Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Heart's Home (and Journey of the Hearts series giveaway)


GIVEAWAY

COBLE, COLLEEN
A HEART'S HOME

Emmie’s hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.

Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn’t hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?

With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie’s solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac’s? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

My Review:

Though this is a 2015 release, I am reviewing it on Retro Saturday because the Journey of the Heart series includes both Where Leads the Heart and Plains of Promise (originally published in the late 1990s.) Neither book is available in print format any longer so the author and publisher chose to release them using a serialization model. The two original titles have been divided into six novella length books released monthly March through August.

An action-packed conclusion to this six book continuing series. Almost too rushed for my liking though. It feels like something was lost in the need to edit down the original two books in order to make them into novella length installments.  I think that would be my one criticism with Journey of the Hearts -- the pacing was sometimes off so some books were action packed while others were calmer, scene and setting and character development kind of reads. This isn't a problem if you're reading them one after the other, but it left me wanting a time or two as I read them upon release each month.

Not sure that I'm a fan of this kind of publishing endeavour. I would rather the original books be republished in their entirety. Failing that, I think it would have made a lot more sense to release them as ebooks first -- and closer together -- like one a week and then at the conclusion, release a bound volume in paperback format. But that's just my personal opinion.

The other issue I have with this marketing format is that it significantly increases the cost to the consumer. Each book is $8.00 (in Canada) so that's $48 for the whole series -- double the cost of buying two standard sized books. And keep in mind, you're spending $8.00 for an incomplete story so you really have to commit to buying all six books.

All in all, an intriguing publishing initiative and an interesting glimpse into Colleen Coble's literary beginnings.

My thanks to the publisher and Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me with a review copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of the complete set (six books) of the Journey of the Hearts series please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca.  **Please note -- four of the books are brand new and two are very gently read copies. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 9 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

25 comments:

  1. Another great writer. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Definitely. Coble's one of the greatest. Good luck, Kim.

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  2. A great author for sure and like you said I'm not a fan of novellas either but if it comes in a 6 pack I'll try them too - so count me in. rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're counted, Becky. Good luck.

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  3. I would absolutely love to read all 6 books even the new book of Colleen cobles. She is my favorite author.
    oh dot hello dot hiya at gmail dot com

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  4. This series has intrigued me for quite some time now. I would love to be entered. I've never read a Coble, and have heard that she's wonderful! I'm eager to try her books.
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. This is vintage Coble, so it's a good place to start, Nicole. Good luck.

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  5. Woo hoo....been waiting for all six books! I love her books and have read most all of them to date! Thanks, Kav, for this great giveaway!!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Jackie. Good luck.

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  6. Oh boy......this is great! I love Colleen Coble! Thank you for the giveaway, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck.

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  7. Wow, what a fantastic giveaway you are offering. I have to admit I haven't read a single one!
    lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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    1. It's kind of a big commitment -- since you don't get the whole story unless you read all six books. Good luck, Susan.

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  8. Yes,yes,yes please count me in. What a fabulous author Mrs ( I assume she is married) Coble is. I have been waiting up read the whole series and can't wait to do so ! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity !
    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. LOL -- glad you're excited, Deanne. Good luck.

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  9. Hi Kav! I like Colleen Coble books. She is the first author I started reading in Christian fiction. Her books are very addicting. Jenny
    jennydtipton at gmail dot com

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    1. I love her suspense the best. Good luck, Jennifer.

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  10. I've read Coleen's Rock Harbor Mysteries and absolutely loved them!! She's one of my new favorite authors and I would so love this series by her. What a generous giveaway, Kav, thank you!

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Adding that tomorrow is my birthday so this would be an awesome gift....hint, hint....lol!! ;-)

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    2. May the force be with you, Trixi. And happy early birthday. Good luck.

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  11. What a nice gift that would be to get these books!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  12. This seems like such a sweet series. I like a good long book, but sometimes it's nice to read something shorter. Yet, still fully fleshed and well-written.

    tlhcoupon (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. And reading these in installments was kind of choppy. Much prefer reading the whole book in one go. Good luck, trosado.

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