Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Book Review: "Heart of a Soldier" by Belle Calhoune

I won a paperback copy of "Heart of a Soldier" during the "Love Brings You Home Launch Party" on Facebook.  Belle Calhoune sent me a signed copy.

After his discharge from the army, Dylan Hart heads to West Falls, Texas to meet his pen pal, Holly Lynch.  When he arrives, he discovers that Holly has neglected to tell him a very big part of her life.  Dylan had a difficult childhood and it has caused him to pack up and run whenever things get difficult.  He's unable to leave West Falls, however, as he has already paid for a four month lease.   While there, he is hired to work at Holly's family ranch.  Will they be able to get back to the special relationship they shared through their letters and will they find healing in their own hearts for their pasts?

Belle Calhoune created characters who could be your friends, who had realistic feelings and responses to things.  They have flaws and failures that you can related to.  While I haven't personally dealt with any of the issues that Holly and Dylan had faced, I could sympathize with them and feel their struggles.  There was one spot that made me pause and caused a small hiccup in my reading.   On page 135 when Dylan sees Holly and her mom together "he didn't know if he was imagining it or not, but there seemed to be a slight tension between Holly and Maggie. "  It seems that he would have understood what caused the tension since Holly had said they were "going through a rough patch" on page 122.
But it wasn't enough for me to dislike the book or not want to read it.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy reading Contemporary Inspirational Romances.

"Heart of the Soldier" is available for Kindle:
  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (January 1, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

and in paperback:
  • Series: Love Inspired
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired (December 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373879350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373879359
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches

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