A Heart's Disguise

A Heart's Disguise

by Colleen Coble

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Overview

In the celebratory mood of the recently-ended Civil War, Sarah discovers her betrothed has been keeping a devastating secret.

While the tiny town of Wabash, Indiana, celebrates the end of the fighting, Sara Montgomery attends the parties, but inside she’s fighting a deep sadness. The love of Sara’s life, Rand Campbell, didn’t come back from the front.

So her brother and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to another man—despite her misgivings. When Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that her fiancé Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off their engagement.

Croftner doesn’t take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. He abducts Sarah, his intentions anything but honorable. Then Rand comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and asks her to go with him as his wife.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780529103413
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Series: A Journey of the Heart , #1
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 424,515
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Colleen Coble is a USA TODAY bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, Twilight at Blueberry Barrens, and the Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor series. Connect with Colleen online at colleencoble.com; Instagram: colleencoble; Facebook: colleencoblebooks; Twitter: @colleencoble.

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A Heart's Disguise 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Sarah became engaged to Rand before he went off to fight in the Civil War. They were both very young. When no word comes from him for a very long time, his family and Sarah give him up for dead. Sarah’s father is not well and he is concerned for her and her must younger brother, Joel. After some strong urging on the part of her older brother, Sarah reluctantly becomes engaged to Ben. When Rand shows up, having been a prisoner at Andersonville, Sarah is thrilled, but heartbroken. Rand is staying in the Calvary, heading to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. She breaks her engagement with Ben, but does not feel she can leave her dying father. At the beginning of this novella, Colleen Coble says this is her first writing. I have read all of her books. I personally am not a fan of serializations of novels. Each one ends leaving you desperate to pick up the next. If that is you, you might want to consider that this story appears to have 6 novellas. You may want to wait until September when the entire collection comes out in one book. I received this from NetGalley for my honest opinion.
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
A Heart's Disguise, Colleen Coble Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews. Genre: Romance, Historical   I liked the sound of this one but...it didn’t really work as well for me as I’d hoped. Its a story in three parts, and each is quite short at only 788 locations on kindle. I’m guessing that’s about 80 pages so there just wasn’t space enough to really get to know the characters or the story. It felt very surface based, where almost as soon as a plotline was introduced things happened and we moved on to next one. I really like to get lost in a story, and I just didn’t feel deep enough here to do that. I need to feel I’m back there in the West, facing the hardships they do and empathising with poor Sarah. It was a tough time in history and I need to really Feel it, live all the hardships and problems with them. Its an interesting premise though, and I’m looking forward to maybe a bit more depth, and that lovely potential nasty person/jealousy storyline in the next episode given we’ve met most of the major characters. That sort of plot is just what I love, so fingers crossed... This was a good beginning in introducing everything, but due to the brevity everything felt a bit rushed. Still – though I love long books, there are those who like one of my good friends, want a book they can finish in a couple of weeks. She only reads a few pages each night so 100,00 words – books I love – are her worst nightmare. Its another insight into how were all different in what we want, and though this didn’t work for me it will for others.  Stars: Two and a half, lots of potential but so far for me its not quite getting there. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers
Shopgirl152ny1 More than 1 year ago
I liked this story, but it felt more superficial and like too many events were packed into it's size. I felt for Sarah and how she was deceived by Ben and mistreated by her brother. I can't understand marrying for anything other than love, but getting away from her brother would be a pretty good reason! I was frustrated by Rand's distrust of Sarah and how he wouldn't really listen to her a few times. She didn't seem to be treated very well by the men in her life, other than her father. There's some talk about God and how she's angry with Him for taking Rand; the pastor has a cool way of explaining how we can't see God's plan from where we are and how it looks like the back of an embroidery project, chaotic, to us, but if we could only see the other side, God's perspective, it's beautiful. The story's fast moving and there's some excitement. I was frustrated with the way this story ended, especially with Rand's attitude. I'm hoping the next one turns out better for Sarah! You might like this story if you like historical romance. I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
