Thursday, January 11, 2018

Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications 
Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue’s wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiancĂ©. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper ad seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.

Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiancĂ© she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate’s mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.



My Review: 4 Stars

I love reading a story about a woman paving the way for others in history. Kate is passionate about practicing as a doctor, even if it means leaving her family to do so and heading out west to a tiny little Western town in Colorado.

Kate's fortitude and determination really brought her to life, especially through the events she had to endure. and it's no secret--she's a big advocate for the underdog, which delivered a whole slew of trouble to her doorstep. I admired her character, wondering if I would have possessed her qualities if I were in a similar situation. I'm a scaredy cat, so I don't know, but I would like to think that I could step up as she did.

One of the things that endeared me to this book the most was the unlikely friendships that formed. I love it when people can rally together in tough times and when others can overlook preconceived notions and judgments to find the heart of a person.

Of course, I'm always a huge fan of romance and this one is gentle and sweet--a perfect contrast to the wild roughness of the setting of the book--and I love what a little love can do to hopeless situations.

Content: mild romance (mild kissing); mild violence

*I received a copy, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions.*


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