Monday, February 26, 2018

"My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California: Abby's Prospects" by Janice Thompson



About this book:

  Journey now to San Francisco, California, of 1853 where...
An English socialite finds more treasure than expected on her trip to the American West.
   When Abby Effingham becomes stranded in the middle of the California gold rush, her money depletes quickly even while her prospects for marriage increase daily. But Abby is on a mission to find her mother—not romance. Will a ridiculous scandal keep her from traveling on, or will it wake up an aloof innkeeper to the treasure right under his roof?
   Samuel Harris runs a moderately priced hotel where Abby and her family’s elderly butler find shelter. He is looking forward to when she—and her parade of suitors—move on, though he concedes to let her work in his restaurant. When the sassy socialite is in trouble, will Samuel come to her rescue or find himself alone?”


Series: Part of the “My Heart Belongs” series, but not connecting to any other books.


Spiritual Content- Many Scriptures are quoted, mentioned, & talked about; Church going; Many, many talks and discussions about God & praying; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles and those, events, and places in the Bible; Mentions of churches, church going, Sunday school classes, hymns, a minister, & sermons; Mentions of miracles; Mentions of sinful lives & sins; A few mentions of faiths; A few mentions of missionaries; A few mentions of Heaven; A few mentions of blessings & being blessed; A mention of religious customs;
             *Note: Mentions of evil; A mention of a godforsaken place.


Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘sissy’ and a ‘stupid’; A couple mentions of curses (said, not written); Some eye rolling & sarcasm; Mentions of gunfire, bullets, shooting, & killing; Mentions of fights/brawls, fighting, injuries, & blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of pain & injuries; Mentions of gambling & gambling halls; Mentions of alcohol, drinking, drunks, & saloons; Mentions of plucking headless chickens; A few mentions of a wife who tried to leave a marriage; A couple mentions of a fire & deaths; A couple mentions of thieves; A couple mentions of threats; A couple mentions of lies & lying; A couple mentions of gossip; A mention of cannibalistic natives in a foreign country; A mention of a thief hung; A mention of a man who died from hard work; A mention of manure.


Sexual Content- two nose kisses, a forehead kiss, three hair kisses, and two boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kiss; Wanting to kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Touches, Embraces, & Shivers (barely-above-not-detailed); Blushes; Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); A man places his hand on Abby’s backside (he gets punched); Mentions of seeing couples kiss (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of rowdy men laying kisses on the saloon girls; Mentions of suggestive comments about rowdy men & saloon girls; Mentions of women of ill repute & saloon girls; Mentions of rowdy men catcalling/whistling & rudely stared at Abby; Mentions of flirting & winks; A few mentions of a kiss; A few mentions of blushes; A couple mentions of a brothel & prostitutes; A couple mentions of implied scandals; A couple mentions of seeing couples embrace; A mention of an indecent offer (that’s not said); Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: Mentions of women wearing dresses that show their curves/figures; A few mentions of men slapping or touching women on their backside; A couple mentions of saloon girls’ messy clothing; A mention of a low-cut dress showing more than one wants to see; A mention of a saloon girl showing her undergarments; A mention of inequality between the sexes.

-Abigail “Abby” Effingham, age 23
-Samuel “Sam” Harris
                                P.O.V. switches between them
                                             Set in 1853
                                                        256 pages

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My personal Rating-
While this one was probably my top anticipated book of 2018, I have to say that it’s not near my favorite books by this talented author. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the message of this novel, I certainly did, but there was some content due to the problems of the city it was set in. I loved how much Spiritual Content and discussions were in this one and liked all our main characters. It was a neat read and I’m so happy to see—and add to my bookshelves—another book with Janice Thompson’s name on it. :)


See y’all on Wednesday with a new review!


*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Barbour Books) for this honest review.

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