Author: Susan Anne Mason
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Redemption's Light #3
Release Date: July 1, 2022
Can she set aside the pain from the past to embrace a new love?
Isabelle Wardrop's well-to-do life has completely unraveled. Within months, she's lost both her parents, her fortune, and her home. With nowhere else to turn, she and her younger sister move in with a trusted former servant in an impoverished area of the city. Desperate for work but having no qualifications, Isabelle is forced to accept help from Dr. Mark Henshaw, the very man she blames for her mother's death.
Mark Henshaw has admired Isabelle for several months, but after the tragic death of her mother, he vows to make amends for the past and help her find her way. But when Mark learns his younger brother has formed an undesirable friendship with Isabelle's sister--one that brings a whole new set of problems into their lives--he doesn't know if Isabelle will ever forgive him.
When startling developments begin to take place, both within Isabelle's heart and their siblings' relationship, her future looks very different than anything she could have imagined.
Reviewer: Winnie Thomas
A Feeling of Home is a charming addition to the Redemption’s Light series by Susan Anne Mason. It can easily be read as a stand-alone book, but it was delightful to see characters from previous books in the series show up in this story. The setting in Canada in 1944 added to my enjoyment of the story.
I’m so glad that Dr. Mark Henshaw finally got his own story. He and Isabelle Wardrop are wonderful characters, and I was rooting for them from the start. I loved Mark’s compassionate and caring heart. Isabelle took me a while to warm up to. But, I enjoyed seeing her heart and perspective change. She went from being a pampered, privileged daughter to an orphan with no money, house, or job and in charge of her younger sister.
This is a beautiful story of healing, forgiveness, hope, faith, and a lovely conclusion to the series. I would recommend this to those who enjoy well-written historical fiction.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Mindy Houng
It's a lovely ending to a lovely series. Susan Anne Mason deftly infuses Canadian history with faith and sweet romance.
It was interesting to see 1944 from a Canadian perspective. And I really enjoyed getting to know Dr. Henshaw better. The way medicine and the medical hierarchy worked during this period was also fascinating to learn about. Dr. Mark Henshaw is as upright, compassionate, thoughtful, tender, and faithful as he appeared in the previous books, if not more so.
Isabelle comes off harsh and haughty in the beginning. But her soft loving heart breaks through her grief and disappointment to be a beacon to others around her. Mark and Isabelle's perseverance and fortitude to find their dream, even in the midst of terrible circumstances, is encouraging. I really enjoyed seeing Olivia, Darius, and Jane from the previous books as secondary characters in this story.
I received the book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
A Feeling of Home by Susan Anne Mason will have you curling up in your favourite "reading" spot and savouring every word.
Isabelle Wardrop and her sister Marissa have lost everything - their parents, home, and fortune. Both girls are taken in by a former servant in a less than desirable part of the city. Their positions in society downgraded overnight. It is up to Isabelle to find a way to survive in a world utterly foreign to them.
Enter Mark Henshaw, their former doctor. He rescues Isabelle more than once during this absorbing tale. I loved how both were dealing with the unexplainable actions of their siblings. The lesson is that you cannot control the activities of others no matter how hard you try. You can also give advice until the cows come home, but if someone isn't willing to listen, you just have to wait on God and see how everything will play out. Trust not only in God but in each other was brilliantly portrayed in the relationships of these characters.
The novel's strength lies in the author's ability to bring faith in God into the picture (without being preachy). Showing kindness, mercy and grace instead of judging others is always a balm for the soul.
While this book can be read as a stand-alone, I recommend you read the other books in the series. A Haven for Her Heart and To Find Her Place, just because the stories are good and address critical issues. I loved how the author brought Olivia, Ruth and Darius back from the first book. It was beautiful to connect with them again. I highly recommend this book!
I received a review copy courtesy of Bethany House through NetGalley for my honest review.
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