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This is a story of a young wife, Emmie, whose husband, Monroe, is killed in a carriage accident after only 3 months of marriage. She has no sooner buried him, than she learns he was a bigamist and she has no legal claim to the house they lived in. His employer makes her an indecent proposal, scaring her into thinking that polite society will now shun her. In fear and shame, she heads out west, to Fort Leavenworth to visit her friend Sarah who is expecting. She keeps her secret and is determined never to marry again but, of course, complications set in.
This is a pleasant Christian story, with historical fiction, and romance thrown in. It is a fast read — not because it is compelling, but because it is very short. I’m sure anyone can read it in under three hours. While it is interesting because it takes place in the early settling of the west and there are incidents with warring natives, I couldn’t help but feel a bit cheated. It is sold as the first of a trilogy of stories but I think they should all be published together as one. You can call it a novella but it really shouldn’t be sold separately. The ending leaves you hanging but it isn’t really that suspenseful. While I will still read other books by Colleen Coble, such as her Sunset Cove series, I will probably not bother with the 2nd and 3rd in this Journey of the Heart “series”. What lies ahead just seems too predictable. * *