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The Highest of Hopes
by Susan Anne Mason
From the back cover:
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?
About the author:
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.
What if the one thing you longed for throughout your life suddenly became possible? Would you do anything to see it become reality?
Emmaline and Jonathan each have one goal in mind, but sometimes the two goals conflict. Their story twists and turns as they each pursue that most meaningful ending. I didn’t connect with the characters as well in this story, but that may have just been my own perspective at this point. It was, however, a sweet story I enjoyed reading!
The Highest of Hopes is the second book in the Canadian Crossings series. However, the connection between the books is the characters’ initial trip across the ocean together and a few overlapping faces. The stories could easily be read out of order since the vast majority of the story has little to do with the original trip.
If you enjoy historical romances and characters who are searching for what really matters the most to them, you’ll want to check out The Highest of Hopes. Then again, just start at the beginning… 😉 (You can find my review of The Best of Intentions here.)