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Journey now to healing spa town of Glenwood Springs, Colorado in 1888
Where the past and present collide and a woman is on the precipice of unexpected love.
Millie Cooper, fisherman’s-daughter-turned-nurse, flees a painful entanglement with the wealthy Drexel family who summered near her childhood home in Nantucket, only to encounter them again six years later in Glenwood Springs. The serenity of her mountain hideaway in a town with healing springs is disrupted when she faces caring for the elderly mother and the expectant wife of Stephen Drexel, the man she’d once loved—at the request of his brother John, the man who’d kept them apart. Will Millie forgive the wrongs she feels were done to her, or will she come to see them as a blessing in disguise that leads her to greater joys?
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About the Author
Rebecca Jepson is a homebody who loves a good book, a cup of freshly ground coffee, and all things autumn. She is the author of A Highbrow Hoodwink, a novella included in the ECPA bestseller, TheLassoed by Marriage RomanceCollection. In addition to writing, she works as a paralegal and volunteers in various ministries at her church. She lives in Reno, Nevada, with her husband, Mike.
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Glenwood Springs, Colorado September 1888
It was his voice.
The troublesome knot that had formed in Millie Cooper's stomach was there because of his voice. The rich timbre fluttered about the edges of her memory, just out of reach. How could a voice be so familiar, yet so forgotten? And how could her pulse leap at the sound, while at the same time her veins filled with spreading apprehension?
She peered around the corner of the stairwell at the man, who was talking to Dr. Murphy in the office across the entrance hall. He stood against a backdrop of towering golden cliffs and forested green mountains, visible through the office window. His back was to her. He wore no hat, so she could see his russet-brown hair. The straightness in his posture, the neatness in the cut of his waistcoat, marked him an easterner. That's no reason for me to be so upset. Yet the clenching in her middle only tightened.
She circled her waist with her hand and smoothed the folds of her starched white apron, as if to soothe away her worries. A strand of sandy-brown hair escaped her coiled braids, temporarily blocking her view. But there was nothing wrong with her hearing.
"No doubt we'll require the services of a midwife before long as well," the man said.
The doctor, usually so unflappable, sounded startled. "Your mother is expecting a baby?"
"No, my brother's wife is. Unless I'm mistaken."
Realizing she was eavesdropping on a private conversation, Millie descended the last two steps and crossed the entrance hall. There were no patients seated in the cramped alcove, where the wooden bench and two threadbare red armchairs formed a waiting room.
The uneven floorboards creaked under her feet as she passed the office and entered the room beside it. She began wiping down the examination table, a frail-looking piece of equipment. Dr. Murphy had taught her to work "antiseptically," a newfangled method touted by British surgeon Joseph Lister. Millie was instructed to clean the equipment whenever she had time.
Once finished with the table, she turned her attention to the medicine counter and started scrubbing the assortment of doctors' tools, scalpels, speculums, syringes, and the like. The maple counter shared a parchment-thin wall with the office, making it difficult to shut out the conversation on the other side. She managed to focus on her task — until she heard the doctor say her name.
"Couldn't do better than Millie, I assure you. She's the equal of any doctor, even if she's never been to medical school. I've taught her all I could these past five years. The only procedure she hasn't undertaken is performing surgery."
Millie knew of course that Dr. Murphy respected her. He wouldn't have asked her to come with him and his grown daughter to Glenwood Springs if he hadn't.
What a day that had been. She'd never forget her first glimpse of the breathtaking valley, dotted with canvas tents and log huts, all tucked in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The Grand River and Roaring Fork merged on the valley floor, the flowing waterways sparkling in the pale November sun. Smoke curled up from chimneys and steam rose from the hot springs, melting the early frost that blanketed the evergreen trees. Millie recalled feeling set free, like something inside her had loosened upon arrival.
Though delighted that Dr. Murphy had brought her along, she always wondered if he'd done so partly out of pity. She hadn't realized until today how highly he valued her nursing skills. A poor fisherman's daughter ... the equal of any doctor. She felt her chest expand and her lips curve upward.
Then her smile faded. Just what position is he recommending me for?
The man spoke again. "My mother's condition wouldn't involve surgery, at least it hasn't yet. She's had these attacks of the lungs, as I mentioned. The severity and frequency of the episodes requires the promptest of attention."
