Title: The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings #1)
Author: Susan Anne Mason
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
The First World War has just ended and Grace Abernathy eels that it is now safe to leave her home and mother in England and travel to visit her sister and newborn son in Toronto, Canada. Her sister’s husband was killed in action during the war. She makes the journey and arrives at the address of her sister’s last letter only to find the house empty. She is directed to the local church for information about her sister. Upon arrival, she is informed of her sister’s death. Her sister had begged Grace to take care of her son if anything should happen to her and not to let her husband’s wealthy family to raise her son. Grace made a promise to her sister and she aims to keep it. She discovers that indeed the husband’s family has taken in the baby and the husband’s brother has been made legal guardian of the child. Grace is desperate to see the baby and make sure he is being well treated. She comes up with a plan and carries it out, but it comes with a cost.
Andrew Easton will do anything to keep his family together after the estrangement between his brother and the family and then his brother’s death. He hires a nanny to take care of his nephew and develops a love for the boy as if he were his own. He also develops a love for his nephew’s nanny, but knows she is beneath his social station. He has been strongly encouraged by his father to marry a particular woman. Andrew doesn’t love her but feels he must marry her to keep the family together and earn his father’s approval. Andrew aims to put the child’s welfare before his own, but does his future bride feel the same? His attention toward the nanny is noticed by his bride-to-be, so she sets out to put a stop to it. The situation comes to a peak with an unexpected outcome.
I enjoyed the setting and time period of this story. I especially liked the scene at the amusement park with the fireworks. The love Grace and Andrew showered on the baby was special and sweet. The trust in God to see her through another difficult situation in her life was something Grace showed repeatedly, even when she made impulsive decisions and brought the difficulty on herself. I look forward to book two in the series set in picturesque Canada!