A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Thomas Nelson Incorporated on March 3rd 2015
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Suggested Age: 13+
Note: Nothing inappropriate to note. Small amount of violence but nothing very graphic or offensive.
While the tiny town of Wabash, Indiana, celebrates the end of the fighting, Sara Montgomery attends the parties, but inside she’s fighting a deep sadness. The love of Sara’s life, Rand Campbell, didn’t come back from the front.
So her brother and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to another man—despite her misgivings. When Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that her fiancé Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off their engagement.
Croftner doesn’t take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. He abducts Sarah, his intentions anything but honorable. Then Rand comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and asks her to go with him as his wife.
Will Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the only man she’s ever loved? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?
This is a suspense filled start to a six part series by award-winning author, Colleen Coble. I do hope that this series will release in a collection the way that The Discovery Saga did. I like that I can savor each part of a series for a set amount of time but it’s really nice to go back at some point and read from start to finish. A complete collections is also more affordable. I know that price isn’t a matter for some but at 6.99 each it would take $41.94 (before shipping) to read the entire series which is quite pricey for some. That’s the one downside to a series like this. I hate to even bring up the cost in a review but I have noticed that several people mentioned being upset at the price for such a small book.
Now that I’ve addressed that issue—let’s talk about the story! I loved the writing in this story. I connected with the characters from the start and I found that I was eagerly turning the page in anticipation of what would happen next. Set in Washbash, Indiana in 1865, the stage is set for a very interesting, civil war era romance.
Sarah despair over her fiance’s death is overshadowed by an obligation to provide for her younger brother as her mother has died and her father is in poor health. This arrangement serves as a catalyst for Sarah to agree to a convenient marriage. When she agrees to marry Ben, it isn’t out of love but rather, it is out of duty.
I really connected with Sarah and I felt for her. She wanted so badly to care for everyone around her and pushed her own feelings aside to do what she felt she had to. I really can’t wait to see how this story progresses. Be on the lookout for our future review of A Heart’s Obsession in April, 2015