My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey by Amanda Barratt

My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey

Journey now to Niagara Falls, New York, of 1870 where...She avoids danger at all costs. He makes his living by rushing headlong into it.   Outwardly, Adele Linley’s trip to visit her American cousins is nothing more than a summer vacation. In reality, she’s the daughter of an English aristocrat with barely a penny to her name seeking a rich American husband.  Having grown...

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  • Rebecca

    "No matter how great the tempest, it always turns to gentle rain."

    Adele Linley's future hangs in the balance, much as her father's once had, although foolishness and the force of gravity had exacted his demise. Travelling from England to New York under the guise of visiting her aunt and uncle, Adele's real purpose is slightly underhanded, but necessary, if her family is to escape destitution; she must marry well.

    " . . . if he died . . then what? Hope would lose a brother. The Falls, claim a vic

    "No matter how great the tempest, it always turns to gentle rain."

    Adele Linley's future hangs in the balance, much as her father's once had, although foolishness and the force of gravity had exacted his demise. Travelling from England to New York under the guise of visiting her aunt and uncle, Adele's real purpose is slightly underhanded, but necessary, if her family is to escape destitution; she must marry well.

    " . . . if he died . . then what? Hope would lose a brother. The Falls, claim a victim."

    Drew Dawson is a skilled funambulist, ready to perform one of the most daring feats known to man; walking a tight rope over Niagara Falls. His paycheck for such a performance will provide his wheelchair bound sister with access to the medical care that she so desperately needs and enough leftover funds to secure a more pleasant living space for the two of them. He just never expected to meet a lovely English heiress, who has also caught the eye of his employer, in the process.

    When Adele's determination to chart her own course collides with terrible tragedy, can she discover that "ultimately He is our help and our only hope is in Him"? This beautifully written story resounds with what remains; faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love.

    I received an advance copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  • Julie Carpenter

    Life and choices made are always interesting when you start to see the consequences unravel. Not always will those consequences be hard or bad, but can be very rewarding and good. As a reader, we get to see a much bigger picture of those consequences than a character does. Those moments when we cringe (or at least I do) when a character makes a choice and we just know that what's coming is not going to be good. We can see it coming a mile away and want to yell out to them and warn them but it wo

    Life and choices made are always interesting when you start to see the consequences unravel. Not always will those consequences be hard or bad, but can be very rewarding and good. As a reader, we get to see a much bigger picture of those consequences than a character does. Those moments when we cringe (or at least I do) when a character makes a choice and we just know that what's coming is not going to be good. We can see it coming a mile away and want to yell out to them and warn them but it won't do any good, so we stay silent (well sometimes I yell at my books and the characters *shrugs shoulders and blushes*).

    The characters are introduced, the stage is set, the initial problem disclosed and everything is set in motion. Enter new problems, choices, feelings and emotions, consequences, and love. The reader sees it all coming and gets to enjoy watching it all unfold with the twists and turns and unexpected fixes and conclusions.

    Adele must leave England and come to America to find a wealthy suitor. One whom she can marry and who will hopefully save her familial estate in England with his wealth. It all sounds so simple and easy and yet she doesn't account into the equation her feelings, her heart. As she meets men and becomes acquainted with them she learns that her heart must be listened to. Yet to do so would mean to leave all her dreams behind. What should she choose? Which direction should she turn? Whom should she trust?

    Drew? Franklin? Her aunt and uncle? Her drunk and gambling brother? All people she should love but many who have let her down. She wants to trust and love.

    I enjoyed the beginning and the staging of the characters. Their introduction, their faults, their virtues, all mixed together. I will say that I skimmed through several chapters after all our characters had been introduced. I'm not sure if it was that I was extremely exhausted and just wanted to get to the angst of the problem and start seeing the resolution or if I was bored. If I had to guess, I would say it was the exhaustion. I really have been looking forward to reading this book and when I tried to read it, I'd find myself falling asleep from way too much happening in life. So I jumped ahead to where the angst really was built up in hopes that staying awake to enjoy the book would win out over exhaustion. It did.

    I didn't expect some of the twists and turns from the middle of the book on. I was shocked and felt the emotions of Adele as she too was shocked and struggling with trying to accept the consequences of her choices. Her love and sacrifice as she learned that she can't control everything but must make amends of the wrongs she caused were well written. The love story was very sweet. I loved many of the conversations between Adele and her love interest near the end. And the ending! It was great! I didn't see that coming! I thought for sure she would be stuck--ok very vague there and on purpose because I don't want to spoil it for you.

    This was a great addition to the My Heart Belongs series. Each one a stand alone that can be enjoyed in any order, or pick and choose which one appeals to you the most. All of them are Christian Fiction and have talk about God and trusting Him and turning our lives over to Him.

