The Keeper of Her Heart

The Keeper of Her Heart

by Stacy Henrie

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Overview

If you like the novels of Deanne Gist and Lauraine Snelling, you'll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie's inspirational romance set against the backdrop of World War One!

Even at a young age, Ada Thorne knew that she would marry only for love, never money. So when she finds herself irrevocably drawn to Ned Henley, the lowly gamekeeper on a neighboring estate, she defies her parents and society by eloping with him to London to build a new life.

Without her family's support, life in the city is far more difficult than the one of ease and privilege Ada has always known. She'll find herself relentlessly tested in ways she never imagined--especially when Ned, answering the call of duty, enlists to serve his country in World War One.

Alone and near poverty with a child to raise, Ada's resolve will be strained at every turn. And as she struggles to remain true to her convictions and live life on her own terms, Ada will embark on a journey of courage, faith, and love that will surpass even her own humble dreams . . .

"Stacy Henrie possesses superior storytelling skills, her historical accuracy and attention to detail are unsurpassed, and she knows how to create characters we can identify with and whom we really care for." --Fresh Fiction

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158620386
Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing
Publication date: 09/26/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 366,034
File size: 662 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances, the anthology Love for All Seasons, and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all laughing with her husband and kids. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website at stacyhenrie.com.

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The Keeper of Her Heart 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
The Keeper of Her Heart is an intriguing historical fiction novel set in England during World War I. The heroine, Ada, vowed to marry only for love, not money. Going against her parents’ wishes for a prestigious marriage, Ada falls in love with a gamekeeper, Ned Henley, and elopes with him. They move to London where they go through many hardships, but they develop courage, independence, and faith along the way. As the story progresses, Ada finds that things don’t always go as planned, but she stays true to her vow to marry only for love. A theme of trusting in God’s presence during good times and bad is woven seamlessly throughout the story. Stacy Henrie has crafted characters that are endearing and memorable and placed them in an intriguing setting. It was interesting to read about World War I and how it affected those living at that time. I will definitely be looking for more books by this author. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
The Keeper of Her Heart follows Ada Thorne Henley over the course of several years and, in so doing, readers are given a glimpse into England from the beginnings of WW1 to its aftermath. History is intrinsically woven into Ada’s compelling story, and readers will be moved by the emotional ups and downs. Told almost in snippets, the novel sometimes hops forward several months – or even years – but this allows no scene to be wasted. Ada is a very likable heroine whose courage, resolve, and vulnerability is inspiring and compelling. She quickly feels like a friend, and we become so wrapped up in her story that we feel each emotion with her. The cast of other characters are vivid and full of life, and Henrie knits them all together with a tender hand. Bottom Line: The Keeper of Her Heart by Stacy Henrie is poignant and inspiring, the highs and lows of Ada’s life drawing the reader in wholeheartedly. The theme of God’s presence in times of joy as well as sorrow and fear walks hand-in-hand with Ada’s determined spirit and her compelling courage. Life doesn’t always work out the way we planned but in God’s hands we are held through it all. (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This book starts out mild and unassuming, then packs an emotional punch, and wraps up with the happy ending you didn't think would happen. I slowly fell in love with each of the characters and their strength during times that become increasingly dangerous. Ada's devotion to Ned and her ideal for a home full of love and laughter despite her upbringing is wonderful and supports her during the trials she endures. I especially liked seeing Ada's spiritual journey throughout the book as her faith grew little by little with Ned and Minnie's examples. The historical nuggets from wartime London were fascinating and really made the story come to life in a special way. I can't fully comprehend what the people went through during that time, but this book offers a glimpse into the hardships and heartbreak, and also the hope and perseverance. Of course I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I felt like the middle part of the book is where I began to emotionally connect with Ada and her little circle of family and friends, and I shed some tears at several points in the story. It made the last part of the book that much sweeter as God's promises are fulfilled and Ada's joy deepens with an abundance of blessings. I loved the romance, the history, and the emotion in this unforgettable story! (I received a complimentary copy of this book; all opinions expressed in this review are my own)
4Finnessa . More than 1 year ago
"Other days you wonder if you are wrong for not missing them as keenly as you once did." This is the story of Ada overcoming her fears, facing heartbreak and having the strength to live again, all set during WWI. I must say this touched me several times with its talk of dealing with grief and forging ahead in difficult times and I got misty-eyed a lot. Sometimes the talk about God felt a little forced, but not totally unrealistic. It was nice to see Ada grow and handle the challenges set before her. The one big drawback was that I never felt a strong connection with any of the characters or saw well-written personalities. Ada apparently had a clever sense of humor but I didn't pick up on it. Maybe I'm so used to sarcasm I don't see anything else as particularly clever. Ned 's described as nice and warm, but I couldn't justify liking him for those reasons alone. Hugh had some depth and I liked him best. The plot was very predictable, but that's what you need sometimes when comfort is your main reason for reading a book. It at times bore a strong resemblance to Downton Abbey but that's not a bad thing. Overall it was a simple read with a decent message.
TrishRobertson More than 1 year ago
While this story starts out a bit slow, it doesn’t waste time with needless information. It wasn’t too long before I was enveloped in the story and drawn along into the lives of Ada and Ned. Ada exemplifies a tremendous amount of resolve to not only leave her parents, and the life of comfort and ease, but also to step out in faith. Ada learns to lean on God through the good times and the bad times, and she comes to understand that bad things happen to us all, but the universal truth is that God never leaves us. This story is set in the early 1900’s England, and goes thru the time of World War I. Readers will gain an intimate glimpse of what life may have been like for those in London during the air raid and bombings. As well as how the war changed the workforce in England, as more women joined the workforce. I would highly recommend this poignant, well-written story to anyone who enjoys not only reading stories about WWI but also stories with strong heroines. I give this robust story 4.5 stars and I look forward to reading more from Stacy Henrie in the future. (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.)
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Ada Thorne defied her parents and chose a simple life with the man who owned her heart. Ned Henley, a gamekeeper, was not the husband her family wanted for the wealthy Ada, and they banished her from their lives. It was not easy for the young couple to move to London as newlyweds, but Ned’s strong faith in God would eventually give Ada the fortitude she needed to surmount the many obstacles they would face, especially when the Great War became a reality and Ned enlisted, reluctantly leaving Ada and her young daughter to fare for themselves while waiting for Ned to come home. THE KEEPER OF HER HEART is such an emotional read, it required several tissues from this reader, not prone to tearful excesses. Stacy Henrie’s sharp eye for detail paints an extraordinarily vibrant picture of a young couple struggling to make it in a working class London neighbourhood. I rejoiced at their love; I smiled at Ada’s attempts at managing a humble household, of taking care of her baby, while mostly improvising, and with the help of her new friend Mollie. I loved reading how it was on the home front, when women took the jobs while the men were at war. I have been a fan of Stacy Henrie’s almost from the beginning, and she has earned my respect because of her integrity and her care in preserving accuracy in historical romance. While it is a matter of preference I surmise, and some readers might prefer bountiful sex scenes to a more spiritual context, Ms. Henrie remains true to the values of the times and still writes captivating love stories that make the reader believe in true love, that touch the heart and in the case of THE KEEPER OF HER HEART, provide much food for thought. Once again, Stacy Henrie has written an exceptional story that I shall not soon forget. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.