After reading A Heart's Disguise, I know I'm going to thoroughly enjoy the rest of this series! This is a great introduction to the characters and community. I particularly liked Sarah and Rand. And that Ben was a total toad! Great intros to Sarah's and Rand's family and friends as well. Although this is essentially the first sixth of a story, I got enough to capture my interest. Plus, now I seriously want to know what's going to happen between Rand, Sarah, and Ben next! (Please note that this is the first book in a serial, so you definitely need to read them in order!) What a great start . . . I can't wait to read more! [4 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Can you imagine living though the Civil War and learning that your fiancé is dead, never to return. This is what happened to Sarah Montgomery, and she may never get over her loss. Life must go on, and her father is not about to live much longer, she lives with her brother and his wife, and they all want her to marry a well to do survivor of the horrible war. Ben Croftner appears to be a man that gets what he wants and no one had better to get in his way. This is the man her family wants her to marry, and why not she is not happy and life has been so hard since she lost her Rand. Can you imagine the surprise when Rand reappears and is shocked to find out that Sarah has not waited for him? He thought she loved him, as he still loves her, but now she is engaged to marry Ben? He knows that Ben knew he was alive, so how could this be possible. He had even sent a letter with Ben to give to Sarah. Um, I bet you can guess that Ben is not a very nice man, and he goes on to prove it again, and again, the deeper we get into the book. With the end of this page-turning book we are left up in the air, and I need to know what is going to happen. Rand is on his way to report to Fort Laramie, and he is alone. Thank goodness there is more to come, and I can hardly wait for answers. Thank you Colleen Coble, I love this story! I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
SGB1 More than 1 year ago
This is a re-release, and the entire novella series can still be found in paper back as one novel Wyoming. I paid less than $5 including the shipping.   I agree it was a very good series, and I enjoy Colleen's writing.  I hate getting ripped off though $6.99 for a novella - it's good,  but find it as Wyoming and save yourself some cash.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble in her new book “A Heart’s Disguise” Book One in the Journey Of The Heart series published by Thomas Nelson takes us into the life of Sara Montgomery. From the back cover: In the celebratory mood of the recently-ended Civil War, Sarah discovers her betrothed has been keeping a devastating secret. While the tiny town of Wabash, Indiana, celebrates the end of the fighting, Sara Montgomery attends the parties, but inside she’s fighting a deep sadness. The love of Sara’s life, Rand Campbell, didn’t come back from the front. So her brother and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to another man—despite her misgivings. When Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that her fiancé Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off their engagement. Croftner doesn’t take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. He abducts Sarah, his intentions anything but honorable. Then Rand comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and asks her to go with him as his wife. 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? When Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his Sherlock Holmes stories they ran in The Strand Magazine. And when he wrote the full length novels they had to be serialized to run which meant that “The Hound Of The Baskervilles” took a full year. The good news is that, while the Journey Of The Heart is also being serialized, it will not take that long”as the whole series is only six parts. “A Heart’s Disguise” is a great way to begin. The Civil War is over however Rand, The love of Sarah’s life, did not come back. So she is going to marry Ben. There is a whole lot going on in the ninety pages of story that you are going to want to read for yourself. Ms. Coble knows how to write characters that come alive off the page. This is a fast-paced read that will keep you guessing as to what is really going on. I recommend this book highly! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
A Heart’s Disguise is a great beginning of what is sure to be a wonderful, historical journey! This story begins Colleen Coble’s first novel serialization. The Journey of the Heart series includes six books that will be released monthly from March through August. These stories were originally published in two books, Where Leads the Heart and Plains of Promise. I enjoyed Colleen’s beautifully descriptive writing and easily visualized the sights and sounds of Wabash, Indiana in 1865. The characters in this story are well-written and well-developed, and I am already invested in their emotional journeys. Drama, deception, and danger kept me engaged and the questions that linger left me anxious for more. I can’t wait to continue this adventure in next month’s release, A Heart’s Obsession! A complimentary copy of A Heart’s Disguise was provided to me through Litfuse Publicity. I appreciate the opportunity to read this book and offer my honest opinion.