Sunday, February 14, 2016

Journey of the Heart by DiAnn Mills / Song of the Dove by Peggy Darty

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Journey of the Heart
by DiAnn Mills
Song of the Dove
by Peggy Darty

ISBN-13: 9781630586287
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Barbour Books
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
Travel along with Katie Colter as she leaves her Comanche home to join family at the white man’s fort. She leaves behind Lone Eagle, the warrior she was to marry, and tries to adapt to the life of her own people, learning about their strange God and befriending Sergeant Peyton Sinclair. But Lone Eagle won’t forget her, and Katie faces a hard choice. Also included is a bonus historical romance from author Peggy Darty.

My Review:
Journey of the Heart is a Christian historical set in 1857. It's about 192 pages long. The heroine obeys her father's wish for her to return to her relatives at the fort, but she doesn't want to leave the Indians. She's sad, but she tries to be thankful for the kindness shown to her. As time passes, she comes to understand why her father wanted her to return, but Lone Eagle isn't willing to let her go. There's a sense of threat from him that adds an underlying tension to the story. I enjoyed the characters. While there was a romance, the focus was more on the heroine's internal journey.

The Christian element is a major part of the story as Katie learns about God from her relatives. She learns to trust God and recognize that He's at work in her life. There was no sex or bad language.

Song of the Dove is a Christian historical romance set in Colorado in 1861, and it's about 128 pages long. Occasionally the language and behavior felt a little modern for the time period, but there were some interesting details about mission work among the Indians and the Civil War.

The heroine is the daughter of an Ute woman who was raped by a white man, and her mother left her with some white settlers to be raised. She doesn't know of her heritage until her true mother is dying and asks her brother to bring her daughter to her. It's the story of the heroine coming to terms with her mixed heritage, helped along by a handsome missionary. He also has one parent who was an Indian.

The Christian element was the heroine learning about God and finding a sense of secure identity in Him. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend both of these stories.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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