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Australia, 1814

As a young child bound for a strange country, Sarah Whitaker dreamed of life with her father on his sprawling Australian ranch. But her hopes were shattered when she learned of his death and of her new role as heiress of the largest sheep farm in New Wales. Orphaned in a land greatly populated by petty criminals exiled from England, the future seemed grim.

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Published April 1st 2017 by Covenant Communications
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Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
3.75 STARS.

Thanks for Netgalley and respective publishers.

"Every Saint had past, Every Sinner has future"

Jennifer Moore's Miss Whitaker Open Her Heart was enthusiastic and enthralling book.
Historical fiction about British colony, The Lady had let her heart fell with a former convict.

Good pace of story comprising some great instances which made their way to became one eventually.
Different kind of romantic book and peculiar piece of writing skills.
Julie Carpenter

Oh how I love Jennifer Moore's historical novels! I love the characters and I love the different setting she chooses. I love the historical aspects and I even love the love stories. I will admit I got choked up a few times in this book. The pain and anguish of the lives of these characters, some their own choosing and some were choices placed upon them.

I think something I really love about Jennifer Moore's characters is the growth they have to experience. Every time I read her books, I can r
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Whenever I read a historical novel by Jennifer Moore, I'm guaranteed to be swept away to an earlier era and the location is always unique to any other book I've read! Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart is no exception- I was completely immersed in early 19th century Australia, and the dynamics of the community and politics there were fascinating! I loved learning details about the lives and hardships of the people who relocated there from Europe. The characters are developed so well that I felt like ...more
Katie W
In a gripping story of redemption, this author weaves a tale full of historical facts, romance, and entertainment. I guess I haven't been fortunate to read a lot about what was going on in Australia during the Regency period. Convicts made their restitutions and settlers forged new territory, seemingly with either horse or sheep farms, and Aborigines struggled to understand the motives of these newcomers. I was fascinated by all the details and relationships, but especially with Sarah.

As a youn
Sonya Heaney
Holy moly, publishers! It's a STATION, not a "ranch" (that's totally American), and there never has been - nor ever will be - a place in Australia called "New Wales"! Our most populous state is New SOUTH Wales, aka NSW.

This is not rocket science to check.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart was the first Jennifer Moore novel I chanced to pick up and I’m in no rush to repeat the experience. I respect there are a lot of readers who appreciate this kind of storytelling and I mean no offense to the author or her fans, but Moore’s writing is simply too light and predictable for my tastes.

The novel is set in Australia, but nothing about the text feels authentic to the Land Down Under. Th
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
First, I love this cover. It feels so romantic to me.

Second, I love Jennifer Moore's books. She has such a unique take on regency romances. They vary in settings and never feel very typical. This one is set in New Wales (Australia) where Sarah Whitaker is carving out the life her father started in ranching and sheep. We get our first look at Sarah as she crosses the oceans on her way to New Wales as a young girl. I loved the glimpse at who Sarah was in the beginning before struggle, sadness and
Kathy Jo
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have always wanted to visit Australia and after reading this book I want to go even more!

Set in 19th century Australia, we meet Sarah who had lost both of her parents by the age of 10. After her father's death, she finds herself to be one of the wealthiest sheep farmers in the area. She had grown up with all the trust in the world for others around her. But different circumstances over the years have hardened her heart and has her realizing that you can't trust anyone.

After poor choices on h
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"A person is not what he has done in the past. He becomes what he chooses to do with the life he's been given."

This line from 'Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart', really touched me. How often do we spend analyzing the mistakes of our past, or of those around us? Judging ourselves and others. Change is available to all, because of the sacrifice of the One. I was grateful for this sweet reminder as I read this extensively researched & beautifully written story by Jennifer Moore.

Should we be surpr
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I no longer read most of the books published by Covenant because the ebook prices are ridiculous but I managed to buy a paperback of this one.

