Monday, May 20, 2013

Follow the Heart Book Review CFBA Blog Tour

Follow the Heart
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Follow the Heart
B&H Books (May 1, 2013)
Kaye Dacus

Follow the Heart by Kaye Dacus is the first in the Great Exhibition series.


Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Follow the Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.

Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother’s brother in England with one edict: marry money.

At twenty-seven years old, Kate has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America.

Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, their attentions stray to a gardener and a governess.

While Christopher has options that would enable him to lay his affections where he chooses, he cannot let the burden of their family’s finances crush his sister. Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy— gardener aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a wealthy viscount shows interest in her. But is marrying for the financial security of her family the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?

Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Follow the Heart, go HERE.

My Review
I was excited about his book because of the setting and historical background. I have not read Kaye Dacus'  books so this is a new author to me. The start of the book had me hooked, from wealth to bankrupt, Kate now must find a rich man to marry in order to save her family. Her father ships her and her brother to England to stay with their wealthy relatives while finding someone to marry. Kate is twenty-seven and very hard headed and full of opinions. I love that about this character and her love for the gardens. In steps the garden designer, not well-to-do but oh so handsome. Of course things aren't that easy and in steps a man of means who could take care of her family and future generations. Kate must choose between the two, either way facing criticism. After the middle part of the book, I started to be disinterested. I've read this type of book so many times before, obviously I knew what was going to happen, but the way it happened didn't peak my interest. Overall the love story is fine but from the back of the book I was anticipating something to do with the Great Exhibition. There is very little information about this time period except for a few conversations between characters. I'm sure since this is the first book the next one will offer more details on this time in history. If the historical aspect is one of your main interests in reading this book, I can't recommend it.

"I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."


Humor, Hope, and Happily Ever Afters! Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing, Harvest House Publishers, and B&H Publishing. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a full-time academic advisor and part-time college composition instructor for Bethel University.

Kaye Dacus (KAY DAY-cuss) is an author and educator who has been writing fiction for more than twenty years. A former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, Kaye enjoys being an active ACFW member and the fellowship and community of hundreds of other writers from across the country and around the world that she finds there. She currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers, which she co-founded in 2003 with three other writers. Each month, she teaches a two-hour workshop on an aspect of the craft of writing at the MTCW monthly meeting. Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is an academic advisor and English Composition instructor for Bethel University.

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