Friday, 19 June 2020

The Highest of Hopes

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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?


Susan Anne Mason has penned another wonderful historic read, The Highest of Hopes, being Book #2 in her "Canadian Crossings" series. 

Emmaline is a bright, vivacious, and determined character, who always seeks the positive in people.  She is unable to take "no" for an answer, so despite the less than warm welcome she receives from her father and his family, she isn't willing to give up on finally being part of a family.  This causes friction between herself and her best friend, Jonathan, as he doesn't want to see Emmaline's heart to be broken by her father. 

I really liked Emmaline's character for her ever-present positive outlook on life and desire to believe the best about everyone.  With so much negativity in the world today, Emmaline's personality was a breath of fresh air and made me want to cheer for her and her ambitions.  Her character really carried the storyline well and made for a pleasant read despite the tense and complicated interactions between Emmaline and her family.  The romance that blossomed between Emmaline and Jonathan was sweet and sigh-worthy. 

This was a really enjoyable story full of history, romance, and interesting family relationships.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series!

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

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