Follow the Heart
B & H
Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Follow the Heart is a "sitting-room romance" with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.
Kate and Christopher Dearing's lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother's brother in England with one edict: marry money.
I’ve heard much about Kaye Dacus, but I’ve never had the chance to read any of her novels until now. Though it took a little while to get into, I really enjoyed Follow the Heart. It was slow-moving at first, but I thought it got better as the story went on.
I wasn’t quite as interested in Kate’s story- I liked the plot between her brother Christopher and governess Nora much better. (Nora was definitely my favorite character, though Christopher came close). Though I didn’t dislike Kate, she wasn’t really one of my favorite characters, probably because I felt really bad for Stephen Brightwell, and though I know she didn’t mean to hurt him, she did. I, personally, am pleased that the third book in this series is to be about him, because I think he deserves a happy ending of his own!
Objectionable content: there are a few kisses throughout the novel.
I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.