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A penniless but pretty girl...a wealthy young man on his way to war--what could draw them into a marriage of convenience?This is a short novel. Its theme is "People judge by outward appearance, bu the Lord looks at a person's thoughts and intentions." 1 Samuel 16:7In April 1898, Sophia Schiffler boards a train and meets Gannon Moore, both on their way to Chicago. Gannon isA penniless but pretty girl...a wealthy young man on his way to war--what could draw them into a marriage of convenience?This is a short novel. Its theme is "People judge by outward appearance, bu the Lord looks at a person's thoughts and intentions." 1 Samuel 16:7In April 1898, Sophia Schiffler boards a train and meets Gannon Moore, both on their way to Chicago. Gannon is going to withdraw from the university to enlist in the Spanish American War. Teddy Roosevelt is gathering his rough riders to invade Cuba. And Gannon is ready to join the fight against Spain for Cuba's freedom. Mourning the recent loss of his sister, Gannon is shocked when Sophia reveals she is going to marry a man she's never met. When this suitor doesn't meet Sophia at Union Station, Gannon accompanies her to the man's address. What they discover there catapults Sophia into a situation she could never have imagined.Soon she is living in Chicago and frequenting Jane Addams' famous Hull House. Gannon trains in Florida and prepares for combat in Cuba. He and Sophia exchange letters written from their hearts. In the fall, Gannon returns from war, a changed man. The course of true love never runs smooth. And life has a way of turning tables on two young people in love. Their springtime love endured separation and a war. Will it survive a winter of reality?...

Title : For Sophia's Heart
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ISBN : 9781476211510
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Number of Pages : 295 Pages
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For Sophia's Heart Reviews

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-14 17:25

    Love this Novella! Appearances can be deceiving. Two strangers who meet on a train are taken for an unexpected ride. Sophia is an immigrant, one whom society doesn't look upon favorably. Gannon is a man who is about to go off to war, but is facing his own personal war in his life. An unexpected encounter on the train leads them to form a bond they can't resist. Gannon cannot leave Sophia alone in a strange city after she finds out some news that alters her life forever. He convinces Sophia to let him take care of her and they have a marriage of convenience. While he is gone to war, they exchange letters and their bond grows deeper. When he comes back, he is a changed man and notices the changes that Sophia went through as well. Both have a miscommunication on how they really feel. In the end they both learn that looks aren't what they seem and judging can become harmful. Their faith and trust in God is what helps them both realize the truth and error of their ways.

  • Gerrie
    2019-05-07 13:12

    2.5 out of 5 starsThis was a well-written novella, and an interesting story. A young man from a wealthy family meets a young, penniless immigrant woman. He meets her just as he's about to go off and fight in the Spanish-American War. She's been stranded in Chicago (where they meet), and has very few options to support herself. He finds her to be sweet and kind, and to help her out he marries her right before he leaves for Cuba. Since it's a novella, there wasn't as deep of a character development that you would get with a full-length novel, but I still got a good feel for the characters and the progress of their relationship.The problem - there was so much scripture quoting that I was really turned off. I guess the author wrote this novella for a religious audience because the heavy religious content would not appeal to a secular audience like me. So I took off a full star for the heavy-handed religious message.

  • Connie
    2019-05-20 18:20

    I think this is another of my instances of being too generous with my stars. This story is sweet, but there’s not much to it. The conflicts are all in the relationship and are pretty easily resolved. It’s nice for a quick, light read.

