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The Defiant Heart by Florence B Michelson
Christian fiction are like crack for me? View all 5 comments. Jul 11, Teresa Snyder rated it it was amazing. Really enjoyed this book. It had a great story line and it wasn't one of those books that makes you so nervous you want to chew your nails before its finished. Not because it wasn't a happy ending. Lucky for me I also have the remaining Really enjoyed this book. Lucky for me I also have the remaining two books in the series. Looking forward to seeing how energy thing turns out. View 2 comments.
Jan 29, Mayda rated it really liked it Shelves: audio , romance , historical-fiction. But Fannie is determined free herself and her siblings from bondage. Her chance comes in the form a westward bound wagon train. Though much of this story is typical — brave, young woman meets handsome but stubborn man, outcome: romance — it is still an enjoyable and exciting story.
Not all that happens is pleasant, and not all is easily predictable. A variety of well-developed characters in interesting situations makes it a good beginning to a promising series. Apr 20, Brooke rated it liked it. I really enjoyed this book and would have given it 3. It is a quick read and the characters are well-developed. My only complaint was once again the end felt a bit rushed after the climatic part of the plot.
Overall though I would recommend this book. I look forward to reading book two of this series. Jul 27, Mum rated it did not like it Shelves: disappointment , beach-read. It was trite, and not really credible. There was a lack of believable male characters. It started fine, but it fell flat.
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Jun 18, Liene rated it liked it Shelves: audiobook-challenge , christian-fiction , audio-books , kindle-books. A nice, short little book. Jul 09, Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it. Orphan Fannie Caldwell and her twin siblings are trapped in an indentured servant relationship with a cruel master. Fannie desperately wants a better life for her siblings. They have to escape the abuse they have endured. Fannie comes up with a plan to secretly join a wagon train heading west. Her plan runs into a snag called Blake Tanner the wagon master.
Seems he has rules about allowing unmarried woman on the train. But Fannie's determined to leave her abusive situation. She has planned and s Orphan Fannie Caldwell and her twin siblings are trapped in an indentured servant relationship with a cruel master. She has planned and saved for 2 years. Tonight was the night no matter what that wagon master said. She had to be set free. Fannie had not thought long and hard about life on the frontier as a single woman. Will the wagon master let her join the wagon train?
Or will Fannie's stubborn independent spirit keep her from finding peace and true love in her life?
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Get reading to find out the answers to these questions. I could see this as a TV movie special. I look forward to reading the rest in the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: AD sponsored by publisher. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Nov 26, Margaret Chind rated it really liked it Shelves: christianfiction , historical , pines , avon-inspire.
The book ends very abruptly to me it seems, but I have the sequel on my bookshelf, so I'm okay. Fannie's life has seen rough days, she has lost both of her parents, left to take care of her younger twin siblings and sold by her supposed loving step-father immediately after her mother's death in childbirth to a stillborn.
The man the three children were indentured to let the year of the contract end date come and go and the future looked bleak for nothing would change for Fannie and her dear b The book ends very abruptly to me it seems, but The man the three children were indentured to let the year of the contract end date come and go and the future looked bleak for nothing would change for Fannie and her dear brother and sister.
Living in their small sin-filled town Fannie decides to join the next wagon trail headed west out of their Kansas town. It proves to be more difficult than expected. First denied, then accepted, and while taking the journey west is difficult enough Fannie, her new friend and ex-Fancy woman Tori shares the fate of being chased by a man that believes his ownership of her work and body. From a plausible new love when Fannie vows that all men are alike and want one thing, to a near drowning, then a tornado, will they all get through this alive?
And when Fannie and her siblings ever be free? What of Tori and her future, will she get a second chance on life or always be ruined? All these questions and more are answered and leaving you thirsting for more from Tracey Bateman 's new series. And of course, God works his ways in many ways, but this is not an overbearing preachy book. It's just wonderful. And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to finish the second in this series Jan 15, Rachel Brand rated it really liked it Shelves: own , christian , historical , romance , I wish this book had been longer as I seemed to speed through it far too fast, and the ending felt a little rushed.
