Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Cowboy at Heart by Lori Copeland & Virginia Smith

book title front  This is a satisfying conclusion in the Amish of Apple Grove trilogy!  Jesse Montgomery has mended his ways, turning from alcohol to God and staying with his friends while he got sober.  When he finds out his Amish friend Jonas is being forced off his land, he tries to intervene and is shot.  Widow Katie Miller is the healer in the district and comes to nurse him back to health.  They're attracted to each other, but there are more obstacles to their being together than just the differences in their faith. 

I really liked the characters in this story.  I've read book two and it was fun to see the changes in Jesse from that book.  The discussions about resisting evil and living a life of peace were very interesting, especially regarding something as serious as losing your farm and livelihood.  I wished there was more to the romance and relationship between Jesse and Katie.  This story works as a stand-alone and is more serious than the second book, but I enjoyed the issues discussed.  There's also a bonus short story about Jonas as a young man, which was sweet.  Check out this well-written novel, especially if you like Amish stories!

I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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