Historical Fiction, Review

Hearts in Defiance by Heather Blanton

Do you love westerns with gritty cowboys and feisty damsels?! I recommend Hearts in Defiance by Heather Blanton, Romance in the Rockies book 2!

about the book

Hearts in Defiance by Heather Blanton

Hearts in Defiance by Heather BlantonCharles McIntyre built the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance practically with his bare hands … and without any remorse for the lives he destroyed along the way. Then a glimpse of true love, both earthly and heavenly, changed him. The question is, how much? Naomi Miller is a beautiful, decent woman. She says she loves McIntyre, that God does, too, and the past is behind them now. But McIntyre struggles to believe he’s worth saving … worth loving. Unfortunately, the temptations in Defiance only reinforce his doubts.

Billy Page abandoned Hannah Frink when he discovered she was going to have his baby … and now he can’t live with himself. Or without her. Determined to prove his love, he leaves his family and fortune behind and journeys to Defiance. Will Hannah take Billy back or give him what he deserves for the betrayal?

 

 

my thoughts

Defiance is on the road to respectability but it hasn’t quite reached that destination! You’ll still find all the rough and rowdy shenanigans of the wild west but the presence of a new lawman and the proper ladies at Trinity Hotel are surely taming the worst mining town around.

Naomi has certainly turned life upside down and inside out for Charles! He is accustomed to running Defiance with an iron fist and by any means necessary. Charles encounters lewd and dangerous miners, a small band of bloodthirsty natives, and a suitor from Naomi’s past. I felt so bad for him as grew in his newfound faith and wrestled with feelings of unworthiness and doubt.

Naomi isn’t the only sister with two men trying to win her heart. Hannah and Emilio’s budding relationship is threatened when Billy Page arrives in search of her and their son. I couldn’t bring myself to pick sides in that love triangle!

Eldest sister Rebecca is hesitant to consider a relationship with Ian yet his warm friendship brings healing to her grieving heart. I enjoyed the scenes with those two working in the kitchen together, what’s not to love about a jolly Scotsman!

There’s never a dull moment in Defiance! Look for my review of book 3 in the near future and here’s my review of book 1, A Lady in Defiance.

I received a copy of this title from the author. The opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

from the author

I love Christian Western Romance because this is the genre that lets me write about strong, pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in my stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves us: sacrificially and lavishly. My stories aren’t preachy or cheesy, but I hope they are inspirational, heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense.

I am a huge researcher, as well, and you will find hints of historical romances inspired by true stories in my novels!

I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne Westerns. My most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to my daddy, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester! I love exploring out West, especially ghost towns and museums. I’ve walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw’s note in my hand.

“I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is … and God loves us anyway.” — Heather Blanton

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Romance in the Rockies series

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