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It's not a bad book. It has a lot of good qualities. The story is good. The dialogue is cheesy but not bad. The historical aspect is accurate, although I would have liked to have that part explained in more depth. I appreciate the research the author did in order to portray the time period and also the description of the art of gun making, care of horses, and the furrier trade. Dec 05, Rachelle Cobb rated it really liked it. All of these are intriguing elements that comprise the third title in Golden Keyes Parson's debut trilogy. Headstrong and naive Bridget Barrington falls in love with Philippe Clavell, an indentured servant on her family's estate.

She has entrusted him with a dark secret and eventually discloses to him her feelings for him, but it is not to be.

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They are of different classes and different faiths. It will never work. So Bridget relents and releases her hope of a fu Liberty. So Bridget relents and releases her hope of a future with Philippe. Her parents arrange a marriage for her with a hurricane of a man who is gentle one moment and a villain the next.

He truly is a villain as Philippe soon discovers. The strangling strands of scandal tighten around Bridget as the true identity of her future husband is found out, a secret from her past returns to haunt her - and there is nothing she can do about it. I loved the heavy plot in this novel. The series of events constantly twisted and turned. There was never a dull moment and the pages turned almost of their own volition as I sought to devour every word. The characters were captivating, interesting, and demanded my compassion.

The story was suspenseful, frightening, and romantic at times. The descriptions were fresh and lively and drew pictures in my mind an element I always appreciate in a good book. The scenes were real and believable. Set in the late 's before the Revolution, a time period that is one of my favorites, the main conflict is that of a young girl in love with one man and betrothed to another also one of my favorites. These facts contributed to my overall opinion of the book: This novel is not without its problems. I felt like some things were disconnected.

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For instance, the circumstances surrounding Bridget's birth seemed inconsequential to the story. Philippe's sister, Vangie, was portrayed as ill yet her condition never progressed past weak and sickly - she never got better either. The development of the characters was a bit unbelievable. I didn't like how Bridget dropped the possibility of a future with Philippe so quickly. Maybe I'm just too much of a romantic. I wish there had been a little more development in the faith of the hero and heroine.

I suppose I like books with a little more challenging faith message.

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Still, this was a very good read. I recommend this book to others seeking an interesting read. Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Booksneeze. Oct 07, Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book was better than I could have ever imagined. I did not realize until the end that this was the third book in a series. My early reservations of the book finally made sense since I had not read the first two books in the series.

Let me say first that this book is definitely able to stand on its own two feet. The only thing I noticed was that the mother and father of the hero were not what I would call round characters.

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I realized that their characters were dealt with more in the first two This book was better than I could have ever imagined. I realized that their characters were dealt with more in the first two books. And as I continued in the book, those characters grew on me. I began to understand who they were, so they no longer detracted from the enjoyment of the book. You will notice my five star rating. Yes, this book touched me in a way a fiction book had not since I was in high school.

I loved the main female character--Bridget. She drew me in from the first page, and she was the reason I continued to read. I only read a chapter or two at a time at first, but that all changed once I got about halfway. I read this as I was substitute teaching in classes this week, and the past couple days I could hardly put the book down. I had to know how the story would end. And I will not hint in this review at the end--no spoilers from me! I was impressed with how the author handled the history of this book. I love historical fiction, and I knew nothing about the French Huguenots.

I had heard about them before, but I had no idea about the persecution they faced. I was greatly intrigued with the way the author brought her history into this book. I was also impressed that the author, though Christian, made the story realistic. There was a point in the book where I believed that something had to happen, but I figured the author would sugarcoat it since it was a Christian novel. No, my friends, she wrote the story as it had to be written.


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In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book. I plan to look up more by this author. I appreciate the fact that she writes excellent Christian fiction where the people have to face serious situations. Without the Lord, the characters in the book would never have fared as well as they did. I was reminded that the Lord can do anything He wants, and no one can thwart His will. Oct 14, Raina rated it liked it. Where Hearts are Free is third book in the Darkness to Light Series by Golden Keyes Parsons, however it can be read as a stand-alone book since it was the best in the series of three.

Contrary to my previous reviews, the plot of this book moved sufficiently faster. Apart from the romance, the author has handled some social issues, like a woman's place in the society and religio Where Hearts are Free is third book in the Darkness to Light Series by Golden Keyes Parsons, however it can be read as a stand-alone book since it was the best in the series of three.