    Content: Clean. Some mild religious talk but nothing preachy.

    I received a copy from the publisher, Barbour publishing, via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.

    Happy Reading!!!

  • Tracey

    I've enjoyed Amanda Barratt's writing in a number of Barbour Collections, so I was really looking forward to her first individual book, My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey.

    Adele comes to America in pursuit of a wealthy husband to help her family out of their financial woes in England. She meets two men, Franklin Conway, a wealthy investor, and Drew Dawson, a high wire walker. While Franklin can solve her money problems, she's drawn to the poor but full of faith, Drew.

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    I've enjoyed Amanda Barratt's writing in a number of Barbour Collections, so I was really looking forward to her first individual book, My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele's Journey.

    Adele comes to America in pursuit of a wealthy husband to help her family out of their financial woes in England. She meets two men, Franklin Conway, a wealthy investor, and Drew Dawson, a high wire walker. While Franklin can solve her money problems, she's drawn to the poor but full of faith, Drew.

    Adele doesn't put any trust in God initially, and some of the decisions she made had me cringing. I found it hard to like her because of some of her decisions. Conway is attracted to Adele and hopes to marry her. Drew, although not perfect, always behaved admirably and with integrity. His love and devotion to his sister Hope, was charming. Adele has to decide which is more important to her, financial security of finding true love. Choices, choices!

    The ending was excellent, pointing the way to trust in God as the ultimate choice come what may. I just wish there had been fewer struggles which left me frustrated at times, and a few more enjoyable moments of happiness for the couple along the way.

    I appreciate Barbour Books making a copy of this book available for review.

  • Marlene

    " 'A man would have to be an idiot to do something like that again without it being a sure thing.'

    It only took a few minutes, more bills coming from Conway's pocketbook and ending up in Drew's hands, some preliminary conversation, for Drew to become exactly that.

    An idiot."

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    " 'A man would have to be an idiot to do something like that again without it being a sure thing.'

    It only took a few minutes, more bills coming from Conway's pocketbook and ending up in Drew's hands, some preliminary conversation, for Drew to become exactly that.

    An idiot."

    (2018, Barbour) by

    , is a Christian historical romance mostly set in 1870 Niagara Falls, New York. This book is seventh in the

    series, in which the stories are linked thematically, not by any shared characters or plot. Thus each book is a standalone story. I chose this book as my NetGalley selection for December 2017 because I visit Niagara Falls annually, albeit on the Canadian side, and thought it would be fun to read a book set in a place I'm pretty familiar with. It didn't hurt that I previously enjoyed

    and

    .

    I think it's worth noting that this is Ms. Barratt's first published full-length novel, though she has published novella-length stories in several of Barbour's popular collections to date. Congratulations to her for that!

    Adele Linley, from Derbyshire, England, is trying to rescue her family's impoverished estate and finances by looking for a wealthy suitor in New York.

    Former street kid Drew Dawson is a funambulist (tightrope walker) undertaking the daring stunt of crossing Niagara Falls. His sister is an invalid, and they are trying to make ends (just barely) meet. Drew is also trying to save up for a doctor to help his sister regain her mobility, but is making almost no headway.

    When my family visits Niagara Falls in Canada each year, I am always fascinated by a small gallery of pictures in one of the hotels which feature some of the historical daredevils of the Falls.

    Goodness. I have absolutely no understanding of such behavior. But it's fascinating. It may surprise some to learn that more than one of the daredevils was a woman! Below is a link to a good (but not overly long) list of the daredevils, what they did, and whether they were successful, as well as a few photographs and a bit of information about the aftermath of their stunts.

    The link below is to a Smithsonian article about funambulist Charles Blondin, who was referenced in Ms. Barratt's book several times. This article is longer than the previous webpage, but it made my draw drop several times. Just… Wow.

    *I'm always happy to see a Christian author dedicate a book to Jesus/God, which gives credit where it is due right off the bat!

    *"Did the God who created such a wondrous sight actually care twopence about the problems of one simple girl like herself? Somehow, Adele doubted it." Drew has the stronger faith in the story.

    Yes. There is a mention of a bar that has ladies of the night in it. The reader meets the head lady.

    *My favorite character may have been Delany, the butler with the Texan drawl. He was just wonderful! I was pretty curious about him.

    *The first meeting between Drew and Adele was unique and atypical! In fact, several characteristics and events of this story were definitely unconventional for a romance novel, which is fun. I made several predictions which turned out to be untrue.

    *I didn't really enjoy some poor choices on the part of both the hero and the heroine - particularly the heroine. They felt potentially

    , but it made me unhappy. I know I'm not one for an angsty read and many people are. However, when I am reading a romance, I want to love the hero and heroine.

