Thursday, October 21, 2010

Uncertain Heart (Book Review)

Ensconced as a governess for Captain Sinclair in Wisconsin, Sarah McCabe desires a life of luxury, culture, and privilege. Her heart is soon captured by the captain's steward, God-fearing Richard Navis---until he decides to leave behind his career to buy a farm. Will Sarah follow him---or her own selfish dreams?

Wishing to be independent of her family, Sarah accepts a governess position in Milwaukee.  While she loves the children she cares for, she is also drawn to their father, the widower Captain Sinclair.  At the same time, Richard--who also works for the Captain--seems to have feelings for Sarah, and she isn't sure how she feels about him.  This tug-of-war in Sarah's heart is the central theme in Uncertain Heart.

When I first started reading Uncertain Heart, I couldn't help but be reminded of "The Sound of Music."  The handsome sea captain--who is both strict with and distant from his children--hires a pretty young governess.  When she meets the children, one of the boys stubbornly declares that he doesn't need a governess.  But the children quickly learn to love their new governess, who teaches them how to have fun.  However, beyond a few superficial similarities, the stories are quite different.

I enjoyed reading about Sarah's internal struggles as she tries to sort out her feelings for the dashing, wealthy Captain and the hard-working bookkeeper/farmer Richard.  She also strives to find balance in her desires to teach music, to live a life of luxury, to please her family at home, and to honor God.  Her decisions about what to keep and what to give up bring the reader to a satisfying conclusion.

To read a sample chapter, visit the Strang Book Group page for Uncertain Heart.  (The link is at the end of the synopsis paragraph on that page.)  Or purchase the book through (Strang Book Group link) or


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book, at no cost to me, for review purposes. Thanks to Strang Book Group / Realms for the opportunity. This post contains affiliate links; if you click through my links and complete a transaction, I will receive a small commission. Thank you!


  1. how funny, i thought of the sound of music too as soon as i started reading your review!!
    thanks for the heads up!

  2. Talk about a classic Sound of Music, love the parallel it holds.

  3. Although this book is not my type of reading, it sounds as though it would be a great one for fans of the genre! Thanks for the review!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  4. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net


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