Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank (Review & #Giveaway)

Heart of the West
by Carolyn Twede Frank
Adult Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
January 1st 2018 by Covenant Communications


Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue’s wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiancĂ©. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper ad seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.

Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiancĂ© she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate’s mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.

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My Review

HEART OF THE WEST is a story of independence, the harsh old west, small-town charm, family, and love. Readers will fall in love with these characters and cheer them on to the happily-ever-after end. Recommended to sweet historical romance fans.

This story wasn't perfect. I could see where it could have been more intense in more places, maybe a little more dire, with some good old western action. However, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it! It kept me smiling, made me laugh a few times, almost brought me to tears in a few places... In other words, it brought out the feels and it was a feel-good story through and through, even when things got rough (of course there was some good attraction that flared up when things got a little sticky). When I closed the book I just thought how fun of a read it was. And it was. I really adored the characters, particularly Kate, Lucas, and Logan really wormed his way into my heart. I'm hoping there is more to come from these characters. I'd love to read some happily-ever-afters for Logan, Rosie, and Susannah.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an enjoyable read from beginning to end. I'm hoping for more stories from this small town in the future.

Content: Some mild violence, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

About the Author

About my writing: I don't like to write candy for the brain. But I do like to try to make my books not only fulfilling, but entertaining. Candy is nice, but a meal of meat, potatoes, and veges can leave you more satisfied. My books give the reader a good taste of history and/or science along with a dash of mystery folded into the story.

About me: I've always loved writing, but haven't gotten serious until the past seven years. When I'm not writing, I like to garden, sew, fix up old houses, or anything else creative. My favorite movies are ones about history.

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