- Paperback: 492 pages
- Publisher: Diversion Books (November 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1635763584
- ISBN-13: 978-1635763584
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Story: The year is 1826, the setting is Georgia, and two young people are about to fall in love. Andrea Sanders, 14 at the beginning of the book, is the heroine. Adam Chandler, 16 at the beginning, is the hero. There’s more to the story; Andrea is white. Adam is Cherokee Indian. Andrea and Adam fall in love and become lovers.
Unfortunately, bigotry, hatred and racism rear their ugly heads, and Andrea and Adam’s relationship is affected. Their relationship is found out, and Andrea is shipped off to a “Christian” school, where she suffers emotional, mental and physical abuse for her “sins”. She also has a baby, who she is told is dead, when in fact, the baby-a son-is very much alive. Adam, meanwhile, continues his studies, goes to Harvard and graduates. Despite their enforced separation, Andrea and Adam are still very much in love with each other.
More problems occur when the Indian Removal Act is passed. Cherokee family homes are raided, women are raped and beaten by militia members-including Adam’s mother, Rose, and his sister, Ruth. His father, Jonas, is beaten and has a heart attack and dies from watching his female family members abused. Adam and Andrea do find a little bit of a silver lining in this black cloud, as Andrea gives birth to two sons, Jonas and John Ross. Later, Andrea and Adam are rousted; Adam is beaten badly and Andrea is raped by a man from her past, whom Adam later kills.
More trials and tribulations befall the Cherokee Nation, Andrea and Adam, but eventually they find each other again, and their firstborn son, and have their Happily Ever After (a rarity in Ms. Bittner’s books!)
Upside: As she always does, Ms. Bittner marries historical research with her characters and seamlessly blends them together. The result is a highly emotional story that made me feel every emotion on the wheel, both good and bad.
Downside: Ms. Bittner’s writing style is highly formulaic. In the hands of a lesser author, it wouldn’t be good. See above comments for why it works for me.
Sex: “Heart’s Surrender” is a bit more graphic sexually than Ms. Bittner’s earlier work. It’s still not erotic or exciting, though.
Violence: Any long-time readers of her work know Ms. Bittner’s predilection for violence, and that’s still the case here, although “Heart’s Surrender” is a little less violent than Ms. Bittner’s usual fare.
Bottom Line: “Heart’s Surrender” is yet another exceptional book by Ms. Bittner. Not every reader will love it, but those who are conditioned to and are fans of Ms. Bittner-as I am-will.
The horrors that Adam and Andrea went through because of loving each other. I do know without a doubt that if this had been me and my husband we would have survived all the horrible things Adam and Andrea went through.
Our love is just as deep, in our own way we have been through he'll and back too. I hate all that the Indians, regardless of what tribe they are, have had to go through because of the white man!
Yes one day all will be just as the Creator meant it to be. No race will dominate another, no hatred, racism, no violence, no sickness or death! Those days are coming very soon, just around the corner!
Starr as Ruby Slippers
What I found incredible in the book was the character of both Andrea and Adam. Both were far wiser than their years, and showed remarkable loyalty and love for the other. I guess I really like characters who do not give up hope regardless of what befalls them. In this area Bittner's writing abilities really shine. She never over does it, which gives her characters a richness and depth that is totally missing from some books. Maybe realistic humanity are the words that describe it best.
This was my first Roseanne Bittner book. I am anxious to read another to see if my opinion remains unchanged.