Heartbeat of the Bitterroot by Janice Mineer
ebook, 294 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Sweetwater Books
Jenna Clark always tried to bury her bleak beginnings in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, but a newfound secret about her father's identity forces Jenna to dig up her past. While there, mysterious threats and dangers suddenly enter her life that bring about an unexpected man of her dreams--Michael Callahan. After a lifetime of running away from family and love will Jenna find the courage to confront her past and step forward into the future?
My Review: 3 Stars
Set in Missoula, Montana, HEARTBEAT OF THE BITTERROOT has a sweet and almost nostalgic feel to it. Jenna was raised by an aunt and uncle and works for the airport and has recently moved back to be closer to family. I love that family seems so important to the characters.
The wording in this story is very rich and uses good imagery. I could visualize the setting really well and the characters came to life, to a point, but there are a one or two that I wish would've stayed flat because I really didn't care for them. I wanted to see more character interaction, feeling, and depth, especially with the romantic angle.
Usually a book has a conflict or two for the characters to work through and I felt that this one had too many. Things were flowing along just fine and then something was thrown in and I wondered what that had to do with the anything and then it would randomly pop up again later. I didn't feel a good build-up to what was happening and there were a lot of bumps in the road for Jenna to overcome and it was a little jolting to have them come out of nowhere. A lot of the threads were loosely tied together and I wanted them to be more connected somehow.
This is a good read, especially if you like bursts of mystery/suspense and an overall gentle flow.
*I received a copy through the publisher, which did not affect my thoughts in any way. All opinions are my own.*
About the Author:
Janice lives in the Bitterroot valley of Montana with her husband, Randy. Between them they have five children and 11 beautiful grandchildren.