Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart

by Jennifer Moore

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Australia, 1814

As a young child bound for a strange country, Sarah Whitaker dreamed of life with her father on his sprawling Australian ranch. But her hopes were shattered when she learned of his death and of her new role as heiress of the largest sheep farm in New Wales. Orphaned in a land greatly populated by petty criminals exiled from England, the future seemed grim. But now, ten years later, Sarah has defied the odds and become a successful businesswoman—much to the chagrin of her male counterparts. Hardened by the dishonesty of both her fellow ranchers and the felons in her employ, Sarah has learned one important truth: no one is to be trusted.

Daniel Burton is a lucky man. Sentenced to death for his role in a horse-race scandal, Daniel was granted reprieve thanks to the influence of his wealthy relatives. Now, rather than death, Daniel faces exile in Australia—an opportunity to put past mistakes behind him. But when he purchases land with the intention of farming it, he unwittingly arouses the wrath of his new neighbor, Sarah. What begins as a battle of wits, however, soon becomes a warm friendship—and perhaps something more. But when Daniel's secret past is revealed, will Sarah be able forgive yet another deception?

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Pages224
Size6 x 9
ISBN9781524402174
PublishedCovenant Communications 2017

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Jennifer Moore

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A wonderful redemption story
By , Submitted on 2017-07-23

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
As a young child bound for a strange country, Sarah Whitaker dreamed of life with her father on his sprawling Australian ranch. But her hopes were shattered when she learned of his death and of her new role as heiress of the largest sheep farm in New Wales. Orphaned in a land greatly populated by petty criminals exiled from England, the future seemed grim. But now, ten years later, Sarah has defied the odds and become a successful businesswoman much to the chagrin of her male counterparts. Hardened by the dishonesty of both her fellow ranchers and the felons in her employ, Sarah has learned one important truth: no one is to be trusted.

Daniel Burton is a lucky man. Sentenced to death for his role in a horse-race scandal, Daniel was granted reprieve thanks to the influence of his wealthy relatives. Now, rather than death, Daniel faces exile in Australia an opportunity to put past mistakes behind him. But when he purchases land with the intention of farming it, he unwittingly arouses the wrath of his new neighbor, Sarah. What begins as a battle of wits, however, soon becomes a warm friendship and perhaps something more. But when Daniel's secret past is revealed, will Sarah be able forgive yet another deception?

MY TAKE
I listened to the audiobook. As always, the narrator does a wonderful job.

It took me only a minutes to place Daniel, whom we see in Miss Burton Unmasks a Prince. Besides being able to transport me back in time and into different locations, one of the things I love about Moore's writing is how much she makes me care about her characters.

Daniel and Sarah both have needs, and it was lovely to see them find ways to fill those for each other. The character growth was great, and my heart especially broke for Daniel. It can be a hard thing to make a mistake, especially one that could make you a convict and kicked out, lucky not to have been hung.

Moore addresses the prejudices as well as the reasons why some of them were justified. But Daniel's wonderful heart, looking at so many others who had made mistakes, wanted to see the best because if they could change their lives, so could he. Redemption is always one of my favorite book themes. In my mind, it's so much better than vengeance stories that suck all the hope out of a person's life. And bore me stupid besides.

I <3 Michael!
By , Submitted on 2017-07-12

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
Spring 1813 --The exotic splendors of India are legendary, and the colorful sights of her new home in Calcutta immediately captivate eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Poulter. Whereas many of her fellow British expatriates despise the culture they see as barbaric, Helen sees excitement in the unusual locale. It is in this vibrant, bustling city that she finds a kindred soul in Captain Michael Rhodes, an Englishman whose lifelong love of India runs deep. Their friendship quickly grows, yet despite their undeniable connection, she could never think of Captain Rhodes as more than a dear friend. Her love, in truth, has been captured by dashing British Lieutenant Arthur Bancroft. This handsome soldier represents the embodiment of all she’s dreamed of in a husband. Preoccupied by her growing affections, Helen never dreams that beneath the glamor of the city, hostilities are reaching a boiling point. When battle ultimately threatens both of the men in her life, she must make a choice: pursue the man who symbolizes her British past, or let herself love a man who promises an unknown future in the land she loves. But amid the casualties of war, will her declaration of love come too late?

MY TAKE
I <3 Michael so much! He's so tender and sweet to her, and ever watchful for her safety and happiness. The way their friendship grew was adorable. I ached for what he had been through with his injury and the doubts he had of ever being found lovable because of it.

Helen is open-minded and kind. I loved getting to see Colonel (now General) Stackhouse again and experience the love and sense of family he had now. Once again Moore has given us flawed but likeable characters.

Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart
By , Submitted on 2017-05-04

This is not your typical Regency romance! It has the requisite cast of characters. However, with Australia as the setting everything changes. Change is a theme of the story. Can people change and can others accept the change within them?
Sarah became an eleven year old orphan heiress upon her arrival in Australia and has had to learn to manage her father's farm while experiencing the violent betrayal of some of her convict employees. Her's is not the standard Regency upbringing.
Ten years later, Daniel, a felony convict who has been transported rather than be hanged becomes Sarah's neighbor. Thanks to the support of a wealthy English friend he's able to buy the land adjacent to Sarah's--that she had been wanting to purchase. No, it's not a good beginning for them. But, friction does make sparks. : )
I love that Jennifer Moore allows us to explore the greater reaches of the Regency world with the exotic locations of her books. The beginning of the Australian penal colony burgeons with story possibilities. I'm glad I got to read this one.

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