Millie's limbs went cold. Does the woman have asthma — or consumption? She had little experience with the former. The latter was another matter. She suppressed a shiver. Sufferers of the disease rarely survived, even surrounded by the famed Colorado mountain air and soothing hot springs that beckoned the afflicted masses.
There was a momentary silence.
"Millie hasn't dealt with asthma much, I'll admit," Dr. Murphy said. At least it's not consumption.
"But I've educated her on the subject, and she's proved herself efficient in any crisis. Still, perhaps you'd like to locate a nurse who's more familiar with the malady before approaching Millie?"
"There isn't time. My mother must not be left unattended, even for a few days."
Something in the man's decisive tone struck Millie. I know him, I know I do. A fact that couldn't explain the uneasy churning in her breast.
She reached for the nearby microscope and began cleaning its brass tube and various lenses and knobs. As she worked, she attempted to force her mind elsewhere. Any minute now, that man is going to come through the door and offer me a position. She wondered what it would be like to have the luxury of tending only one patient. Well, two. There was the expectant sister-in-law as well. But two patients seemed an easy task compared to her work with Dr. Murphy. In addition to caring for the ailing visitors that flooded his office, Millie accompanied him on house calls, often trekking to remote homesteads or faraway mines. Nearer at hand but equally trying were their trips to the red-light district, where unmentionable female illnesses abounded. By the end of the day, her heart would be as heavy as her throbbing feet. But even during those times, she knew she wouldn't trade her work for anything.
Millie whirled, her cleaning rag still in her hand. Her gaze flew to the doorway, where, framed by the peeling white trim, stood the man with the familiar voice.
Millie's breath came to a halt in her throat. The rag fell from her hand to the floor with a soft plop.
It wasn't his aristocratic demeanor or lean good looks that had such an effect on her.
It was the recognition that welled in her consciousness. Oh, she knew him, all right. He was the very man who'd caused her heart to break six years ago, when he'd kept her from marrying his younger brother.
* * *
The sight of John Drexel took Millie on a slippery journey, a downward spiral she had no control over. In a matter of seconds, she went from a confident nurse in the Rocky Mountains to a trembling girl on the Nantucket shoreline. The one who was deemed unworthy of a man's love and devotion. How can I look at him and not be angry? Worse, how could she look at him and not think of Stephen?
Try as she might, she couldn't.
Her thoughts went back to that terrible day. Her senses well remembered the rapid beats of her heart when the hour finally arrived. Her childhood friend turned sweetheart had promised to meet her in their special spot at dusk. To take her away to a world in which she was someone's cherished wife.
She recalled hurrying along the misty autumn lane, the fallen leaves crunching beneath her scuffed leather shoes. She rounded the corner, the tangy smell of the sea rising to greet her. And there, in the clearing in the woods, waiting between the black iron lampposts, next to the perfect-for-two bench was ... John.
Not Stephen, John.
Instead of her beloved, she beheld his strictly business, to-himself older brother, who'd never had time to play.
Somehow she knew at once that he was on a mission, that his unbending aim was to keep her and Stephen apart. He'd succeeded too, because she hadn't found the courage to defy him — and because, deep down, she believed his unspoken implication that she wasn't good enough for his brother.
And now, six years later, here he was again. Shattering her confidence, causing an aching swell of memory ... and, contrarily, speeding her pulse.
Does he even recognize me?
She didn't think so. The relaxed way in which he stood, hands in his trouser pockets, short ruddy curls tilted to the side, indicated he had no idea who she was.
Then there was a flicker in those distinctly blue eyes. A family trait, that light shade of blue. But Stephen's sometimes appeared green. Like the depths of the ocean.
She swallowed down a knot of pain.
John's gaze slid from hers, and he gnawed on his lower lip.
He knows exactly who I am. The realization that he was caught off guard somehow brought Millie a wave of strength. On its heels came the bracing awareness that she was no longer a timid girl from the fishing quarter of Nantucket. She was a trained nurse, able to bring wellness to the ill. She'd delivered babies, sutured wounds, coaxed fevers to subside.
She lifted her chin. "How can I help you, Mr. Drexel?" He expelled his breath as if he'd held it in for some time. "Millie Cooper. You've grown."
Hardly flattering, since she was eighteen the last time she saw him. "Thank you ... I suppose."
A flush crept up his neck. The silence ran on. "I trust you've been well?" he asked finally.
Yes, little thanks to you. "I've managed."
"And your father? Is he —"
"He passed away, shortly after I left Nantucket. An accident at sea."
