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Where the Heart is Romance Collection Paperback – April 1, 2016
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Sally Laity has written both contemporary and historical novels, many of which have appeared on ECPA bestseller lists. She is a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist, a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, and has placed in the Inspirational Readers’ Choice contest. Along with numerous romances and novellas for Barbour Publishing, she also coauthored with Dianna Crawford a three-book historical series for Barbour and a six-book series on the Revolutionary War for Tyndale House. She considers it a joy that the Lord can touch hearts through her stories. Her favorite pastimes include oil painting, quilting for her church’s Prayer Quilt Ministry, and scrapbooking. She makes her home in beautiful central California with her husband of over fifty years, and loves that their four married children have made her a grandma and a great-grandma. Sally can be contacted at email@example.com. You can also write to Sally at P.O. Box 1855, Tehachapi, CA 93581.
Pamela Tracy is a USA Today award-winning author of almost 30 books, contemporary, suspense, historical, and devotional. First published in 1999 by Barbour Publishing, their Heartsong Presents line, Pamela continues to write for Barbour as well as Love Inspired and Guideposts. Her 2007 suspense Pursuit of Justice was a Rita finalist. Her 2009 suspense Broken Lullaby won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Book of the year award. You can find out more about her at www.pamelatracy.com
Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves books and history, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, an avid museum patron, and wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves to hear from readers. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter at www.ericavetsch.com
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I received a free copy from NetGalley.com in exchange for a fair review. Reviews posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and Net Galley by Cindy Nipper
Where the Heart is by Sally Laity
A lovely story of the eldest daughter who watches her siblings marry off and her father fall ill. What does God have in mind for her life? When her brother learns he is to inherent the house she loves Leah is happy for him and his fiancé (her best friend) but she mourns the loss of Laurelwood, a home she had always thought would be hers forever! Can the visiting Blake meet her needs and fill her heart with the love she so disparately wants and needs? Sally is a new author for me and this was a touching story that has me looking for more of her works!
The Midwife’s Apprentice by Rhonda Gibson
Reverend Gordon has been waiting on God’s timing to meet up with the right Wagon Train to take him on to Oregon! Finally, God lets him know this is the one! He is instantly drawn towards a young woman walking with a toddler in her arms and a mule trailing her. He offers his assistance but she barks at the man confused on why he’s bothering her. Polly is all alone in the world now! She’s assisting a family on the Wagon Train as a Midwife, but she’s never actually helped birth a baby. She’s attained her training from a journal given to her by her Mamadele, (the mother figure who raised her and sent her off on this trail to Oregon). Gordon and Polly can’t seem to stand each other at first but God’s working in both of their hearts! A wonderful story of following God’s will for your life and trusting in his timing! Rhonda is another new author for me and I can’t wait to read more of her stories! I especially loved the ending!
Murder or Matrimony by Pamela Kaye Tracy
Honestly, the title to this story put me off and I had planned to just pass by without reading it, but I’m reading a couple books at the same time, and this morning when I opened my kindle, it was opened to Pamela’s story, but I thought it was a different book. I’m glad I was fooled! It was a really good Oregon Trail tale and I was pleasantly surprised! A Pinkerton Agent (don’t you just love these guys) meets up with a Wagon Train in pursuit of a woman! If I tell you anymore, I’ll give too much information, but this is one you want to read! I’ve enjoyed several other collections of 9 romances which have included Pamela’s books! She’s a very talented author who writes a variety of historical romance I’m sure you’ll enjoy as much as I do!
Bride in the Valley by Andrea Boeshaar
This is a delightful tale that takes off almost where Murder or Matrimony left off. The main characters are different, but many of the people who were brought to life in the previous book continue as the Wagon Train finally makes it to Oregon. Dillon and Penny - they may be an odd couple at first glance but God is working in both of them and through their circumstances to bring out the best in them! Such a touching tale! I’ve only read a couple of Andrea’s other books but I enjoyed them immensely as well! She is a great addition to my library!
New Garden’s Inspiration by Claire Sanders
Oh, Claire! I could just kiss you for writing such an incredible book! I cried buckets of tears when Caleb went after Leah on the Minister’s horse! I have often felt like Leah, even though I’ve been married for 20 years, my husband has never complimented my looks! He enjoys many things with me and about me, but my deepest longing is to hear him tell me that I’m beautiful! Thank you! I know I’m not the only one who needs to read this!
A Tender Branch by Jane LaMunyon
A wonderful tale of forgiveness and love! Jane exquisitely writes the tale of Mary’s road to forgiving her father who left for the military when she was a 6 year old girl. Soon after her mother passed and Mary blamed her father’s departure! Oh, the pains we hold on to! Only God can heal our hurts and cares about us enough to continue after us until we repent and turn back to him in faith and humility!
