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Do Not Forsake Me
     

Do Not Forsake Me

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by Rosanne Bittner
 

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Chance brought Miranda and Jake together. Now, the strength of true love is tested against a past that he can't leave behind.

Miranda Hayes' life was changed the day she faced down infamous gunslinger Jake Harkner...and walked away with his heart. Their fates have been intertwined ever since. Hunted by the law, fleeing across a savage land, their

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Chance brought Miranda and Jake together. Now, the strength of true love is tested against a past that he can't leave behind.

Miranda Hayes' life was changed the day she faced down infamous gunslinger Jake Harkner...and walked away with his heart. Their fates have been intertwined ever since. Hunted by the law, fleeing across a savage land, their desperate love flourished despite countless sorrows. Now, twenty-six years later, their family has finally found some measure of peace...balanced on the knife's edge of danger.

Jake has spent his years as a U.S. Marshal atoning for sins, bringing law to the land he once terrorized. But no matter how hard he fights the demons of his brutal past, the old darkness still threatens to consume him. Only Miranda keeps the shadows at bay. But when outlaws looking for revenge strike a fatal blow, Jake risks losing the one woman who saw past his hard exterior and to the man inside.

He always knew there'd be the devil to pay. He just never realized he might not be the one to bear the ultimate price.

An emotional saga from the "QUEEN OF WESTERN HISTORICAL ROMANCE" that will captivate fans of Debra Holland, Jodi Thomas, Diana Palmer, and Linda Lael Miller.

The Outlaw Hearts Series:
Outlaw Hearts (Book 1)
Do Not Forsake Me (Book 2)
Love's Sweet Revenge (Book 3-coming September 2016)

What readers are saying about Do Not Forsake Me:

"...a dynamite epic that will be long remembered."

"Truly the heartwarming epic and long awaited sequel to the beloved Outlaw Hearts we all have waited 20 years to read."

"Do Not Forsake Me is a sensually woven love story, action packed, emotionally driven in ways you can't comprehend, and utterly stimulating!!"

"Once I got started reading Do Not Forsake Me, I struggled with putting it down... I just had to know what happened next! And what a ride I took!"

"Yet another book that will end up on my keeper shelf."

What reviewers are saying about Do Not Forsake Me:

"The strong flavor of the Wild West combines with a beautiful love story, creating a true saga of the era."

"A refreshing view of enduring love that survives the dangers of the Old West."

"There was not one chapter that did not keep me engrossed"

What everyone is saying about RT Book ReviewsCareer Achievement Award—winning and USA Today bestselling Author Rosanne Bittner:

"Power, passion, tragedy, and triumph are Rosanne Bittner's hallmarks. Again and again, she brings readers to tears."

"Ms. Bittner has a way of bringing the pages and characters to life which pulled me right in from page one and I hated having to put it down for even one second."

"If you like authentic American West romances with in depth characterizations Rosanne Bittner is your author."

"Rosanne Bittner has a way of weaving a story into your heart so that you can't help but love the characters and feel like you truly know them!"

"We are very lucky to be living during a time when the true Queen of Historical Romance...keeps delivering epic novels that are forever engraved in our hearts."

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/11/2015
Veteran romance author Bittner revisits the characters of Outlaw Hearts as a much older couple in this captivating romance set in late-19th-century Guthrie, Okla. U.S. Marshal Jake Harkner loves the life he has built with his wife, Miranda; their grown children, Lloyd and Evie; and grandchildren Stephen and Little Jake. Jake initially dislikes journalist Jeff Trubridge, but when Jeff proves his worth during a shootout in Guthrie, Jake changes his mind about the polite and reserved young man and agrees to help him write his book. Yet danger seems to constantly follow Jake, and when outlaws kidnap Miranda, he will stop at nothing to get his loved ones back and punish the perpetrators. This somewhat lengthy novel is a refreshing view of enduring love that survives the dangers of the Old West. Jake is a man of his time who feels deeply possessive of Miranda, and though Bittner takes pains to describe her as a strong woman, she’s also quite willing to yield to her man. There’s plenty of drama, including gunfights and multiple brushes with mortality, amid great storytelling that readers will savor. Agent: Maura Kye Casella, Don Congdon Associates. (July)
From the Publisher
"Veteran romance author Bittner revisits the characters of Outlaw Hearts as a much older couple in this captivating romance...a refreshing view of enduring love that survives the dangers of the Old West." - Publishers Weekly

"More than two decades in the making, Bittner's sequel to Outlaw Hearts is an emotional powerhouse! The strong flavor of the Wild West combines with a beautiful love story, creating a true saga of the era. This epic tale of an outlaw lawman and the woman who tamed him has everything Bittner fans expect and more. This classic historical western is destined for the "keeper" shelf. 4 1/2 Stars, Top Pick!" - RT Book Reviews

"Against the backdrop of a raw Western landscape, this post—Civil War—era romance delights the senses. Through Jake, Bittner (Desperate Hearts) explores the complex issues of childhood abuse, self-forgiveness, the bonds of family, and love's promise to be true no matter the price." - Library Journal

