1. The Jewel of His Heart, Heart of the West Series #2
    The Jewel of His Heart, Heart of the West Series #2
    Maggie Brendan
    Revell / 2009 / Trade Paperback
    $7.79 Retail: $15.00 Save 48% ($7.21)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 18 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 21, 2009
    To me in this type of historical fiction, the actual "historical" part seems to take a backseat to the rest of the story. Other than the obvious details, this story could have very well taken place in a modern day setting with the same results. The historical setting just takes the reader back to a simpler time where life was harder and situations such as this were more cherished. Juliana is a young woman, who due to the death of her mother, has to take her life into her own hands and lands a job in a newspaper office. From there, she discovers more about life around the town and it helps to fuel her relationship with Josh. It was fun seeing the going-ons about the town and seeing what life was for like people back then. Juliana's relationship with Marion is interesting because it seems like they might not really be as close friends as they thought. It would be interesting to see a book from her perspective.While I enjoyed this book, I did feel a bit annoyed at times with Juliana and Josh. I didn't really feel that much chemistry between them. What chemistry they did have seemed to come from a lot of unnecessary drama. It just seemed to me that several situations could have been totally avoided if the two had just sat down and talked and listened to the other. Instead, too many assumptions were made by both parties, causing friction and anger. There wasn't really another storyline that rivaled Juliana and Josh's. Their relationship was the central point of the book. Even though this book is the second in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. There are some references to the first book, but overall the characters don't really interact so if you haven't read the first book, you won't get lost at all.Overall, I did enjoy the book and I'll be looking forward to the next book in the series.
  2. North Dakota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 19, 2009
    North Dakota
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    When it comes to Christian romance, this book provides that, and more!The author has captured the feel of the old West in Montana, and also taught me some things I didn't know about the area. It's so nice to be entertained AND educated.The main character in The Jewel of His Heart is a strong woman who is facing difficult times, and the author does not spoon feed you the story....you don't truly know the whole story until you get to the end.An easy read that will keep you reading...even when you really should be doing other things!!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 25, 2009
    Lee Smith
    I really do despise reading a series out of order; and I am currently expecting book one in the mail But I got this first and had nothing else new to read but boring old writing books, {wink} and I just couldnt wait. I finished it in less than a day.I identified with this book and the characters on many levels. Juliana didnt want to be dependent on othersor a charity case. I have felt the same way with the limitations my health has placed on me. There is also the whole idea of how people associate or identify with you and how your personality is perceived by others. Sometimes they can be mistaken. I have experienced that firsthand as well. I dabble in jewelry ~ and sapphires are my birthstone, so the whole history of the Yogo Sapphire was fascinating. The characters all interacted in a natural way that was at once heartening and challenging. The author did such good work on all her characters that I expected even the smaller ones to walk into the room and sit down on the couch beside me. The love story between Josh and Juliana was beautiful, passionate and touching. I think Maggie has done a beautiful job and I cant wait to read the rest of the series.
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