s story. Their journey to Canada brings them on a adventure they could not have ever predicted. I enjoyed watching them grow throughout the book. The Highest of Hopes gets a very well deserved five plus stars from me. I highly recommend this clean, sweet and delightful book to other readers. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
3C More than 1 year ago
The Highest of Hopes is truly a most descriptive and accurate title, as it hints at the persona of the main character, Emmaline Moore. While Emma was intelligent, outgoing, and vivacious, she was also somewhat impetuous. Her best friend Jonathan Rowe, whom I greatly enjoyed, was a very brave, ambitious, and unselfish gentleman who carried scars from his World War I service. I found all the characters to be complex and memorable. The author wove redemption, romance, and a captivating plot to make an enjoyable story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
Family dynamics play a strong role in “The Highest of Hopes” and it's what motivates Emma to cross an ocean to try to discover her place with her father long thought deceased. What she finds isn't what she pictured in her minds eye. She will face many heartaches and it's her resiliency that will shape her character throughout the story. There were many moments that my heart broke for her, especially her inner thought of her own worthlessness. But at the end, one wise person reminded her of how Christ sees her— “There's only one parent's love you truly need: your heavenly Father's. And the good news is you don't have to earn it, and you don't have to prove yourself worthy to receive it. You are loved for exactly the person you are, with all your faults and flaws. In His eyes, you are a masterpiece. His own wondrous creation.”~page 303 Her best friend since childhood, Jonathan Rowe tags along in spite of his reservations on the kind of reception she may find on the other end. He's the more level-headed of the two and is willing to help Emma through any crisis. In spite of fighting his own demons stemming from the aftereffects of war, he's protective of her and would do anything to prove his love. Though he's always kept that part of his heart hidden. He too will be shaped and molded with the trails and tribulations he faces and eventual realization that love can sometimes be a sacrifice of self. “Love should never be viewed as a competition. Love requires compromise and sacrifice. There's no place for ego in a marriage.”~pg. 357 Susan Anne Mason writes in such a way that makes you care deeply about her characters and their plight in life. Her stories are highly emotional and always tug at my heartstrings. This was difficult at best to put down when real life interrupted my reading time. Though this is the second book in the “Canadian Crossings” series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I eagerly await the next installment! *I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House on behalf of the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions expressed her are my own. *
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
What an adventure I went on as I traveled with Emmaline Moore and Jonathan Rowe from England across the ocean to Toronto, Canada in search of the father that Emmaline thought had died long ago. Having no other family now, she felt it would give her a sense of belonging. Although the reception she gets is less than promising, Emmaline learns some important lessons: “There’s only one parent’s love you truly need: your Heavenly Father’s. And the good news is you don’t have to earn it, and you don’t have to prove yourself worthy to receive it. You are loved for exactly the person you are, with all your faults and flaws. In His eyes, you are a masterpiece. His own wondrous creation.” “. . . family is not always the people you’re born to. Sometimes they’re the people God places in your life. The ones who choose to love you.” Susan Anne Mason sets the scene for her second book in the Canadian Crossings series with her beautiful prose and careful attention to historical detail. The main characters, Emmaline and Jonathan, are well-crafted and easily visualized, and the secondary characters add depth and charm to the story. Jonathan’s devotion to Emma, his courage and integrity, and his tender care of those he loves makes him an exemplary hero. “Sometimes we have to fight for the people we love.” Emma’s tenacity, independence, and sometimes headstrong ways add color and emotion. I loved seeing the growth in all the characters, and the way they learned from their experiences. Threads of hope, courage, and the importance of family, whether related by blood or not, run through the tale. There’s a little intrigue, a little romance, a lot of growth and inspiration, in this very enjoyable story. Although this is part of a series, it’s also a standalone book. I’ve read several of Mason’s books, and they’re all wonderful! I’m already looking forward to her next one. 4 ½ stars out of 5 I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Highest of Hopes ( Canadian Crossings #2 ) By: Susan Anne Mason The Highest of Hopes is book two in Canadian Crossings Series. I was drawn in at the start and did not want to put down. This is Emmaline and Jonathan’s story. Emma learns that her father is alive after her grandfather dies. She travels across an ocean to find him. She needs a family so bad. Jonathan is Emma’s good friend and will not let her make the trip alone. Will Emma find what she is looking for? What about Jonathan and his feelings? Are things what they are suppose to be? I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Wonderful characters struggling to find love and acceptance. This story was a great lesson in taking a good look at what is right in front of us before seeking something that we may already have. Full review is at my website. I received this book complimentary as a member of the author’s launch team. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed her are my own.
