Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Dangerous Heart

Author: Tracey Bateman
Publisher: Avon Inspire
October 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-124635-7
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Ginger Freeman has run with a bunch of outlaws—since that is what her pa was—since she was little. And she holds a grudge. Her older brother died from a gun shot wound when he was holding up a wagon train, and the doctor on board refused to treat him. Ginger determines that she will hunt down this doctor and shoot him. Never mind that the doctor’s wife died by Ginger’s brother’s hand. She tracks the doctor to a westward bound wagon train, and joins the train, determined to kill, the first opportunity she gets.

Grant Kelley is caring, and firm, and he and Ginger are at odds from the beginning. For the first time he has feelings for a woman since he lost his wife. But Ginger doesn’t seem to know how to obey the rules and the leadership of the wagon train is wanting to lose her at the first fort they come to.

Things come to a head when Ginger’s pa comes after her. He’s determined she kill the good doctor in a week and then return home so they can rob somebody else. But Ginger’s younger brother is sick, and possibly dying, and Ginger needs Grant alive to care for Buddy. Will she give into her pa’s demands and kill the doctor? Or does God have something bigger in mind?

DANGEROUS HEART is the third and final book in the Westward Hearts series by talented, award-winning author, Tracey Bateman. It was interesting to reconnect with some of the characters from earlier books, yet there were a host of new characters to get to know too.

At first, I didn’t care too much for Ginger. She was rough around the edges, inconsiderate, unkind, etc. Grant, on the other hand, was a loveable hero, one that the reader couldn’t help but cheer for. As I got to know Ginger however, the hurting individual she was began to show through and I wanted to see her come to know Christ, and to give up her desire for revenge.

If you’ve read the earlier books in this trilogy, you won’t want to miss this unforgettable conclusion to the series. DANGEROUS HEART is a powerful story, one that the reader won’t soon forget. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $12.95. 240 pages.

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