This Fragile Heart: A totally unmissable romantic historical love story

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About this ebook

“Isobel, you are not thinking clearly. You are not considering all you would be sacrificing, all you would endure! And to be the wife of a stranger…”


1838, Boston: Once upon a time Isobel Moore was thought to be one of Boston’s most eligible young women. But, after a marriage proposal gone wrong, she is now at threat of being labelled a spinster. And, though her work at a small school for impoverished immigrants brings her great joy, she can’t help but wish for more in life.


When her dream of finding love fails to come true, she knows—if she’s to have the family she dreams of—it will take desperate measures.


Her parents wish for nothing more than Isobel to find happiness too. But when she announces she’s traveling to Burma to meet and marry a missionary she’s never met, they think she must have taken leave of her senses.


Isobel believes fate will guide her to a man she could one day love. But the paths we take do not always lead us where we expect… And Isobel’s dream of true love may be more fragile than she had ever imagined.

An incredible story about bravery, broken hearts and the powerful forces of fate, perfect for fans of Colleen McCullough, Laura Frantz and Colleen Coble.

Previously published as A Distant Shore.

Readers love This Fragile Heart:

Absolutely loved thiswhat a great story… heartfelt… wonderfully written.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

I truly loved this.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Poignant, moving, and well written… A great read.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

“I truly enjoyed reading the trilogy… a pleasure to read.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

IntriguingWill fascinate and inspire readers.” NetGalley Reviewer

“I recommend this to anyone wanting a good family drama... Fantastic.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

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History came alive in this book… [It] will tightly clasp hold the heart of the reader… All together totally unforgettable.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

[It] will stay with you long after it endsA heartbreaking love story A must read.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

“An amazing story… This is a book to savour, and one that I found myself constantly thinking about, long after I put it down.” Goodreads Reviewer , 5 stars


Omg, what an emotional journey Written beautifully.” NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


Epic in every sense of the word, this book is one of the finest examples of historical fiction I have read.” Fireflies and Free Kicks, 5 stars

“A book of love, loss, and loyalty… BEAUTIFULLY DONE.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Heart-breaking and unputdownable… To say this story is a five-star read is an understatement. There are not enough stars in the world to show how much this book has touched me.” Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews, 5 stars


A beautifully written novel of love, hope, fear and heartbreak… This is an amazing journey and I promise you will need tissues close by.” Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

Oh my gosh! This book is sad, thrilling, gripping and completely pulls on your heart strings… Full of heartache, tough decisions, dilemmas, drama and struggles … In two words, simply amazing!” Books on the Bookshelf, 5 stars

Ratings and reviews

2 reviews
Viper Spaulding
September 1, 2020
What a tremendous story! This standalone romance is also the finishing touch on a beautiful, historically epic look at two intertwined Scottish families and their lives as immigrants in Boston and Prince Edward Island in the first half of the nineteenth century. This, the third book, picks up five years after the second ended, and nearly twenty years after the first began. For that reason, readers will benefit greatly from having read the earlier books, as this volume covers not only two new romances in their entirety but also updates us on the four couples and their families from the earlier volumes. This sweeping saga gives us a hope-filled, faith-filled look at early American immigrants, some of whom are proudly working class while others are in a more wealthy station in life. I loved following the romances, seeing Isobel's journey of self-discovery as she travels the world to find the kind of love she was born for, and the secondary romance brought the MacDougall family story to a very satisfyingly-full circle. Beyond the romances, though, are the continuing stories of the couples already paired off. Ian and Caroline are still dealing with Ian's feelings for her uncle, who had brought Ian's family so much trouble, so long ago. Margaret and Henry are facing a life-altering trial that forces them to examine their security vs. their honor. And Harriet and Allan are enjoying the fruits of their very happily-ever-after, even as time marches on. Each of these personal stories are interwoven with exquisitely-detailed historical events, movements, and cultures. The reader truly gets a feel for what it must have been like to be a poor Irish immigrant in affluent Boston, or a faithful yet not entirely fearless young missionary in southeast Asia. The international relations between the fledgling USA and her trade partners is surprisingly relevant even nearly two hundred years later. This is an absorbing, gripping story, every bit as wonderful as its predecessors, and taken together, this trilogy is an absolutely riveting tale of these real-life members of the author's ancestral family tree. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.

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