Dangerous Heart, Westward Hearts Series #3   -     By: Tracey Bateman
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Dangerous Heart, Westward Hearts Series #3

Avon / 2008 / Paperback

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Growing up motherless with an outlaw father made Ginger Freeman hard and unforgiving-and for the past seven years she's been driven by a single goal: to make Grant Kelley pay for letting her brother die. Now that she's tracked the hated doctor to a westward-bound wagon train, her mission of vengeance is nearly completed. But the sense of family and community that suddenly surrounds her is unlike anything Ginger has ever experienced. And under the nurturing eye of Miss Sadie, the outlaw's daughter begins to lose her rough edges. Here, in the company of loving, newfound friends, Ginger feels herself becoming part of something much bigger than revenge.

But catastrophe is in the wind when her pa and his gang arrive to infiltrate the wagon train. Will Ginger's new relationship with God tear her away from her family forever . . . and cost her everything she's now begun to hold dear?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 0061246352
ISBN-13: 9780061246357
Availability: In Stock
Series: Westward Hearts

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Growing up motherless with an outlaw father made Ginger Freeman hard and unforgiving—and for the past seven years she's been driven by a single goal: to make Grant Kelley pay for letting her brother die. Now that she's tracked the hated doctor to a westward-bound wagon train, her mission of vengeance is nearly completed. But the sense of family and community that suddenly surrounds her is unlike anything Ginger has ever experienced. And under the nurturing eye of Miss Sadie, the outlaw's daughter begins to lose her rough edges. Here, in the company of loving, newfound friends, Ginger feels herself becoming part of something much bigger than revenge.

But catastrophe is in the wind when her pa and his gang arrive to infiltrate the wagon train. Will Ginger's new relationship with God tear her away from her family forever . . . and cost her everything she's now begun to hold dear?

Author Bio

Tracey Bateman is the award-winning author of many books, including Kansas Home.

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Daughter of an outlaw and trained in the skills of that trade, Ginger Freeman knows just how to go about tracking down and killing Dr. Grant Kelley, the man she blames for her brother’s death seven years ago. Her hunting and tracking skills prove valuable to the wagon train to which she has traced Kelley. Becoming part of the crew, Ginger now has a chance to complete her act of vengeance. But life and thoughts get very complicated as Ginger gets to know these people and their spirit of Christian cooperation and love. Collisions galore slash across the pages of Dangerous Heart: vengeance vs. love; willfulness pitted against the needs of others; outlaw values ramming into wagon train values; crime wrestling with morality; the value of self collapsing against the needs of others; safety opposed by cholera. And what will be the outcome when Ginger finds out that Christ is good, and so is Grant Kelley, and, that what she believes about her brother’s death is not the truth?

A romance in both senses (love story and imaginative adventure tale) Dangerous Heart concludes Tracey Bateman’s popular Westward Hearts series. This book refers to the other two in the series, but is quite readable on its own. Lured by an imaginative plot, an interesting, believable cast of characters, humor, adventure, pathos, and whimsy, as well as a most satisfying denouement, the reader quickly becomes involved in this saga. The Christian lessons form an integral part of the story, slipping into the reader’s mind with ease and acceptance. The story as a whole brings to mind 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Other themes woven throughout include family love and respect, salvation, God's love, care for even those you despise, obedience, personal worth of all people, marriage, the value and interaction of tradition and new ideas, and racial and social prejudices. I particularly enjoyed the large and varied cast of both male and female characters. They are presented with flaws as well as goodness, and ably portray the reality of Christ as they grow spiritually and interact with each other. Dangerous Heart will appeal to many readers, male and female, middle school through adult. Closing with Discussion Questions, this book will be useful for both individuals and groups. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

“...[A] feisty, thoughtful Western romance. The latest from prolific Bateman offers a light, satisfying read to while away a cool autumn afternoon.”
“Fun and lively....This is a family saga for all ages to enjoy.”

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    December 19, 2008
    Susan Lichty
    Wonderful ending to a series of books! Ginger is a lot of trouble, but her story is very touching! All three books in this series were great!
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 15, 2008
    Ruth Anne Cavallin
    The last in the Westward Hearts Series and just as exciting as the first two. Author Tracey Bateman is truly a great christian fiction writer who holds a reader interest from page one to the last page.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 19, 2008
    April Martin
    This was a great story I could not put it down hope she writes more.I Loved It!
  4. Ridgeland, MS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 19, 2008
    ldgermany
    Ridgeland, MS
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Some people have all the luck. Some people have all the pain. Isn't that how the song goes? Some people just flat out have everything stacked against them from day one and it seems that nothing will ever change. That is the way life has been for Ginger. She grew up without a mom. She has a dad, but his only use for her is to use her to help in him in his schemes and robberies with his outlaw band. Her driving emotion is anger and revenge after seeing her brother die. Ginger thinks that her life has been a random set of circumstances which have brought her to the wagon train, but now she is having her doubts as she begins to hear God whisper in her hear.Will she listen to God and turn from the life that she has known and been comfortable with or will she embrace the tugging from God and the love that the people from this wagon train have shown her? Most of all will she be willing to see past her anger to see the true heart of the man Grant is and wants to be to her?
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 17, 2008
    Wendi
    This book has a great mix of adventure, romance, danger and life in a wagon-train! Having very little female influence in her life growing up, Ginger Freeman is now a little rough around the edges, but it makes her very lovable and refreshing. Raised within a band of outlaws, her original intent when joining the wagon-train was to kill Grant, the man she believes had a hand in the death of her older brother. She finds that Grant is a skilled doctor with a willingness to help others, and a faith that runs deep. Now she is faced with a choice - go through with her plan, or return to the outlaws without having avenged her brother's death. As a reader, I got to see the slow transformation of Ginger as her faith grew. Once I got into the story, I couldn't put the book down. It was a very enjoyable read, and I'd like to feel that I learned a few things about prairie life and the west.Characters: Tracey's book was filled with fascinating characters. In all they were very well-developed and it was great to see some of the characters have a change of heart and gain in faith. Story-Line: It was a faith-filled (but not preachy) book, teaching forgiveness and instilling hope in both the characters and the reader. Taking place in the 1850's, a wagon-train headed for Oregon runs into a band of outlaws and has to face the odds when Cholera runs through the community. If that isn't enough to encourage a person to find faith, add in three scheming outlaws (at least), a wealthy man heading west to start a new life with his two kids, a doctor who lost his wife during a raid by those same outlaws, and a girl who was raised by outlaws, who is now surrounded by open, honest, faith-filled friends. It was very entertaining and enjoyable.Readability: I found the book easy to read. The authors style and pace were both good.
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