lmnop99 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! This story of Emma and Jonathan was just so tender and sweet. A childhood friendship is tested as Jonathan travels with Emma to find her father. Each of the characters were so real and you just couldn't stop reading their story. I wanted to tell Emma to "open her eyes" and I wanted to encourage Jonathan to "not give up on her". It was wonderful and so full of detailed descriptions it really felt like I was on a journey with them both. I received a free copy from the author but was under no obligation to post to a review.
Nicole_C More than 1 year ago
The Highest of Hopes is the 2nd book in Susan Anne Mason's Canadian Crossings series. I haven't read the first book in the series yet, but this book can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. The author created an enjoyable historical novel of family, difficult journeys, and the chance for romance. This was such a fun book to read and is one that I would recommend for fans of historical fiction! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
BlueJeansAndTeacups More than 1 year ago
HIGHLY EMOTIVE**************************************************************************************** May 1919, three strangers board the SS Olympic and form a friendship before docking in Canada to search for family. Emmaline Moore is traveling with her long-time friend, Jonathan Rowe, who is suffering from horrible seasickness. *** Arriving in Toronto, Emmaline is anxious to find her father. A man she believed long-dead. Having returned from the war, Jonathan is determined to share his true feelings with Emma and convince her to begin a life with him while he goes to school at Oxford. “Nobody really won in a war he’d learned. It ate at your soul long after the gunfire had faded.” *** Emma has ideas of her own, and they don’t involve the man who abandoned her for the war. She is determined to surprise the father she romanticized as a sort of hero figure and stay in Canada to develop a relationship with him. “Soon, with God’s blessing, she would embark on a new life with a family she’d never met, but who, Emma prayed would accept her graciously into their fold. Maybe then the emptiness inside her would finally be filled, and at last she’d feel whole.” However, her new family is anything but pleased to see her and rather than welcoming her, tries to keep her true identity a secret. There is animosity, hurt and a nosy reporter determined to discredit her father. *** I loved the romantic scene at the Italian restaurant – “The other man sat down on a stool and pulled out an ancient-looking squeezebox. …The music changed tempo and this time there was no doubt the man was singing a love song. The longing in his voice struck a chord deep within xxx.” (no spoilers) I could not help but picture Disney’s Lady and the Tramp when Tony, the restaurant owner, sings Bella Notte (giggle). *** While the story did not go as I expected, I was actually glad it wasn’t cookie cutter. The ending was very satisfying and I definitely teared up. *** Tea Moment: “Oh, and might we have a pot of tea, if it’s not too much trouble?” “The kettle’s already on the stove.” Her landlady winked. *** I enjoyed reading the author’s notes about how her own grandmother was moved from England to Canada and told that her father was dead, when he was very much alive! She discovered so while doing ancestry research. *** I recommend this story if you enjoy drama and romance in a historical setting. *** Thank you NetGalley and 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 03/05/2019 3 TBD - Quinten Aspinall’s story
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! I had a hard time putting this book down. I loved the history and the romance. The story had many twists and turns. I was surprised by some of the revelations. I did feel that Emmaline was a bit selfish at times. I loved Jonathan. It is interesting to read about Canada. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
I pray you find the love and acceptance you’re looking for with your family. You deserve that...and so much more.” A thoroughly enjoyable read. I love the setting of Canada. It is a rare one, especially during this time period. I live close to the border so I find much interest in this country, The characters are believable and well done, though Emma definitely needs a good lecture now and then. Who would say what a person would do in her shoes. Marianne was so pleasant, and though a secondary character...I really think she was my favorite. With an interesting storyline, wonderful setting,and well developed characters this was a very enjoyable read! There’s only one parent’s love you truly need: your heavenly Father’s. And the good news is you don’t have to earn it, and you do t have to prove yourself worthy to receive it. You are loved for exactly the person you are, with all your faults and flaws. In His eyes, you are a masterpiece. His wondrous creation. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own. Do you think you can put your pride aside and simply love this woman without expecting anything in return?