Aside from that, this was a sweet, touching and funny story that will please many fans of western romances. I did wish the romantic aspect had been a bit stronger, as Blake and Fannie seemed to go from hating each other to admitting that they actually cared for each other rather fast. Then again, it probably was fitting for the time period and the situation--how exactly do you cour I wish this book had been longer as I seemed to speed through it far too fast, and the ending felt a little rushed.
Then again, it probably was fitting for the time period and the situation--how exactly do you court someone on a wagon train?
I was tempted to rate this book lower as the storyline is rather predictable and the spiritual aspect felt like it had been tossed in at the last minute, but the book did touch on some serious issues prostitution, abuse, slavery, racism, etc and it left me wanting to know what would happen to some of the secondary characters. I'll definitely be on the look out for Toni's story. All in all, this was a satisfying western romance which covered a surprising number of topics for such a short novel, as well as being a quick and easy read.
May 18, Kathryn rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Shes has secretly been saving and putting supplies up in the wagon for her escape when a wagon train comes as an answer to prayer. Blake the wagon master isn't convinced a first to allow her and her siblings along because there isn't an able man to accompany them and especially not with the saloon girl wantabe reform great fast read and first in the series.
Blake the wagon master isn't convinced a first to allow her and her siblings along because there isn't an able man to accompany them and especially not with the saloon girl wantabe reformed woman that will come along too. They trail along after the wagon train and Blake relents and sets them in a line. Trouble follows with the saloon owner and Tom the man that has enslaved Fannie in more ways than one.
Fannie breaks down Blakes heart defenses and Blake breaks down Fannies walls for trusting. May 21, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , christian-fiction. This book was a very quick read and sometimes very interesting. I generally liked it. I thought it had a little bit of depth every now and then, some fairly good characters, and for the most part an intriguing plot line.
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But I did certainly think that Bateman could have gone much, much deeper with her characters and the things they were going through. And I would just like to see more meaning, something to make the story worth my while. Something that makes This book was a very quick read and sometimes very interesting. Mar 23, Sheri Salatin rated it liked it. Fannie Caldwell was an indentured servant for the last 3 years. However when her contract expired last year, the hateful man who owns her and her siblings, refused to let them go. Now, Fannie is determined to do anything to get away.
She sets out to join a wagon train heading for Oregon. Blake Turner is a the wagon master of a wagon procession across the plains heading west. He is determined to keep his train's reputation clean by taking no trouble makers and especially no single women! However Fannie Caldwell was an indentured servant for the last 3 years. However, when Fannie begs and pleads to join his group, he just can't quite bring himself to say no, especially when her very life seems to be in danger.
Danger on the trail, clashing of wills, this book is sure to entertain. Oct 30, Tina rated it really liked it. I prefer reading over audio books. But I listen to a lot of books only because my exercise is walking and of course I would rather listen to a book than music. But I usually just tolerate the narrators because I tend to get distracted when a man tries to sound like a woman or whatever. But I just have to say that Katherine Kellgren was awesome.
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I can't wait to listen to other books that she has narrated. Apr 23, Strawberry rated it it was ok. This was a quick one day read, but I didn't think the ending believable. Blake's threat of Blythe Creek should have been fulfilled in the story not the ending readers were left with. Neither did I like that this was one of those book that their hero doesn't state his feeling until the last chapter. Monica Murphy knows how to leave you on your toes.
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We Help Books Succeed. International www. Contact Get Help About Blog. How It Works. Pub Date 12 Feb This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived. Social Butterfly PR. Talking about this book? Description Life can feel like a cruel joke. I want revenge. And I'm going to get back at my mother any way that I can.
Read More Read More. Advance Praise "Her Defiant Heart is a captivating story of forbidden love and revenge with an anti-heroine you'll root for and a hero you'll swoon over. Advance Praise.