"Do Not Forsake Me is a sensually woven love story, action packed, emotionally driven in ways you can't comprehend, and utterly stimulating!! This powerful saga romance continues..." - Addicted to Romance

"Do Not Forsake Me was a wonderful read. It's a hard story and a difficult life but an amazing family that inspired and shone brightly in their harsh surroundings because of the incredible love they had for each other. A definite winner! Bittner will pull you in and give you a serious case of the feels." - Herding Cats and Burning Soup

"[Do Not Forsake Me] was absolutely amazing and I felt so part of the story feeling and experiencing everything. Western Historical Romance fans really need to pick this one up as soon as possible." - Delighted Readers

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492612841
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
07/07/2015
Series:
Outlaw Hearts , #2
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
427,191
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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Meet the Author

USA Today bestseller and award-winning novelist Rosanne Bittner is highly acclaimed for her thrilling love stories and historical authenticity. Her epic romances span the West-from Canada to Mexico, Missouri to California-and are often based on Rosanne's personal visits to each setting. She lives with her husband and two sons in Michigan.

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Do Not Forsake Me 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Historical_Romance_Lover More than 1 year ago
This is book 2 in the Outlaw Hearts series. It's been two years since Jake Harkner got out of prison and started being a U.S. Marshall. He knew that it would not be an easy life, but hoped that it wouldn't endanger the lives of his family. After a run-in with a particularly nasty family of outlaws, Jake must hunt them down. Right before he is to leave, Jake finds out that his beloved Miranda is sick. He wants to be there for her, but he has to go after the outlaws for he could risk going back to prison. Jake soon learns that the outlaws are after his family to get back at him for killing several members of their family. Can he catch the outlaws before they destroy the only good thing to ever happen to him? LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this!!! I grew to love Miranda and Jake while reading Outlaw Hearts and am so glad that Bittner continued their story (and there is going to be another one!!!) The kids are grown up and have families of their own making Miranda and Jake grandparents. But their passion is still red hot. There are few characters that I would be able to read three full length novels about their lives without getting bored, but Jake and Miranda are definitely two people that I could keep reading about. I can't wait to see how Bittner finishes off the series!! Although I'll be very sad to see it end... Thanks go out to SourceBooks via NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do Not Forsake Me So seldom are books in a series as good as the original but Do Not Forsake Me is and might even be better than the first. I found I could not put it down and stayed up until I finished it Jake Harkner is still serving as a US Marshal as required by a judge in order not to go back to prison. He is tired; has been through too many encounters with outlaws; and still fighting mental demons from his childhood. In this story Jake is in a gunfight but suddenly his little grandson comes running out into the street to be with his "gampa" causing Jake to seriously wounded saving him. The gunshot wound causes Jake to loose so much blood he almost dies. Fortunately his son-in-law, who is a doctor, is able to stop the bleeding by using a drastic measure which causes Jake to pass out . When Jake is finally well again he discovers his beloved wife is seriously ill and needs an operation 50-miles away; but, at the same time he receives orders to go and capture some violent outlaws. Jake is torn - obey his orders and leave his wife in another man's care; a man who admits he loves Jake's wife or take her to the specialist for the operation she needs all the while knowing if he does not obey his orders he will be sent back to prison for years. Jake has no choice and with his son's help sets out to capture the outlaws only to discover another band of outlaws with a personal vendetta against Jake and his son plan to kidnap his family members. He and his son race back home only to discover he is too late -- his daughter and grandson have been taken and only he has the ability to save them. I am not a fan of books with a lot of profanity but I will admit I had to laugh out loud when his very young grandson, who parrots every cuss word Jake says, uses those words toward the kidnappers.
Carol_Ann7777 More than 1 year ago
Do Not Forsake Me continues the love story that began in Outlaw Hearts. Being one of my best all-time reads, I can't help hoping for more. I love this story!
Karenls1956 More than 1 year ago
Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
Once again Bittner has created an emotional novel that takes you back in time and shows you what real cowboys are all about. It was a fantastic sequel to Outlaw Hearts that highlighted the hard hitting lives these characters lived. Lasting love and romance shines through while the harshness of the land is apparent to all. Bittner’s vivid and lifelike characters invite you deep into their lives. They’re the type of individuals that you instinctively want to get to know better. I appreciated how Bittner takes the individuals we came to know in the first novel of the series and allows them to grow and change based on the circumstances they now find themselves in. Their personal and interpersonal relationships, along with the land they live on, shaped their lives. Although his novel could potentially be read as a standalone, I would suggest reading the series in order. I loved how Bittner showed us what happens in the ‘ever after’ for the characters that we met in the first novel. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
loverofromance More than 1 year ago
