Heart of the West

Heart of the West

by Penelope Williamson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476731001
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 792
Sales rank: 662,657
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Penelope Williamson is an internationally renowned author of historical romance and suspense. Her books include The Outsider, Heart of the West, The Passions of Emma, and Mortal Sins. Penelope lives with her husband in California.

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"You see why I've got to go," he said, his voice raw.

"Why I should've stayed gone for good this time."

"No!" She lifted her hand and he recoiled violently.

She let her hand fall. She snatched a half breath, feeling as if her lungs would burst. "Don't do this, Rafferty, please. It hurts me so much when you do this."

"Yeah, well I'm glad it hurts you, Clementine."

He took a step, not away from her but toward her, and her breath stopped again. His hand stole up to grip her chin. He brought his face so close to hers the moist heat of his harsh breath was like steam on her mouth. Her lips felt thick and hot, as if he had already kissed them.

His fingers tightened, hurting her. He brought his mouth closer still, almost touching hers. That close, but no closer. "Because loving you is killing me," he said.

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Heart of the West 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always hated reading..but one day i was at the library my daughter found this book and said to try it.....well lets just say i was hooked...now i am a historical romance junkie.....i read every day a book...im hooked...this novel is still by far one of my most favorites.. also anothet book from penelope a must read is a wild yearning.. and hearts beguiled. Two more of my favs..try them you wont regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books Ive ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You won't be able to put this one down. P. Williamson is a great storyteller! Best book I've read in a long time.
Betsy7506 More than 1 year ago
I found this book at the dollar store where I soon found out is the last place it should have been. I couldn't put it down. All I could think about for 3 days was getting back home to my book. Five years later and it is still at the top of my favorites list.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it. Couldnt put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! It didn't take me long to read, and the description is amazing! You can totally share the feelings with all of the characters. You can totally cry along with the book, I did! Very sweet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best books i have ever heard. i've listened to the bridged audio version and it has inspired me to read the full book. it's like discovering passion all over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To call Penelope Williamson's 'Heart of the West' a 'romance' novel is to give it short shrift. Instead, I'd call it an epic - though I don't suppose there is actually such a genre. Williamson's characters are so intricately and sympathetically drawn, you can't help but be pulled into their lives and feel all the joys and sorrows they experience. Each character's inner feelings, motivations, and dreams are detailed in a way that bring these people to life much more effectively than a mere physical description can. Nominally, this story is about a painful romantic triangle formed by Clementine, her husband, Gus, and his brother, Zach. However, unlike many other 'romances' I've read, several peripheral characters are also given a full, strong presence in this story, too, which is why it seems more like an epic to me. And, Williamson's descriptions of the majestic but unforgiving land these settlers are trying to come to terms with are, for want of a better phrase, ruggedly eloquent and poetic. I've read two other Williamson books: The Outsider and The Passions of Emma. I'll be scrounging around for any other of her books I can find. Unfortunately for me, writing of this caliber takes time, so there aren't too many more out there. Alas!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this one down. The characters are so realistic and the writing is so moving that I was sorry to see the end of the book. This is the first book I've read from this author and immediatly started looking for more of her stuff. Well worth the money spent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second novel I've read from Ms. Williamson (the first being the Outsider), and I found myself deeply engrossed in the story. The writing was superb, I felt as though I was involved in these people's lives. I felt their joy, pain, and confusion when the plot dictated any of these feelings. The book is thick and I thought, 'How can it carry itself for such a long time?'Easy, evolving from one topic to the next. Clementine is the main character, but the book is not only her, but everyone who surrounds her and fills her life. The sparks between herself and Zach made me think the book was going to ignite itself, the passion is so strong. If there is a book which will keep you turning the pages, this is the one to read. I would defenitely would not waste the opportunity to read it again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up a hardcover copy of 'Heart of the West' for $3.99 from the bargain books section of my local bookstore. I have to say that it was the best $3.99 I've ever spent on a book. I'd never heard of the book or the author before, and I have never even read a 'romance' novel. I'm not sure exactly what enticed me to pick up this one. Perhaps it was my fascination with the Old West. Perhaps it was my addiction to buying cheap books. Perhaps it was the fact that the hardcover front design was very innocuous looking, as opposed to the typical bodice-ripper cover that comes to my mind when I think of typical romance novels. In any case, although I came to realize the book was, in fact, a romance (gasp!), I soon became completely engrossed in it. I fell in love with the characters immediately. And though they are all so different, you come to realize by the end of novel that they are all struggling for the same thing -- true love and the courage to go after their heart's desire. The characters are strong, particulary the women in their quest for independence, love, and fulfillment in the male-dominated Western society of the 1880s. The plot and multiple sub-plots kept my attention throughout as well as the wonderful, and sometimes very steamy, romance scenes. I would definitely recommend 'Heart of the West' to anyone...even if they have never before thought of reading a romance novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was one of best and excellent book that I ever read!! Can't stop reading all night!! Hope for Part 2 for this book!!