Friday, October 24, 2014

"A Home for Her Heart" by Janet Lee-Barton

About the Book

Love on Assignment 

Magazine writer Elizabeth Anderson has sparred with newspaper reporter John Talbot for years. Though they cover similar stories, John thinks Elizabeth's writing is trivial, and she finds him too boastful. So when they must work together to investigate New York City's worst tenement houses, they're surprised by the great team they make.

Despite their professional rivalry, John and Elizabeth begin to trust each other as they grow from competitors, to friends, to something more. But then John makes a startling discovery that would break the story—and Elizabeth's heart—wide-open. John's always been driven by his career—can he give up one dream for another?

Boardinghouse Betrothals: Hearts taking shelter—and forging new beginnings

This book was released in September 2014
This was a well loved library book that was reviewed

My Review

A Home for Her Heart” by Janet Lee-Barton is the third book in her 'Boardinghouse Betrothals' series but a great stand alone book as well. This is a story of trust and overcoming misconceptions along with broken trust.

I found this book to be an easy sweet read without much thought to it. I found the seesawing between John and Elizabeth a little slow for it seemed to take forever for things to move forward, but then when things do start to move forward it is in little steps. Frustrating for me as a reader who was looking for something more a little faster. When I say for something more a little faster, I am not talking about anything beyond the falling in love and realizing that is what is happening. Instead there are issues that both John and Elizabeth need to overcome which made the seesawing frustrating. When I say that it was frustrating I mean that in a good way for things were not going the way I thought they would which meant that I had to keep turning the page to see what was going to happen next.

There is a secret that someone is keeping and the secret keeper is scared to reveal their secret. They fear that things will change all the way around but they don't know what else to do but reveal their secret for the secret is to bog them down. The secret is not a big one but yet big enough to be a concern. When the secret is finally revealed I was happy how it came about for it isn't often that the reveal happens the way it did.

Elizabeth is a woman who is working hard and is not afraid of the darker sides of life, at least when she is not alone. She is proud of her work as a reporter and has a heart for those who have less than she does. She has issues with trusting men and for a pretty good reason that is for sure.

John is a man who wants more than what he has, and I am not talking about money. He wants his dream and comes so close by hard work as well as never giving up. This is a dream that was stolen from him before and now he is close again. Regardless, John also knows what is the most important thing in life does what he can to help improve what conditions he can when he can.

The tenements are a big part of the book yet again, as it is the tenement buildings that help bring John and Elizabeth close for a short time. Things are not glossed over in this book for how harsh some of the conditions could be and some of the descriptions of the buildings gave me the chills and made me stop to think about how lucky we are that those kind of places still exist, they are not as numerous as they once were.

Choices need to be made when certain things come to light and it is the choices that are not easy to make, but they have been made none the less. I found that with the whole book it was worth reading and I hope all who read this book enjoy it as much as I did.

Other "Boardinghouse Betrothals" Books by Janet Lee-Barton

Somewhere to Call Home
A Place of Refuge