“The year is 1866, and Sarah McCabe has wanderlust.” She leaves behind her large, loving family and small hometown in Missouri for a job in the modern city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as governess to a widower’s children. While she waits to be met at the train station, Sarah tries to imagine what her new employer will look like. Most likely “older, distinguished, balding and round through the middle.”
Nothing could be farther from the truth. Captain Brian Sinclair is “tall, suntanned, and darkly handsome.” He’s a rich but lonely businessman, lives in a mansion, and desperately needs someone to nurture his four motherless children. As Sarah spends more and more time in his home, she begins comparing her situation to a dramatic, Bronte-esque romance.
Sarah also strikes up a friendship with the captain’s steward, Richard Navis. Blue-eyed, light-hearted Richard provides the perfect foil for the intense captain. Almost overnight, Sarah becomes the focus of two eligible men. What’s a girl to do?
Some chapters of the book show the heroine struggling with her dilemma. Others show her charming the children in her care. But always the author portrays Sarah as pure of heart and desiring to follow God’s leading.
Christmas Gift Guide: As the story progressed, I couldn’t help but think that this is the kind of book a modern-day Anne Shirley might cherish. So if you have a teen with a romantic bent in your house, this sweet story would be a great Christmas gift for her!
Bonus idea: Combine this book with a copy of the classic Gothic romance featuring a governess, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Add a dvd of one of the many movie versions of Jane Eyre
Amazon offers Jane Eyre as a Readable Classic. “Readable Classics gently edits the great works of literature, retaining their essence and spirit, and making them more enjoyable and less frustrating to the modern reader.” You can purchase a copy here for $10.19.
About the Author: Andrea Boeshaar is a published author of both fiction and nonfiction, a public speaker, and a certified Christian life coach. She served on the Advisory Board of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and is one of the organization’s cofounders. She has been married to her husband, Daniel, for over 30 years, and together they have three sons and four grandchildren.
(Thanks to Glass Road for providing my copy of Uncertain Heart. I was not compensated for this review in any way.)