Melinda Cartwright is determined to help the Elliott brothers catch the smugglers that threaten their pecan operation. And John Elliott is just as determined to stop her!
As John watches his older brother, his aunt, and even their house-guests fall in love with Melinda, and her winsome ways, he battles his own conflicting feelings for her. Melinda is not immune to his charms. But she denies her feelings, certain a future with John would mean the sacrifice of her dreams.
Then Melinda makes a sacrifice of another kind. One that could cost her very life. Ultimately God intercedes to show them that only by trusting Him can they receive the true desire of their hearts.
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About the Author
"This instinct for love, so firmly implanted in the human heart, is the supreme way by which we learn to desire and love God himself above all else."
So writes Hannah Hurnard in the preface to her allegory, Hinds' Feet on High Places. Hurnard's sentiment expresses most profoundly, why I write romantic fiction. Through these stories, I seek, first and foremost, to glorify God. I trust that the stories will also engage and entertain my readers. If a single person is brought closer to God through their reading experience, I will count myself blessed indeed.
The author began writing under the pen name June Caedmon in July of 2002. Since then she has completed seven novels, four of which have been published. She is an avid reader and enjoys the research that her writing style demands. She has little with which to commend herself and relies solely on God for her inspiration, wisdom and guidance. The author lives with her family in the Hill Country of Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Mel was headed to Savannah, Georgia for an overdo visit with an aunt. Partway to Vicksburg, bullets whizzed past and the prize stallion borrowed from home "spooked" and bulled lose from the buggy, sending it the buggy on a collision course toward a stationary wagon near the river's edge. The two Elliot brothers hurried toward the accident to assess the situation. John was furious at the carelessness of the young man driving plus the dent in his wagon. Sam, however, was more concerned with the well-being of the young man who looked to be about 16 years old - too young to be driving in the rough country alone. It appeared Mel had nothing more than a few cuts and bruises. The forehead cut needed stitches. John demanded payment or restitution of the damage while Sam tried to diffuse the situation. John demanded the young man stay on the Plantation and"work off" the damages while his wagon would be repaired in the nearby tow. The boy readily agreed. John stormed off and Sam led the boy to the main house to take care of the injuries when suddenly he fainted. Calling out to his aunt, asking her to quickly clear the kitchen table, Sam began cleaning the injuries and sent for his black bag to stitch the still bleeding cut... More than just the cut needed to be "fixed"! Thus begins the unexpected twists and adventures of "Heart's Desire". This is a very well-written novel with a setting of pre-Civil War. Lincoln is running for president, family views are divided, and the nation is in commotion. Still life goes on. The Elliots' own a unusual plantation free of slaves, plus ship their own product. Some strange things have occurred and John was afraid their reputation would suffer if the problem wasn't remedied. The romantic/historical setting is delightfully wholesome with an element of Intrigue. This first book of the series left the reader slightly wanting. Hopefully Book Two will fill the void. It was slightly dragged out but never boring. The Christian faith was also implemented in the key character's lives and actions. The character's of the story were very real. The scenery and background was portrayed well. The book cover is passable but wasn't indicative of the story. The Title was, also, passable but did not capture the"meat" of the tale. My review of this book gives it a Four Stars rating. I was gifted this book by the author for an honest review of which I have given.
What a very enjoyable book! I am so glad to have met these characters and been introduced to a new author to enjoy! Set mostly in Mississippi right before the Civil War breaks out, Heart's Desire introduces us to Melinda Cartwright. Melinda is a very free spirit who gains the hearts of the Elliott family. Sam and John Elliott run a pecan plantation and are trying to catch smugglers that are infiltrating their shipments. The author did a great job of creating characters that I felt deeply invested in. They were well written and sometimes I found myself so frustrated with Mel, wanting her to see what I could see and make a better decision! The spiritual growth of John throughout the book was heartwarming and I look forward to being able to read the second book in the Whispers of Grace series someday. I was provided with a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.