  • Judy
    2019-05-12 13:08

    For Sophia's Heart by Lyn CoteA NovellaThis is a story of two people on a train to Chicago, each heading to a new start in life in 1898.Sophia Schiffler is the daughter of a poor immigrant from Ljubljana. Going to Chicago to start a new life. To marry a man she'll be meeting for the first time. Not a love match but it will be one less person for her father to support with his farm job in Wisconsin. She meets a handsome young man on the train who refuses to let her meet her intended alone. When one incident leads to another….she ends up in a marriage of convenience for her own protection. Who could have known the doors that one act of kindness would open up for her, little Sophia?Gannon Moore is going from a university student to being a soldier. He feels pulled to help the young immigrant woman and later sees that it must have been God that put them on that train together….at that time. The letters he receives from Sophia while in the army and memories he has of her from their two short days together help him through the worst of times. As she is a stranger in America he soon feels the same way in Cuba, being in a strange land with a language he don't understand.This is just a short novella but so packed full. The author does such a great job of bringing the characters to life along with their emotions. I could imagine Gannon fighting off the mosquitoes in Florida and fighting the battle in Cuba. The reality of Sophia having to rely on someone else to read and write letters for her until she could learn the language enough to do it herself. And the struggles each of them faced hoping and praying the other was safe. I really enjoyed it.

  • Kate
    2019-04-23 13:23

    I am in a group with Lyn, and she mentioned that this book was free, so of course I snatched it up straightaway. I am so glad I did! This is a short read, but a sweet one at that.Sophia is an immigrant girl who is on her way to Chicago to marry a man she's never met. Gannon is also on his way to Chicago to tie up a few loose ends before he leaves for Cuba to fight in the Spanish-American war. Gannon notices Sophia on the train, and is impressed by her kindness towards a group of weary travelers. Gannon and Sophia eventually begin to talk to each other and through an unusual set of circumstances they end up married to each other.I really enjoyed this novella because it wasn't a love-at-first sight kind of thing. Love sneaks up on Gannon and Sophia, much like it does for many of us. Sophia was a character I came to love quickly . . . such a sweet, kind, gentle soul. And Gannon was no less a fine young man. I loved how both Sophia and Gannon drew strength from their relationship with God and learned and became better people. Characters that grow instead of staying stagnant are my favourites.I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to reading more of Lyn's work!

  • Brenda
    2019-04-23 12:29

    I love Lynn Cote's books! This book was about a young gal on a train, she is going to meet the man who was found for her to marry by her father. She meets a man on the train, who protects her when another man trys to accost her. She ends up going with this gentleman when the man she is supposed marry doesn't show up. The gentleman from the train is supposed to be leaving to go to War, he has already enlisted....but he can't leave ths women alone, he tells her he is going to take her to her fiance's home. They go there only to find out the man died the night before. The house has a big quarantine sign on it. I can't tell any more without giving away the entire story....I really couldn't stop reading this book.

  • Linda
    2019-05-17 11:04

    Sweet romance, young man Gannon traveling on a train to Chicago preparing to go off to war in Cuba; steps up to protect a young immigrant women ,Sophia who is traveling alone to meet and marry. Gannon ,somewhat stunned that she is traveling alone with no family's protection takesonthis the responsibility of protecting her...... Never thinking a simplest act would lead to a life time of love.

  • CarolynB
    2019-05-08 10:06

    I enjoyed this story. I was pretty frustrated with the two main characters upon Gannon's return to Chicago after the war, but was pleased with the resolution. It proves that what we fear will happen often doesn't materialize. (I don't want to add a spoiler here, but I'm thinking of Gannan's parents, especially his mother.) If you're looking for a quick, enjoyable read, this is it!

  • Barbara
    2019-05-06 14:02

    I loved this story. That's why I wish it had been even longer. A full length novel would have thrilled me! The characters are marvelous, the plot held my interest, and I adore how Sophia changes and develops. A quick, pleasant read for those who love historical fiction, it involves romance, immigration, arranged marriages, and societal classes.

  • Lillie
    2019-05-11 17:12

    This is a very sweet story about two young people from different worlds who find they have more in common than they could have imagined.

  • Jaylene
    2019-05-21 16:05

    Cute, quaint, short, but almost to the point of being cheesy. I would have liked to see a longer book, so that more of the characters could be more well-established.

  • Shannon
    2019-05-20 17:25


  • Steph
    2019-04-26 15:28

    Loved so very much.I read this lovely book in one setting. Sophia and Gannon's story made my heart swell. Thank you, Ms. Cote for sharing their love story.