Heartbeat of the Bitterroot

Heartbeat of the Bitterroot

by Janice Mineer


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Jenna Clark always tried to bury her bleak beginnings in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, but a newfound secret about her father’s identity forces Jenna to dig up her past. While there, mysterious threats and dangers suddenly enter her life that bring about an unexpected man of her dreams--Michael Callahan. After a lifetime of running away from family and love will Jenna find the courage to confront her past and step forward into the future?

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ISBN-13: 9781462120291
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Heartbeat of the Bitterroot 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
A story that will move you and tug at your heartstrings... Heartbeat of the Bitterroot By Janice Mineer The cover alone is reason enough pick up this book and read it - the cover is gorgeous but the real treat comes from what is hidden within. Jenn Clark was fortunate that she was able to spend as much of her childhood with her Aunt Ann, Uncle Martin, and cousins - if not for their love and support she may have found herself as adrift in life as her late mother was. But her early years have laid a foundation that has made a mark and she feels that she will never have the family that she wants or any family if her boyfriends are any indication. But Jenna has come back to her roots in Montana with her latest job transfer and she is determined to find what she is missing and to spend time with the family who has loved her through the years. And to start off she's about to attend her cousin's wedding - a wedding that may, in fact, reveal a little-known secret about her past and her father. But the revelation that she never knew her father is a revelation to more than Jenna. But with the passage of so much time can she ever hope to find the truth as to who she is? This journey will allow Jenna to see her mother in a new light. But when Jenna finds her safety threatened the question becomes why. Is it related to her search for answers about her past or is it related to something entirely different? And then there is Michael Callahan her cousin Jack's friend who has somehow found himself involved in Jenna's search. Is he someone that Jenna could trust her heart with? Or is his heart already taken? Altogether this is a beautiful story that one will want to re-read. The characters are alive and one can empathize with them. Well, maybe not Jenna's jerk maybe-ex-boyfriend Derek. And I loved the subtle weaving of the strength and beauty of the Bitterroot throughout the story as a parallel to Jenna's own. I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
I have been in a reading slump lately, but was so excited when I was contacted by the author and asked to review this book! I got me out of my funk. It was so good. I love love stories, with mystery involved. Jenna has been avoiding her hometown for quite a long time. When the airline she is working for sends her back to Montana and her hometown she starts to realize that family is more important. Jenna was in a bad relationship and was on the verge of deciding to keep it going because it was comfortable or moving on. When she meets a handsome man named Michael. Micheal is yummy. He comes with baggage, but boy is he yummy. While at a wedding, Jenna was talking to an Aunt and she told her that someday her "real" father could maybe walk her down the isle. Jenna had very few memories of her father, and thought her Aunt had misspoke. Then she proceeds to tell her that her mom was pregnant before she married her dad with someone else's child. This opens up a who new book for Jenna. She is determined to find out who her birth father is. Once she starts looking strange things start happening to her. She is getting followed, people are running her off the road, and getting strange messages. Jenna has no idea what she has done to attract such attention. The story just gets better and better the further you read. I love mystery, and when love is involved it makes it an even better book. This has such a great ending! I loved this book from the very beginning to the very end. If you are in the market for a romantic mystery, you should pick this one up. The writing is beautiful, and the setting is so lovely. Just an all in all good book.
Mandy More than 1 year ago
After reading Janice Mineer’s Heartbeat of the Bitterroot, I think I may need to take a vacation to the Bitterroot Valley someday. Just the author’s beautiful imagery of the landscape kept me thoroughly involved in the novel, not to mention a complex love story, dangerous situations, complicated family life, and interesting, likable characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading from Jenna Clark’s point of view. She works at the airport in Missoula. She had a difficult childhood, and her relationship (or lack thereof) with her mother, hurt her enough that she has a hard time realizing that she deserves happiness, and that she could make anyone else happy. Sometimes when we hear that there is a love story (or even a love triangle), in a novel, we may roll our eyes and assume it will be just like all the rest. This book is different. You feel and experience the inward and outward struggles of many of the characters, and you hope for their safety, success and joy. I think this novel expertly shows the importance that family can have on one’s life, either for good or bad. However, it also shows that regardless of the circumstances you have faced, you can rise above them. You have potential, you are special, and you do deserve happiness no matter what obstacles you have faced thus far. This is a very deep novel on so many levels. To add to that, Jenna also encounters numerous strange and dangerous situations. The reader has to figure out what is going on and why. It is interesting that though the people around seem to figure out the connections, Jenna can’t always see it. I think that is likely accurate, as we don’t want to see what is right in front of us sometimes. We want to avoid pain if we can. Though I loved the book, I can’t say it was perfect. Two of the characters kind of drop out of the story with no explanation why. I wondered why they didn’t remain. Also, I felt the resolution of the mystery was too quick, and the explanation didn’t make a lot of sense the first time I read it either. That being said, I highly recommend reading this book. The bitterroot flower has a strong connection in the story, and offers a lovely metaphor to ponder, making the title of the novel perfect for the story. ablisscomplete.com