14 June 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Heart of Thornewell by Anita Stansfield

The Heart of Thornewell by Anita Stansfield.
Audience/Genre: Historical Fiction.
Publication: June 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications, Inc..
What should have been a grand adventure in Africa ends in heartbreak for Enid Hawthorne, following her husband's untimely death. Bereft, the young widow bravely boards a ship for home with precious cargo—her unborn child. She hopes to find refuge in England in the only place she can—Thornewell Hall, the estate of her late husband's family. But upon her arrival, she finds a bleak home in the depths of mourning. It is clear that hers is not the only tragedy, but Enid is unprepared for the hostility that meets her arrival.
Sebastian, Earl of Thornewell, is grief-stricken following the loss of his wife and child. The news that his brother is dead is simply more than he can take—and he knows who is to blame: his sister-inlaw, Enid. So when she arrives on his doorstep, seeking asylum, he does his duty in allowing her to stay—and nothing more. Yet fate has other plans, and as they face joys and trials alongside each other, their broken hearts begin to heal. But there is a cloud over their future, for Enid harbors a secret that may drive them apart forever.

Reviewed by Kelly.

I was sucked into the book by the first chapter with death staring in Enid's face and what she had to do to make it off the continent of Africa to get home to England. I praise that woman. I don't know if I could have done what she did! She has just enough to get her to where she needs and all while she is pregnant!! I would have just dug a hole and crawled into it and waited for death to come! hehe

I love how there was understanding what a marriage should be in this book and learning their way around their previous spouses deaths. I loved the other characters and some of their wisdom and comments!! I loved the children's insight on grief and some of their thoughts brought me to tears! I loved how the children loved Enid and needed her.

Whereas I loved so many things about this book. I did have a hard time feeling the chemistry between Enid and Sebastian. They fall in love and they say very appropriate things and are mindful and respectful but there is a very heavy cloud of anger over Sebastian that he has towards Enid. He blames her for his brother's death and says he will never forgive her. He doesn't want to hear her side of the story. She thinks about it often. SHe waits awhile to finally bring it up. How can you love someone and have such anger in your heart. It was hard for me to wrap my head around. It resolves nicely in the end with his humility and apology but it was too late for me. Maybe I need some humility to get it! hehe

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Anita Stansfield, the LDS market's #1 best-selling romance novelist, is an imaginative and prolific writer whose romantic stories have captivated her readers.
"With sales approaching a half million, Anita Stansfield has clearly found a niche in this market," said Nicole Martin, Publicist for Covenant Communications. "Her popularity stems from her ability to empathize with and write about the issues that LDS women deal with on a daily basis."
"I always write for women like me. It's through my interaction with other women that I've found there are some personal and emotional struggles that are typical," said Anita Stansfield. "I hope my writing makes women feel better about themselves and shows them these real problems can be solved through gospel principles."

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