"I'm terribly sorry," John murmured. After an awkward pause, he added, "The doctor tells me you're quite an able nurse."
"There are many things I might have been 'quite able' at, if I'd been permitted to try." She couldn't believe she'd said it. Her extremities turned numb as she awaited his reply.
He gave her a wary glance. "We're discussing the past, are we?"
"If you want my help, I think we must."
He leaned against the doorframe. "It was a long time ago."
It was yesterday, her heart cried.
He studied her a moment then sighed. "What do you want to know?"
Is Stephen happy?
His wife was expecting a baby, that much she knew. John had no other brothers, only their sister, Rena, so there could be no other expectant sister-in-law. Stephen probably has several children by now.
Unable to voice the somehow dismaying thought, Millie searched her mind for something else to say. "Do you still visit the cottage?"
A ridiculous question, since he'd rarely visited his family's summer-house even when he was young. She'd never understood how he stayed away. She could still picture the quaint cottage, overgrown with pink climbing roses. It was a charming place, perfectly suited to the New England seashore.
He shrugged. "When I have the time."
It was her turn to scrutinize him. "And when would that be, Mr. Drexel?"
He shifted his weight, gaze darting away from hers once more. When it returned, he appeared resolved, his jaw set. "I know your view of my family isn't a favorable one, but I have some very pressing concerns just now. My mother's condition is grave."
She fought an inward battle then nodded.
"Her illness began a little over a year ago, the onslaught brought on by an unknown cause. We consulted with the best doctors in Philadelphia. I even traveled to New York on a number of occasions to seek the counsel of respected physicians there. In the end, it was our trusted family doctor whose opinion I heeded. He suggested a different climate, one that might soothe her lungs, somewhere far from the bellowing factories and thick air of our industrial city."
"Well, Colorado certainly is far from Philadelphia."
"Yes, I thought it a bit drastic. But Stephen visited Denver with Father once, and took a liking to the West."
It was the first time he'd spoken his brother's name, and Millie found it difficult not to flinch. She thought she hid her reaction well, until she saw him watching her intently. When she offered no comment, he hesitated then continued.
"At any rate, since he's the one who'll be living here, taking care of our mother, it seemed only fitting to allow him his choice of locations."
"You're not staying?" The question escaped before she could stop it.
"Only until I see my mother settled with a proper nurse and fitted with a household staff." Grim humor entered his eyes. "I'm afraid the wilds of Colorado didn't hold much appeal for the serving class of New England. Our advertisements in the Philadelphia Inquirer and other papers received abysmal responses. Even our existing staff members were reluctant to accompany us west. A coachman, a nurse, and a lone kitchen maid were all that could be persuaded to make the journey. At least, of my mother's servants." He opened his mouth as if to say more then shut it.
He's trying not to mention Stephen again. His caution did little good. Stephen couldn't help but occupy her thoughts, not with his brother standing four feet from her. She saw her former love in the nuances of John's every expression, from the lift of his brows to the unsettling impact of his gaze.
Suddenly Millie's forehead furrowed. "If your mother's nurse came with you, why are you looking for a new nurse?"
"Because the old one ran off with the coachman shortly after our arrival." A wry grin played about his mouth. "A fine turn of events, isn't it?"
She almost smiled. "How terrible."
He spread his hands wide, eyes earnest. "Will you help us?"
Please don't ask it of me.
"My mother needs you."
Her dry tongue could barely form the words. "Your brother's wife — would I be expected to — to —" She tried again. "Are you sure she's with child?" A faint blush tinged his cheeks. "As sure as a man without a wife of his own can be."
He trained his focus on his black oxford shoe, which was creating circles in the hooked rug. Abruptly he lifted his head. "I've no choice but to beg your assistance, and believe me when I say that if I had other options, I wouldn't be troubling you with this."
The retort that formed on her lips died when she looked more closely at him. She saw the tension in his face, the strain in the lines on his brow. She hardly knew him, having rarely talked to him when they were children. But now she sensed his desperation, and it was enough to convince her that his mother's need was real. And Stephen's wife would require care during her time of confinement and delivery.
A storm of emotions filled Millie. How could she face a months-long ordeal of caring for the very woman who belonged to the man she'd once loved, the man she'd counted on spending her life with?
She grasped at a feeble hope. "There must be other nurses who'd be willing to take the position."
"Perhaps, but none in Glenwood Springs."
"There are other towns in Colorado."
