Heartwarming: "The Highest of Hopes (Canadian Crossings Book #2)" by Susan Anne Mason

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about the book....

For Years She Searched for Somewhere to Belong.
But is She Looking in the Right Place? 

After her beloved grandfather's death, Emmaline Moore is shocked to discover that her deceased father is actually alive in Canada. Having no other family, Emma decides she must find him, and so embarks on a journey across the ocean, accompanied by her best friend Jonathan. Unfortunately, Randall Moore and his family aren't thrilled by her arrival, fearing her sudden appearance will hinder his chance at becoming mayor of Toronto in 1919. Despite everything, Emma remains determined to gain their affection.

Jonathan Rowe has secretly loved Emma for years and hopes that during their trip he can win her heart. Concerned that Randall might reject her, Jonathan is ready to console Emma and bring her home. But when she informs him that she has no intention of returning to England, Jonathan fears he'll lose her forever. Is there any way to convince her that the love she seeks could be right in front of her?

my review....

The second novel in the Canadian Crossings series features the wonderfully spunky, courageous Emmaline who's impulsive ways often get her in a spot of trouble, but who you can't help but root for along the way! Mason has crafted a story that will definitely tug on your heart strings as Emmaline is searching for love from the father she didn't even know existed, and she faces a rather hard journey as she realizes that she's put too much hope in something that's not quite within reach. The result is a novel that is definitely pleasing and has a happy ending, but one that also left me with a bittersweet feeling as I turned the final page.I think that the novel reflects the reality of so many youth and young adults today who are seeking love from a father and they often don't even realize that the love they are seeking is actually the perfect love that God our Father offers.

I quite enjoyed watching Emmaline grow as a character over the course of the story, especially as she learns to stand up for herself. And the relationship that unfolds between Emmaline and Jonathan also makes for some entertaining moments. The twists and turns in their relationship will keep readers on their toes, and readers will appreciate the depth that Mason has given these well-developed characters.

In the end, I walk away from this story feeling like Mason has done a wonderful job illustrating a central truth in book, that "love (is) a gift meant to be freely given, whether it is deserved or not, and without expectation of anything in return". If we would all learn to love in that manner, this world would be a richer place indeed. I award this novel a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

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 www.susanannemason.net.

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