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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 r
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2018 by Barbour Books
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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 und
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Loraine
Rating: 4.5

This is a typical romance series written by a variety of Christian authors. I usually rate them a 3 or a 4 and consider them an easy read without a lot of depth. Janice Thompson rose above the standard in this book. The outstanding faith thread that was woven seamlessly into the story definitely made this an above average read. Her historical research regarding the Gold Rush period in California was excellent and made both the time period and the setting come alive.

There were so many
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Deanne Patterson
I enjoy reading all of the My Heart Belongs series of books. This one takes place in San Fran after Abby and her butler travel there by train. What I really enjoy is learning the historical aspects of the different cities from this time period. There are historical nuggets in these books waiting to be discovered that you would not find in a novel not focusing on the different cities. I especially liked the info the author added to the back of the book detailing facts about the 49ers during the G ...more
Julie Carpenter
I really wanted to love this book. San Francisco just after the major gold rush, a little bit of mystery, a treasure, a sweet love story. It was an ok read for me. I think there will be several who really connect and enjoy it. As for me, I had a hard time connecting to the characters. At first I liked them. I thought it was going to be witty and fun. Some healing for Abby, the main female character, and her family. And a sweet romance for her. But the further I read, I just wasn't connecting wit ...more
Lynda Edwards
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is one of the few books I have read by Janice Thompson, but only because I prefer historical novels to contemporary. While in a different time period than I might normally pick up, the premise sounded like a fun read, and since it is in a historical setting, I took the opportunity to enjoy this book.

I'm not positive that the cover or the back synopsis does this book justice. Abby is not a maid, which was the impression I got from the cover, nor did I find the character of Neville particula
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Linda Wilson
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it
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
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⚜️Trea
FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

It seems that I can't resist this author when she comes up in a long running series that I've been reading, despite the fact that I know I don't care for how she writes a novel. This book was no exception, though it was my first time read
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Vera Godley
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having read two contemporary novels by the author Janice Thompson, I didn't know what to expect from her historical novel of San Francisco California during the Gold Rush years. I found that in this book as with her contemporary books, she has a sense of humor and writes a light and easy-to-read story that satisfies the need for relaxed reading.

When aristocratic Abigail Effingham and her butler journey by train and stage coach from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania toward the Oregon Territory in search
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Brenda
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been loving the “My Heart Belongs” Series. This one by Janice Thompson is really good too.
Abby and her elderly butler is traveling trying to find her mother. Having to detour and then running out of money on top of being stranded makes an interesting story. I actually got tickled at the butler but he did have some good points. “I’m to be content in whatever state I’m in” was one of his favorite quotes from the Bible. That’s a good thing for all of us to learn.
The gold rush state was ful
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Kristi
"Never underestimate the power of coffee, Neville." I was hooked with this opening line. My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California is the story of Abby and her ever faithful servant/butler Neville and their trek across the country to bring her mother home to her father. Things don't go as planned and the two end up in the rowdy town of San Francisco where they learn a lot about themselves and others.

As I mentioned above I was hooked from the beginning. Abby and Neville are more like friends
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Paula Shreckhise
My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California , Abby’s Prospects, by Janice Thompson is a realistic portrayal of the rough and tumble gold rush period in 1853. There is humor as well as hope within it’s pages.
Abby Effingham and her family’s butler want to travel to Oregon to catch up with her mother who has a penchant for travel and adventure. Washed out roads force them to detour to San Francisco with the plans for her mother to join them there. When they arrive in San Francisco, a booming gol
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Amy
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Abby’s Prospects, young and a bit naïve, but very optimistic socialite Abbey Effingham is on her way with her very protective butler to entice her mother to come back home with them to her father in Philadelphia. On their way to Oregon they get a bit sidetracked and end up in San Francisco, California in 1853 where the search for gold is still very strong.

Author Thompson has put quite a varied cast in her story. From Cookie, the Bible quoting cook who seems to me to do so much work to Neville
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Lori
Dec 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
I'm a lot late with this but I've had a lot going on too.
I thought this book was ok. I like Thompson's style of writing. I try not to miss any of her books. I enjoy her that much.
When this story first started out I felt sorry for Neville Abbys butler. She's so spoiled rotten but I do like her style of doing things on a whim.
I loved Neville. His personality was wonderful! I liked him right from the start.
To me, that's what makes life more exciting. I don't blame her for wanting to find her mothe
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Susan
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book to be full of humor with several nuggets of wisdom sprinkled throughout the pages. I had expected a lighthearted,easy read but was delightfully surprised with the amount of insight, the biblical wisdom that gave substance to a pleasant story.
Abby Effingham, unexpectedly finds herself in San Francisco during the 1850's gold rush. This unexpected detour from her mission of finding her mother sets Abby on a course of self-discovery. Ms. Thompson provides the reader with a delight
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Andrea
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book full of interesting, diverse, and even a few eccentric characters, you will be drawn into the rough and tumble gold rush time of early San Francisco. Even though I had a difficult time warming up to Abby, I'm glad to have read this book. With all Cookie's biblical lessons, I'm sure there is something here for everyone. Plus, there's pie. As Cookie says, “Honey, a slice of pie is always the answer, at least if it's one of my pies.”

