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.A Heart's Obsession by Colleen Coble
Published by Thomas Nelson Incorporated on April 7th 2015
Genres: Amish & Mennonite, Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Suggested Age: 13+: non graphic violence and social prejudices that fit the time period.
Can a woman held captive by her family make it back to the one man she knows she can trust?
When Sarah Montgomery's father succumbs to his long illness, Sarah is faced with a life-altering choice: submit to her brother's will and marry the deceptive Ben Croftner . . . or escape through the dangerous American West to reclaim the heart of her beloved Rand Campbell at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.
From captivity in her family's home, Sarah makes her decision--and begins the perilous journey to Wyoming by train.
But even in the company of Rand's brother, Sarah does not receive the reception she had hoped for. The necessity of a military wife has preempted her, and Rand is already engaged to Jessica DuBois, the seductive daughter of the post commander. With her heart-broken and her life in ruins, Sarah has no choice but to remain at Fort Laramie and try to win Rand back. But things will get tougher before they get easier . . . the obsessive Ben Croftner has just shown up in Wyoming.
This is a quick read and enjoyable story except for Rand’s self-righteous attitude. Rand’s family and Sarah had absolutely no idea he was living and he is aware of this. Towards the end of the first book he had blamed Sarah for her agreeing to marry Ben Croftner. He doesn’t care that her low life brother was coercing her and that she felt she had to for her dying father. This book picks up with the death of Sarah’s father and her brother trying to force Sarah into a marriage with Ben. Sarah flees and goes after Rand. From there I felt my frustration growing with Rand’s attitude and with Sarah’s inability to function without him.
Talk about self righteous…the first day at the fort and Rand’s already making eyes at another woman. Even worse, by the time that Sarah makes it to the fort herself, he’s already engaged! Honestly, I found it so hard to like Rand. though I started enjoying the flow of the story, I really think Sarah deserves someone better than Rand.
Did I enjoy the story? Yes. Do I already have a feeling that Sarah is going to end with Rand? Most likely and honestly, I think he’s a poor choice. I sure hope that I change my mind about him as the story progresses.