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.
Series: A Journey of the Heart #6
Published by Thomas Nelson Incorporated on August 4th 2015
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Suggested Age: 13+: non graphic violence and social prejudices that fit the time period.
Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn’t hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?
With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?
Just as soon as I really started getting into this story, this installment seemed so rushed! I’m a little disappointed. I really wish the focus of this series had been with Emmie from the start. I expected some big show out with Ben, after finding out that he was still living but that was very anticlimactic.
The same thing happened with Jessica. I wanted to dislike these two characters. After her running her mouth and stirring drama, nothing came of it. I felt like the pieces were quickly tied up and the opportunity for drama and real depth to the characters were all shattered by one single tragedy.
I adore Colleen Coble’s writing usually and I saw the imaginative spark of a good, solid story in the fifth novella but then the sixth was rushed and it left me feeling unsatisfied and wondering about all the little loose ends that were so quickly swept up.
I felt like Emmie carried this story, but her own wasn’t explored as well as I would have liked. I hate to lament the fact and redundantly state it, but…I really do wish the entire series had have been about Isaac and Emmie. As characters, they were very well-developed and I would have loved to have seen the entire novel detail their sweet romance.