I've read most of Jennifer Moore's books (except Simply Anna) but I've never felt like any of them were wow books.

But this one—Wow! I loved it so much! The characters were excellent and the setting was so well done in working to help the story and characters move forward.

I found the ending very emotional (before the epilogue).

This is one worth reading
Syrie James
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. The main characters were strong, sympathetic, believable, and well-developed. The writing style was quite lovely. The setting (a sheep ranch in Regency era Australia) was well-researched. It was very tame for a romance (nothing beyond a kiss!) which was too chaste for me, and the chemistry between hero and heroine wasn't as strong as I'd like, but I enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone who enjoys sweet romance in a historical setting.
You can find this review in English below.

Historia muy lenta y muy imprecisa.

Casi llegados al ecuador no ha pasado nada. Las descripciones, que al principio fueron interesantes, se han convertido en aburridas y repetitivas. Los personajes son planos y unidimensionales. Los hay muy buenos y muy malos, no existen las medias tintas. Los protagonistas apenas tienen química y se contradicen y/o cambian de opinión constantemente. Y el “secreto” de la protagonista se ve venir de lejos y no creo que vay
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Jennifer Moore's books take me to places I'll never get to see in person. This story takes place in Australia in 1814. Sarah Whitaker and her aunt travel to Australia via a 6 month journey on a boat only to find upon arrival that her father was killed a few weeks earlier. She and her aunt stay in this strange land and learn to operate the farm that her father had started. The story then jumps ahead 10 years to find Sarah a well accomplished farmer and sheep owner.

Daniel Burton
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Once again, Author Jennifer Moore has delivered another book that is outside the box of the typical Regency Romance that seems to be written these days. This book takes place in Australia, New Wales to be specific in the early 1800's. Sarah Whitaker comes to New Wales as a young girl to live with her father only to find out he has been murdered. Sarah and her aunt decide to stay and keep the farm and the sheep. Sarah becomes very adept and successful at what she does but harbors a great dislike ...more
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Whitaker is a sweet girl who longed to be with her father. She's to join him on his ranch in Australia, but after the five month voyage to get to him, she finds out he's been killed. Determined to manage the ranch herself, after a ten year struggle, she becomes one of the best ranch managers in the area. But that comes with a price, as she's also been betrayed by those she should have been able to trust. Because of that, she's closed off her heart to anyone---until she meets Daniel Burton. ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart is another win for Jennifer Moore. I love her books and I can always count on her for an enjoyable read. I really had no idea what took place in Australia during this time period. It was fascinating. Jenny does a great job of writing romance, she also excels at writing this time period and introducing the reader into something they may not be familiar with. I loved Sarah. She is tough but also vulnerable. Daniel had been through some tough times, most of it brought ...more
Donna Weaver
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a young child bound for a strange country, Sarah Whitaker dreamed of life with her father on his sprawling Australian ranch. But her hopes were shattered when she learned of his death and of her new role as heiress of the largest sheep farm in New Wales. Orphaned in a land greatly populated by petty criminals exiled from England, the future seemed grim. But now, ten years later, Sarah has defied the odds and become a successful businesswoman much to the chagrin of her male coun
Sharon Robards
[Disclaimer: I have a mention in the Acknowledgments in Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart. I was forwarded a copy as a gift. I was not asked to offer a review, and probably would not have, but the romance is quiet sweet and the location close to my heart.

Jennifer Moore has done a wonderful job completely on her own of creating Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart and whatever influence I had on the story is simply as another author who she has read and offered some minor suggestions regarding researching t
Sonya Wasden
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Whitaker came to Australia as a child and learned upon her arrival that her father had been killed two months prior. She stayed and eventually became a successful business woman living out her father's dream on the farm he had built, Sarah Hills. She had trust issues with the aborigine people and convicts that were hired after arriving on the convict ships. She had reason not to trust from some prior experiences.

