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Breathe: A Novel (Homeward Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa T. Bergren
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Book Description

Embark on this western epic in Book One of the Homeward Trilogy.

It's Colorado, 1883. A publishing heiress is on the brink of life and death. Her beautiful younger sister is called to the forbidden stage. Her brother and troubled guardian is raging inside. A veiled treasure map leads to a hidden silver mine while a threatening villain hovers in the shadows. And a hero is bent on saving his bride.


Product Details

  • File Size: 743 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (January 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathe June 4, 2009
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Fans of Lisa Tawn Bergren's other books will enjoy the fast paced action in this first of a new trilogy set in 1883 Colorado Springs. Like her earlier books, every page has the characters in constant action. The plot is out of the ordinary, primarily set in a sanatorium for consumptives (tuberculosis patients) rather than the typical "nice girl meets nice boy in normal life" scenario.

The title 'Breathe' has a double meaning: The main character must regain her health and learn to breathe freely again physically. Secondarily, the main character and her brother and sister must take a chance to break out of the expectations of family and society and learn to breathe free, to follow the goals of their own hearts.

The three face multiple challenges, one fighting a deadly disease, another fighting unwanted romantic attention, and the third literally fighting in a boxing ring, all against the backdrop of a newly settled western frontier. Somehow Lisa Bergren manages to weave all of these plots and subplots into a believable and entertaining story. From the first scenes of the book to suspicious murders to silver mine claims to mountain chase scenes to the suspenseful ending, this book has an energy that keeps the pages turning.

The author never uses any crude language and everyone keeps their clothes on. And while the dangers that are faced elicit prayers for safety and strength and faith, the book doesn't lapse into preaching. The setting is different and interesting and well researched by the author, who herself lives in Colorado Springs. If you are looking for a good clean mystery with a touch of romance, I highly recommend this book.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story May 13, 2009
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Odessa's story is satisfying and uplifting. I am not a Christian myself, but I know what it is like to lose people you love and to recover from illness. It is satisfying to read about a person pulling her life back together after things have gone so terribly wrong.

The characters are good. I especially liked Reid the sheriff. His internal dialog makes sense in a twisted, narcissistic way.

The romance was very clean. This is a book you can let your daughter read.

So I guess it is a pretty good book!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finding Courage to Breathe June 6, 2009
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I do not normally read Christian fiction but had heard that this was going to be a great book. I handed it off to my mother who was interested in an ARC and curious about what a non preachy Christian novel would entail. These are her words, and I have to say I find myself wanting to read about Odessa.


When I was offered the opportunity to read a "Christian" book, I must admit that I was simply okay with it - not thrilled, but not dreading it either. I simply was under the misconception that Christian books might be stereotypical, preachy and perhaps a tad bit boring. Wow, was I ever mistaken. "Breathe" by Lisa T. Bergren is simply a great novel - Christian Reading or otherwise.

Bergren brings life and depth to each of her characters. The three lead characters, Odessa, Dominic and Moria who are all siblings, each could be someone we know, but they have many qualities that make them even more fascinating. I found myself totally relating to Dominic and understood his struggle each time he tried to reign in his temper, his desire to release his tension by street fighting, and even felt the satisfying burn each time he threw down a shot of whiskey. There was no condemnation, just sheer understanding.

Bergren also brings Odessa's struggle with consumption to life in ways we can comprehend. You don't feel sorry for Odessa, you just keep pushing on with her, always encouraged with each step toward progress. Dialogue is always smooth and smart, and you learn so much about her inner strength and fascinating character.

And Moira, dear Moira, cannot every woman relate to her in some way?. You find yourself cheering her on but also cringing in concern and even fear that she may be out of her league with some of these "wild west" settlers.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Combination of Western and Murder Mystery June 10, 2009
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"Breathe" is the first Volume of the Homeward Bound Trilogy which chronicles Three Siblings Odessa, Moira, and Dominic who move West after a TB epidemic devastates their family. Each volume will chronicle the trials and tribulations each face in their new surroundings.

This volume's focus is on Odessa who has come to the Sanitorium in Colorado Springs to recover from Tuberculosis. There she meets another patient who owns a Silver Mine in the area. One night she hear's a commotion in the neighbors room as he is attacked and vainly she tries to reach him. She finds herself in danger as the villains seek to silence anyone who can stop their plans to take over the mine.

There are subplots with Dominic and Moira as they adjust to their new surroundings. Moira's is the most interesting as she loves to sing but life on the stage is just not proper for a Woman of her social standing. This conflict gets her into much trouble and will be the basis I bet for the second volume 'Sing'.

I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I found the settings to be pretty authentic and as I'm doing a Colorado in the 1860's RPG online called "Cripple Creek" right now authenticity means a lot.

The book is free of vulgarities and has a certain charm like the novels of the time period its set in. Its Christian mores and message is not preachey and even non Christians will enjoy the story. While the author is no Louis Lamour nor Zane Grey I think I will eagerly await volumes 2 and 3.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This was an exciting read! I loved reading about historic Colorado and enjoyed the mystery and adventure! Discovered a new author!
Published 10 hours ago by Chris Creech
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very interesting book. An unusual love story but an excellent one. A very interesting mystery is threaded throughout this story along with a lot of interesting historical points. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Phycilla Gable
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BOOK!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. The historical background with the Christian theme made the story one of my favorites.
Published 17 days ago by cff1031
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Became Better and I Enjoyed It
Breathe - 4

Odessa St. Clair barely made the long train ride from Philadelphia to Colorado Springs. Read more
Published 20 days ago by J. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read Love Lisa's
Great Read
Love Lisa's books
Published 27 days ago by rita prestil
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Will be looking for the other books ...
Great read. Will be looking for the other books in the series.
Published 29 days ago by Wendy Jeffery
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting book that aptly describes the breathlessness one often...
An interesting book that aptly describes the breathlessness one often endures that may appeal to those who suffer from this affliction.
Published 29 days ago by Ouima
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read!
Love it! Very exciting and inspirational. Praying that there is a sequel!
Published 1 month ago by Nancyleer
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathe: A Novel
A great book of suspense and surprise that kept me entertained throughout the entire book before putting it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Even though I read them out of sequence, the series was awesome! Breathe of course leads the way and is by far the best in the trilogy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by daisy
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