"True, but who would see to my mother while I conducted such a search? Besides, how many backwoods mining towns do you know that boast nurses who trained under a renowned Baltimore physician?"
She suspected he was flattering her to secure her help. She wanted to study him but was afraid to. There was something in his eyes, so like Stephen's — and yet so different — that she couldn't quite decipher. I'm sure he still thinks of me as that bedraggled little girl from Nantucket.
"I'll think about it," she said at last.
Time ticked by.
She knew he was weighing her.
She glanced up ... and nearly lost her breath. In the blue-eyed depths of his gaze, she was transported to another time. Helpless against the memories his scrutiny uprooted, she remembered the stark, unconcealed devotion she'd seen in another pair of blue eyes, looking down at her.
In that moment, a brick-like weight settled into her spirit. This man had cost her a lifetime of happiness. I can't forgive him, I can't.
"You must pardon me," she said, a tremor in her voice. "But I fear I have other duties to attend to."
She knelt to retrieve her soiled rag, straightened, and swept past him, apron rustling as she went.
John left the doctor's office, his head pounding. A revitalizing breeze wafted over him, the gust as clean as the pristine mountain peaks from which it had blown. He relaxed his clamped jaw and inhaled deeply.
He couldn't deny that seeing Millie after so many years had shaken him. Did I even manage to utter a single sensible word in there?
Fearing the answer, he hurried down the path to the hitching post and mounted his horse. He urged the animal forward, hoping to leave thoughts of Millie behind. The effort met with failure.
The girl had become a woman, that much was clear. She possessed that subtle ... something ... that came only with the arrival of womanhood. And like other fair members of her sex, she now had the ability to turn him into a flustered schoolboy.
Excerpted from "My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story was easy to read and the overall story line was decent. The problems I had were that it was very predictable and the whole communication issue was so like most typical romance stories. I found myself thinking that if only these people would talk to each other we could wrap up the story in just a few chapters. I appreciated the author’s attempt to bring faith into the story, and I enjoyed the growing relationship between Millie and Katherine. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
From the first page to the last, I absolutely loved Millie Cooper, who had endured so much as a young girl in Nantucket and accomplished so much as a young woman in Colorado. Now, in 1888, Millie is both loved and admired as a nurse in the community of Glenwood Springs, Colorado and she is finally happy. Suddenly her contented life is shattered by a family from her past and her old insecurities once again threaten her peace of mind. Millie is asked to become a private nurse for the woman who deemed her unworthy of her son's attention and to also help deliver the baby of this man that she once loved. She doesn't believe that she should be expected to do this but Millie soon realizes that God is urging her to set her feelings aside and to answer these calls for help. Author Rebecca Jepson has written a story of young love lost and an everlasting love found. She reminds us that what seems so perfect at the time is often the worst thing that can happen and that God's Plan for our lives is always the best. This is a Christian romance so the romantic scenes are wholesome but the chemistry between Millie and John Drexel is amazing and the increasing awareness of their feelings for each other literally took my breath away! My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado: Millie's Resolve is the perfect book for those who enjoy historical fiction with multi-faceted characters and Christian romance. "i received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
I really enjoyed this read, and the pages flew as I was reading, a poor girl, rich boy, back in the late 1880’s, and in beautiful Colorado. You might want to have the tissues handy for this one, there are some very sad parts, as we meet reality head on, and our girl is there for everyone, including those who seem to really dislike her. We walk in Millie Cooper’s shoes, and as her we are a strong, smart young woman, and full of compassion for her fellow man. She doesn’t seem to be very lucky in love, but we see where God is leading her, and how he is there for her. I actually wanted more once the last page was turned, but the story did wrap up like I would have wanted it to. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive review.
A wonderful addition to the My Heart Belongs series. I loved the beautiful setting and colorful characters. Millie was easy to love and as the story unfolded many of the other characters revealed their gifts not so easily seen on the surface. It is nice how the story offered lessons to the characters and, thus, the reader. I enjoyed the originality of the twists and turns in the main character's lives as well as the example of quiet respect and bravery under pressure. The ending was not quite what I was looking to happen - a treat. A wonderful historical romance and good read.
