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Thursday, October 22, 2015

A Heart's Betrayal by Colleen Coble Review

Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier, but her secret could drive them apart.
When Emmie Croftner answered the door to her late husband's home, she discovered a terrible truth. A woman she's never met reveals that she and Emmie shared the same husband and that the bigamist had never divorced his first wife. The home and farm are not Emmie's property after all.
Suddenly displaced and powerless, Emmie realizes she can't stay in Wabash, Indiana, any longer. She makes for Fort Laramie, Wyoming, where her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning await her. But when she arrives, she discovers she's carrying a child, conceived before her husband's death. Was the new start she'd hoped for only a mirage?
At Fort Laramie, a soldier named Isaac Liddle begins to court Emmie, prompting her to wonder whether she could ever really be his-and whether she dares to tell him she is carrying another man's baby.
Published June 2015. Fourth book in the A Journey of the Heart series.
3.5 stars.
Likes: I was pleasantly surprised by how the story shifted from Sarah to Emmie. It hadn't clicked in my head that the original series had been two books, so it would make sense that there would be different main characters starting with this book. While the first chapter or so is different, the story quickly picks up pretty close to where it was left off from the first book. The fact that I had read A Heart's Danger at least two months ago didn't matter because there wasn't anything that was important wasn't mentioned again as a reminder. I feel like Emmie's story picked up quicker than Sarah's did, leaving us running from Indian attacks and discovering surprises like her pregnancy right after each other. It's a sweet story and I feel like this could be an even better story arc than the first, for one thing the romance is starting off a bit slower. We get to see Emmie fall in love with Isaac, whereas with Sarah's story, she had already fallen in love with Rand. The descriptions of the scenery are gorgeous and the descriptions of the forts seem to take you right back to the 18760s! I also enjoyed the roles that Sarah and Rand play as b-characters in this book. It's nice to not have them completely forgotten, but still present in the story.
Dislikes: I honestly can't think of anything. The things that hold me back from giving this book a higher rating have nothing to do with the writing or content of the book, it's just simply that I'm used to and prefer books that are longer and have more time to develop things. It's simply a personal preferences. I truly liked all of the characters and the plot.
Overall, I was a bit surprised by this book, but not in a bad way. I didn't expect the shift in POV (from Sarah to Emmie) but I think I might like Emma's story even better than I did Sarah's. I feel like I can relate to Emmie a little better and I enjoy the character development she's had so far. I can't wait to see what will happen to her in the next book. While all of my ratings for this series so far have been the same (all three stars), they do vary in my mind. While this isn't necessarily my favorite series from Colleen Coble, I do enjoy it. I would also recommend if you like a shorter read, romance, or the untamed west. 
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