This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
(Avon Inspire January 2, 2008)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tracey Bateman is the award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including Defiant Heart, the First in the Westeard Hearts series.
She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and recently served on the board as President. She loves in Lebanon, Montana, with her husband and their four children.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In the second book in the Westward Hearts trilogy, will the promise of a new life out west heal the scars of Toni's past? This series tells the stories of three strong women as they struggle to survive on the rough wagon train and lose their hearts to unlikely heroes along the way.
Think "Little House on the Prairie" meets Francine River's, Redeeming Love, and you begin to get a sense of the riveting historical series that Tracey Bateman has created.
In this second installment, we follow Toni Rodden, a former prostitute who seeks to escape her past and build a new life and a new reputation, when she joined the wagon train. Despite much resentment and distrust from the other women, Toni finally earns a place on the wagon train and finds a surrogate family in Fannie Caldwell and her two siblings. For the first time in her life, Toni actually feels free.
But, while Toni once harbored dreams that her new life might include a husband and family, she soon realizes the stigma that comes with her past is difficult to overcome, and that she'll never be truly loved or seen as worthy. As the trip out west begins to teach her to survive on her own, she resolves to make her own living as a seamstress when the train reaches Oregon.
Despite Toni's conviction that no man will be able to see beyond her marred past, Sam Two-feathers, the wagon scout and acting preacher for the train, seems to know of a love that forgives sins, and which values much more than outward appearances.
Will Sam have the confidence to declare his love? Will Toni be able to trust in a God that can forgive even the darkest past?
Faith, love, and courage will be put to the test in Distant Heart.
Recommended. Tracy Bateman is one of the best Inspirational Historical Romance writers. Read, laugh, love, cry, and pass it on to your friends.