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Friday, March 20, 2015 A Heart's Disguise by Colleen Coble, © 2015 Journey of the Heart series Wabash, Indiana, 1865 Autumn's chill matched Sarah Montgomery's heart. The war had taken so much from her, and it seemed impossible for life to ever get to a hopeful place. The scent of turning leaves lingered in the air as she sat on a porch rocking chair beside her father, who was huddled in a blanket... --A Heart's Disguise, 1 Papa is dying. So much had transpired, so many memories holding hopes at bay. How will I keep private thoughts hidden from my countenance? Five months now since Ben came home, declaring that Rand is dead. How can it be? Papa says to marry Ben; and for Joel too. She has raised him since Mama died at his birth. Wade agrees. But whose best, I wonder? Have you made a life decision to please someone else or been unable to back down once it is spoken? Sarah regrets pleasing others before she is certain. Her older brother Wade is like the prodigal son remaining at home ~ all of it his, but bitterness dwells in his heart. So, I have agreed to marry Ben, but my heart belongs with Rand. Dying moment-by-moment, my days go by in a blur. Soon we are to wed. How do I leave my heart behind? The train comes to a stop at the Wabash depot. A lone figure descends the steep steps, greeted by the old porter, Liam Murphy. Home. Finally home after three long years. How will Sarah discover hopes renewed? (to be continued in next month's issue...) ***Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and Thomas Nelson for sending me a copy of A Heart's Disguise for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
A Heart’s Disguise is the first book in a six book serialized novel set. When I set out to read a novella or a serialized novel, I make sure to set up my expectations accordingly. I know that in a serialized novel, there will usually be a bit of a cliffhanger ending, or at the very least, an ending that will leave me wanting more of the story. That is true in this book. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment, A Heart’s Obsession. Another thing I hope for in a shorter novella or serial novel is a book that has main characters who are still emotionally well-developed. I want to form some sort of bond with them, even if it is in a shorter span of time. A Heart’s Disguise also fulfilled that request as well. I felt intense sadness for the loss that Sara Montgomery has faced and the bad decision she finds herself making. I feel intense dislike for Ben Croftner and a hope that his schemes do not prevail. My heart also goes out to Rand Campbell. I feel for him because of all that he has gone through. I really enjoyed this first book of Colleen Coble’s serialized novel series entitled Journey of the Heart and I am looking forward to reading the other five stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her stories are always full of twists, turns, intrigue, romance, and the Lord. So I jumped at the chance to review her Journey of the Heart series. From the first page of this book, I was hooked. If you've read Where Leads The Heart, then this story will be familiar to you. That being said, I look forward to re-reading this fantastic story! Sarah Montgomery is someone I connected with instantly. She is going through her life the best she can after her heart was shattered at the news of her fiance's death. Rand Campbell has survived the horrors of the war, only to come home and find out everyone thought he was killed in action. He is broken, angry, and trying to heal. In true Coble fashion, Ben Croftner provides the perfect twist to the story. As for the message, since this is just book one of six, we don't delve too much into the spiritual. We learn that Sarah is angry at God for taking her well-ordered and planned out life and turning it upside down (really, though, who wouldn't be!). Rand is trying to put his life back together and looking to restore his faith in the God of his childhood. Overall, this book ends with a surprising cliff-hanger and I look forward to reading more in this series. *Thank you, Litfuse, for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
This was a quick read. It introduces the characters. Sarah is grieving over her fiance who is Rand who is suppose to have died. Her father and older brother Wane, wants her married. Sarah pledges to Ben and then finds out Rand a live. There Ben Croftner, who can not take rejection lightly. Ben does something and Rand comes to Sarah aid. We meet Rand family. We also she the surprise for the family and news for the family. What will happen next no one really knows. What will Sarah decide to do. Sarah will need to take her younger brother Joel. It depends on what Sarah wants to do. Will she leave her father and go with Rand? What will Ben do or plan for that matter. It sure is mystery.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
Well it certainly is a good thing the book is a serial because I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. From the author’s letter on page 1 to the sneak peek at book 2 – you will be hooked! The story will hold you in it’s grip and make you desperate for each new chapter. You may find your eyes racing ahead and your fingers itching to turn pages… And it is almost impossible to believe that this is part of a series that Colleen wrote so very long ago. Exceptional characters… intricate plot… beautiful detail… WOW! Just WOW! DO NOT miss this book! And be on the lookout for the next one – coming in April! Review © JCMorrows 2015
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Colleen Coble has been a favorite author of mine for some time, with her Mercy Falls series being the books that originally hooked me on her writing. When I requested this book, there were a couple things I didn't realize at the time that I feel I should inform you of. 1. A Heart's Disguise is only 90 pages long. 2. This book and the following books in the series are a reprint of her original series, originally entitled Where Leads the Heart and Plains of Promise.  That being said, I had a few reservations as I started reading. One of them being, how in the world was I going to get hooked on a book only 90 pages long and feel anywhere near satisfied? Colleen proved my doubts wrong. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this short novel. A Heart's Disguise has the same elements of Colleen's later books, such as great writing, interesting characters, and suspense. Now, this book didn't have nearly as much suspense as some of her others, but I still enjoyed it. Even though A Heart's Disguise is short, I was able to get into the story and care about what would happen with Rand and Sara. And I still do, because the novel ends on a cliffhanger! Lucky for me, and all the other readers who will be picking up the Journey of the Heart series, the subsequent books are each set up to release one after the other, about a month apart. A serialized method, if you will. If you're a fan of Colleen Coble, this series is a great look at her early work. Just be prepared to wait anxiously for the next book in the series, I know I am. I was given a review copy of A Heart's Disguise from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.