    *Ironically (in view of my tastes), with the realism of the book, I really think there should have been

    despair. There certainly was

    angst to go with the grit in this story, but it felt too light.

    *For those in the anti-love-triangle camp, there is one in this story. However, it's not what I consider a

    love triangle, so it didn't bother me as much as it would have otherwise.

    ***********

    This Christian romance with flawed characters is definitely not a piece of fluff. It's a well-written tale with the ambiance of Niagara Falls. I recommend this book to fans of historical Christian fiction with some grit. It made me think of

    's

    . I look forward to reading another novella by this author, and plan to read

    . I have to admit to being a bit wary of reading another full novel by Ms. Barratt because I like a fluffier read.

    I received this book for free from NetGalley and the publisher, and am offering my unbiased opinion.

  • Karen

    An English beauty on the hunt for a rich husband to save her family from financial ruin, Adele travels to Buffalo, New York, the home of the magnificent Niagara Falls. A chance meeting with a man sets her goal off kilter, as he isn't the secure type. Willing to risk his life to save his sister, Drew hopes to start life on a more secure footing after his next stunt.

    A good setting for a historic romance, especially one with characters from opposite ends of society, mingling with the crowds of peop

    An English beauty on the hunt for a rich husband to save her family from financial ruin, Adele travels to Buffalo, New York, the home of the magnificent Niagara Falls. A chance meeting with a man sets her goal off kilter, as he isn't the secure type. Willing to risk his life to save his sister, Drew hopes to start life on a more secure footing after his next stunt.

    A good setting for a historic romance, especially one with characters from opposite ends of society, mingling with the crowds of people at the famous falls. The history of the area and its attraction for daredevils doing stunts was interesting. An index with more about Charles Blondin, referred to in the story, would have been helpful.

    The main characters both carry the weight of responsibility for their family's future welfare, yet Drew alone has faith in God's help and provision. Both main characters seemed to be headed towards a painful end with the choices they made. The lesson of trusting in God, waiting on Him as it says in Isaiah 40, brought hope to the story.

    "...they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength..."

    A clean historic romance with a faith theme. 3.5 stars

    (An ebook was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)

  • Sandra McKeller

    I don't write many reviews, because I usually don't have time. But when I finished "My Heart Belongs In Niagara Falls New York" I had to tell people what I thought, because I LOVED it! This story charmed me. Most historical fiction is really cliché and has really lame conflict, but not this story! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I really related with Adele, and even though some of her decisions weren't right, I could understand her reason for making them. I was so happy when she came to Chris

    I don't write many reviews, because I usually don't have time. But when I finished "My Heart Belongs In Niagara Falls New York" I had to tell people what I thought, because I LOVED it! This story charmed me. Most historical fiction is really cliché and has really lame conflict, but not this story! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I really related with Adele, and even though some of her decisions weren't right, I could understand her reason for making them. I was so happy when she came to Christ, and it was a very powerful salvation message.

    I also really liked the hero. Drew remoinded me a lot of Charlie Lionheart from the "Lady and the Lionheart" They were both very kind and serving and unselfish. If you liked that book, you'll really like this one too.

    Thanks to Barbour and NetGalley for letting me read it early!

  • Beverly

    Not too many of us are familiar with the term funambulist. It's an old term, but it is still in use even today. Perhaps we would be more familiar with tight rope walker. And we may even remember a recent figure making news across the world, Nik Wallenda. He has set many records for even his famous family. Like one of the main characters in this book, Nik Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls.

    The main character in this book, Drew Dawson, unlike his modern counterpart, did not have the opportunity to mak

    Not too many of us are familiar with the term funambulist. It's an old term, but it is still in use even today. Perhaps we would be more familiar with tight rope walker. And we may even remember a recent figure making news across the world, Nik Wallenda. He has set many records for even his famous family. Like one of the main characters in this book, Nik Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls.

    The main character in this book, Drew Dawson, unlike his modern counterpart, did not have the opportunity to make elaborate safety precautions when he walked across the tightrope stretched across Niagara Falls. Why did he do such a risky thing? Why did he put his life on the line, so to speak? Was he trying to imitate the famous Charles Blondin, funambulist extraordinaire of his time? Was he hero worshipping?

    One thing I like most about Drew Dawson was his similarity to Nik Wallenda as they walked the line. They prayed as they walked. I like how the author created this similarity in her book,

    . For Drew, it was not for the name or the fame that comes with the deed. It was out of necessity, for his sister's well being. She was in a wheelchair because of an accident years before. That tells me a lot about the character of this man. It makes him a hero in my eyes.

