Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Heart's Disguise: A Journey Of The Heart Series By Colleen Coble

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

Book Description:  

 In the aftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West.

The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery's marriage before it's even begun.

After Sarah receives word that her fiance, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner--despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive--and that Ben Croftner knew it--she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand.

But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly--and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiance, Rand finally comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife. But could Sarah leave her dying father's side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?

My Thoughts:  

A Heart's Disguise: Journey of The Heart Series Book One is the first book Colleen Coble wrote and it is a great story so far.  As a fan of Christian Historical Fiction and of Colleen Coble I was very interested in this story, except for the fact that it is one book but being released in six installments. I typically stay away from these types of books, just a personal preference but I really wanted to read this book so I figured it was time to give it a try.  A Heart's Disguise takes place right after The Civil War ended. Sarah Montgomery was set to marry Rand Campbell until they received word from the military and a "friend" Ben Croftner, that Rand was injured and died. Rand gave this Ben letters for Sarah and his family explaining what had happened but Ben made sure these letters didn't get to them. Ben had been in love with Sarah for as long as he could remember but she had always loved Rand, but everyone believed Rand was out of the picture, he had a real shot. With the help of his brother, Ben made sure that Rand and Sarah would never be together. When Rand shows up back home and has now ruined all of Ben's plans, Ben abducts Sarah to force her to marry him. Rand shows up in time to save Sarah and stop Ben from going through with his plans.  Sarah finds out that Rand has been posted in Wyoming and he intends to marry Sarah and take her to Wyoming but with her father sick Sarah is at a crossroads.

A Heart's Disguise is part one of a six part book that was Colleen Coble's first book she had written and it is great.  A little background to this book: The Journey of the Heart series came to her after receiving a call that her brother was killed while serving this country Her brother is the  inspiration for the hero. The story is the re-imagining of what her brother might have experienced in his beloved Wyoming if he'd lived there as a frontiersman in the 19th century. Colleen writes with authority about The Civil War and it's effects on our whole county, life during this time, Wyoming during the rebuilding after the war,  and living in the conditions in the frontier. I enjoyed the characters in this book but I think my favorite is William, Sarah's Dad. He is a sweet man who has done what he could to take care of his family even after his wife died and left him with 2 children and a newborn.  He is ill but pushes through to do what he needs to for his family. He is a special man.  I found that I was done with book one very quickly because it is definitely hard to put down. I really felt like I was there watching the events unfold. This story kept me guessing and definitely had the element of surprise in a few cases.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction and even though its six parts, give it a chance, I know I was surprised! I give this book 4 STARS.                                      

 In the midst of end-of-war celebrations, Sarah discovers her betrothed was keeping a devastating secret in Colleen Coble's A Heart's Disguise. 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?

Celebrate book one in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series by entering to win a Kindle Fire and RSVPing to her May 5th author chat party!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Heart's Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart's Obsession (blog tour coming in April)
  • A copy of The Inn at Ocean's Edge (blog tour coming in April)
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced May 8th on Colleen's website. Plus be sure to clear your calendar on the evening of May 5th because Colleen is hosting an author chat party on Facebook to celebrate her A Journey of the Heart series and the release of The Inn at Ocean's Edge! RSVP here!


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