Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: My Heart Stood Still by Lori Copeland

My Heart Stood Still
(Sisters of Mercy Flat, #2)
by Lori Copeland
Adult Christian 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 
Published by: Harvest House Publishers
Published on: March 1, 2015
Pages: 224

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

"The Sisters of Mercy Flats", begun in Promise Me Today, continues in this wonderful new Western-flavored historical romance. The McDougal sisters are experts at swindling men, and this time Anne-Marie enters into a bargain bordering on blackmail--with a Crow warrior.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

An Overview of the novel: Anne-Marie and her sisters never should have tried to swindle the man out of his money, even it it was to help the church. They were attacked by indians and would have died, had it not been for their rescuers.

The only problem is that Anne-Marie has no idea what happened to her sisters. All she knows is that now she's stuck with this indian if she wants to survive that is. 

But Anne-Marie is known for meeting trouble. This time might just prove to be too much. 

The Characters: I adored the characters. Anne-Marie was such a realistic character. It was fun getting into her head. She wasn't a perfect character, and some of the mistakes she made were quite comical. But she had a good heart. I loved reading about her.

I also loved Creed. He was so interesting to read about. I loved watching Anne-Marie and Creed interact.

I also thought that the secondary characters were well developed. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This book was a fun fast-paced novel. There was never a slow moment. I kept turning the pages faster and faster, desperately trying to figure out what would happen next.

This novel explored issues of faith, devotion, loyalty, honor, and race/ethnicity in such a seamless way. And it did it all with a dose of humor mixed in as well.

This novel was a fun read. However, at the same time, I think it could have explored some of the themes/elements in the novel better. I also felt that certain aspects were rushed.

All in all, it was an enjoyable read. 

So why 4 stars? It was a fun, intriguing read that stood out from some of the others I read, but it definitely wasn't perfect. 

Can I read the series out of order? This novel can be read as a stand-alone. There are some details that reference events that happened in the first, but you won't be lost if you haven't read the previous one. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some minor references of violence. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable read. I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next. 


Danica Page

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