By Kelly Bridgewater
being released from a women's reformatory in 1939
Toronto, Olivia Rosetti is taken in by an angel of mercy, Ruth Bennington. The two discover they share a painful past and together decide to open a maternity home for troubled women.
Despite the success of the home, Olivia is haunted by her inhumane treatment at the reformatory and the way her newborn son was taken from her. She feels undeserving of love--until she meets businessman Darius Reed. Although his attention makes her heart soar, he can never learn of her past.
Greek widower Darius Reed is determined to protect his daughter from the prejudice that killed her mother. He'll ensure her future by marrying a woman from a respected Toronto family. But when Darius meets Olivia, he's immediately drawn to her beauty and compassion.
Can love prove stronger than prejudice and past mistakes? Or will Olivia's secrets destroy any chance at a future together?
A Haven for Her Heart by Susan Anne Mason takes a dark look at the world of pregnancy during World War II. The story is definitely different. I have heard of the dark side of the past where pregnant women were sent to relatives out in the country or away from town, but I have never heard of the mistreatment of them in prison. This was distasteful. Yes, some of them made bad decisions. I totally agree with that, but the punishment for this was wrong. It is still a woman carrying a real life baby, and for that reason, they should both be valued and treasured. Too bad even in today's culture we have still not learned this concept. Overall, I loved seeing Olivia as she tried to make amends for the hurt that has been caused to her by losing her son without any choice of her own. Darius was a wonderful hero who stood up for what he believed, and for that reason, I actually enjoyed him as a hero. Mason does a wonderful job at crafting strong heroes who may not have the best job, but they always come out looking like a hero in front to the women, and I really liked this concept. Mason does a terrific job at inviting American readers into the world of Canada. I have never been to Canada, but she always bring Canada home to the readers. I'm delightful to see the story take place in unfamiliar settings. Overall, A Haven for Her Heart by Susan Anne Mason is a delightful story of fear and learning to move on from the hurtful past. I recommend this story to fans of historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of A Haven for Her Heart by Susan Anne Mason from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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