This story takes place in 1910 in a small mining town. Greek immigrants have come to the area to earn money to help their families. These miners have to pay a fee to have the job and their chance for promotion is limited. There also is a belief that they do not interact with Americans. When Penelope Pappas become bedridden during her pregnancy her brother-in-law, Alex, asks a young widow to walk his niece and nephew to school and back.
Leanna McKee turned her back on her family and way of life when she married Jack. When Jack gambled their money away, they were forced to leave Boston. They settled in Castle Gate and Jack worked in the mines. Jack lost his life during a mining accident and Leanna turns to teaching to survive. When Alex asks her to help with the children, she sees it as a way to earn money to move on.
When Alex and Leanna’s feelings for each other start to show, they get opposition from Americans and the Pappas. Alex’s father strongly feels that Alex is to only marry a Greek, so he contacts a friend in Greece to arrange a marriage for the friend’s daughter and Alex.
This is a really good story. The author shows us the struggles the Greeks have with fitting into society and the prejudices against them. We also see the strong Greek heritage and pride that keep them from following their hearts. The part in the story that stands out to me is when Alex helped an elderly lady to church and she told him “There are neither Greek nor Jew …: for ye are all one in Christ.’ So the Good Book says.” Another part that stands out is the guilt Leanna has regarding how she treated and felt about her husband before his death.
I think anyone who enjoys reading historical romance stories will enjoy this story. There is romance but there also is suspense and family issues to make this a great story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Series: My Heart Belongs
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