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You will need chocolate - and lots of it - as you read Laura Frantz’s A Heart Adrift. This is a beautiful story of loss, forgiveness, and love. The story follows Henri and Esmee as they get a second chance at love 10 years after they broke their engagement. Esmee is a chocolatier and makes delicious-sounding chocolates you will want to eat while reading this story. Henri is a sea captain that can’t seem to find his place on “land” despite being at a time where he is ready to leave the sea behind for good.
Having the courage to change, get through daunting moments, and forgive is essential for Henri and Esmee to have their second chance at love. Author Laura Frantz weaves a magnificent story showing how having the bravery to sit in the uncomfortable moments and have difficult conversations is essential for not having regrets in life and opens the door of opportunity for potentially a second chance at love.
The most powerful aspect of Ms. Frantz’s writing is that she doesn’t
skip over the hard topics. She addresses them with truth, grace, and love. This
story includes acknowledging slavery and indentured workers, which was a prevalent
issue during this time. It could be so easy to skip over these painful realities and leave them out, but she fearlessly wades in and speaks into these truths that
were happening during this period in our history.
I have learned so much about history, especially American history from her well researched and equally well-written stories. I am always blown away at the details and people woven into her stories with historical accuracy. It makes you want to learn and research more about specific people, topics and places from the time period she is writing about. A Heart Adrift is the perfect blend of engaging and educational.
This story felt very much like Ms. Frantz getting back to her
roots as a storyteller. She just has a way of challenging you to see and think
about tough topics in new light. This book especially opened my eyes to seeing
how losing someone can turn a person into an “idol” that you value before God
because of the love they gave you while here on earth. There is a lot of “loss”
in this book and some of the characters' storylines wrapped up too quickly at
the end for you to feel like resolution happened. I don’t want to give anything
away, but since this is not usually her style as a writer, I believe this might
mean that some of the characters' storylines might continue in another book to
see full closure of their characters' story and growth. At least I hope so!
I absolutely loved this book overall. However, I was sad that there
was no epilogue included at the end. This is not a light read and you were only
able to have small sliver of the “happy ending” that Esmee and Henri worked so
hard to have happen for them. The story would have felt more
satisfying and complete to have a snapshot at what their life might have looked like in
the future after making it through so much suffering and hardship. However,
please don’t let this fact stop you from choosing to read this stunning story
that weaves together history, faith, and love so smoothly. Just like one of
Esmee’s chocolates. Remember, don’t forget the chocolate to make this story
that much sweeter when you read it.
P.S. Laura Frantz is one of my best friend’s favorite authors.
She graciously helped me formulate my thoughts around this book to make sure I
provided the best review possible for all the Laura Frantz book lovers out
there : )
~~ A Heart Adrift was provided to me by the author herself and Revell in return for my honest review. I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions expressed are my own, I was not required to write a positive review. All viewpoints expressed are my own.~~