The Keeper of Her Heart
If you like the novels of Deanne Gist and Lauraine Snelling, you’ll love USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie’s inspirational romance set against the backdrop of World War One! Even at a young age, Ada Thorne knew that she would marry only for love, never money. So when she finds herself irrevocably drawn to Ned Henley, the lowly gamekeeper on a neighboring estate, she defies her parents and society by eloping with him to London to build a new life. Without her family’s support, life in the city is far more difficult than the one of ease and privilege Ada has always known. She’ll find herself relentlessly tested in ways she never imagined—especially when Ned, answering the call of duty, enlists to serve his country in World War One. Alone and near poverty with a child to raise, Ada’s resolve will be strained at every turn. And as she struggles to remain true to her convictions and live life on her own terms, Ada will embark on a journey of courage, faith, and love that will surpass even her own humble dreams . . . “Stacy Henrie possesses superior storytelling skills, her historical accuracy and attention to detail are unsurpassed, and she knows how to create characters we can identify with and whom we really care for.” —Fresh Fiction About the Author: USA Today bestselling author Stacy Henrie is the author of western romances, the anthology Love for All Seasons, and the Of Love and War series, which includes Hope at Dawn, a 2015 RITA Award finalist for excellence in romance. She was born and raised in the West, where she currently resides with her family. She enjoys reading, road trips, interior decorating, chocolate, and most of all laughing with her husband and kids. You can learn more about Stacy and her books by visiting her website at stacyhenrie.com.

The Keeper of Her Heart Details

TitleThe Keeper of Her Heart
Author
ReleaseSep 26th, 2017
PublisherBeyond the Page
Rating
GenreWar, World War I, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

