Embattled Hearts by Pegg Thomas is the only book in The Pony Express Romance Collection that I have had the privilege of reading so far, but if the other stories are even close to this one, this is a must-have collection. The story line was strong and the chapter hooks at the end of each chapter left you wanting more. Very well written.
The Pony Express Romance Collection is a kaleidoscope of stories, dreams, loves, heartache, finding each other, versions of the pony express but only ONE GOD....Amen. This book is a litany of differing views of the pony express, loneliness, addiction, abandonment and prejudice - that they should not have had to deal with but did - this book is so wonderful especially when you are in the mood to read for a short period of time - you have it right here for you. The one thing they have in common as well as the Pony Express is Romance - and who could not do with a little Romance? But THE most important thing is how they ALL relied on GOD - now who could not need a bunch of HIM? Get this book - I cannot tell you how happy you will be. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Saddle up your horse and get ready to ride with the fast flyers of the old West: the Pony Express!
A wide variety of stories created a nice set of snapshots of the many types of people who came through or worked at the Pony Express stations that stretched from Missouri to California. It was very interesting to learn about this brief moment in American history, between 1860 to 1862, that left such a lasting impression on our country.
The brave young men who risked their lives to deliver the mail in record time reminded me of fighter pilots, with some competitive and prideful, and others humble and sacrificial, just trying to do their job well. The stories encompass a variety of people who travel through or work at the different stations, or take refuge there temporarily. Everyone from orphans, widows, doctors, station masters, horse trainers, Native Americans, blacksmiths and cooks, to gamblers, outlaws and renegade soldiers. Plenty of action and adventure kept the reading fun, and the romances tender. One special delivery took place after the telegraph lines brought the mail runs to an end.
Though the stories are short, they touched on many issues that are still relevant today, like having faith in God despite difficult circumstances, dealing with loneliness, abandonment, addiction and prejudice. The unrest of the start of the Civil War added some discussion of issues that divided families and states too.
I enjoyed something in each story, and especially liked all of the horses. They were key to the success of the mail runs, and were like another set of characters. My favorite stories were the last two, with the young woman who fills in as a hostler--she's like a horse whisperer--and the last with the two siblings on the run.
Recommend to readers who enjoy historical Christian fiction, with a little romance, in a western setting.
(An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)