My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby's Prospects by Janice Thompson

My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby's Prospects

Journey now to San Francisco, California, of 1853 where...An English socialite finds more treasure than expected on her trip to the American West.   When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a r...

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  • Loraine

    Rating: 4.5

    This is a typical romance series written by a variety of Christian authors. I usually rate them a 3 or a 4 and consider them an easy read without a lot of depth. Janice Thompson rose above the standard in this book. The outstanding faith thread that was woven seamlessly into the story definitely made this an above average read. Her historical research regarding the Gold Rush period in California was excellent and made both the time period and the setting come alive.

    There were so many

    Rating: 4.5

    This is a typical romance series written by a variety of Christian authors. I usually rate them a 3 or a 4 and consider them an easy read without a lot of depth. Janice Thompson rose above the standard in this book. The outstanding faith thread that was woven seamlessly into the story definitely made this an above average read. Her historical research regarding the Gold Rush period in California was excellent and made both the time period and the setting come alive.

    There were so many great characters and wonderful subplots that kept this story moving from start to finish. Abigail was persistent, yet as a wealthy young woman she was not afraid to take on new challenges and learn new things. I loved Neville, Amanda's butler, who was more of a father to her than her own. Cookie took Amanda under her wing and became a mother to her. Sam was such a warmhearted, faith filled character; and his growing love for Abigail was sweet as he watched her become stronger in her faith and character. Les and Jin both added touches of the time period with women dressing like men and the influx of the Chinese to the gold fields.

    The starring part of this book though was how well done the faith thread was. Cookie was the center of the cast and she always had an appropriate Scripture verse for anyone in any situation. Her explanation of the salvation message was written beautifully.

    Definitely one of the best books of this series that I have read.

    FAVORITE QUOTES: "Just reminding you that God uses every road we travel to teach us lessons, so keep your eyes open.

    "Truth is, we're all His children, clean or dirty, good behavior or bad. Makes no never-mind to the Almighty where we come from or how messy we are. When He looks down at us, He sees His children."

    "We do the right things out of obedience and love for our heavenly Father, not out of fear. Fear will only cu7ase you to line up and walk straight for so long before you finally give up and do the wrong thing again. It's a vicious circle."

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    We've got a cover! Yay! SO excited for this one!! :D

  • Regina

    Review to come.

  • Bethany Swafford

    When her pursuit of her wandering mother is blocked, Abby Effingham makes the decision to take herself and her chaperone, the family butler, to San Francisco. Sam Harris rescues the impetuous beauty from herself and the two drift closer and closer to love.

    While I did like the detailed description of the time period and era -the mucky streets, the attitude of those who had caused the city to explode in size-, I did not much care for the main characters. I found Abby to be an immature, selfish wom

    When her pursuit of her wandering mother is blocked, Abby Effingham makes the decision to take herself and her chaperone, the family butler, to San Francisco. Sam Harris rescues the impetuous beauty from herself and the two drift closer and closer to love.

    While I did like the detailed description of the time period and era -the mucky streets, the attitude of those who had caused the city to explode in size-, I did not much care for the main characters. I found Abby to be an immature, selfish woman who didn’t grow as much as I would have liked. Sam made no impression on me and I can't really think of any positive or negative personality traits.

    Neville, the butler, was adorable and my heart went out to him for being dragged all over. His loyalty to Abby was admirable, and his discomfort was exactly what I would have expected. The plot seemed to drag in places, and I found myself skimming pages in search of something to happen.

    Overall, a clean romance but not a favorite. I received a free copy from NetGalley for reviewing purposes.

  • Trisha

    Truly a fun, yet real life type story filled with unexpected twists with Scripture used throughout in a very unique way. I loved some of the main characters: Abby, Samuel, Cookie, Neville, and Les. Each had their own challenges and struggles, yet the adventure that was intertwined throughout was such a blast to read! I not only loved the story, but was encouraged by God's Word and able to apply some of the same things that the characters faced to my every day life.

    I highly recommend this book b

    Truly a fun, yet real life type story filled with unexpected twists with Scripture used throughout in a very unique way. I loved some of the main characters: Abby, Samuel, Cookie, Neville, and Les. Each had their own challenges and struggles, yet the adventure that was intertwined throughout was such a blast to read! I not only loved the story, but was encouraged by God's Word and able to apply some of the same things that the characters faced to my every day life.

    I highly recommend this book by Janice Thompson!

    I was given the opportunity to read this book by the publisher for an honest review.

  • Dee/ bookworm

    This was an okay book. A little on the preachy side. The main characters don't seem to like San Francisco much until almost the end when they are starting to get attached to people, not the place. A lot of the problems still exist at the end of the book that were at the beginning. And everyone kissing in the kitchen? That would have never happened in that era, they would have been way more discrete.

    I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Maureen Timerman

    I loved this story, a privileged young woman, gets down and dirty, and doesn’t seem to mind at all.

    The story shows beginnings of San Francisco, actually its steamy side, and our girl ends up there on a quest to find her mother. The Lord took her in hand and she ends up in the right place at the right time. I felt God put Cookie and Sam in Abby’s path, and what a delight to watch her change.

    I also would love to see Nigel as he became a different person, the sideburns?

    What a great movie this story

    I loved this story, a privileged young woman, gets down and dirty, and doesn’t seem to mind at all.

    The story shows beginnings of San Francisco, actually its steamy side, and our girl ends up there on a quest to find her mother. The Lord took her in hand and she ends up in the right place at the right time. I felt God put Cookie and Sam in Abby’s path, and what a delight to watch her change.

    I also would love to see Nigel as he became a different person, the sideburns?

    What a great movie this story would make, and as I read this I felt I watching it.

    I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Linda Wilson

    When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?

    Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her family’s elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when she—and her parade of

    When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?

    Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her family’s elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when she—and her parade of suitors—move on, though he concedes to let her work in his restaurant. When the sassy socialite is in trouble, will Samuel come to her rescue or find himself alone?

    I found this book to be disappointing. I have read lots of other books by Janice Thompson and I didn't think this one was near as good. The story line was very good and I liked the characters. Flaws and all. But every situation called for a scripture verse and then it was expounded on. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Christian and there is a scripture for all our situations. The book probably could have been a novella if not for what I felt was filler.

    I was given this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.


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