This is the second episode in a serialized novel. In the first, A Heart's Disguise, we met Sarah. She had been waiting for Rand while he was fighting in the Civil War. She had waited for him but when the war was over and she had heard nothing from him for five months, she agreed to marry Ben. But Rand was very much alive and when he returned to Indiana, there was hurt and misunderstanding between the two. Rand had decided to continue his cavalry service and head to Fort Laramie. Even though Sarah broke her engagement with Ben, she wanted to stay in Indiana and take care of her ailing father.
In this episode, Rand has made it to Fort Laramie. Hurt and confused, he is attracted to the scheming daughter of the fort's commander. Sarah's father dies, his last words encouraging her to fight for Rand. She decides to take her younger brother and travel to Fort Laramie with Rand's brother and his wife. But when she gets to the fort, she is shocked to find out Rand is engaged. Does she have the strength to fight for the man she has loved for so long? What will happen when Ben, obsessed with Sarah, shows up in Wyoming?
Coble has given us some interesting insights into life for men and women on the frontier. We learn about fur traders, education for the Sioux children and how white men mistreated the Sioux women.
Of course, there is the stilted romance between Rand and Sarah. Two stubborn and hurt people who love each other deeply yet allow the hurt to prevent them moving to the future they both want.
The situation becomes tense as a severe winter storm hits the area and Ben turns violent. We are left waiting eagerly for the next episode.
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You can read the review of A Heart's Disguise here.
Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. She and her husband live in Indiana. Find out more at http://colleencoble.com.
Thomas Nelson, 128 pages. You can purchase a copy here.
I received a complimentary egalley of this novella through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.