mandaandtom More than 1 year ago
Almost ten years ago, Colleen Coble penned her first series. This first series has been broken up into a serialization model and the first book is called A Heart's Disguise. This story takes place back in 1865 in the little town of Wabash, Indiana. In the aftermath of the Civil War, much has changed including Sarah Montgomery's future plans. When Sarah's significant other, Rand Campbell, didn't return home from the war, the worst was assumed. Life could never be the same, yet she couldn't bear to live under the same roof as her older brother and his family. So in spite of the dread she feels inside, Sarah decides to accept Ben Croftner's proposal. Ben seems to be in quite a hurry to tie the knot, but when Rand Campbell surprisingly shows up in town, Ben's scheming plan begins to unwind. I enjoyed this simple novel. I think it will be interesting to read this series in a serialization model. The book is only 96 pages long and can be read easily in a day. Colleen Coble always has some kind of mystery going in a story and this book has that too. It will be interesting to see how Ben's character plays out for the rest of the story. The story definitely piqued my interest for what will be coming in the next book, A Heart's Obsession, and I'm looking forward to reading that when it comes out in April. If you're short on time, but would love to be able to read something quickly, pick up the first book in the 6 part series. It's a quick read that will give you a fun, little escape. Journey of the Heart series Part 1--A Heart's Disguise (releasing March 10, 2015) Part 2--A Heart's Obsession (releasing April 7, 2015) Part 3--A Heart's Danger (releasing May 5, 2015) Part 4--A Heart's Betrayal (releasing June 2, 2015) Part 5--A Heart's Promise (releasing July 7, 2015) Part 6--A Heart's Home (releasing August 4, 2015) ***I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
happyhomeschoolmom More than 1 year ago
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 fiancé, 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 fiancé, 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?" The author's note at the beginning of the book states that this is the fist series that she ever wrote and they have not been in print for nearly ten years.  A Heart 's Disguise is book one of six in The Journey of the Heart series.  It is under a hundred pages long and a very fast read.  I think it has the makings of a good story, but I am not a big fan of books that are divided up so much.  It seems as though they rush through the story and  just when you are getting into it, they cut off in hopes you will purchase the next one in the series.  I also think  that splitting a story into 6 separate books causes the consumer to spend a lot more money then necessary to get the complete story but I see that Amazon has a set of the whole series as one purchase available for preorder..... That said, this could be a fantastic story by the time it is finished.  It has interesting characters and a good plot, complete with hints of danger, love, and mystery.  I absolutely loved this (talking about how it can be hard to see God's plan in our lives), "She was doing some embroidery work, and I looked up at the underside of the hoop.  The yarn was all tangled and gnarled.  A real mess.  But when I climbed up beside her and looked down on what she was working on, it was a beautiful garden.  That's the way our lives are.  We're looking at the picture from underneath, but God is working out a specific plan from above." Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC regulations.
Dawn-Read_Love More than 1 year ago
It's October, 1865, and in the wake of the war, Wabash, Indiana is having nightly dances. Sarah Montgomery doesn't feel like celebrating, though, when the war has "taken so much from her". Her fiance, Rand Campbell was killed, and though it's been over a year, she's still grieving. Her father's heart is failing, and he wants to see her married. Despite her misgivings, to appease her father, she accepts Ben Croftner's proposal. Despite his new-found wealth, Ben’s not half the man Rand was. As it turns out, he took advantage of Rand’s mistakenly reported death to steal Sarah away. For the first time in over a decade, Colleen Coble's early works are being reprinted. What had originally been presented as four volumes is now a six-part series of novellas. This is the first time I've read a novella that was a serialized portion of a novel rather than just a short teaser or prequel. At 90 pages, it's a quick and easy read. Sarah is likeable, as is Rand, and it's nice to see each of them defined in the larger context of their immediate family environment. The villainous Ben is more than sly, he is dangerous. But just as we are getting acquainted with everyone, the curtain falls on a huge cliffhanger. It's difficult to rate a work that's incomplete. Initial impressions indicate that the drama is a bit soap opera-ish (Secrets, misunderstandings, and unspoken feelings drive the tension.) Readers won't find any closure, but their interest will be piqued for the subsequent books.