Do Not Forsake Me continues off two years after “Outlaw Hearts” we have seen in the previous story this beautiful epic love that Jake and Miranda have built and strengthened. But their challenges are not over in Do Not Forsake Me . They will be faced with new challenges. Jake is a U.S. Marshall along with his son, Miranda is keeping a secret about her health from Jake, Jake and Miranda’s daughter and her husband’s lives are about to be tested, we meet more of the ‘grandkids’ (and boy were they all entertaining, so lively and they have both Jake and Miranda in them, we see Jake struggle with his past once again, and see him struggle more in this story than the last one. We also get the same amount of emotional display as we saw in Outlaw Hearts and did this one put me through the ringer, in fact probably more so than the first book –which is saying quite a bit. There are many moments in this book that just broke me down in tears, and I don’t want to reveal too much, but I will say that they are powerfully moving and make you think about what is really important in life. This story gives us insights into our own beliefs and desires for life and love. We see how love truly can heal us even from the deepest of wounds, wounds most people never see unless we let them see. I found myself constantly moved by Jake and Miranda’s love for each other, even their children’s relationships with their spouses were deeply motivating. Now I do want to mention one aspect, you can read this as a stand alone, the author gives enough background information you won’t get lost, however I highly recommend you read the first book before this one. And I have my reason for saying that, because there are some things you won’t fully understand unless you read the first book, and this story won’t make as much of a impact unless you get the full story behind Jake and Miranda and what makes them so special. I will say this, if I had to choose one couple, these two would win hands down…NO CONTEST!! They won my heart from the beginning, and after Do Not Forsake Me I was shown how strong their bond is to each other, and there are times when they are separated and that doesn’t keep them from growing together, it actually proves them in a way that magnifies what they have. So if you love historical romance, or a passionate love story this one is a must for you!!
gaele More than 1 year ago
I think I have a new author to stalk/ follow in Roseanne Bittner: the writing and characterization is wonderfully done with characters that dance above the norm for romance: mid 40’s and 50’s. While there was a solid romance sense in the feeling and progression of the story, for me calling this a family saga better explains the breadth and scope of this story. Placing the romance as a secondary, even tertiary element allowed for the history and connections of the characters to speak louder. Picking up from the first in the series, we are now following the lives of Jake and Miranda, he now serving his “time” as a Federal Marshall in the Oklahoma Territory. A wild and untamed place, while Jake isn’t unwilling to make amends for his crimes of the past he truly wants to commute this sentence to find a peaceful life. This story follows the ‘waiting time’ for the answer on his pardon/commutation. A lovely couple, Miranda is in her 40’s, Jake is slightly older in his 50’s. These two have survived everything the west can throw at them: disease, hunger, hard work, and even Jake’s punishment for his crimes. Now all they want is some peace and quiet, time to enjoy their family, retirement of a sort. But, of course, life isn’t always like that. Bittner takes the reader on a journey that is emotional, easy to relate to and mixes those with the elements and incidents that are true to the life and environment of the time: not always pretty, neat or clean. As a stand-alone, the story and characters are engaging and engrossing, transporting readers to the center of the setting, rich in description and imagery. I do think that the full impact of the story and the connection between Jake and Miranda would have been more impactful with having read the first book: something I am intending to remedy soon. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from June 01 to 04, 2015 Book Info Mass MARKET Paperback, 512 pages Expected publication: July 7th 2015 by Sourcebooks Casablanca ISBN 1492612847 (ISBN13: 9781492612841) edition language English series Outlaw Hearts #2 other editions (1) Source:Netgalley EARC Book Buy Links Amazon B&N BOOK SYNOPSIS Experience the epic, sweeping story of Jake and Miranda Harkner from Bittner's beloved Outlaw Hearts, called by New York Times bestseller Heather Graham "a wonderful, absorbing read, with characters to capture the heart and the imagination". Fate brought them together. His past may tear them apart. Miranda Hayes' life was changed the day she faced down infamous gunslinger Jake Harkner...and walked away with his heart. Their fates have been intertwined ever since. Hunted by the law, fleeing across a savage land, their desperate love flourished despite countless sorrows. Now, twenty-six years later, their family has finally found some measure of peace...balanced on the knife's edge of danger. Jake has spent his years as a U.S. Marshal atoning for sins, bringing law to the land he once terrorized. But no matter how hard he fights the demons of his brutal past, the old darkness still threatens to consume him. Only Miranda keeps the shadows at bay. But when outlaws looking for revenge strike a fatal blow, Jake risks losing the one woman who saw past his hard exterior and to the man inside. He always knew there'd be the devil to pay. He just never realized he might not be the one to bear the ultimate price. My Thoughts After found myself fascinated with the first book in this western romance set in late 1800’s was very happy to be allowed the chance to continue the story of Jake Harkner and Miranda Hayes Harkner, their children and the entire cast of characters that inhabit this books pages. If you have read the first book Outlaw Hearts than you know that this is a love story that transcends time and place very well. It is also however filled with brutally shocking moments that realistically resonate for the time period that it is set in as well as the occupation of the characters it follows. What really peaked my interest in continuing with this second book however is that the events that are chronicled in this fictional tale actually are very much true to what life was like for the men and women who lived and died in the western territories of the 1800’s. This emotionally charged follow up to Jake and Miranda's story had the ending I was hoping for as well as the action I expected. This is a story filled with adversity, courage, love, honor and heartache. There is not one chapter that did not keep me engrossed and despite it’s length it was still over too soon for me! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]