This "My Heart Belongs" book got me so wrapped up I did not want to put it down. Millie Cooper left her childhood home in Nantucket, studied nursing in Glenwood Springs and worked as a nurse for a fine gentlemanly doctor. I really liked her character, since she was very kind, compassionate and willing to work hard. Millie gives in to care for her former love's mother and his expecting wife since there was an urgent need. It was a difficult situation to be in but she struggled through it. Crisis after crisis occurs and the story moves very quickly as I read the book. I love the series and all the different writers. It is nice to "meet" them in a book. I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Glenwood Springs, Colorado, 1888. The peaceful surroundings belie the burgeoning turmoil that enters Millie Cooper’s life once again. As a poor fisherman’s daughter from Nantucket, she has ventured west and established herself as a nurse, working under a kindly doctor. The heartbreak of her past seemingly behind her, she has settled into the routine of her new life. However, when she reluctantly agrees to accept a position as personal attendant to a condescending, asthmatic woman, her past returns with a vengeance. Forced to confront what she had hoped was behind her—and the fact of her lingering hurt—she strives to find peace in the midst of life’s storms. From the start, “My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs” captured and held my interest. Millie makes a dynamic character, with an independence that is unique for the time period and that serves as both a blessing and a hindrance given the constraints of nineteenth-century society. There are many twists and turns in the plot as characters emerge and interact with one another, and as a result, the novel’s conclusion is not clear-cut, with the suspense lasting until the end. This is difficult to accomplish in works of this nature, with a strong thread of romance and redemption and what can easily become a cookie-cutter narrative. As Millie’s story illustrates, healing sometimes comes long after the initial hurt, but God’s grace and mercy can always be found in all of life’s circumstances, guiding us toward His good purposes. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
This is written by a new to me author but I'll be looking for other writings by her in the future. I'm really enjoying getting to "visit" all these different locations in the "My Heart Belongs" series. Glen wood Springs Colorado sounds like a lovely place in the late 1800s, one that Millie found herself in after a broken engagement. She found her calling as a nurse after being trained by a local doctor. The one family she hoped to never see again, however, made their way to Colorado because of the health of their mother. The oldest son sought the services of Millie for his mother and her asthma attacks. She reluctantly took the position even though she had been jilted by the younger brother. A number of mishaps, misunderstandings and crisis situations make this a page turner in hopes for a little romance along the way. I enjoyed getting to know the characters especially Millie. She had been made to look at herself as a lowly fishermans daughter by the asthmatic Mrs. Drexel. The family's aristocratic status and wealth seemed to put Millie in her place. But she occasionally had a little spunk and a take charge attitude that served her well from time to time. A very readable and entertaining novel. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
"My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, MILLIE’S RESOLVE,” by Rebecca Jepson is a story of love, forgiveness, and service to others. Millie Cooper, a fisherman’s daughter, who trains with Dr. Murphy to become a respected nurse, moves to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, along with the Doctor to continue her work as a nurse. While there, Millie is shocked to overhear John Drexel tell Dr. Murphy that his family has recently moved to Glenwood Springs and is in need of a live-in nurse for his asthmatic mother and his expectant sister-in-law. The Drexel family is well known to Millie. Six years prior to coming to Glenwood Springs, Millie lived in Nantucket where the wealthy Drexel family lived, and at one time, Millie was engaged to Stephen Drexel, John’s younger brother. However, her engagement to Stephen was abruptly broken by his older brother John because a fisherman’s daughter was not the match the wealthy Drexel family wanted for Stephen. Millie’s dilemma is whether or not she wants to move in with the wealthy Drexel family to care for family members who previously snubbed her. The story line is well developed and carefully examines Millie’s feelings and resolve to do what she feels is best for her. And I am sure the surprise ending will be one that readers will enjoy. I can easily recommend this book to others. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, written by Rebecca Jepson was a very enjoyable read. Millie Cooper struggled with her feelings for Stephen long after his brother John discouraged the marriage. She was a fisherman's daughter (turned nurse) who encountered them again six years later. Her involvement with them in the later years forced her (and Stephen) to really examine their feelings and decide if they are clinging to the past or ready to move forward. The book isn't a predictable read, it does have some twists. I did enjoy reading it. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