Knight and Day by Erica Vetsch
The heartache these sisters must endure to be provided for after their father passes away is hard to understand in this modern world, but mail order brides were a necessity of the times! Four sisters, Evelyn, Gwendolyn, Emmeline, and Jane and Evelyn’s son Jamie travel from Boston to Wyoming in 1874 to find husbands. Knight and Day begins the tale and follows Evelyn’s union while On a White Charger follows Emmeline. Evelyn is a widow as well as her fiancé. They both hide the fact that they each bring a child to the marriage. Lots of strife happens while Gareth takes on raising Jamie to be a cowboy while Evelyn takes on Mad Dog (Madelyn) to learn more womanly skills. A fun tale of mixed families that most of us can relate to now a days! I was pleasantly surprised to find another book in the series so we could learn more about the other sisters.
On a White Charger by Erica Vetsch
The tale of the four sisters from Boston continues. Emmeline has great dreams of cowboys and cattle ranching but quickly learns her husband is not a cattle man, but a sheep guy! Is he a coward too? He and his two partners are the only ranchers in the area left who raise sheep and many of the cattle ranchers are trying to force them out! Emmeline meets her husband while fighting a fire that destroys his home before she even gets a chance to walk inside. He refuses to fight back and instead leads the sheep out to the open range where he and his new wife live in a caravan of sorts. Homeless and on the range, can she fall for this strange man with the kind heart? Can she give up her cowboy dreams, find love, and experience true joy in being a shepherdess? Another brilliant story by Erica Vetsch! I can’t wait to read more about the other two sisters! Their stories are found in Love Is Patient Romance Collection: True Love Takes Time in Nine Historical Novellas.
The Wonder of Spring by Carol Cox
Sometimes a title makes no sense until you finish the book! This is the perfect title for this book’s ending! Carol does an excellent job on keeping you in suspense. There are a few secrets in this book; some are told as you go, and some are sprung on you unexpectantly! It’s always good to keep you on your toes! I loved this book about a spinster woman living with her grandfather! Jeb’s younger year adventures are shared with the world as his granddaughter Charlene makes his tales come alive in the stories she writes and sells to a newspaper back East under the pen name Charles. Will the new owner of the newspaper care if she’s a woman? The adventure begins as the owner shows up in her town and at her home, hoping to meet the author and see the places the stories have made come alive in Charlene’s writings!
If you dont have alot of extra time, it was nice to just read a short story. I would highly reccomend this book to my family and friends, and I plan to purchase the paperback! I received a copy from the publisher for my honest review.
Rhonda Gibson introduces us to Polly Schultz in The Midwife’s Apprentice. Polly is traveling on the Oregon Trail after being forced from her home by her mentor’s new husband. She is journeying with a family expecting a baby. However, due to a misunderstanding, she has to abandon their wagon and stay with another family.
Murder or Matrimony, by Pamela Kay Tracy, puts us back on the Oregon Trail with Megan Crawford. Megan left her old life behind in the hopes of a new beginning but, she encounters multiple hurdles along the way.
Bride in the Valley, by Andrea Boeshaar, remains on the Oregon Trail. Dillon Trier and Penny Rogers are two young people we met in an earlier story. Miss Penny isn’t the best cook, especially over a campfire, but the few times Dillon eats with her family, he has no complaints. Dillon’s been ordered by his boss to stay away from the ladies and concentrate on his job of making sure his boss’ spoiled, pampered daughter’s piano makes it safely across the dangerous terrain.
New Garden’s Inspiration, by Claire Sanders, is set in Indiana in 1861. Leah Wall, a young Quaker, living with relatives since the death of her parents, feared she would never marry. Nevertheless, handsome Caleb Whitaker, a widower with two children, asks for her hand in marriage. However, Leah quickly discovers all is not as she thought or dreamed.
A Tender Branch, by Jane LaMunyon, takes place in 1874. Mary Sherwood is grown. However, she never forgave her father for letting the Civil War claim him on the battlefield. She also blames him for her mother’s death and the destruction of their home when she was six years old. Now, she finds out that her father is not only alive, but has the audacity to want to see her, and wants her to travel cross-country to where he has started his new life.
Erica Vetsch brings us the story of Evelyn in Knight and Day. Evelyn is one of four sisters forced out of their home upon their father’s death. The four have traveled to Wyoming in 1874 as mail order brides. Unbeknownst to Evelyn, her future groom has a child. Evelyn has a child too and hasn’t told her future groom either.
The story of Evelyn’s sister, Emmeline, is picked up in On a White Charger, by Erica Vetsch. Emmeline is a dreamer and fantasizes about a life as a cattle rancher’s wife. Her fantasies are fueled by dime novels and have ill-prepared her for life as a shepherd’s wife; adding insult to injury, the local cattle ranchers don’t like the sheep either.
Carol Cox finishes the collection with The Wonder of Spring. Charlene Matkin and her grandfather, Jed have been trying to support themselves by selling eggs to the town grocer. In her spare time, Charlene writes stories based on her grandfather’s life. She realizes her dream when an out-of-town newspaper wants to publish her stories. However, there is a catch-she has to have a masculine pen name. Charlene is torn between her desire to write and earn enough money to supplement her meager earnings, and her aversion to creating a pen name, thereby perpetrating a falsehood. After much consideration, she decides on the pen name, Charlie.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.