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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tales of the Heart...Review

About the book:
3-in-1 Collection

Bridget's Bargain

When the potato famine of 1845 forced Bridget McKenna to flee her home in Ireland, she came to America to work as a scullery maid on a Virginia plantation. That was four years ago. Now, Bridget dreams of bringing her father and six siblings to join her in America. She also dreams of marrying a God-fearing man, and when she meets the tall, handsome Lance York, it seems her dream might come true. He's English, however, just like the cruel landlord who oppressed Bridget's family in Ireland. Could there be more to him than she realizes?

Kate Ties the Knot

Seven years of widowhood have made Kate Flynn a strong, independent woman who even operates her own dressmaking shop. But when her eight-year-old son, Adam, has a run-in with a burly shipbuilder, she realizes the necessity of some godly male influence. Adam starts working in a warehouse owned by John Joseph O'Keefe, better known as J. J., who looks out for Adam and feels a growing attraction to his young protege's mother. Kate's emotions are as tumultuous as the ocean as she wonders what the future will hold.

Follow the Leader

The Civil War has destroyed everything Valerie Carter held dear. Struggling to come to terms with her emotional devastation, she accepts a teaching position in Freeland, Maryland, and her heart is gradually warmed by her students' affection. She also finds herself attracted to Paul Collins, a young widower with three children who has a childlike faith in Jesus Christ. Will Paul be God's instrument to free Valerie from the bonds of bitterness?

A 3-in-1 compilation of three books previously published in the 1990s.  These are light Christian romance novels that read like mass market paperbacks. Each is about 150 pages long.  Bridget, Kate and Valerie are good women and here, like in most mass market-type romances, typically, the hero and heroine each have issues, one of which is one of them needing to strengthen his or her faith.  They fall in love, but must overcome their petty misunderstandings before they can marry and everything wraps up neatly and they live happily ever after.

This is light reading at its best.  Good for an escape read when you don't want to have to think or concentrate too much.  Follow the Heart has the most serious plot as it deals with racism and the KKK, but is still light enough to be entertaining not sober.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Whitaker House Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Loree Lough here.  You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 7/10

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3/5 Stars

1 comment:

  1. I would read this book after your review. Thanks.