“I will be with you, your troubles to bless.” I’m still befuddled, my heart still racing and my emotions still raw from this story so forgive me if my review makes little sense! It packs a punch that leaves you wanting more of these characters even though it has a very satisfying, if not nail biting ending. Seriously, you’ll be on the edge of your seat like I was in more than a few scenes. Without giving much of anything away, it’s so hard to form a coherent review that still makes the reader long for it; as if they simply can’t live without reading this for themselves! Millie, what can I say but I love her! Coming into her own after a heartbreak six years ago; from a lowly fisherman’s daughter to respected nurse. Fleeing her past life to start over must have taken great bravery & determination. She’s caring and has a natural knack for making her patients feel at ease, even in the midst of their suffering. I don’t think there’s a stranger she’s met yet, or they wouldn’t be for long after meeting her. But as it happens in some stories, the past catches up to her in human form and she either meets it head-on or shrinks back to the mousy young woman she was. Ah yes, the older brother John! The one that stole what could have been her happily-ever-after with younger brother Stephen. He feels the weight of responsibility on his shoulders after their father died years ago. Making decisions that best suited the family in spite of great pain he inflicted on the young lovers. If it weren’t for his mother’s failing health and the concern for Stephens’s pregnant wife, he would have never sought out or asked for Millie’s help. As for Stephen, well, he has his hands full with his young family and many regrets about the past. Since I don’t wish to spoil it for other readers, that’s all I will say about the story. Past meets present; cue the tension, conflict and drama as these three lives collide under vastly different circumstances! This has a depth that I didn’t see coming and stole my breath at times. I was so invested that the world around me disappeared. Did someone say romance…oh my…I needed my fainting couch & smelling salts or at the very least a fan blasting ice cold in my face! I was a puddle melted on the floor. What clinched this for me was the strong faith thread. It comes naturally and in all the right places without being overbearing or as some would say, preachy. The characters struggled with their faith in very real ways that we might find our own selves doing. I can’t recommend this enough; I didn’t want it to end! I felt like the author could have made it longer if she wanted to and it still would have not been long enough for me. That’s how good this is! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. *
A historical romance in the lovely setting of Glenwood Springs, Colorado! A town surrounded by beautiful mountains, and rushing rivers, Millie had a perfect place to run away from her troubles in Nantucket. Now years later in 1888, her painful past has caught up with her, as she is called upon to help out as a nurse to the very people who caused her pain. There was a lot to like and admire about Millie. She is knowledgeable, hardworking, courageous and determined to do her job well. She serves the family who are still unkind to her in many ways, but she selflessly sticks it out to the best of her abilities as a nurse and companion. She has a lot to overcome in her matters of the heart too. I like how she clings to the lines of the hymn for encouragement when times are difficult, and when she feels tired and discouraged. That God could somehow bless our trials, to turn them into something good if we trust Him, is an inspiring rope to cling to in times of trouble. The main romance here had a lot of ups and downs, complicated with side characters and miscommunication. For a strong woman, Millie struggled a lot with decisions of the heart. I felt badly for her in her loneliness and wanted to climb into the book to encourage her at times! The dialogue was often awkward, but the author uses it well to create romantic tension. When the couples finally sort themselves out, it made for a nice resolution. A satisfying story overall. Recommend to readers who enjoy clean historical romances with faith. (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
This book held me captive from the very first chapter. I could not put it down. Millie's heart was broken by Stephen because his brother John did not want them to marry. When John comes to town looking for a nurse to help his ailing mother and his brother's wife who is pregnant, Millie is asked to help. Will she be able to help and get past her hurt feelings? I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Millie Cooper is the heroine of this wonderful story and with every chapter I admired her more and more for her strength and fortitude even when she’s put in a situation where all of her accomplishments will mean nothing to the family who shunned her when she needed them the most. Millie is quite reluctant to take the nursing position in the Drexel mansion because of their past cruelty toward her. But after much thought the weight of her conscience far outweighs her misgivings, even when the Drexel family matriarch treats her harshly