Colleen Coble's A Heart's Obsession
Sometimes I find that it takes me awhile to truly delve into a book: the plot might be slow moving at first or somewhat complex/confusing from the start. However, that is not the case with Colleen Coble's A Heart's Obsession, which is the second book in her “Journey of the Heart” series. I was drawn into this story from the first page. In fact, I was so intrigued by this fast moving story that I read it all within a twenty-four hour period. Having this six part series be divided into smaller novellas was a brilliant idea on Coble's part. While a full novel is sometimes a bit intimidating when someone's schedule is busy, a novella is a quick read. Even though the novella was short (ninety-eight pages, to be exact), I found that the characters weren't simply flat; they were definitely well rounded characters with deep and often complicated conflicts. Of course, the characterization will continue throughout the series, too. I would definitely recommend reading the first book before continuing on in the series. I believe it sets the stage and supplies more details to the background information.
Although I could quickly pick up on the basics of what had happened prior to A Heart's Obsession, reading the first book in the series would have supplied me with more details that would have enhanced my reading experience. I highly recommend going through the entire series and not just reading one book; they weren't meant to be read as single books. Besides that, the only other negative thing I can say about the book, honestly, is that I don't like having to wait to know what happens! Fortunately, it appears as if all the novellas in this “Journey of the Heart” series will be published within a few months of one another, which is a beautiful thing for the reader.
In this installment of the “Journey of the Heart” series, Sarah Montgomery, the female protagonist, finds herself in a dire situation and runs from home to try to find Rand, the man who still has her heart, out west. Rand, on the other hand, doubts that he'll ever see Sarah again and also realizes that he will most likely never find someone he loves like he loves her. However, when the two are finally reunited, Rand is engaged to another woman. Worse yet, Ben Croftner, Sarah's ex-fiance, is bound and determined to get Sarah back. Ben not only scares Sarah, but he also hurts a dear friend of hers. The conflict within Rand is obvious: he still seems to care for Sarah, but it's not a road he can allow himself to go down again for various reasons. Sarah, on the other hand, is still bound and determined to win back Rand. I'm definitely anxious to read the next book in this series to find out what, if anything, happens between Rand and Sarah.
I give this book five stars out of five stars.
Can a woman held captive by her family make it back to the one man she knows she can trust?
When Sarah Montgomery's father succumbs to his long illness, Sarah is faced with a life-altering choice: submit to her brother's will and marry the deceptive Ben Croftner . . . or escape through the dangerous American West to reclaim the heart of her beloved Rand Campbell at Fort Laramie, Wyoming.
From captivity in her family's home, Sarah makes her decision-and begins the perilous journey to Wyoming by train.
But even in the company of Rand's brother, Sarah does not receive the reception she had hoped for. The necessity of a military wife has preempted her, and Rand is already engaged to Jessica DuBois, the seductive daughter of the post commander.
With her heart broken and her life in ruins, Sarah has no choice but to remain at Fort Laramie and try to win Rand back. But things will get tougher before they get easier . . . the obsessive Ben Croftner has just shown up in Wyoming.
About the Author
USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at www.colleencoble.com Twitter: @colleencoble Facebook: colleencoblebooks
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