The Shenandoah Valley, Virginia in 1816 is the setting and time period of the novel, “My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley” by Andrea Boeshaar. In this novel, we follow Captain McAlister Albright who has purchased land from Silas Everett. His friend, John Blake has quit the sea temporarily to accompany his Cap’n to his new holdings. Unfortunately, Miss Lilyanna Laughlin and her family have owned this land for as long as she can remember. Upon her father’s death Mr. Everett, her father’s “dear” friend took over as guardian to her and her two young brothers, along with Aunt Hilda, who clearly despises Mr. Everett. Is it legal that he sold their land out from under them? Mr. Everett had designs on Lily. She is aware of it, but would rather be snake-bitten then succumb to the likes of him. Mac and Lily find a friendship together as they sort out the legalities of their land ownership.
I thought the interaction among the main characters of this story were engaging, funny, and lent the novel some substance. Mac’s own family is hesitant to back him because of allegations that he fought for the British in the war past. His patriotism is suspect along with his family’s opposition to his new profession. This is a good, light read.
I was given a complimentary print copy of this book by Barbour publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.