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A Horseman's Heart Paperback – 2011
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I loved "A Horseman's Heart"!
In fact I am especially delighted to have had the opportunity to read this romance.
Here's why and why romance fans now have a wealth of great Christian romances available to enjoy at incredibly low prices.
Years ago, Heartsong Presents, was my all time favorite Christian fiction publisher. All the stories were short format novels. All stressed the heartland, faith, and love. But Heartsong Presents was a book club and they made it very difficult to buy individual books. On a small order the postage was often higher than the books cost.
Even so I still bought their best books right up until I could no longer read the small type size Heartsong used. Eventually I believe this book club marketing approach caused the line to fail and the books being marketing the normal way by Barbour.
Now Barbour is releasing this great inventory of books as "Truly Yours Digital" Romances for less than the postage on the old Heartsong Presents books alone! Heartsong had great editors who knew what their members wanted and got it.
Best of all, with a Kindle, a reader can make the type size large enough to make reading a pleasure rather than a challenge. In short: everything got better with the change to "Truly Yours Digital."
What is so remarkable is that if you like "A Horseman's Heart" (and I loved it), there are two more books in the Horseman series and there are about 1000 more books of similar high quality still to come from Barbour.
I should point out first that I love the short format novel. That's a novel from 150 pages to about 200 pages. The short formant makes the author tell one story well. Myra Johnson is a master of this short format. Her writing style allows her to write a 300 page story in 150 pages. The only other author I've found who is able to do this as well is M. C. Beaton. Lovers of Hamish Macbeth will know what I am talking about.
Myra Johnson can also incorporate a great many characters in her stories since the stories are so well intergraded. (This is having the writing ability to have several things happening in each scene -- rather than having just one thing happen per scene.)
What I liked best and found the most enjoyable in "A Horseman's Heart" is how sympathetic each character in the book seemed to be. Often only one character in the book, be it the hero or heroine, is highly sympathetic, (a poor widow with two little children), and the other character is the hero/rescuer.
Not in "A Horseman's Heart"! The hero and heroine have both been hurt in life. The reader will be rooting for both of them. The ranch itself is being run as a Horse Therapy center. Many of the horses have been rescued from being abused. The kids being helped are sympathetic. Even the two dogs will make you fall in love with them. There is even a widow and widower, who were deeply in love with their departed mates, and who might fall in love again.
"A Horseman's Heart" has an absolutely amazing cast of characters. I've never seen anything like it in my reading of over 1,500 romances. I was rooting for everybody. I think there are more 'feel good moments' per page in this book than are found in most romances.
You might think that having all these heartwarming personalities in a story would get boring -- but no way! Every time I thought I had the story figured out and knew what was going to happen next, the plot twisted in a new direction. This only made me more interested in turning the pages. After one such plot surprise I remember thinking: "Well, where can you take the story from here?" I soon found out!
Myra Johnson can turn a plot around on a dime! Her writing is never boring!
I loved it!
I'm delighted that there are two more books still in the series.
I'm excited that the "Truly Yours Digital" line has a treasure trove of these great short format Christian romances still to be released!
"A Horseman's Heart" -- Highest 5-Star Recommendation!
I have read many romance novels where the man and woman meet, have problems to solve and then are able to have their happy ever after. Myra Johnson's stories don't seem to follow the typical ebb and flow we have come to expect from romance novels. Her stories seem richer and more developed. Always a pleasant surprise!