The Jewel of His Heart is the second installment in Maggie Brendan's Heart of the West trilogy. Josh McBride has left his wealthy father's cattle ranch in Montana to become his own man as a sheepherder in Montana. When Josh finds beautiful Yogo sapphires in a stream on his property, he thinks he may have found a solution for his money troubles. Then he meets Juliana. Her life of disappointment, struggle and loneliness has left her certain of two things: she doesn't want to be dependent on a man and she doesn't want to marry a miner. This sweet romance is well-written and well-researched. The fact that I finished reading it around 1:00 am tells you how engrossing it is. Can't wait to read the next book in this series!
Josh McBride is probably one of my favorite heroes. I love the way he just blurts things out! He isnt too bold, but he will say what is on his mind, and I like that. I think he shocked Juliana a few times. ;) Juliana is a character that you can really understand. She has been hurt, and because of that is very cautious. I liked how things turned out with her father. That was a good ending, because I would have hated it if she never new what had happened to her dad. (I hate it when there are loose ties at the end of a book.) In the end Juliana realizes that Josh is well worth the risk, and everything turns out wonderfully. Im really looking forward to book three!
I loved this book! I am not usually a person to like reading, but I couldn't put this book down! The storyline was great and I could follow it completely. I love the fact that the Josh McBride character was carried over from book one. It was great to see where his story went. Plus that Josh reminds me of my sweet husband. I love that Juliana didn't want to depend on anybody else. That she wanted to live by her own means. I can't wait until the 3rd book comes out!
Maggie Brendans characters make this novel stand out among the rest of the historical romance genre. The hero and heroine fast become your friends, and the supporting cast cries out for their stories to be told. Although it follows some of the predictable paths romances do, paradoxically, Brendan weaves in enough of her unique style to keep it unpredictable. I didnt read the first book in the Heart of the West series, but Im going to buy it, and Im looking forward to the third book in the series. This from a reviewer who is not a fan of historical romances. If you are, youll love it. If like me, you arent, youll still love it. Novel Reviews and I give it a good recommendation.
The Jewel of His Heart is only the second novel written by Maggie Brendan. Sometimes when I am reading a book by a new author I cant help but ask, Where did she come from? That was the case when I read this book. I enjoyed it so much and I was amazed at the fluid writing style and the interesting and engaging story and characters. This book had a very good story that I enjoyed tremendously, but my favorite aspect of this book was the characters. I really liked the chemistry between Juliana and Josh. The attraction and tension between the two of them was realistic and believable.The value of having good friends was a running theme throughout the story and I really liked the group of people that came to Julianas aid when she really needed someone. She was able to learn to trust again because she was able to see the kindness shown to her. This book also showed the frailty of friendships, not just between women, but also between men. The Christian message of friendship and forgiveness is one that many readers will be able to relate to and appreciate. I certainly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It is an easy read and a quick read, but the story has some depth that will keep the reader involved and interested in the story. There was nothing I didnt like about this book. I highly recommend The Jewel of His Heart.