and never fails to put her in her place. Because of the life lessons she has learned from Doctor Murphy and his daughter Millie sees to her patients and the family even when she’s brokenhearted by what she thinks is John Drexel’s unwarranted judgement of her. At the lowest point of this story Millie’s faith and her medical knowledge will falter but God’s teachings and His mercy will bless this household in ways they could never have imagined. Rebecca Jepson has written a heartwarming story of courage and hope with humanly flawed characters whose lives are made infinitely better by Millie’s example and the Spirit who shines through Millie’s heart. I highly recommend this book’s uplifting message for Christian and historical romance fans of all ages. I read a copy of this book courtesy of Barbour Publishing through Net Galley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
My Heart Belongs In Glenwood Springs Colorado has a wild beginning. it starts out with the following words, "It was his voice." That is exactly how it started - now you may ask who was he? Well that is something worth your while to find out. You read that and you go - uh oh - what is wrong? What did he do? What is it all about his voice that she recognized? I know but do you? Who is it? When the book was over I couldn't believe it because I wanted more - so much more. This author knows what she is doing by pulling you into the book - no - that's not it - she actually has the Characters fly off the pages and meet you - they engage with you. It is an incredible storyline and the Characters make it that way. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
Part of the reason I chose MY HEART BELONGS IN GLENWOOD SPRINGS, COLORADO was the setting, as I lived in the Centennial State for six years. I know how gorgeous the area is and credit the author, Rebecca Jepson, with gracefully using location to encircle the story’s heart. This lovely historical romance, set in 1888, is part of the popular My Heart Belongs Series. Protagonist Millie Cooper was once engaged to the Drexel family’s wealthy scion, whose older brother intervened to kept them apart. She’s forced to move away and does so to peaceful Colorado. But to her dismay, the family relocates there six years later. That’s bad enough, but this time she’s asked to nurse the pregnant wife and the snooty mother of the man she’d once loved—by the brother who broke them apart. Themes of faith, forgiveness and reconciliation leavened with romance create a deeply satisfying read. 5/5 Grateful to Barbour Publishing, Inc. and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #MyHeartBelongsInGlenwoodSprings,Colorado #NetGalley
Millie Cooper is a stronger, more admirable person than I am. There is no way, especially after six years, that I would become the nurse for the mother and brother who broke up my engagement with their son and brother. I wouldn’t have the willingness or grace, particularly after learning their reason was-I was beneath them socially as the child of a fisherman’s family! Then, add that to the fact that her beloved needs her to care for his pregnant wife…NO WAY, NO HOW! However, if we indeed accept God’s grace, we can do anything. In this way, Millie is truly a strong, admirable person. Rebecca Jepson is a new author to me, but she won’t stay that way long. Her story resonates with Biblical truths, insights and wisdom. She crafts a unique story that leaves you guessing until the end. The last few pages toward the end produce a desire to be able to read even faster! Inevitably, it can’t end the way you fear, or can it? The suspense is exciting, causing you to hold your breath hoping for, and receiving, a satisfying conclusion. I am so enjoying the My Heart Belongs Series! I especially like that I am discovering new authors like Rebecca Jepson and that each book is a stand-alone story. I received this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc. through NetGalley. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
Can I just say,I loved this book! A lot of books are good,some books are great,this one really stood out.It intrigued me from beginning to end.I am hard pressed to explain just why I love this book..Maybe It is Millie's heart,so willing to help the Drexel family even after they treated her so badly.Or the slowly changing relationship between Florence Drexel and herself from one of animosity to that of an almost "Mother" figure.Or perhaps It is her finally receiving the love and respect she so deserves from the Drexel family. Millie is the poor daughter of a fisherman.The very wealthy Drexel family spend their Summer's in Nantucket where Millie grows up .Millie becomes friends with the Drexels son Stephen.As they grow they form an attachment and plan to elope.On the night of their elopement Stephen does not meet Millie,rather his older brother John who tells Millie she is not for Stephen and persuades her to leave Stephen alone.Millie is heartbroken but leaves Nantucket pursuing a career as a nurse.Six years later John shows up in Glenwood Springs Colorado where Millie is nursing.He is seeking a nurse for his very Ill mother who finds Millie inferior to her in every way and speaks her mind often.She is also expected to care for Stephens wife who is expecting.Will Millie be willing to help Stephens family ? Will she forgive the Drexel family who hurt her so badly?
