Heart of the West

Heart of the West

by Carolyn Twede Frank

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Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank

Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue’s wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiancé. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper ad seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.

Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiancé she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate’s mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524405212
Publisher: Deseret Book Company
Publication date: 01/01/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 484,862
File size: 2 MB

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Heart of the West 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
grammy57 More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I have read anything by Carolyn Twede Frank. This is a nice author and she had an interesting concept of a love story. The story flowed well until the very end. At the end of the story, it seemed a bit rushed and there was one place that jumped without a break or warning. The main characters were in one place and the next paragraph had them somewhere else at a very much later date. A bit disconcerting to say the least. The main two characters were quite well developed. The other characters were well developed also, but not a lot of background given on them, but enough to not confuse you or make the book too long or boring. I thought this was going to be a Christian book. but I would not call it that. It was a nice, clean book with no vulgar language or situations, but God was rarely mentioned nor did the main characters seem to pray or read their Bibles. If you were expecting more of that, you won't find it in this book. If you just want a nice, clean read, this is for you. Lastly, the editing. At the beginning of the book, it was very nicely done. At about the halfway point, things went downhill. There were more and more errors the further I read. It also seemed that the ending was a bit rushed. Overall, I'd give it a 4 out of 5 stars. I asked, and was given an ebook to read and review through netgalley.
blueyz1962 More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book by a new-to-me author. Kate Donahue is a wealthy socialite who's dream it is to be a doctor. She obtains her dream, but her parents want her to marry and be a dutiful wife. So, Kate takes a position in Craig, Colorado. Facing opposition from the men in the town, she works to win favor with the women. Lucas McCurdy is a sheep herder who finds himself attracted to Kate, but he is a married man who's wife left him, taking their daughter with her. Lucas is having trouble with a local cattle rancher who wants full grazing rights to government land that Lucas has been using with the government's permission. Stanley Jones, said cattle rancher, works hard to get rid of Lucas all together. This book has love, friendship, loyalty, and determination in it's characters. Will Lucas tell Kate about his attraction for her? Will Kate find tender feelings for Lucas? If you enjoy clean, historical romance, you are sure to enjoy this book. Enjoy! I received a free copy from the publisher, Covenant Publishing, for an honest review. The opinions stated are purely my own. I was in no way compensated for my review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Love women who are full of fire and determination, especially when it comes to what they want in life over what their influential parents want for them instead. Kate Donahue had to run away quite literally to head west after receiving her certification as a doctor. The man she was suppose to marry wanted nothing but someone who might make him look good as a senator and being a doctor was not in the plans, despite how much her mother and father begged her to reconsider. She waited for everyone in her household to leave and she simply packed up what she could and bought a train ticket heading to Craig, Colorado where she read an advertisement promising new business in the growing town. Surely they would need a doctor. When she arrived she wasn't looking for any man's attention, and yet that is precisely what Stanley Jones was used to getting his way and he wasn't about to take Kate's no for her final answer. He reminded Kate of the same kind of man she walked away from in Long Island. She wasn't about to be curtailed by another one now. Yet for the Jones family, it seems they were used to things going there way and it none of the town's proprietors were going to say anything to contradict their wishes, even if it meant keeping the local law close and in their pocket. So Kate would be on her own to start up a medical practice but she received less than warm invites from those in town. For sure she would have the women in town who would come to her for medical needs, but how was she going to make a living working in trade and bartered services. Her parents reminded her if she walked away from their wishes she would forfeit her entire inheritance so she would have to find a way to stretch what little savings she had left. She doesn't plan on falling for anyone in town but when Stanley Jones begins to bark orders to a small crippled boy named Logan and an Irish sheep rancher by the name of Lucas McCurdy she was about to go against the Jones family in a bad way. Knowing that they wouldn't do anything to her personally, they vetted their anger in other ways like trying to intimidate and frighten off McCurdy to take his sheep and head back to Ireland. Logan was another story as his brother was Stanley and he was proud to boss his little brother around, not that he would amount to much being as crippled as he was. It is going to take more than grit and raw determination to make her way in Craig, but then again, what does Kate have to lose by giving up? She certainly has no plans on heading back home any time soon and she vows to make sure that Stanley understands that loud and clear. I received Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank compliments of Covenant Communications. I absolutely LOVE it when authors choose to right about a strong and determined female character that defies what society deems is appropriate. Kate Donahue is by far one of my favorites. I love that she had already gotten her doctor's certification and now it was all about following her dream to head west and so glad I picked up this novel to enjoy. Even more is the delectable recipe for Lavender's Cinnamon Rolls. Can't wait to mix up a batch. My only hope is that this author has more western romances up her sleeve and now I have her name on my watch list. This one easily garners a 5 out of 5 stars in my opinion.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story of strong women surviving in the Old West. Kate shows gumption and fortitude when she abandons her high society parents and fiancé and travels to Colorado so she can practice medicine and provide doctoring services to a new boomtown. I admired that she followed her heart and dream in spite of the difficulties. There is a variety of characters in the townspeople and ranchers she comes across, and I especially liked how she warmed to the women and wanted to help them improve their situations. Lucas is also a great character with his warmth and twinkle in his eye, but for some reason I had a hard time picturing him at first. He and Kate definitely have chemistry and it was sweet to watch their relationship slowly develop. I loved the setting and experiencing it through the eyes of a pioneer. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
I love reading a story about a woman paving the way for others in history. Kate is passionate about practicing as a doctor, even if it means leaving her family to do so and heading out west to a tiny little Western town in Colorado. Kate's fortitude and determination really brought her to life, especially through the events she had to endure. and it's no secret--she's a big advocate for the underdog, which delivered a whole slew of trouble to her doorstep. I admired her character, wondering if I would have possessed her qualities if I were in a similar situation. I'm a scaredy cat, so I don't know, but I would like to think that I could step up as she did. One of the things that endeared me to this book the most was the unlikely friendships that formed. I love it when people can rally together in tough times and when others can overlook preconceived notions and judgments to find the heart of a person. Of course, I'm always a huge fan of romance and this one is gentle and sweet--a perfect contrast to the wild roughness of the setting of the book--and I love what a little love can do to hopeless situations. Content: mild romance (mild kissing); mild violence *I received a copy, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions.*