Enter below for a chance to win a free ebook!
All Rachel has ever wanted is a family. How could God grant her the desire of her heart, then do nothing to prevent it being taken away? Can she wait for God’s perfect timing, or will she take matters into her own hands…again?
About to age out of a Missouri orphanage in 1858, shy Rachel listens with terror as the orphanage matron tells her she’s practically auctioning her off to the highest bidder for her hand in marriage. Rachel prays, asking God to help her and her younger brother Charlie escape, but how? When God provides what Rachel believes to be her liberator, the seed of an idea sets in motion an adventure that will bring happiness and heartbreak, and nearly cost Rachel her health.
When trouble comes, it comes in a big way and those who care for Rachel wonder if she will ever recover. Rachel and Charlie face danger and sorrow, see new territory, and grow in their faith. They just might even find the desire of their hearts and realize God had bigger plans than they ever imagined.
my point of view:
This story captured me from the very first page and I could not put it down. In the beginning I was almost reminded of “Love Comes Softly” – one of my favorite books, but Heidi takes us on a journey far more involved in this novel!
Rachel had my heart at the very first, as did all of these amazing characters. The trials she must endure at such a young age is heart wrenching, and Heidi does an amazing job of telling her story. Getting to know Charlie and little Thomas, and Grammie and Martha and Henry and Pete – oh my the depth of these characters gets you right in the “feels”! I found myself so swept up in the tale that I even dreamed about these people and their lives!
I was shocked to get such an amazing story from this first time author, and I am anxiously waiting for her next book to come out so I can spend time with these lovely characters once more!
Heidi Gray McGill loves to travel, especially to foreign lands, even though she speaks no foreign language. She embraces the culture, the food, and even the inconveniences that come with adventure.
Her thirst for adventure plays out in her writing. If she can’t visit in person, especially in 2020 during the Covid-19 Crisis, why not visit in her mind, and eventually in writing? When mishaps are shared in her stories, a slightly tweaked personal incident could be possible, although she will most likely deny all reference to reality.
In addition to writing, Heidi is the founder and Director of an English as a Second Language Program in her hometown. She is an ESL certified teacher and enjoys providing opportunities for non-native speakers to learn English and of God’s love.
Heidi lives out daily her favorite Bible verse, 1 Samuel 1:18 “[Hannah] said, ‘May your servant find favor in your eyes.’ Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.” Heidi identifies with Hannah, believing we each choose to be joyful in our hearts, no matter our circumstances. She also agrees that eating something, especially chocolate, can solve myriad issues.
Heidi has been married for nearly 30 years and lives near Charlotte, NC where she spends her days having fun with her grandson. When she isn’t playing, you’ll find her cooking, scrapbooking, or writing. She recently released her first book Desire of My Heart and is working on a sequel. Please stop by her page: http://heidimcgill822089357.wordpress.com/