About the Book
A Heart’s Gift
Author: Lena Nelson Dooley
Genre: Christian historical romance
Is a marriage of convenience the answer?
Franklin Vine has worked hard to build the ranch he inherited into one of the most successful in the majestic Colorado mountains. If only he had an heir to one day inherit the legacy he’s building. But he was burned once in the worst way, and he doesn’t plan to open his heart to another woman. Even if that means he’ll eventually have to divide up his spread among the most loyal of his hired hands.
When Lorinda Sullivan is finally out from under the control of men who made all the decisions in her life, she promises herself she’ll never allow a man to make choices for her again. But without a home in the midst of a hard Rocky Mountain winter, she has to do something to provide for her infant son.
A marriage of convenience seems like the perfect arrangement, yet the stakes quickly become much higher than either of them ever planned. When hearts become entangled, the increasing danger may change their lives forever.
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As I read this story, I marvelled at Lorinda Sullivan's inner strength. After enduring a traumatic childhood filled with abuse from her father and brother, she experiences more grief when her husband is killed and she is left to spend a winter alone in the Rocky Mountains. How can a young pregnant widow expect to endure a severe Colorado winter in the year 1893?
Lena Nelson Dooley has written an intriguing novel about two needy people who enter into a marriage of convenience. Lorinda and her baby boy need a home and Franklin Vine needs an heir, so a 'marriage in name only' seems to be the perfect answer. Perfect...until Lorinda witnesses Franklin's love and acceptance of baby Michael and has her perception of controlling men completely altered. Perfect...until Franklin learns what a kind, loyal woman is really like! Will their marriage of convenience agreement succeed?
A Heart's Gift is a heartwarming, historical romance filled with adventure, danger, and suspense but there is also a sweet romance and a strong faith message that runs throughout the story. I recommend this book to all who enjoy historical Christian fiction.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Celebrate Lit Book Tours. There was no obligation for a favorable review. These are my own opinions.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Author
Lena Nelson Dooley has been an author for 36 years. Her 51st book released in June 2020. Raised in Arkansas, she married a Texan 56 years ago. They have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for decades. She is an active member of ACFW and one of the founding members the DFW local chapter. She’s often been a speaker for other writers’ groups and conferences, both as a keynote speaker and a workshop teacher. Her fans love reading her books filled with characters who grip your heart.
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The Story Behind A Heart’s Gift
I’ve been a lover of history for decades. In college and graduate school, all my elective courses were history. Of course, I chose the countries and eras I wanted to learn about. When I began writing novels, my first one was a contemporary story. After that at least 75% or more of my novels have been historical, from 1805 through the early 20th century.
I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between Joseph and Mary the mother of Jesus. The Bible doesn’t give us a lot of information about their relationship. But by his actions, we can assume that Joseph believed the angel and Mary about her baby. He didn’t do the usual thing and put her away quietly. Instead, he protected her, and from the day He was born, he became the earthly father of Jesus. I’ve often thought about what that meant for Joseph and for Mary. When I wrote a story of a marriage between a man and a single mother, I used the emotions that I feel God has revealed to me about their relationship.
The first time I read a marriage of convenience novel, I loved it. And I’ve read quite a few. I’ve also written a few. A Heart’s Gift is one of them. This book was an easy and interesting book to write.
I’m what’s called in the industry a seat-of-the-pants author, more or less. I do have the complete outline of the story in my head. When I sit down to write, I know where I’m going, but I don’t have every single scene plotted out as some authors do. And I pray a lot. During the time I’m writing a book, God drops ideas into my mind. Not just while I’m writing, but other times, too. That’s the exciting thing about writing. This keeps it fresh for me.
During the writing of A Heart’s Gift, there’s a place where I just stopped and said, “God, what am I going to do now?” When you get there, you’ll know what scene I mean, but I don’t want to give a spoiler.
I never dreamed that the book would turn into a suspense novel in the last quarter of the book, but God knew. And it made it a better book.
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