Apart from the romance, the author has handled some social issues, like a woman's place in the society and religion. Bridget is a likable character. She is a strong, brave woman, who despite societal constraints, can stand up for herself which I appreciated. But, overall I can say that Where Hearts are Free is a good enough read. The basics of the plot deal with Bridget Barrington and her arranged engagement to Edward Moorehead.

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She really wishes she could marry Phillipe, an indentured slave of the Barrington's. With his background being Protestant, French royalty and Bridget's being Catholic and a different class, their love could not be. With this in mind and after learning of Bridget's love for Phillipe, her father quickly releases Phillipe from his contract, allowing him to be free and out of the picture. However, Bridget is not in love with Edward, but knows she must do as her parents wish.

But her future husband is not whom he appears to be and is hiding dark secrets from his soon-to-be wife. I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I just couldn't get into it as enthusiastically as I had hoped to. Mainly, I had issue with the overwhelming amount of religious implication and felt like I was being preached to at times and at others had felt like I was being beaten over the head with it, but if you can look past all of that, in the end this is a pretty basic historical love story. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Sep 30, Jennifer Taylor rated it really liked it.

A story of honor, betrayal, pain and forgiveness--this novel brings you through several emotions that will sweep you away to early colonial America. While Phillipe Clavell tries to do what is right, his lack of action inadvertently causes the downfall of Bridget Barrington who desperately loves him.

I like the way Bridget stands up to her family and goes after what she wants. When things don't turn out as she hopes, she doesn't give up, but she makes up her mind to make the best of her circumsta A story of honor, betrayal, pain and forgiveness--this novel brings you through several emotions that will sweep you away to early colonial America.

When things don't turn out as she hopes, she doesn't give up, but she makes up her mind to make the best of her circumstances. Due to his position as the family's indentured servant and their opposing religious denominations, Philippe must resist Bridget. He almost hid his feelings for Bridget too well.

Overall, Where Hearts Are Free is an enjoyable fast read with a sweet faith-based romance that blooms into true love. You get a real sense of how indentured servants were seen by society and treated. Yet, one can see the hope and fresh start these families experienced once their indentured service was over--a chance at the American dream to be free.

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The characters are memorable, the story realistic and moving, and the faith of the characters is inspiring. It is a wonderful conclusion to the Darkness into Light series. Back Cover Description Amid the liberty and promise of the new world, Bridget Barrington and Phillipe Clavell fall in love, but nothing about their love seems possible. When Bridget's parents discover the budding romance between their daughter and their servant, they quickly orchestrate her engagement to an older, more advantageous match.

Oct 11, Julia rated it it was amazing. I found Where Hearts Are Free to be a breath of fresh air! You'll not find your typical fairytale in these pages. Parsons has the refreshing ability to draw on real to life relationships that are not always easy. The answers are not always clear and sometimes we just don't know the way.

This book reminded me that faith can overcome all things and that Gods grace can and will make clean those things that stain us. I am not an avid reader of this time period but found myself drawn to the characters I found Where Hearts Are Free to be a breath of fresh air! I am not an avid reader of this time period but found myself drawn to the characters and their lives especially Philippe's family life in the Schuylkill Valley! I was delighted to see this setting as I briefly lived in the Schuylkill Vally several years ago.

It is quite cold and snowy in the winter! While it did take me a bit to really get into the book, once I was in I was hooked! I couldn't put the book down until the last 50 pages. All of a sudden I wanted to shelf the book because I just didn't want it to end. Reading those final pages would end the story too soon for me.

This one is definitely a page turner, a delightful read and chocked full of encouragement all along the way. You will battle right along side with this cast through varying emotions, mistakes and secrets! Oh the secrets that these characters have hidden away. I don't think there were a handful of them that didn't have a secret! Some will shock you and some you will completely understand.

In the end faith, love and honor could be lost. Disclosure of Material Connection: Sep 21, Brenda rated it really liked it. Where Hearts Are Free is a historical romantic fiction that takes place in Pennyslvania in Bridget Barrington, the daughter of a plantation owner,falls in love with the families indentured servant, Philippe Clavell.

She had basically grown up with Philippe, and had shared a secret with him that she felt she could tell no one else. When she tells Philippe of her love for him, he discourages her, explaining to her that because of religious differences and the difference in social class it wou Where Hearts Are Free is a historical romantic fiction that takes place in Pennyslvania in When she tells Philippe of her love for him, he discourages her, explaining to her that because of religious differences and the difference in social class it would never work.

