When it comes to sweet romance, few do it better than Maggie Brendan, and her third book in the Heart of the West Series, A Love of Her Own, is yet another example of why Maggie is so popular. When an author starts off with a heroine who did not endear readers in book 1 and grows her into a character you root for in book 3, then that's talent, and that's exactly what Ms. Brendan has done! I thoroughly enjoyed A Love of Her Own and highly recommend it to anyone with a "heart" for gentle romance in the old West.
Maggie Brendan has done it again in her 3rd book in the Heart of the West series. "A Love of Her Own" grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go until the surprise ending. It was refreshing to see someone who was so used to having everything done for her change so much and learn how to not only do for herself but for others as well. What a great picture of how you can change for the better if you just let God guide your steps. Maggie Brendan has the gift of not only making you feel like you know her characters but that you're right there with them. I think this was my favorite book of the series.
I'm probably the biggest fan of western romance novels, this side of the Mississippi. So, a series, with the title "Heart Of The West",I can't help but read it. LOLI was first introduced to author Maggie Brendan when I read her first book, No Place For A Lady. Since then, I've been eagerly been waiting the last book in the series. And the book was well worth the wait.I thought A Love Of Her Own was fantastic!! We first meet April McBride in Lady and believe me, she wasn't a favorite of mine. She was a spoiled brat, who was manipulative and stubborn. But in Love, we get to see things through April's eyes, and we understand why she is the way she is. But, in A Love Of Her Own, I really enjoyed "watching" April slowly go from a spoiled daddy's girl to Lewiston's sweetheart. I also liked that April wasn't a "girly,girl" and wasn't afraid to be different from the other young ladies.Gentle romances usually aren't my thing, but Ms. Brendan writes as if she has been writing for years, and she just has a way of sweeping you right up in the story from page one. Though this might be a sweet romance, the characters sure aren't. Their real and down to earth people who add depth to the story. However, I wish the main characters would have more depth, themselves.When April first comes to Lewiston, nobody much likes her. Then she meets Wes Owens, who is just as stubborn as she is, and when they're together...Boy! youhad better stand back, cause you just might get singed by all those sparks flyin' about.One of the reasons I only gave Love 3 1/2 stars, was because I haven't yet read bk.2 , Jewel Of His Heart. I think that if had, I probably would have recognised a lot of the secondary characters that appeared in Jewel and better understood the recent history of Lewsiton . In the end, when April was meeting the town's people for the first time, so was I. Nevertheless, I loved this book and I would recommend it to anybody who is a western novel fan, like myself.
I have become quite fond of Maggie Brendans books and her newest book, A Love of Her Own has added to my fondness of her books. There are so many things to like about this book. First of all, I found it very relaxing. I like being taken back to places like Montana during the late 1800s. It provides a lovely backdrop to this story. The author has included a lot of details that make this story feel very real. It was also fun to see the same characters that were in the previous book, The Jewel of His Heart. Although, Aprils initial perception of Lewistown was quite different from Julianas, if my memory serves me correctly.April was not the easiest character to like in the beginning. She was spoiled and selfish and did not care what others thought about her, but watching her character grow and change was fun to watch. I liked how April was written, her character was unique and despite her spoiled ways, I found myself rooting for her.Once again, Maggie Brendans writing has left me with a happy feeling that I have come to expect from her books. I highly recommend A Love of Her Own or any of Maggies books for that matter. I cannot wait to see what she writes next.
I could not wait to get my hands on this book and I was not disappointed when I did. Of the three main females in this series, April was the one I connected with the least. She was always so selfish and feisty that I typically felt she got what she deserved. However, as God changed her heart, I found myself beginning to relate to relate to her a little more. It's so neat to watch her heart change and realize that God can do that in all of us. I was so happy for April and Wes the way that life worked out for them. Halfway through this book, you will not be able to put it down!