- Series: My Heart Belongs
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Barbour Books (March 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683220072
- ISBN-13: 978-1683220077
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmelas Quandary Paperback – March 1, 2017
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Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. She lives in western Kentucky with her husband. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com.
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Carmela's Quandary is a quick moving story filled with tragedy, suspense and many twists and turns.
Carmela becomes the ward of her Uncle Silas at the age of twelve when her parents die on the trail west. Silas forces young Carmela perform in front of large crowds, telling a made up story of captivity. As Carmela ages, she longs to stop the lies, but her uncle says she must perform, he says she owes him for her father's debt. A stage coach robbery provides an opportunity like none other. With Uncle Silas injured and taken by the robbers, Carmela ends up handcuffed to a handsome deputy.
I will stop here, I don't want to give any spoilers. If you are drawn to the Inspirational Historical western fiction genre, you will love this book, if not, this would be a perfect introduction.
US Marshal Freeland McKay hopes to transport his prisoner to Prescott without incidents. When Carmela and her uncle travel on the same stagecoach, his curiosity is aroused. When problems befall them, he feels he must do what he can to protect her.
Susan Page Davis weaves an intriguing tale with just the right amount of historical details, suspense, and romance. I was sad when the book came to an end. Great job, Susan.
Carmela has been travelling around with her uncle for the past eight years telling lies. She was only a girl when her parents died, and her uncle has forced her to travel around the country, giving performances telling of her time with the Indians. The problem is, she was never captured by Indians. She wants to tell the truth, but she doesn’t see a way out. When the stagecoach they’re travelling on is attacked by outlaws, Carmela gets separated from her uncle…and attached to Freeland. Literally.
Freeland lost his prisoner in the attack and now his most pressing issue is to get Carmela to safety. Eventually, she reveals the truth, and he wants to help. Carmela isn’t even sure if her uncle is alive, but she sees the opportunity to try and start over.
I liked the first part of this book, when Carmela and Freeland are together. But then they get separated for a HUGE chunk of the book. I got glimpses into what they were both doing, but they weren’t together. Later, they meet up for about a minute before separating again. They don’t really get back together until the last part of the book, and by then, I wasn’t as interested in the relationship. It was more Carmela’s plight at that point.
The way Carmela and Freeland get pulled apart for so long for so much of the book bothered me. It put the story off-balance, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I could have. It was just okay.
*I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Carmela finds herself finishing a speaking engagement in Tucson, the second one in five years, and then heading out on a stagecoach to the next town for another engagement. There are also several other passengers onboard, one of whom looks like a grown version of a young boy she meet years ago on her first visit to Tucson. That young boy told her that he could help her, more importantly, his brother who is a deputy could help her. Well that deputy brother, Freeland McKay, is on the stagecoach escorting a prisoner. Carmela can't believe the chances of meeting him in this way. Could he possibly be the answer to her prayers? Could he be the one to help her right the wrongs and lies she told for years under her uncle's direction?
This was a sweet western romance with peril and soul searching. There were a few moments where it seemed slower paced and I found myself skimming. I enjoyed the struggle that Carmela had to go through. I liked watching her figure out how to go about becoming the person she truly wanted to be and not the person she was told she was by her uncle as well as all those who had heard her "story". She truly sought to do good and be a good person. Even with how she was used by her uncle she still had compassion towards him. She was definitely a good example for the many people she encountered. I liked the way the author wrote Carmela's character as being able to help others. Also that Carmela never lied in her personal interactions when asked questions, she did her best to be honest and not lie.
As the stagecoach they are riding on is attacked Carmela finds herself in several perilous moments. Her uncle is shot, she is handcuffed, the stage is stolen, her uncle gone, and she is left in the desert with an unconscious deputy. With many encounters with Indians, bandits, townspeople and others who were captured by Indians, Carmela has much to learn and much to offer.
The story alternates between Carmela and Freeland's POV. Sometimes they are together and other times they are separated by his duties as a deputy. I enjoyed reading their different perspectives and thoughts.
Content: Sweet clean romance, some shootouts and a couple battle wounds but nothing graphic. This is a Christian fiction so there is talk of God and the characters occasionally offer prayers asking for help. It flowed very well with the storyline and with the growth Carmela went through.
I received an ARC from Barbour publishing via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions in the review are my own.
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