Saturday, October 9, 2010

Book Review: Where Hearts are Free by Golden Keyes Parsons

Golden Keyes Parsons’ third book in her “Darkness to Light” trilogy follows the story of Philippe Clavell, a young indentured servant near Philadelphia in 1681, and Bridgett Barrington, the lovely young daughter of his master. In spite of the fact that Bridgett is Catholic and Philippe is a Huguenot refugee from France whose family was forced to leave because of Catholic oppression, the two young people fall in love. But Philippe, who was raised amidst the splendor of the Royal court, seeks to follow his master’s wishes and leaves the Barrington plantation without expressing his love to Bridget. As a result, a heartbroken Bridget agrees to a match arranged by her parents to a handsome businessman from the city, Edward Moorehead. When Philippe learns about Edward’s true business and unsavory past, he vows to rescue Bridget from her dangerous betrothed. But even if Philippe is successful, will his mother accept his Catholic bride?

Set in the frontier of 17th century Pennsylvania, we see a glimpse into the lives of the early colonial settlers and their struggles with the native tribes, the British army and their new-found religious freedom. Mrs. Parson’s characters and story were delightful, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

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1 comment:

  1. Good to learn about a book that helps us rememb er the value of our religious freedom, as well as an appreciation to the struggles of colonial life. Sounds like a reading I would enjoy!!