A Surrendered Heart by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller

a surrendered heart“When cholera strikes Rochester, New York, in the spring of 1899, the members of the Broadmoor family flee to their castle home in the Thousand Islands. But Amanda Broadmoor, who has always held a special compassion for the less fortune, resolves to remain in Rochester with Dr. Blake Carstead, working to help control the spread of the dreaded disease. However, much more than Amanda’s health hangs in the balance. Mishandling of the family fortune threatens to leave the Broadmoor family penniless – and even willing to sacrifice Amanda’s future. Will she be forced to marry a man she disdains in order to save the Broadmoor Legacy?”

A Surrendered Heart is the third, and final, novel in The Broadmoor Legacy trilogy. I thought that the ending to this series was absolutely perfect. If you’ve read the first two novels in this trilogy then you’ll know that the previous two books ended abruptly in a way. The problems and dilemma’s that the Broadmoor cousins faced weren’t resolved by the end in each book. For example the first novel, A Daughter’s Inheritance, deals with Fanny’s love interest being sent away to prove himself and ends without him coming back. Not until this book does Michael come back. In a way this series was one really long, and amazing, book. Even though each book did focus on one particular cousin we still were able to see the other cousins’ point of views. Throughout the first two novels I had many different questions that arose and this book answered those questions. All of the details and problems were resolved by the end of the book. If you are like me then your least favorite characters in this novel, as well as series, were Uncle Jonas and Ellert Jackson. I absolutely could not stand them! They harbored more hatred towards others than I could ever imagine anyone having. But the ending fits this series extremely well, plus one of the characters that I detested ended up redeeming himself. Reading about Uncle Jonas and Ellert Jackson’s anger towards others and their obsession with earthly possessions reminded me of how people will always try to bring others down. But if we trust God and let Him protect us we won’t be harmed by the people who possess ill-feelings towards us. He is our shield and protector. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose” ~ Romans 8:28.

 

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