Rebecca’s Song by Dawn Kinzer – Book Review, Preview

Posted April 19, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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I have always loved music. It somehow lives deep in my soul and I am constantly humming or singing under my breath.

Don’t misunderstand. I’m not a great musician. My singing is good on some days and not so good on others. And despite having had piano lessons for a few years, I am not very proficient. Possibly because I would rather just play than count to get the beat right. Or because my fingers aren’t all that agile. Or because I don’t spend much time practicing. . .

There is this certain melody that I find myself humming on a fairly regular basis. I honestly don’t know if it is a tune from a song I’ve heard or if it is original to me. The thought occurred to me recently that I should record it and play around with it to see if it develops into something more.

Rebecca’s Song by Dawn Kinzer – Book Review, Preview

Rebecca's Song
by Dawn Kinzer


Series: The Daughters of Riverton #3
Published by Morningview Publishing
Publication Date May 9, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Wisconsin Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 433

Synopsis:

A small-town school teacher who lost hope of having her own family.A big-city railroad detective driven to capture his sister’s killer.And three young orphans who need them both.

Rebecca Hoyt’s one constant was her dedication to her beloved students. Now, a rebellious child could cost her the job she loves. Without her teaching position, what would she do?

Detective Jesse Rand prides himself in protecting the people who ride the railroads. But, when his own sister and brother-in-law are killed by train robbers, the detective blames himself. Yet, another duty calls—he must venture to Riverton where his niece and nephews were left in the care of their beautiful and stubborn teacher, Rebecca Hoyt. They need to mourn and heal, but Jesse is determined to find his sister’s killers. Rebecca is willing to help care for the children, but she also fears getting too close to them—or their handsome uncle—knowing the day will come when he’ll take them back to Chicago.

Will Jesse and Rebecca find a way to open their hearts and work together? Or will they, along with the children, lose out on love?

I would like to thank Dawn Kinzer for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Sarah's Smile, Hope's Design

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I enjoyed the way the song Rebecca hummed became a subtle theme throughout the story and the way it was used at the end in such a touching manner. I love when authors do this well, and Dawn Kinzer hit the nail on the head!

Having read the other two books in this series, I was already familiar with Rebecca. I actually didn’t like her much in the first book which is why it was such a pleasure to see how she had gotten away from her mother’s negative influence to become a woman with a tender heart who had repented of her earlier actions. The transformation that she made was realistic and very well developed.

Jesse was a new and a welcomed addition. His job as a detective on the railroad added quite an interest to the story. He was involved in the case of finding the men who were robbing trains and had killed his sister and her husband. I loved the way he cared so much for his orphaned nephews and niece and sought to do what was best for them, even when it brought him grief.

Rebecca’s pain throughout the story touched me deeply. Having been rejected by a fiancé when he learned that she wouldn’t be able to bear children, she assumed that no man would ever want her. And despite having poured her heart into the children of Riverton as their teacher, her very job was threatened and she began to question whether she had any value.

Jesse struggled with the concept of a loving God, or at least of a God who loved him. With all the tragedy he had experienced in his life and the things he had seen others suffer, he figured there was no way God cared. The author did a good job in showing why he would feel this way and in bringing him to a place where he could believe.

The orphaned children did well in enhancing the story without stealing the show. Though they were so cute and lovable, this was more about them dealing with their grief instead of the “oh, aren’t these the cutest children so won’t you love my story” tack that some authors seem to use. Don’t get me wrong – I love children. It’s just that some stories I’ve read with them make my eyes roll.

As with the other books in this series, some interesting historical developments were brought to light in this one. I won’t explain – while I did guess at one of them long before Rebecca suspected, I am afraid it would be a spoiler.

While a couple things felt formulaic or trite at the beginning, as I progressed those faded from my thoughts and I was able to get fully immersed in the story and let my heart fill with the hopes and pains of the characters and enjoy it immensely.

Reading the other two books in the Daughters of Riverton series is not necessary for understanding this one, however, I recommend you read this enjoyable series in sequence in order to absorb the magnitude of Rebecca’s transformation .

Readers of historical fiction will not want to pass this up!

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  • Rebecca’s Song, by Dawn Kinzer – Lisa Worthey Smith  An interview about Rebecca's Song and The Daughters of Riverton series.
  • Book Review: Rebecca's Song by Dawn Kinzer | Lady with a Quill | Blog  “A heartwarming tale of two people who are thrust into parenthood and find love unexpectedly! Small town politics, the devastating consequences of infertility in the early 1900s, and the loss of parents for young children. Fascinating subjects and, when told within a Christian context, lots of lessons to be learned."  Recommended for anyone who enjoys variety in their romance books.”
  • What a blessing to receive another review praising Rebecca’s Song.
  • Review of Rebecca's Song.  “Once I started this lovely book, I read most of it in two days time, sneaking bits of time away because I hated to leave Riverton.”
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  • I was so honored to be included in the June 2018 Book Fun Magazine with a 10-page spread. It was a great opportunity to talk about my books, my writing life, and connect with readers.
  • Rebecca’s Song, set in 1905, is a story about a small-town teacher and a railroad detective who must decide how they’ll care for three young orphans who need them both. Discussion questions included.
  • Rebecca’s Song (The Daughters of Riverton, Book 3) is a historical romance about a small-town teacher and a big-city railroad detective who must decide what's best for three young orphans placed in their care.  Like the first two books in the series, this story can also be read as a stand-alone.   Amazon (Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and Paperback)
  • Looking for something that will transport you to the past and also bring you a little romance?  Set in 1905, Rebecca's Song is Book 3 in The Daughters of Riverton series, but it can also be read as a stand-alone. Discussion questions included.
  • God is Love: Let Love Bloom: Dawn's story. Would you like to learn more about my latest release, Rebecca's Song? I was a guest on the "God is Love: Let Love Bloom" blog, and Alexis Goring  asked some great questions!
  • Rebecca’s Song (The Daughters of Riverton, Book 3) is now available on Amazon (e-book and paperback) and in paperback on other online sites! This Christian Historical Romance can be read as a stand-alone. Discussion questions included.
  • Rebecca’s Song (The Daughters of Riverton, Book 3) is now available on Amazon (e-book and paperback) and in paperback on other online sites! This Christian Historical Romance can be read as a stand-alone. Discussion questions included.
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About Dawn Kinzer

Dawn Kinzer is a freelance editor and author, and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. She also co-hosts and writes for the Seriously Write blog, which is devoted to encouraging and equipping Christian writers.

Her passion is fiction because she believes in the power of story to comfort, challenge, and inspire. Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her historical romance series The Daughters of Riverton, Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, good wine, strong coffee, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

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