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Dangerous Heart (Westward Hearts)

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    Inspiring story with outlaws, romance and wagon-trains

    Perfect for : Personal reading, Book Club reading (Discussion questions are included in the back of the book) <BR/><BR/>In a nutshell: I enjoyed this book a lot, it has a great mix of adventure, romance, danger and life in a wagon-train! Having very little female influence in her life growing up, Ginger Freeman is now a little rough around the edges, but it makes her very lovable and refreshing. Raised within a band of outlaws, her original intent when joining the wagon-train was to kill Grant, the man she believes had a hand in the death of her older brother. She finds that Grant is a skilled doctor with a willingness to help others, and a faith that runs deep. Now she is faced with a choice - go through with her plan, or return to the outlaws without having avenged her brother's death. As a reader, I got to see the slow transformation of Ginger as her faith grew. Once I got into the story, I couldn't put the book down. It was a very enjoyable read, and I'd like to feel that I learned a few things about prairie life and the west. <BR/><BR/>My Review: <BR/>I really did enjoy this book, but think I would have liked it even better if I had read the two previous books. The book is great as a stand-alone book, but I did see parts that referred to the earlier story in Ginger's life, that were most likely filled in with the previous books. That said, the book really was fine to read all by itself. <BR/><BR/>Characters: Tracey's book was filled with fascinating characters such as Lane (a despicable outlaw), Sam Two Feathers (religious leader/Native American within the wagon train), Ginger (main character, raised in a band of outlaws, bent on revenge), Web (Ginger's good-for-nothing "pa" and outlaw leader), Grant (the wagon-train doctor whose wife was killed during a raid by the outlaws led by Web), I could go on and on - there were a few more important characters, but in all they were very well-developed and it was great to see some of the characters have a change of heart and gain in faith. <BR/><BR/>Story-Line: It was a faith-filled (but not preachy) book, teaching forgiveness and instilling hope in both the characters and the reader. Taking place in the 1850's, a wagon-train headed for Oregon runs into a band of outlaws and has to face the odds when Cholera runs through the community. If that isn't enough to encourage a person to find faith, add in three scheming outlaws (at least), a wealthy man heading west to start a new life with his two kids, a doctor who lost his wife during a raid by those same outlaws, and a girl who was raised by outlaws, who is now surrounded by open, honest, faith-filled friends. It was very entertaining and enjoyable. <BR/><BR/>Readability: I found the book easy to read. The authors style and pace were both good. <BR/><BR/>Overall: A fun book that ends the Westward Hearts trilogy very well. If you are a fan of Christian fiction, prairie life, wagon-trains, etc, you will enjoy this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2012

    Tracey Bateman's entire Westward Series was very thrilling and i

    Tracey Bateman's entire Westward Series was very thrilling and interesting. It was difficult to put my Nook down. These three books had me laughing, crying, and thinking, “No, don’t do that!” Fannie, Toni, and Ginger have very diverse backgrounds, but each of them shares a desire to start over again with a new life --- and they’re given a second chance. These are stories about deceit, slavery, discrimination, betrayal, Indian attacks, robberies, disease, and death. They were also about truth, faith, love, forgiveness, and the Grace of God. Life on the Oregon Trail was extremely difficult, and not everyone survived. Through the tribulations came strength of character --- and the ability to help others survive hardship and loss. In the end, Good overcomes Evil. The end has a very rewarding and heartwarming conclusion. I would love to see another series about these characters, and their siblings and offspring about 10 years later.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Westward Ho!

    I have read the 2nd book in this series and was excited to get the 3rd one and see how it was all going to end up. I read that Tracey says she saved the most difficult character for the last book - and boy did she! Ginger is a diamond in the rough (to say the least!) when we originally meet her in the 2nd book. She's still pretty rough when we start book 3, and then her life starts to get really complicated when a piece of her past shows up at the wagon train and threatens to ruin the fresh start she has. She also has to decide whether revenge is still her goal and what she really wants to do with her life. When cholera starts running rampant through the wagon train it becomes a fight for life over death and deciding who really deserves to be nursed through the sickness... and not everyone is in agreement.<BR/><BR/>I love the way it is wrapped up and the epilogue is wonderful. Tracey has crafted a beautiful series about the west, a wagon train and the amazing people on it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    a fabulous historical

    For seven years Ginger Freeman, daughter of an outlaw, blames Dr. Grant Kelley for the death of her brother Clem. Now in 1850 her search for this miscreant has ended she has found him on a wagon train heading west.------ She joins the train with plans to kill Grant. Instead she is welcomed by everyone especially Miss Sadie and soon feels like she is part of a family for the first time in her life. Worse Ginger finds Grant to be a caring person trying to help others nothing like the image she kept in her nightmares for these long seven years. As she finds God, friends and love (with Grant), Ginger feels torn in several directions when her Pa and his cohorts arrive.------------ The third Westward Hearts Americana inspirational romance (see DANGEROUS HEART and DEFIANT HEART) is a fabulous historical totally owned by Ginger although the rest of the cast is fully developed. Readers will feel they are on the wagon train as the closeness is both endearing and phobic privacy is impossible. The transformation of Ginger is deftly done by Tracey Bateman to the delight of historical inspiration fans.-------------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Terrific writing

    Terrific writing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Love this book!

    This is a great example of the picture of sin and how God's love can redeem even the ugliest of hearts!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    A fine read

    Good ending to the trilogy. Ginger deserved her happy ending the most out of all three women.

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