    Adele Louise Linley did not fully appreciate this quality in Drew when she first met him. In fact, she didn't know what he did for a living until awhile into their friendship. In the meantime, Adele was in the United States to perform an unsavory duty for her mother and brother living in England. She was in the states to marry for money to save her ancestral home. Even though she was drawn to Drew, he did not have the money she needed to save her home. The fact that things didn't work out for either of them the way they had planned was an opportunity for God to work His will for a better plan in their lives.

    In this lovely romance, Drew and Adele are drawn to each other, but are at cross purposes. They could see no way out of their individual dilemma's by a close association with each other. So Adele continued to dazzle American men with her delicate allure while Drew continued his path to create a safe haven for his sister using what skills he had available to him--tightrope walking. Yet their paths would cross from time to time.

    The plot in this book was tight, intelligent and fraught with tension. Two very determined people were set in their way to fix what was wrong with their lives regardless of the consequences. It was intriguing how God worked in two opposite worlds, the world of affluence and the world of deprivation, to answer some desperate prayers.

    In spite of this, my favorite part of the entire story is Adele's wedding. I won't tell you more, but for me it packed a wallop of a punch to the story line. And with it came a very satisfying ending.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from NetGalley on behalf of Barbour Publishing, Inc. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  • Maureen Timerman

    Surprises abound in this New York State read, and really didn’t see a lot that happened coming, yes, I was really blind-sided.

    We see both sides of the spectrum here, from the ultra-rich to the ultra-poor, and a bit in between, and we wear the shoes of both sides.

    Our heroine is a young lady bent on saving her families estate in England by finding a rich American husband. The author gives us a deep look into her and her family. While she really surprised me by her acts, I wasn’t sure at times if I

    Surprises abound in this New York State read, and really didn’t see a lot that happened coming, yes, I was really blind-sided.

    We see both sides of the spectrum here, from the ultra-rich to the ultra-poor, and a bit in between, and we wear the shoes of both sides.

    Our heroine is a young lady bent on saving her families estate in England by finding a rich American husband. The author gives us a deep look into her and her family. While she really surprised me by her acts, I wasn’t sure at times if I really liked her.

    Our male counterpart has a big heart for God and family, but really risks his life in order to make money. His heart is in the right place, but really didn’t think is head was on straight, but he put his faith first, and made me love him.

    This one is a very different read, and I urge you to keep reading, it gets better and better.

    I received this book through Net Galley and Barbour Publishing and was not required to give a positive review

  • Lori Parrish

    I write reviews because I want people to know my love of these books.

    I loved this book especially. I went to Niagra Falls when I was a kid in the 70's. I remember how awed I was when I first seen the falls! It's a truly amazing place! I'd love to go back.

    For those who haven't seen them I recommend it. I believe they're a part of rge 7 wonder if of the world.

    I loved this story also because of the adventure it held and how some parts of the scenes made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

    I write reviews because I want people to know my love of these books.

    I loved this book especially. I went to Niagra Falls when I was a kid in the 70's. I remember how awed I was when I first seen the falls! It's a truly amazing place! I'd love to go back.

    For those who haven't seen them I recommend it. I believe they're a part of rge 7 wonder if of the world.

    I loved this story also because of the adventure it held and how some parts of the scenes made the hairs stand up on the back of my neck. I love love breath taking plots like that!!

    I can't wait for y'all to see what I'm talking about!!

    I know in a review you're supposed to tell what you don't like about the book but I couldn't find anything wrong with one!!

    I received this book for free. I strongly recommend this book

    All opinions are my own

  • Vicky Sluiter

    This next book in the “My Heart Belongs” series is truly worth reading. Author Amanda Barratt fully brings her characters to life and the Niagara Falls book has it all. Suspense, tension, romance, and learning to trust in God. Layer upon layer is revealed in this story as the characters grow.

    It took be awhile to write a review because I honestly can’t tell you what I enjoyed most about Adele’s Journey. The story was so skillfully crafted that everything flowed together beautifully. All of the fe

    This next book in the “My Heart Belongs” series is truly worth reading. Author Amanda Barratt fully brings her characters to life and the Niagara Falls book has it all. Suspense, tension, romance, and learning to trust in God. Layer upon layer is revealed in this story as the characters grow.

    It took be awhile to write a review because I honestly can’t tell you what I enjoyed most about Adele’s Journey. The story was so skillfully crafted that everything flowed together beautifully. All of the feelings were there, and I had to process at the end of the story. Adele is willing to sacrifice all for her family and I had to ask myself if I would be able to do that. Drew also sacrifices all for his family, but in a different way. While the two are at different points on the social economical scale, they are continually drawn together, making for an interesting tale.

    While there is a lot of history added to this book, it is by no means dry or boring. Seriously, I couldn’t put it down and I hope to see more from Amanda Barratt.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.


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