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betrayalBetrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher

In 1881 in Wyoming, Julia Grace has lost husband and is trying to make ago of the ranch left behind by her husband.  As a single woman in the west with little experience of ranching her life begins to take a change when a drifter wanders on to her land. This story is not only a love story but one of trusting in God and his plan.  The scripture Ms. Hatcher leads the story with sets the tone of this historical fiction… And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.  Psalm 9:10 NASB

This is the second novel in the Where The Heart Lives series, and continues the story of Brennan siblings. Although this novel is part of the series, it can be read as a stand alone. I found Betrayal as a quick and enjoyable read. Ms. Hatcher reveals the back story of Grace’s life and why she is hesitant to trust anyone while revealing a little more about Hugh and his struggles which have led him to be hesitant to trust anyone. The reader can easily identify with the each character through their struggles earlier in their life. Although this story is listed as a historical fiction, the time period is definitely in the past, the story itself could have been told in the present. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a light romance.

Note: I received a copy of this title from publisher, Thomas Nelson through their book sneeze program.


Beyond the Smoke

Beyond the Smoke by Terry W. Burns

Sixteen year-old Bryan Wheeler finds himself alone on the trail after his parents and the folks they were traveling with were killed by Indians. Bryan meets up with a variety of people who lend to his adventures. When he started off on his adventures, he starts with two guns, some supplies and his mom’s bible. Bryan meets a variety of Indians, a Texas Ranger, and a professor.

The story is told in a very simple format. There is a sprinkling of lessons that Bryan and the reader learn along the way. Mr. Burns adds a variety of vocabulary words in the conversations between Bryan and the professor. The professor continually lets Bryan and Carol Sue, the young lady, traveling with him understand that learning is a life long process. This book is a Christian fiction book so there is discussion on how to accept Christ. That being said the Christian parts of the book are nicely placed in the story line and does not drag the story down. I would recommend this book to a tween who enjoys Christian fiction and a western story. This book however, would be a hard sell to your typical teen.

* I received an electronic copy of this title through Net Galley.