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A Wild and Heavenly Place (2024)

by Robin Oliveira

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"Hailey MacIntyre seems conjured from the depths of Samuel Fiddes's loneliness. Caring for his young sister in the tenements of Glasgow, Scotland, Samuel has known only hunger, while Hailey has never known want. When Samuel saves Hailey's brother from a runaway carriage, a friendship begins. Through secret meetings and stolen moments, they learn the topography of one another's innermost thoughts. Then the City of Glasgow Bank fails in 1878, destroying the only life Hailey has known. Her bankrupt father impulsively moves the family across the globe to Seattle, a city rumored to have coal in its hills and easy money for anyone willing to work for it. Samuel's days are haunted by Hailey's parting words: Remember, Washington Territory. Armed only with his wits, he determines to follow her, leaving behind everything he has ever known in search of Hailey and a chance to make a better life for his sister. But the fledgling town barely cut out of the wilderness will test them all in ways unimaginable. Poignant and lyrical, A Wild and Heavenly Place is an ode to the Pacific Northwest, to those courageous and resilient enough to chase the American Dream, and to a love so powerful it endures beyond distance, beyond hope"--… (more)
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DNF p. 50. I judged a book by its cover synopsis and author blurbs, which got me to give this a shot, and realized pretty quickly that it's not for me. The first five chapters set up a precious and trite historical romance featuring superficial dialogue and cardboard cross-class stereotypes à la The Gilded Age. It will appeal to a lot of folks but I was looking for something else.
  funkyplaid | May 5, 2024 |
A Wild and Heavenly Place, another phenomenal story written by Robin Oliveira, is inspired by the author’s great-great grandfather immigrating to America from Scotland. Oliveira’s beautiful prose drew me into this love story of reversed fortunes and ultimate sacrifices immediately, and kept me turning the pages till the end. She definitely did her research as the historical details are remarkable. The scenery is so vivid adding a tactile sense to the experience of reading this story. Oliveira as always gives her readers characters that are true to life, and luckily we get to follow them as they struggle through life first in Glasgow and then in frontier Seattle, in this heart wrenching beautifully written story. I highly recommend A Wild and Heavenly Place, one of the most exquisite and memorable historical novels I have read in a long time.

I received a complimentary copy from Putnam/Penguin Random House through NetGalley for an honest review. I was under no obligation to write a favorable review and all opinions are my own. ( )
  ladyharris | Mar 25, 2024 |
Hailey and her family are very rich and live in Glasgow, Scotland. Samuel is very poor and struggling to feed himself and his sister. When he saves Hailey’s little brother from a runaway carriage. His world changes. He falls head over heels for Hailey. He knows she is out of his league. But not long after that fateful day, Hailey’s father loses it all. She and her family move to America. But this does not stop Samuel. He follows her!

I cannot think of a better day to post about star-crossed lovers than on February 14. Life just keeps getting in the way of these two. But, you just can’t help but keep rooting for them!

I enjoyed so much about this novel. The setting, the characters and the story just reeled me in. The tragedy that follow both of these characters just break your heart but you just can’t stop reading!

Need a heartbreaking, captivating, star-crossed lovers tale…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.

I received this novel from the publisher for a honest opinion. ( )
  fredreeca | Feb 13, 2024 |
One family goes from luxury to poverty while another goes from poverty to more poverty, but then both circle back.

The MacIntyre family was living in luxury until the bank of Glasgow failed.

Samuel was poverty stricken from birth.

Harold Macintyre lost everything including his job.

He decided to move his family from Scotland to Seattle, Washington, where he was hoping to get a job in the coal business.

It was a rude awakening for his family, but now they know how the poor that Mrs. MacIntyre had no time for back in Scotland had to live.

Hailey MacIntyre was more devastated than her mother because she had fallen in love with Samuel Fiddes a poor dock worker back in Scotland. Her mother forbid her to see Samuel.

Meanwhile Samuel is on his way to Seattle to find Hailey, and she doesn’t know it.

We follow Samuel, his little sister Allison, and the MacIntyre family as we share in their struggle to live and live with them in their sorrows in this time frame - 1878 to 1882.

I loved sweet Allison.

Samuel will warm your heart too with how he takes care of his sister.

You will also feel the pain of most of the characters, but you will want James to have some pain.

The descriptions were very vivid and easily took you to the setting. Ms. Oliveria’s Writing is beautiful and lush.

There also is some heartbreaking romance, but more of the lives of the characters and how the homesteaders built a life for themselves and the country in the wild area they lived in. 5/5

Historical fiction fans will enjoy this book even though most is about hardships and heartbreak.

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own. ( )
  SilversReviews | Feb 13, 2024 |
Living in the greater Seattle area I enjoyed reading about the city during its infancy. The romance was fun and kept me turning the pages. However the love story it seemed a little weakly grounded— I wish there was more story at the beginning to establish the relationship. Some of the secondary characters along the way seemed a little underdeveloped as well. I was worried this would have a tragic ending and while it ended up ending well, there were a few unresolved threads (Allaway’s payments? Samuel’s bank loans? Bonnie?) I also wish there had been Scottish slang and culture incorporated throughout. ( )
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It is fearful to think that in many cases large tenements of over-crowded houses were visited by fever from top to bottom; and in some instances not a family, in some scarcely an individual, escaped the disease?
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For Drew, who loves boats
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Sometimes at night, Samuel Fiddes resurrected his fading memories of being wanted.
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The thing about Seattle, Samuel thought, was that you didn't have to travel anywhere to see the world. The world came to Seattle, delivered by the sea.
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"Hailey MacIntyre seems conjured from the depths of Samuel Fiddes's loneliness. Caring for his young sister in the tenements of Glasgow, Scotland, Samuel has known only hunger, while Hailey has never known want. When Samuel saves Hailey's brother from a runaway carriage, a friendship begins. Through secret meetings and stolen moments, they learn the topography of one another's innermost thoughts. Then the City of Glasgow Bank fails in 1878, destroying the only life Hailey has known. Her bankrupt father impulsively moves the family across the globe to Seattle, a city rumored to have coal in its hills and easy money for anyone willing to work for it. Samuel's days are haunted by Hailey's parting words: Remember, Washington Territory. Armed only with his wits, he determines to follow her, leaving behind everything he has ever known in search of Hailey and a chance to make a better life for his sister. But the fledgling town barely cut out of the wilderness will test them all in ways unimaginable. Poignant and lyrical, A Wild and Heavenly Place is an ode to the Pacific Northwest, to those courageous and resilient enough to chase the American Dream, and to a love so powerful it endures beyond distance, beyond hope"--

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