Sally Clay’s livelihood has been snatched away, but in its place arises an opportunity to escape from her sordid past and an unrelenting, unwanted suitor. Boarding a train with a heartsick rancher and an enigmatic miner, she leaves Virginia City behind and heads to Northern California, waiting for the chance to make right what went wrong three long years before.
But the road to revenge is far from smooth. Sally soon learns that the jagged pieces of a broken heart can far too easily wound the hearts of others – and hers isn’t the only heart that’s broken. Tragedy and fear dog her steps as she flees from the redwood forests to the high desert and back again. Will her bleeding heart ever find a way and a place to heal?
A desperate soiled dove. Three men who come to care for her. One man determined to claim her.
All on a journey that will show them what true love really involves.
Amber Stokes is well known around the Christian writing blogoshphere and Bleeding Heart is her debut novel. This is a mini-saga with more than its fair share of angst as emotionally wounded characters struggle to make their way in a difficult time and place. They each eventually have to take a stand and conquer the demons from their past. Definitely not your traditional romance -- rather an exploration in character growth. An affirmation that past wrongs can be righted by grace and there is always hope for the future.
Stokes keeps her readers on her toes and the story unfolds with surprising twists and turns -- and one very abrupt turn that left this reader reeling. Seriously? She wrote that? No one can accuse this author of predictability!
I have to admit to wishing this story was a little longer. I felt the pacing was hurried in places and a few transitions between scenes and timelines a bit abrupt. I wanted to savor more, sink deeper into the story and spend longer with these characters. The author certainly left me wanting more! Particularly in the case of a certain wounded hero named Myghal. He's the one who stole my heart.
Please note: At the present time Bleeding Hearts is only available in e-book format. However, if you are will to wait, the winner can opt for the paperback edition when it comes in.
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