Distant Heart by Tracey Bateman



This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing


Distant Heart


(Avon Inspire January 2, 2008)


by


Tracey Bateman

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Tracey Bateman is the award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including Defiant Heart, the First in the Westward Hearts series. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and recently served on the board as President. She lives in Lebanon, Montana, with her husband and their four children.






ABOUT THE BOOK:
In the second book in the Westward Hearts trilogy, will the promise of a new life out west heal the scars of Toni's past?

This series tells the stories of three strong women as they struggle to survive on the rough wagon train and lose their hearts to unlikely heroes along the way. Think Little House on the Prairie meets Francine river's Redeeming Love and you begin to get a sense of the riveting historical series that Tracey Bateman has created.

In this second installment, we follow Toni Rodden, a former prostitute who sought to escape her past and build a new life, and a new reputation, when she joined the wagon train. Despite much resentment and distrust from the other women, Toni has finally earned a place on the wagon train and found a surrogate family in Fannie Caldwell and her two siblings. For the first time in her life, Toni actually feels free.

But while Toni once harbored dreams that her new life might include a husband and family, she soon realizes the stigma that comes with her past is difficult to see beyond and that she'll never be truly loved or seen as worthy. As the trip out west begins to teach her to survive on her own, she resolves to make her own living as a seamstress when the train finally reaches Oregon.

But despite Toni's conviction that no man will be able to see beyond her marred past, Sam Two-feathers, the wagon scout and acting preacher for the train seems to know of a love that forgives sins and values much more than outward appearances. Will Sam have the confidence to declare his love? Will Toni be able to trust in a God that can forgive even the darkest past? Faith, love, and courage will be put to the test in Distant Heart.
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Christy here:
Unfortunately, I haven't gotten my hands on a copy of Distant Heart, but I assure you, this is one that has been on my to-be-read list ever since I finished Defiant Heart. If you're interested in my review of that book, click here.
I'll follow up with a review of Distant Heart when time allows. But even without reading it, this is one I would recommend you pick up if you like romance and you like a Western-sort of story.
Also, while reading Tracey's first book in this series, I was hooked by the character of Tori and interested in what her story could be by just her interaction as the supporting character. It was exciting to learn that the author was one step ahead of me in her planning of book 2!

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