Millie left her Nantucket home and traveled to Glenwood Springs to be nurse to Dr. Murphy after a high class gentleman broke their engagement and left. Now Stephen, her ex-fiancee, along with his pregnant wife and children, his brother John, and his mother have all come to Glenwood Springs in hopes that his mother will be cured of asthma. John comes to Dr. Murphy to find a nurse for his mother; and, of course, the only nurse available with knowledge of asthma is Millie. Thus begins a tangled web that leads Millie finally to her true love. This was definitely one of the deeper plots I have read so far in the My Heart Belongs series. Jepson presents an anguished love triangle involving Millie with the snobbish Drexel family. Mrs. Drexel was such a snob and her behavior and comments to Millie were deplorable. Stephen still was self-absorbed and hadn't matured much in the eight years since he was involved with Millie. John lacked self-confidence and needed better communication skills with women. But in the end, all of them grew and changed and became better people. I would have liked to see a bit deeper spiritual content included. These books can be read as stand-alones as each is written by a different Christian author
Love Christian novels! This is another great example of faith and fiction coming together. This book is set in Glenwood Springs, Colorado...it is always so cool to be able to visit the actual places where a book is set and to experience that special place for myself! I especially like being able to choose a book set in a place I am going to visit and to be able to read the book while I am there. It makes me feel even closer to the characters that you can come to know and love. Join Millie as she discovers what love really is and that life can have unexpected, but wonderful turns along the way! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
I love historical fiction, and I’m enjoying the My Heart Belongs series. The books are set in various U.S. cities, and written by diverse authors with unique styles and themes. In My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado: Millie’s Resolve, I visited a beautiful mountain town in the late 1880s, where I walked in Millie’s shoes and survived the myriad of emotions she put me through. This is a quick read, like the other books in the series, with short chapters, wonderful scenery, and an important spiritual message. The characters are interesting and the romance follows a tangled, yet satisfying path. If you enjoy historical fiction with a strong spiritual thread, this book (and series) is a fun and meaningful choice. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing (and NetGalley) and was under no obligation to post a review.
This is my first book by this author. I have several of these MHB books and so far they have been top notch books. I love any book that is Historical because I like to learn the way people lived and how they did things without the conveniences of today. Millie meets the Drexel family again after six years when she was supposed to marry the younger brother. Now the oldest brother is asking for help. Should she help his family after he acted like she wasn’t good enough for his brother Stephen? Does Millie have it in her heart to forgive John? Will she get another chance at love after her heart has been broken by this family? There are many turns and twists to this story and each character is interesting. I have enjoyed this book and I recommend it to my friends if you love Historical Fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own.
This was a super cute read! It put me in a mind of one of my all-time favorite movies Sabrina. It has a similar storyline which made Millie and John's story irresistible to me. The ending was phenomenal and had one of the best scenes I have read lately and the way some of the other ends were tied up was perfect. This book has great characters, humorous scenes and I adored it. Definitely one for my keeper shelf! I received this book through Net Galley, and was not required to give a positive review.
My Heart Belongs in Glenwood Springs, Colorado : Millie’s Resolve by Rebecca Jepson is part of a historical series by Barbour. I am really enjoying these diverse novels about eras past. It is 1888 and Millie Cooper has made her way out west to Colorado after a romantic disappointment in Nantucket. She is now a respected nurse working for Dr. Murphy in Glenwood Springs. Much to her amazement, John Drexel, older brother of the man she had come to love, is seeking a nurse for his ailing mother. To make matters worse, his brother’s wife is in need of a midwife. She is certain to encounter Stephen. Should she take the position? The story unfolds against the glorious backdrop of the rivers and mountains of Colorado. The characters are haunted by their own memories and find it difficult to avoid the history they share. Can they move past the old hurts and forge ahead with compassion and forgiveness? What does the future hold when complications arise? Millie is resourceful in her nursing duties and loyal to a fault. John is now the patriarch of the family and takes his many responsibilities seriously. Stephen seems to go through life with a more carefree attitude. Their mother, Katherine, is struggling with asthma and a prickly disposition. Rebecca Jepson has captured the flavor of Colorado in 1888. She has penned a romantic tale sure to keep your interest. I am a fan of historical fiction. I enjoyed this tale of an early western spa town with the scenic vistas and customs of a bygone era. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own.*. Paula Shreckhise
My Heart Belongs In Glenwood Springs, Colorado is a beautiful book; it is very well written. I was captivated from the first page, which is quite unusual for me. Rebecca Jepson gives enough description to keep your imagination in the scene without bogging down your reading with excessive description. I appreciate the short chapters and that the ending left me wanting more. I highly recommend this book. But warning: you won't want to put it down. "I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review."
Past Mistakes Catch up This is a well written book about clashes between the affluent and the lower class: rich summer visitors and Nantucket fisherman’s daughter. The story takes place 10 years later when the rich meet the poor under different circumstances. The characters are realistic and the plot to show that status doesn’t matter is very interesting to follow. The fisherman’s daughter is now a nurse and is called upon to care for the mother of the affluent family. How this plays out forms the plot of the story. I enjoyed reading this story to see how God is at work in bringing about resolutions and forgiveness. I would have liked to see a little more of the landscape and times of the setting in 1888. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.