In A Heart's Betrayal, Emmie Croftner Courtney's life goes from bad to worse when she learns that her late husband had another family, and her marriage was never legal. Left with no money, few possessions, and the shame of being "the other woman," Emmie decides to make a fresh start with her friends Rand and Sarah Campbell at Fort Laramie, Wyoming. As a single woman, Emmie immediately attracts many suitors. But will anyone want her when the truth of her past is exposed?
Once again, I've written my own summary, and I've learned not to read the back covers of the books in this collection until after I've read the book—if you read the back cover, you may as well skip the book, as the cover copy gives away every. single. thing.
I did enjoy the beginning of Emmie's story; however, just as in the first book, which began Sarah's story, this novella feels like a set up to the main event. I'm definitely looking forward to watching Emmie's story unfold, especially as her love story with Isaac (who readers will remember as one of Sarah's suitors) progresses. And while I thought the twist at the end was a bit predictable, I can't wait to see what happens when Emmie explains everything to her friends. 3 stars.
Fun Fact: I love when I learn something when reading a novel. In this case, I learned that there were three Fort Kearnys. At one point in this novella, Rand is transferred from Fort Laramie to Fort Phil Kearny. The trek is described as north toward the Bighorn Mountains ... and I, who live about 90 minutes away from Fort Kearny in Nebraska, am thinking, "Fort Laramie is west of Fort Kearny, and it's as flat as flat can be around Fort Kearny." So I looked it up and learned that the Fort Kearny I know was named after Stephen Kearny, and Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming and Fort Kearny in Washington DC were named for Stephen's nephew Phil.
A Heart's Disguise (4 stars), A Heart's Obsession (3 stars), and A Heart's Danger (4 stars).
Read my reviews of Coble's Inn at Ocean's Edge (5 stars), Lonestar series (Lonestar Secrets; Lonestar Angel, 3 stars), Under Texas Stars series (Blue Moon Promise, 3-1/2 stars; Safe in His Arms, 3-1/2 stars), and The Lightkeeper's Daughter.
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Emmie finds shelter in the arms of a soldier in Fort Laramie, Wyoming, but will her big secret drive them apart? Find out in book four, A Heart's Betrayal, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. Suddenly displaced, powerless, and ashamed, Emmie can’t stay in Wabash, Indiana. She makes a hopeful start for Fort Laramie to find her friend Sarah Montgomery and a new beginning. But when she arrives, she discovers she’s pregnant—and without a husband. The new start she’d hoped for slips from her fingers.
Melt into summer with a new giveaway from Colleen: four books (books one–four in Colleen's A Journey of the Heart series) and a box of chocolates to pair with your new books!
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A copy of A Heart's Betrayal
- A box of Colleen's favorite chocolate truffles from DeBrand Fine Chocolates
- A copy of A Heart's Disguise
- A copy of A Heart's Obsession
- A copy of A Heart's Danger
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