Have you ever made a promise and then discovered that you can’t keep it? Or that it is too hard to keep, and so you don’t?
Living a life of integrity is hard. It means doing things that are uncomfortable. I don’t know about you, but I like to be comfortable. And, sadly, I am sure I have left a slew of unfulfilled and broken promises in my wake.
One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 15. It reads
O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
But who honors those who fear the LORD;
He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He does not put out his money at interest,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things will never be shaken.
I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit working in my life, helping me to do the things the Lord desires and making me uncomfortable when I don’t. And even more, I am so thankful for the sacrifice Jesus made so that when I fall short, I only need to ask and I am forgiven!
To Win Her Heart
by Candee Fick
Series: Within the Castle Gates #2
Published by Candee Fick
Publication Date March 18, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: England Georgian Era – UK – 1714 – 1837
Main Character Ages: 18-24
Written for: Adults
A deathbed promise puts one man at odds with the desire of his heart while one woman’s duty to family may cost her everything she’d ever dreamed of.
Despite Emma Richards' fanciful dreams growing up in the shadow of King Arthur’s castle and the manor on the cliff, the orphan is now trapped inland serving her wealthy cousins with no hope for her own future.
Sir Grayson Wentworth spent his years at Cambridge dreaming of the Cornwall coast and wishing he could return to the happy days of his youth. Called home to his father’s deathbed, the young baron soon learns he has inherited a title, a neglected estate, and a betrothal agreement he knew nothing about.
When the new Lord Danvers travels to execute the last matters of his father’s will, he finds himself promised to one woman and falling for another. Can he keep his vow to find a wife and win her heart? Or will honor be sacrificed in the name of love?
If you like historical romance set in the pre-Regency era and rooting for the underdog in a love triangle, then you’ll love this next installment of the Within the Castle Gates series by Candee Fick. Get it today and start your journey to the Cornwall coast in the height of the smuggler’s reign.
I would like to thank Candee Fick for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Stepping into the Light
Grayson had spent most of his life in school, away from his family. Though he knew what to do when his father died, having been well trained to run an estate, he still felt abandoned. I was so impressed with his integrity and the way he continued to put the needs of “his” people before his own, and the way he was willing to honor his father’s agreement even to his own hurt.
Emma felt like she didn’t belong anywhere. Though part of the family, her uncle and cousins treated her as a servant. Though required to serve, as a member of the family, the servants didn’t accept her as one of their own either. I loved the way Emma was a dreamer and a romantic despite her less than ideal circumstances.
While this captivating story is loosely based on Cinderella, don’t expect to see obvious connections. Author Candee Fick has chosen to create just a subtle connection to the fairy tale and uses artistic license to make this story completely her own.
The attention to detail and effort to place the story at just the right time in history for the events herein to be plausible are evident throughout. This is certainly a story for which you will want to read the author’s notes to see how and why certain choices were made. Having not carefully researched this time or place in history, I had no idea about these things. It is quite impressive.