Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn't hide the secret surrounding 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?
Colleen Coble wraps up her Journey of the Heart Series with a novella that ties up most loose ends and leaves the main characters in a good place.
Emmie and Isaac's relationship was my favorite of the whole series, so I really enjoyed watching them get their happily ever after. I'm also glad that Morning Song, Sarah Campbell's friend, got her own happy ending. I also appreciated that the hardships of frontier life—death, disease, harsh winters—were not shied away from. Not everyone had a dream ending, and that made this series feel more realistic.
I was a little disappointed that Jessica DuBois's story just sort of ended, and I expected Ben Croftner to make another appearance wreaking havoc, but instead the characters just heard about what happened to him. And Emmie's big secret—that she had never been legally married to her first husband—never came out at all; I assume she told Isaac at some point, but as this was a secret that she put off telling him for so long, I felt a little disappointed that as I reader I didn't get to learn his reaction. (I'm sure he would have taken it well—but there was just so much build up and never any payoff.)
Overall, though, A Heart's Home is a nice conclusion to the series. Though this series isn't Coble's most engaging, it is entertaining, and I expect that most fans of historical fiction will enjoy it. 3.5 stars.
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Read my reviews of A Heart's Disguise (4 stars), A Heart's Obsession (3 stars), A Heart's Danger (4 stars), A Heart's Betrayal (3 stars), and A Heart's Promise (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.
Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.
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A hidden pregnancy, a promise sure to break hearts, and a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny: Don't miss the gripping conclusion in book six, A Heart's Home, of Colleen Coble's A Journey of the Heart series. 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?
Colleen is celebrating the final book release of her A Journey of the Heart series by giving away the entire series and the chance to host Colleen virtually at your book club, local library, or women's group to talk about the series.
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