Marvellous! "The Best of Intentions" by Susan Anne Mason

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about the book....

She Swore to Protect Her Nephew at Any Cost. But What if That Price is a Chance at Love?

In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet, in Toronto she discovers more tragedy--her nephew Christian in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace's sister because of her low social status.

Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace uses an assumed name to secure the position of Christian's nanny and moves into the Easton estate. There she can observe the family up close, while ensuring Christian's well-being. In the course of her new role, she is shocked to find herself falling in love with Andrew Easton, the boy's guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who is sure to make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew . . . and her heart?

my review....

Susan Anne Mason has crafted a heart-warming historical tale set in Canada in 1919, one with unexpected plot twists, a dash of romance, and characters you will surely grow to admire. Now, being Canadian myself, it's possible that I am somewhat biased towards immediately liking this novel simply because of the wonderful setting the story takes place in. But I can assure all readers, no matter their nationality, that this is a tale that you are not going to want to miss. You can't help but feel for Grace as her trip across the ocean finds her making discoveries that completely upend her plans, embarking her on a journey she never saw coming. I really appreciated that she is a character who is far from perfect, one who stumbles in doing what she feels God has called her to do but who grows tremendously over the course of the story. I dare say that most of us would make the exact same sort of choices she did, and I am thankful that God's grace meets us in the midst of our mistakes! Although I am not drawn to purely romantic stories, the love that grows between Grace and Andrew feels natural and right and is a joy to read about. If we are honest with ourselves, I think we all long for a little bit of happily-ever-after in the books we pick up, and Mason delivers with "The Best of Intentions", leaving me with a sense of joy as I turned the final page of the novel. I don't want to give anything away, so you will need to grab a copy for yourself if you want to see how things resolve for Grace and her run-in with the formidable Easton family!

The Canadian Crossings series is off to a fine start with this first offering, and if this novel is any indication, these novels are going to not only please Mason's current fans but attract a whole new set of admirers at the same time. I award this book a high rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, and look forward to what is next in store for this Canadian series! 

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Susan Anne Mason
Susan Anne Mason's debut historical novel, Irish Meadows, won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors Chapter of RWA. Also a member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at

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