The Keeper of Her Heart Review

  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    While this story starts out a bit slow, it doesn't waste time with needless information. It wasn't too long before I was enveloped in the story and drawn along into the lives of Ada and Ned.Ada exemplifies a tremendous amount of resolve to not only leave her parents, and the life of comfort and ease, but also to step out in faith. Ada learns to lean on God through the good times and the bad times, and she comes to understand that bad things happen to us all, but the universal truth is that God n While this story starts out a bit slow, it doesn't waste time with needless information. It wasn't too long before I was enveloped in the story and drawn along into the lives of Ada and Ned.Ada exemplifies a tremendous amount of resolve to not only leave her parents, and the life of comfort and ease, but also to step out in faith. Ada learns to lean on God through the good times and the bad times, and she comes to understand that bad things happen to us all, but the universal truth is that God never leaves us. This story is set in the early 1900's England, and goes thru the time of World War I. Readers will gain an intimate glimpse of what life may have been like for those in London during the air raid and bombings. As well as how the war changed the workforce in England, as more women joined the workforce.I would highly recommend this poignant, well-written story to anyone who enjoys not only reading stories about WWI but also stories with strong heroines. I give this robust story 4.5 stars and I look forward to reading more from Stacy Henrie in the future. (I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
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  • Nicole Laverdure
    January 1, 1970
    Intense, touching and emotional! 4.5 starsStacy Henrie’s inspirational historical romance, The Keeper of Her Heart, is set against the backdrop of World War One, which makes it a dramatic and emotional story with a Christian touch. This is the first book that I read written by this author.It tells the story of Ada, who was born in wealth. From a younger age, Ada always wanted to marry for love and not money, so when she fell in love with Ned, a gamekeeper, it was no surprise that her world soon Intense, touching and emotional! 4.5 starsStacy Henrie’s inspirational historical romance, The Keeper of Her Heart, is set against the backdrop of World War One, which makes it a dramatic and emotional story with a Christian touch. This is the first book that I read written by this author.It tells the story of Ada, who was born in wealth. From a younger age, Ada always wanted to marry for love and not money, so when she fell in love with Ned, a gamekeeper, it was no surprise that her world soon turned upside down! Ada is a courageous and determine young woman who will anything to survive under these rough conditions during that period of time! Her goal was to prove to her parents that she could make it on her own with Ned. However, he is called for duty as he enlisted to serve in World War One. Ada is left alone with her daughter Rosemary. Will her new life become a nightmare? Can she survive under these terrible and poor conditions? Can someone rescue her and make her dream come true? Ada will embark on a journey of faith, hope and love filled with ups and downs. Some scenes are very emotional and touching. I felt a beautiful interactions between her characters......*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this.
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  • Monique Daoust
    January 1, 1970
    Ada Thorne defied her parents and chose a simple life with the man who owned her heart. Ned Henley, a gamekeeper, was not the husband her family wanted for the wealthy Ada, and they banished her from their lives. It was not easy for the young couple to move to London as newlyweds, but Ned’s strong faith in God would eventually give Ada the fortitude she needed to surmount the many obstacles they would face, especially when the Great War became a reality and Ned enlisted, reluctantly leaving Ada Ada Thorne defied her parents and chose a simple life with the man who owned her heart. Ned Henley, a gamekeeper, was not the husband her family wanted for the wealthy Ada, and they banished her from their lives. It was not easy for the young couple to move to London as newlyweds, but Ned’s strong faith in God would eventually give Ada the fortitude she needed to surmount the many obstacles they would face, especially when the Great War became a reality and Ned enlisted, reluctantly leaving Ada and her young daughter to fare for themselves while waiting for Ned to come home. THE KEEPER OF HER HEART is such an emotional read, it required several tissues from this reader, not prone to tearful excesses. Stacy Henrie’s sharp eye for detail paints an extraordinarily vibrant picture of a young couple struggling to make it in a working class London neighbourhood. I rejoiced at their love; I smiled at Ada’s attempts at managing a humble household, of taking care of her baby, while mostly improvising, and with the help of her new friend Mollie. I loved reading how it was on the home front, when women took the jobs while the men were at war. I have been a fan of Stacy Henrie’s almost from the beginning, and she has earned my respect because of her integrity and her care in preserving accuracy in historical romance. While it is a matter of preference I surmise, and some readers might prefer bountiful sex scenes to a more spiritual context, Ms. Henrie remains true to the values of the times and still writes captivating love stories that make the reader believe in true love, that touch the heart and in the case of THE KEEPER OF HER HEART, provide much food for thought. Once again, Stacy Henrie has written an exceptional story that I shall not soon forget. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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  • Michelle Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Ada vowed to only marry for love to the dismay of her parents. So when she married the Gamekeeper, Ned, her parents followed through on their threat to disinherit her. Now isolated and in London, Ada must find a way to survive while war looms on the horizon. When World War One breaks out and her husband enlists, Ada must use her faith to remain strong. Unfortunately, her husband is killed sending her into freefall with a young child to care for and not a whole lot of options. I picked this book Ada vowed to only marry for love to the dismay of her parents. So when she married the Gamekeeper, Ned, her parents followed through on their threat to disinherit her. Now isolated and in London, Ada must find a way to survive while war looms on the horizon. When World War One breaks out and her husband enlists, Ada must use her faith to remain strong. Unfortunately, her husband is killed sending her into freefall with a young child to care for and not a whole lot of options. I picked this book up because it features one of my favorite but underrepresented time periods, World War One. And I really enjoyed the look into life in Britain during the Great War. The writing was lovely and the author does a good job of developing interesting characters. However, I found several of the religious notes overly heavy-handed. It ended up breaking the fourth wall for me because they felt shoehorned in. There were parts which didn't bother me, particularly later in the book. I also felt the story started in the wrong place. I would have liked a little bit of how and why Ada fell in love with Ned. We got a lot of tell and not show. I also found the revelation that Hugh loving her at the 50% mark also in the wrong place, We needed hints earlier. Ultimately, this ended up not being my cup of tea and because of the issues above I can only give thisThree Stars*** I received an ARC from NetGalley
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  • Kelly Tyree
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot say enough good things about The Keeper of Her Heart. I was drawn in from page one and held on right up until the very satisfying end.Ada Thorne is the daughter of a wealthy family but she plans to marry for love not for position. She falls in love with a gamekeeper, Ned Henley, and she elopes with him. The two settle in London and begin their life together. As they work at building a life together, Ada longs for the relationship she had with her parents but due to her marriage, they ar I cannot say enough good things about The Keeper of Her Heart. I was drawn in from page one and held on right up until the very satisfying end.Ada Thorne is the daughter of a wealthy family but she plans to marry for love not for position. She falls in love with a gamekeeper, Ned Henley, and she elopes with him. The two settle in London and begin their life together. As they work at building a life together, Ada longs for the relationship she had with her parents but due to her marriage, they are estranged. Ada and Ned work hard at their marriage and have a daugher, Rosemary. Ada is content until Ned decides to enlist in the military. Ned assures Ada of his love for her. He also helps Ada to develop a strong relationship with the Lord. She is able to get through Ned's enlistment due to God's help. Her world changes when Ned is killed in the line of duty. Ada's deep friendship and the Lord help her cope. Ada make the tough decision to return to her home and to her parents. When she does, God's plan for her life takes over. The Keeper of the Heart shows us that sometimes God has a plan for us, that we never imagined. The book is so well written that you feel a part of the story. It is an emotional book that makes you cry one minute and rejoice the next. I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Finnessa
    January 1, 1970
    *Thanks to Netgalley for giving me a free copy to review*"Other days you wonder if you are wrong for not missing them as keenly as you once did."This is the story of Ada overcoming her fears, facing heartbreak and having the strength to live again, all set during WWI. I must say this touched me several times with its talk of dealing with grief and forging ahead in difficult times and I got misty-eyed a lot. Sometimes the talk about God felt a little forced, but not totally unrealistic. It was ni *Thanks to Netgalley for giving me a free copy to review*"Other days you wonder if you are wrong for not missing them as keenly as you once did."This is the story of Ada overcoming her fears, facing heartbreak and having the strength to live again, all set during WWI. I must say this touched me several times with its talk of dealing with grief and forging ahead in difficult times and I got misty-eyed a lot. Sometimes the talk about God felt a little forced, but not totally unrealistic. It was nice to see Ada grow and handle the challenges set before her.The one big drawback was that I never felt a strong connection with any of the characters or saw well-written personalities. Ada apparently had a clever sense of humor but I didn't pick up on it. Maybe I'm so used to sarcasm I don't see anything else as particularly clever. Ned 's described as nice and warm, but I couldn't justify liking him for those reasons alone. Hugh had some depth and I liked him best.The plot was very predictable, but that's what you need sometimes when comfort is your main reason for reading a book.It at times bore a strong resemblance to Downton Abbey but that's not a bad thing.Overall it was a simple read with a decent message.
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  • Vickie
    January 1, 1970
    I too love British history. Thanks Stacy for the research you did to add reality to Ada's story. The characters were well-developed and their emotions were strong and easy for me to feel. I cried throughout a lot of the story. There is so much sadness and yet they keep pushing forward to find happiness again. Very uplifting.The cover of the book fits perfectly and I love the title amd feel like it's a good fit also.I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy history and a good love story. I too love British history. Thanks Stacy for the research you did to add reality to Ada's story. The characters were well-developed and their emotions were strong and easy for me to feel. I cried throughout a lot of the story. There is so much sadness and yet they keep pushing forward to find happiness again. Very uplifting.The cover of the book fits perfectly and I love the title amd feel like it's a good fit also.I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy history and a good love story. It's packed full of goodness!
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