Daniel Burton had been convicted of a crime in England and had been sentenced
I have to admit this was a slow start for me. I wasn't interested in the way Sarah was in the beginning. I almost stopped reading. But, I am very glad I finished it! I found myself sobbing through much of the last half of the book. Sarah and Daniel both grew and changed and I now see why the beginning was the way it was.

I enjoyed reading how people learn to forgive and change and grow and love others and serve others and help others and the diversity in this book. Some people are snobby and don'
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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All I see is 5 stars for this. It was a good, fun, easy read, but NOT 5 stars! I am really picky on what I give 5 stars to, and this book didn't even get 3.

I did enjoy it. I knew I would, that is why I bought it. A big problem with this book was I did not feel that the two main characters had any chemistry. Every time they met it was strained. Nothing they did drew me into their story. No time did I want them to interact more. And you know a part of a book is good when you go back and reread it
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Loved the strong character of Miss Sarah Whitaker and her weakness of longing for family that Daniel burton was able to see and fill. Loved the valuable lesson of "a person is not what he has done in the past. He becomes what he chooses to do with the life he's been given". This is especially important seeing how Australia is the place that convicts and felons are sent to live out their sentences of crime. They are used by the colonies for labor. Sarah learns to tru ...more
Heather Munz
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. It was very well written and made me tear up in a few spots, as well as laugh out loud in others. I loved the characters and the setting. Very well done.
On a side note, if you are a fan of Carla Kelly's book Reforming Lord Ragsdale, he make a small guest appearance in this book which was a fun thing to see as well.
I highly recommend this book as well as Jennifer's other works.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore Jennifer Moore's books!
LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. that she writes Regency Romance, but in such unique settings like this one-- Sarah Whitaker is a single, proper woman in Australia--Australia! SO FUN! She is just trying to run her ranch the best she can while being surrounded by aboriginals, cockatoos, and convicts. And now she has a new neighbor--Daniel. Sometimes after being hurt over and over it just becomes easier to not put your heart on your sleeve. See how it all turns out in th
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was interested in this book because of its location, Australia. I love Australia and have to say that I haven't read many books with an Australian setting, especially in this era. The historical aspect of it alone had me fascinated. A headstrong woman in the middle of Australia as the head of a ranch. Incredible with just that alone. The characters were wonderful. It was easy to see exactly why they did what they did and made the choices they made. Sometimes all the self-questioning that happ ...more
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really like Jennifer Moores writing style. She writes a different kind of regency and I like it. Some of her books have taken place in London but the past couple have been in the colonies of Britain so you get the regency feel and then get to know a different place and setting. She does a great job with the settings and making them come alive. This one is in Australia in it's very early settlement days. Her characters are deep and come alive for me. The tension and movement in this book is ver ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love this book!!!! Jennifer Moore pulled out all the stops to deliver this amazing story of self discovery, forgiveness, and a change of heart! Daniel is a wonderful character who believes people can change if they really want to. Sara is a young woman with spunk and heart. Captain Thackery is a sub character that shines throughout the book.

I can't wait for Jennifer's next high seas adventure.

Leah Feltner
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story. It was interesting reading about Australia and how everything worked back then with all the felons, etc. I, also, liked the relationship between Daniel and Sarah (even though sometimes her stubbornness frustrated me). It was a sweet romance...maybe not swoon worthy...but sweet none the less.
Lisa Johnson
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Miss Whitaker Opens Her Heart
Author: Jennifer Moore
Pages: 209
Year: 2017
Publisher: Covenant Communications, Inc.
My rating is 4 stars.
Sarah Whitaker has lived in New South Wales penal colony for ten years now. Her father first bought her homestead some twenty years ago. He was a free man as are more and more of the people arriving in town. He was killed ten years ago, leaving Sarah all his property and possessions. Sarah has had to learn the hard way not to trust anyone or they will take ad
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Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world, which includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. Jennifer has a BA in linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family.