Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sisters of Mercy Flats #2

My Heart Stood Still (Sisters of Mercy Flats #2)
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
4 Stars

Here's a brief description of the book:

The three wily and beautiful McDougal sisters can swindle a man faster than it takes to lasso a calf. But their luck is running out, and they’re about to be hauled off to jail. When the wagon carrying them falls under attack, each sister is picked up by a different man.
Anne-Marie, the middle sister, is saved by Creed Walker, a Crow warrior. It’s loathing at first sight, but with bandits on their tail and a cache of gold to hide, Creed and Anne-Marie need each other. Will they learn to put aside their differences and trust each other—and God? And can their growing faith turn their lives around?

This is book 2 in the Sisters of Mercy Flats series which is set in Texas.  As I have not read book one I will say this is a stand alone book. This is a sweet and sometimes humorous, historical romance.  Anne Marie was raised by nuns after her parents died when she was a young child.  She's very headstrong, witty, charming, and loyal, but most of all she has a good heart.    She is a very engaging character.  Creed Walker works for the Union, but knows the war will be ending very soon.  When he meets Annemarie he's on a mission that he intends to follow through at any cost.  He's very honorable, but has to bend the rules at times.  Quincy is not only Creed's fellow soldier, but also a friend.  He is a great character and adds to the entire story.  The author uses excellent imagery to bring the story to life.   The characters pulled me into the story, but the great storyline kept me turning the pages.  This is a story about trust and questions of faith which are woven throughout the story.  This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone. 
I received this book via Netgalley for a honest review without bias as stated above.  The thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. 

Let me introduce you to the author:

Lori Copeland

She had a relatively late start in writing, breaking into publishing in 1982 when she was already forty years old. Over the next dozen years, her romance novels achieved much success, as was evidenced by her winning the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. She has been inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame.
Despite her success in more mainstream romantic fiction, in 1995, she decided to switch focus. Her subsequent books have been in the relatively new subgenre of Christian romance. She has also collaborated with authors Angela Elwell Hunt or Virginia Smith on a series of Christian romance novels.

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