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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Barbour Publishing
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)|
Series: My Heart Belongs
A Battle Is About to be Waged Between Two Hearts.
Fashion artist Priscilla Hutchens has a grudge against the army that has ruined her family and taken the people she holds most dear. When her twin niece and nephew are left orphaned at Fort Bliss, Texas, she swoops down on Fort Bliss to gain custody of them immediately.
There is just one thing standing in the wayPost surgeon Major Elliot Ryder, who is also the twins uncle, also claims the children and thinks he knows what is best for them.
Priscilla and Elliot will cross swords, but each will have to lay down arms if they are to find a lasting peace on which to form the family both are longing for. Who will win the battle? Or will a truce be called for the sake of love and family?
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Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves books and history, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical romances. Whenever shes not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, shes the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two, an avid museum patron, and wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul mate. Erica loves to hear from readers. You can sign up for her quarterly newsletter at www.ericavetsch.com
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Vetsch does a fine job fleshing out the protagonists, and the ancillary characters are all endearing in their own brusque or innocent way. A promising start to a new series perfect for fans of inspiring historical romances.
The first story in this new series is a charming inspirational with a tender romance. The main and secondary characters are well-developed and interesting, and the descriptions of the Fort Bliss military camp ring true. Readers will enjoy watching how the two main characters fall in love when they start off at such opposing odds. The story drives home how what we might think is best for ourselves isnt always what God thinks is best.
tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting historical novelApril 26, 2017tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Priscilla, a fashion artist, hates the military for taking her father and ruining her mother. So she's not exactly pleased when her brother joins the army. She hasn't seen him in years when she receives notification that he and his wife have passed away. She heads to Fort Bliss to get the niece and nephew that she's never met. But she meets resistance from their uncle, her late sister-in-law's brother. He's the local physician and loves the children dearly. He has no intention of letting them leave with a woman they've never met. Sparks fly as they both insist on being their guardian.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were well defined and likable. The two little children were precious. The author did a great job of creating drama without setting the reader's mind against the two main characters. The scenery jumped off the page and helped the story come alive. The faith, importance of family, and sweet romances that were entwined in the plot made the whole thing come together beautifully. This is an author that is quickly becoming a favorite with every book of hers that I read. I would recommend this book if you enjoy clean romance, historical fiction, or a fun plot.
I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. All thoughts expressed are my own.
LM4 Stars Out Of 5Believable and sweetApril 22, 2017LMQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I really enjoyed this book--it was a pleasant little escape. All the time I was reading it, I kept seeing it in my head as an old movie made in the '40s. :-) The author did a nice job of combining her obvious love for history and research with good storytelling and character development. She was able to weave in Christian faith without being heavy-handed--making it a natural part of the characters' lives. I liked her sharing the thoughts of both the woman and the man in the story; it was quite believable and sweet.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Humour, Grit and Sweet RomanceApril 4, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Vetsch delivers humour and grit along with sweet romance in her latest novel. I found the fort setting absolutely fascinating and this author does her research so there are tons of interesting details that bring the story to life. From the fort routines to the doctor's surgery; Indian relations to the plight of women in these lonely outposts -- all contributed to my frantic page-turning.
Priscilla is a force to be reckoned with -- so determined to hate everything about the military. Her intention is to 'rescue' the children and bring them back to civilization but their equally determined uncle stands in her way. .
There's no doubt that Elliott loves the twins even though he's giving them an unorthodox upbringing. But he's not about to renege on the promise he made to his dying sister and there's no way some fancy city lady is going to take away his niece and nephew. Their clash of wills is stupendously fun to read -- especially when the undercurrents of attraction threaten to break to the surface.
Love the brilliant way the author knits their lives together until it's impossible to imagine either without the other. But goodness, does she ever make them work for that happily ever after!
A stupendously thrilling story rich in history, steeped in faith and filled with love.
kympossible4 Stars Out Of 5Sweet romanceMarch 25, 2017kympossibleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Priscilla Hutchens arrives in Fort Bliss expecting a very short stay - just long enough to collect her orphaned niece and nephew and take them back to Cincinnati with her - and can find little about the army town to recommend it. She wants little to do with the army because of her childhood experiences and unhappy memories of a father that never returned from patrol, and a mother that remained bitter the rest of her life. And now army life has taken her brother and his wife, leaving their two young children alone in the world. Priscilla knows she can give the twins a safe and stable life, far away from the army.
She had no idea that the children's uncle, Major Elliot Ryder, already had an affectionate relationship with them and was caring for them, claiming that his sister's dying wish had been for him to take the twins. Priscilla insists that she can give the twins a better upbringing, and Elliot staunchly refuses to give them up to her . . . and although the children quickly warm to Priscilla, they don't want to leave Fort Bliss and the only life they've known. Priscilla extends her stay in Fort Bliss thinking that she will be able to convince Elliot to give the children to her. The two get along and work well together - and realize they are very attracted to each other as well - except when it comes to the subjects of army life and where the children will live.
When Elliot's duties take him out on an extended patrol, Priscilla has opportunity to spend more time with the wives at Fort Bliss and examines her own attitude about the army, allowing herself to wonder if she could let go of her prejudice against the army. Between a medical emergency that arises while Elliot is away, and her time spent worrying about Elliot and admitting her feelings for him, Priscilla considers staying at Fort Bliss in order to be with her only remaining family. Meanwhile, Elliot is dealing with a crisis on patrol and is rethinking whether the children might be better off with Priscilla, and whether he can risk his own heart in a bid to ask her to stay.
This was a very enjoyable read, and a sweet romantic story, with a gentle underlying lesson about finding contentment and peace. The ending was predictable, especially given the title, but seeing how the characters dealt with their past hurts and came to care for each other was heart-warming.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.*
RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Captivating StoryMarch 24, 2017RobbyeFayeAnniston, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Priscilla Hutchens travels to Ft Bliss, Texas, to rescue her niece, Tessa, and nephew, Timothy, after the untimely death of their parents. She is determined they not be subjected to the type of life she was as an army child being dragged from pillar to post. They are already too much like her, in that the Army has made them orphans. Major Elliott Ryder is their uncle, and he definitely has something to say about Priscilla's attitude and where the twins will live.
I especially enjoyed getting to know Priscilla. She is a very spunky, spirited and feisty young woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, but neither is she afraid to get her hands dirty and help when needed.
The twins are fun to meet, too. Tessa is a lot like her Aunt Priscilla in spunkiness and spirit, and she is never still, running full tilt night and day. Timothy, on the other hand, is more circumspect and reserved.
Erica Vetsch has written a captivating story of late 1800s military life. I found myself fascinated by the remarkable detail to the story. Just a few of the topics Miss Vetsch described in interesting and realistic imagery include the primitive conditions, herbal and natural medicinal techniques, military protocol and Army regulations.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.