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher via N
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Carol
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs To San Francisco, California is a wonderful book of romances - Yup you read me right I said romances - plural - awesome isn't it? There is the main characters but also other people of different ages and nationalities - cool eh? This book is authentically historical. It has a great story to the romances and you just find yourself smiling without even realizing it because you are enjoying it that much. If you want to put a smile on your face pick this one up and join me. I receive ...more
Virginia Winfield
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the My Heart Belongs in series of books. This one did not disappoint. This was fun to see how San Francisco began. I really enjoyed all the characters in the story. My favorites were Cookie and Neville. All the characters were people learning to live in a different area. This made me laugh and cry. I received this book from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Dee/ bookworm
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was an okay book. A little on the preachy side. The main characters don't seem to like San Francisco much until almost the end when they are starting to get attached to people, not the place. A lot of the problems still exist at the end of the book that were at the beginning. And everyone kissing in the kitchen? That would have never happened in that era, they would have been way more discrete.

I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Naomi
This was a book that was very easy to read,with a very predictable plot and I almost gave up finishing it,as the author put modern English sayings into an historical setting which did not fit right with the placement of the story in the year 1853.Apart from that it was just a simple christian romance that just about any young lady could pick up and read that was clean and pleasantly enjoyable.
Trisha
Feb 27, 2018 rated it liked it
When socialite Abby Effingham left the comforts of Philadelphia in late April 1853 to trek across the country to the Oregon territory to find her mother, she didn't even begin to imagine that she'd end up in the rough and tumble gold mining town of San Fransisco. As Abby is learning to stand on her own two feet, will she remember to always lean on, and trust her heavenly Father?

I struggled a few times with trying to like the heroine of this story. Abby is somewhat tempestuous and tends to run ah
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Cathy Cermele
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a fun and fast read this is! The premise is delightful with Abby setting out to bring her mother home, it seems that mom needed a little adventure and Abby is being the adult in the family by talking her mother into coming home.
Abby isn't traveling alone from Philadelphia, she has her trusted and very funny butler, Neville with her on her journey. I loved his wry humor and keen observations. When they end up in a town full of people who are a bit less refined than what they expect, I realiz
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Sally
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this historical romance novel. In the mid-1800's life was extremely rustic compared to how we live now. Years ago, we built our home off-the-grid in a very rustic, hard-to-get-to area so I could relate to some of the trials the our main character, Abby Effingham ran into, especially traveling across country in a wagon.
The author, Janice Thompson, did extensive research to be able to give the readers so many details. I appreciate that so much! I liked learning how San Francisc
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Beverly
My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California joins the collection of Barbour Publishing's series that celebrates historical beginnings in America. This book explores the era of the California Gold Rush, the '49ers, and the roots of San Francisco, the boiling pot of the West. This book places you right there in the middle of all the action from the viewpoint of a young woman from England.

Abigail Effingham was not a typical person traveling out West in the 1850's. For one, while she was not trav
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Emma
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California by Janice Thompson
Abby's Prospects
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
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Trixi
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

The good:
I have enjoyed each of the “My Heart Belongs in” series books written by various authors and set in various time periods. What I most love about them is the historical facts that are included in each one. The authors seem to do their research when it comes to including these nuggets in the pages of their story. Books such as this set in the California gold rush era are some of my favorite. It's a time of booming riches and desperate poverty and people just trying to make it da
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Hanne T
I'm a suCKER for historical fiction (which is probably why I read so much Christian fiction when I don't necessarily like it all the way), so I was excited to read this series that is solely based around different cities. I also heard a lot of good things about Janice Thompson (looking at you, Lindsey), so I was also excited to read this book written by her. Did this book meet my expectations? Yes, and no.

My Heart Belongs in San Francisco, California reminded me a lot of the plotless historical
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Lisa Johnson
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: My Heart Belongs in San Francisco California (Abby’s Prospects)
Author: Janice Thompson
Pages: 256
Year: 2018
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Abby is traveling with her butler to Oregon to bring her mother back home to Philadelphia. However, there is no current route there due to the road being washed out so Abby and Neville, the butler, end up in a boisterous and rowdy town. Within moments of their arrival, shots are fired in the air as men gallop down the street celebr
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Sarah
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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“My Heart Belongs in San Francisco” by Janice Thompson was my introduction to this series. The storyline was not what I was expecting, especially taking into account the book’s cover, which made it all the more interesting, although I did take issue with some of the characters. Set in San Francisco in 1853 during the height of the gold rush, there is a menagerie of characters from around the country and the world, lending a balance across the spectrum of class and reputation. Abby herself comes ...more
Kim
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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The My Heart Belongs series continues in San Francisco shortly after the 1849 Gold Rush. Janice Thompson shows you a rough and unlawful city that has grown faster than it can keep up. A Christian tale of love and finding your way in the world and finding out that people of aren't who they seem to be and it's best to trust God and follow his lead. Abby is traveling to Oregon Territory to bring her mother back home to Philadelphia. When she and Neville their butler take detour to San Francisco. Ab ...more
Gina Holder
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Abby Effingham, a British socialite by way of Philadelphia is on a journey to Oregon City to find her wandering mother and bring her home. On the train, Abby meets Jimmy Blodgett, who enamors her with stories of the gold rush and San Francisco.
After discovering the roads to Oregon City are washed out, Abby chooses to travel on to San Francisco instead of turning back, dragging her poor loyal butler, Neville, along. But, the testosterone-loaded, bullet-flying, whisky-flowing, bursting-at-the-seem
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