Have you ever been to Galveston, Texas before and seen all of the sights? Before you say yes, let me continue….in the year 1880? That is a place in time none of us have ever been, but after reading this novel we will all feel as if we had. That, my friends, is the result of a good book. My Heart Belongs in Galveston, Texas – Madeline’s Search by author Kathleen Y’Barbo is 256 pages of Christian fiction that will pick you up and take you on a journey to 1880 Texas. You will be in the heart of action, mystery, intrigue, and even romance.
Author Kathleen Y’Barbo has a unique style of writing, and I find it to be to my taste. Her descriptions are on point and characters are well defined. The dialog is plentiful and flowed easily between characters. That makes a book more interesting for me. The story had been researched well so that each detail would put me in 1880 Galveston. I learned some things which I find to be a bonus in historical books. It is always a treat to glean knowledge while reading for pleasure. Don’t you agree?
This is the tale of Pinkerton Agent Jonah Cahill and investigative reporter Madeline Latour. Jonah is employed by Mrs. Smith to find her granddaughter. Madeline is the illusive Mrs. Smith’s traveling companion in hopes of obtaining the story of a lifetime, an exclusive first hand account about this woman and all of her secrets. Jonah normally travels alone while working, but Mrs. Smith insists that she and Madeline accompany him in his search for her granddaughter. Who could refuse Mrs. Smith? Certainly not Jonah.
In this book a secret about Madeline and Jonah is revealed. It adds an extra layer of tension and conflict which heightens readers interest and kept me invested in their lives. This novel have something for everyone – intrigue, mystery, secrets, romance, twists, life lessons, and encouragement. I found lost treasures, lost loves, and a wealth of historical information.
I would recommend this book. It is a delightful historical Christian mystery romance. There is something for everyone within its pages. Read it in a group or with friends so that you could discuss the “can you believe that just happened” moments. It turns into quite the page turner after reading a few chapters. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own honest opinions.