When Bridget's tells her family of her feelings for Philippe they release him from his contract and send him home, making him promise to never contact Bridget again. Her parents soon find her a more eligible suitor, who has a past that no one would ever guess. Will Bridget be forced to marry someone she doesn't love? I really enjoyed reading this book, even though it is the third book in the series of A Darkness To Light, I really had no problems following the characters and was quickly immersed in the story. Bridget was such a charming character unconcerned with the trappings of wealth, and Philippe was a true gentleman and his faith in God was refreshing to read, I found it commendable that the author had him forgive his enemy.

The one character I had a problem with was Bridget's mother, her reaction about the wedding seemed a tad ridiculous, and actually almost as if she didn't care as much for Bridget as she had proclaimed instead worrying more about what she wanted, than what was in Bridget's best interest. I would have to caution that there was a sexual situation in the book, and a bit of violence, to me it was ok, and didn't take away from the story. Jan 23, Mindy Detweiler rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the Third in a series but you don't need to read the first two to enjoy this book.

I have already bought the first book in the series though just because this book got me curious about what happened before. First off I just love the author's name. And then the cover for this book is just wonderful. Bridget has basically grown up with Philippe. She has told him of her deepest fears and told him her secrets, including one of witnessing a murder on her parents land. She has grown to love hi This is the Third in a series but you don't need to read the first two to enjoy this book. She has grown to love him. Although Phillipe is of noble blood, in this country he is just a servant so Bridget's parents are against the match.

Bridget confesses her love to Phillipe but because he is honarable he denies his true feelings for her and she is left now other recourse than to become engaged and marry Edward Moorehead. But something is sinister about Edward and he has alot of questionable business dealings going on. This book kept my interest and had me holding my breath with anticipation of what was going to happen next.

A word of caution hear there are some unsavory things that happen in the book and although the author does not go into to much detail they are still there so I would not recommend this book for a a girl until she was a mature teenager. An excellent book and I cannot wait till I read the first two book. If you like historical fiction I would highly recommend this book. I must confess to not reading this in a timely manner having had it for several months. Sep 11, Anna Motteler rated it it was amazing.

I absolutely loved this book. Instantly, I was drawn to the fact that it took place a long time ago, "New World" and I love reading about romances back then. Not sure why, but they just appeal to me. I loved Bridget, the main character. She loves her parents, who have taken really good care of her, but she does not want them to pick who she marries. Can you blame her?

I sure as heck don't. Sign Up for free or Log In if you already have an account to be able to post messages, change how messages are displayed, and view media in posts. Light isn't so pathetic. Also, Roxas' light powers are BA -in many cases revives others Mickey's light healing, Kairi reviving Sora by pushing the dark out of his heart, etc I also want to say that it allows for transformations, but can't exactly.

Not to mention the Light doesn't just eat you up and devour your heart, unlike Darkness. Sure, its a lot easier and more powerful from the start, but it will kill you. Maleficient for example Kingdom Hearts Facebook Page: You can have immense dark power and not be able to use the corridors and likewise you can have pittling dark power and still be able to use the corridors. It's the state of your heart that matters not the darkness. The trade off is that light growing doesn't have natural harmful effects but darkness growing will cause your heart to corrode if you don't know how to properly keep it in check.

Both are dangerous if they are in overdose though. I've got a quote that embodies you perfectly, but it's seventy-three posts long, has a few massive flowcharts, and lots of Xion- KMA to Me. But the power of light cannot be used unless you have a keyblade. Every instance of it being used its with a keyblade. Only exceptional people have light powers princesses of heart. Yes the power of light can be used without a keyblade in fact Roxas is a prime example if you steal his keyblades he turns to using his immense power over light to corner and take them back.

Leon, Yuffie, and Tiffa all use the power of light with Tiffa being cloud's light or something. Minnie and the princesses as you pointed out quite aptly can use it and so do a number of others I've not named. When Bridget's parents discover the budding Romance between their daughter and their servant, they quickly orchestrate her engagement to an older, more advantageous match. But Edward Moorehead has a secret. And he's anything but a good match for Bridget. Separated from her true love and in danger from her betrothed, Bridget must rely on God to deliver her from darkness into light.

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