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Journey of the Heart: Also includes bonus story of Song of the Dove by Peggy Darty Paperback – February 1, 2016
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About the Author
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America s Faith, Hope & Love chapter; and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.
<DIV>PEGGY DARTY authored more than 30 novels before she passed away in 2011. She worked in film, researched for CBS, and taught in writing workshops around the country. She was a wife, mother, and grandmother who most recently made her home in Alabama.
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Sergeant Peyton Sinclair is the first person to welcome Katie to the fort and help her get settled at her aunt and uncle’s home. Adjusting is difficult, but most perplexing for Katie is trying to put aside her beliefs in the pagan gods of the Comanche. She also struggles knowing the rising tension between the whites and the Comanche are because she abandoned her warrior fiancé.
I had a hard time rating this book. My instincts said three stars, but in the end I decided overall it deserved four stars for a few redeeming qualities. DiAnn Mills is one of my favorite authors so I had high hopes for this book, but it just didn’t deliver in most aspects. The story starts out dramatically with the death of Katie’s father and her relocation to the Fort, but it soon levels out to show the mundane life Katie now has. Peyton begins to show interest in Katie, but I felt the romance between them was a little flat. Feelings just appeared, which felt odd. The story does pick up as the Comanche start to cause trouble around the Fort and Katie feels it is her fault. The most redeeming part of the book is near the end and I felt the exciting ending deserved four stars, despite the rest of the book being a little boring.
Another reason I had to give this book four stars is the bonus novel Song of the Dove by Peggy Darty, which is included. This was a very nicely written story about an abandoned half-indian baby raised by white settlers only to be brought back to the death bed of her dying birth mother, at which point her whole world is turned upside down. This story too had its slow parts, but overall it was a great story.
Bethany House Publishers gave me a copy of Journey of the Heart to review. I was not required to write a positive review, only my honest opinion.
White woman Katie Colter promises her dying father that she will leave her Comanche home where she has grown up and join her aunt and uncle at the white man’s fort. However, when she leaves the Indian family whom she loves, she also leaves Lone Eagle, the warrior she has pledged to marry.
Living with her white family, she gets to know their ways of life and their God. She also draws close to Sergeant Peyton Sinclair. Lone Eagle refuses to give her up and regards her act of leaving the Comanches as an act of betrayal.
In Journey of the Heart we learn much about the ways of the Indians and come to empathise with Katie as she faces a hard decision. Should she honour her commitment to Lone Eagle and return to the Comanches? Or should she remain with her own people and a possible life with Peyton Sinclain?
Included with Journey of the Heart:
is a bonus historical romance from the late author Peggy Darty. Morning Dove is the daughter of a Ute woman who was raped by a white man. Her mother gives up her baby so that she can be brought up by the palefaces whom she strongly resembles. Morning Dove only learns of her heritage when her biological mother, is dying and asks to see her daughter. She is helped through the process by a missionary whose one parent was an Indian, so they are both technically half-breeds.
I received this book from Barbour Publishing via Net Galley. There is no bad language or sex scenes, and I would recommend both stories to readers who enjoy historical romance, especially if they have an interest in the Indian way of life.
Thank you to Barbour and to Net Galley for providing me with this book. Other Book Reviews by Shirley Corder can be found here.