Author: Colleen Coble
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Book Look Bloggers’ website description of A Heart’s Disguise:
In the aftermath of the Civil War, a young woman searches for her lost love at the edge of the West.
The Civil War has destroyed Sarah Montgomery’s marriage before it’s even begun.
After Sarah receives word that her fiancé, Rand Campbell, has been killed fighting for the Union, her brothers and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to Ben Croftner—despite her strong misgivings. But when Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off the engagement and goes in search of Rand.
But Ben Croftner does not take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. When Sarah is abducted by her treacherous fiancé, Rand finally comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and intends to take her there as his wife. But could Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the love of her life? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?
Colleen Coble has been a favorite author of mine for some time, with her Mercy Falls series being the books that originally hooked me on her writing. When I requested this book, there were a couple things I didn’t realize at the time that I feel I should inform you of. 1. A Heart’s Disguise is only 90 pages long. 2. This book and the following books in the series are a reprint of her original series, originally entitled Where Leads the Heart and Plains of Promise.
That being said, I had a few reservations as I started reading. One of them being, how in the world was I going to get hooked on a book only 90 pages long and feel anywhere near satisfied? Colleen proved my doubts wrong. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this short novel. A Heart’s Disguise has the same elements of Colleen’s later books, such as great writing, interesting characters, and suspense. Now, this book didn’t have nearly as much suspense as some of her others, but I still enjoyed it. Even though A Heart’s Disguise is short, I was able to get into the story and care about what would happen with Rand and Sara. And I still do, because the novel ends on a cliffhanger! Lucky for me, and all the other readers who will be picking up the Journey of the Heart series, the subsequent books are each set up to release one after the other, about a month apart. A serialized method, if you will.
If you’re a fan of Colleen Coble, this series is a great look at her early work. Just be prepared to wait anxiously for the next book in the series, I know I am.
About the Author
Biography from the Book Look Bloggers’ website: USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has written several romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series. Visit her website at http://www.colleencoble.com
I was given a review copy of A Heart’s Disguise from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.