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Defiant Heart (Westward Hearts Series #1)

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A wonderful western romance

    In 1847 their stepfather sold Fannie Caldwell and her preadolescent siblings Katie and Kip to Tom as indentured servants. Over the next three years raging drunken Tom treats them horribly, abusing them although Fannie as a lioness protecting her cubs absorbs most of his wrath. However, she is concerned by the way Tom stares and leers at twelve years old Katie she vows they will escape before he assaults her younger sister.----------------- Fannie befriends Toni the town¿s fallen woman. They agree to flee together with the former¿s siblings at the first opportunity. When wagon master Blake Tanner arrives in town, the two females book passage on his trip west although he objects to single women with no man to protect them. As Fannie and Blake, and Toni with the wagon master¿s best friend Two Feathers fall in love, danger seems everywhere besides the normal perilous journey as someone wants either one or both women dead although no reason seems apparent except perhaps Tom seeking revenge for the Caldwells running away.------------ The first Westward Hearts tale is a wonderful western romance starring fully developed characters bringing to life the decade before the Civil War on the Great Plains. The story line is driven by the cast who face all sorts of peril as they seek a new hopefully better life. Readers will admire the intrepid Fannie who is fierce when it comes to keeping Katie and Kip safe, but also loving and vulnerable. Toni will receive much empathy from the audience for her trials and tribulations. Tracy Bateman shows why she is an award winning author with this suburb Americana romance.----------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Could not put it down!

    I read this book through in 2 days!I read it every spare minute that I could! I love reading and this is one book I could not put down! Loved the love that was blooming between Fannie and Blake.Loved also the danger that Fannie was in and the steps Blake took to protect her and her brother and sister! Very romantic! I felt so bad for Toni and can't wait to read the next book in this series! I highly recommend this book who loves to read about faith,love,danger,hope and romance! I could not put this book down it was that good!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    This was probably one of the most riveting prairie novels I've ever read. I finished it quickly. The tension was great throughout the story. And Fannie was the strongest heroine I've ever come across, though her stubborn streak got her into an awful lot of trouble. On occasion, that stubbornness made her a bit unlikeable, but given her past, her guarded behavior made total sense. Plus, she never would've captured Blake's attention any other way. There were some pretty sad situations in this story, many of which were extremely realistic for those times. Honestly, the only weakness I saw was the POV switching without warning at times. At first I thought it was that the printer missed the section break, but then realized that probably wasn't the case as the switch happened about twenty times. At any rate, that wasn't a huge issue for me, but did confuse me a bit. Still, I highly recommend this book. It has a nice ending, but there is obviously going to be a sequel, which I assume will be just as wonderful as this story.

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

    Fantastic series

    I love this series and read through it in ten days. The characters are very relatable and believable, and I love how she intertwined the message of Christ within. Please write more historical fiction soon, Tracy!

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