I thoroughly enjoyed the book Uncertain Heart by Andrea Boeshaar. I must confess I went in with doubts. I realized after I received the book from Glass Road that it was book two in the Seasons of Redemption Series. As a rule I do not read series out of order, I do not like wondering how we got where we are. I do not like missing references that are clearly from previous books and I do not like the feeling of being dropped in the middle of a story. I managed to quell my urge to go buy book one before plowing into book two. I also am not a huge fan of historical novels. All that being said, I loved this book. I never felt like I had been dropped anywhere. I enjoyed the writing style, and the history. I enjoyed the words from a different time (who says "valise" anymore?) and I enjoyed the story.
The story is compelling and made me realize how far we, as women have truly come. I also enjoyed a sexy romance novel with not one hint of anything more than a kiss. Some of the scenes were steamy by my standards, and yet nobody removed a stitch of clothing. The romance between Sarah and Richard was innocent and pure, yet flirty. They fed off of each other from the first moment. It was cute and a very good example of what love should be, on his part at least. Sarah was a bit strong-willed and this caused her a number of problems had she been a little more willing to listen to people around her. I found myself rooting for Sarah and Richard finally coming together at the same time and spending their lives in Milwaukee and having a family of their own. I was trying to figure out how she would stay in the children's lives if that happened.
I wish the father had been less the bad guy. He really had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The story could have been more if he had been a bit more complex. The author tried to explain it through the mother and the grandmother, but that excuse fell flat. He was self-centered and did not seem to care much about his children one way or the other. He wasn't even a man of his word, which in the setting of the novel would have made him quite a scoundrel. Instead the author played it off like because he was rich, his dishonesty was acceptable in society.
The story was engaging and for me it was a "read it all at once" book, not unlike Karen Kingsbury. I came away with a lesson and a good feeling. I would call it a bit more than a beach read, but not too heavy. It was light and fun. I will now go out a search for additional books by this author.