ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tracey Bateman published her first novel in 2000 and has been busy ever since. There are two other books in the Westward Hearts Series, Defiant Heart (#1) and Distant Heart (#2)
She learned to write by writing, and improved by listening to critique partners and editors. She has sold over 30 books in six years.
She became a member of American Christian Fiction Writers in the early months of its inception in 2000 and served as president for a year.
Tracey loves Sci-fi, Lifetime movies, and Days of Our Lives (this is out of a 21 year habit of watching, rather than enjoyment of current storylines).
She has been married to her husband Rusty for 18 years, has four kids, and lives in Lebanon, Missouri.
ABOUT THE BOOK
For the past seven years, Ginger Freeman has had one goal: find Grant Kelley and make him pay for allowing her brother to die. Growing up motherless with a father who leads an outlaw gang, Ginger isn’t exactly peaches and cream. So when she finally tracks down Grant on a wagon train headed west, she figured providence had stepped in and given her the chance she’s been waiting for.
On the wagon train, finally surrounded by a sense of family and under the nurturing eye of Toni Rodde, Ginger begins to lose her rough edges. She’s made friends for the first time and has become part of something bigger than revenge. Not only has her heart softened toward people in general, but God has become a reality she never understood before. And watching Grant doctor the pioneers, she’s realized she can’t just kill him and leave the train without medical care. Putting her anger aside, before long, Ginger’s a functioning part of the group.
But when the outlaw gang, headed by her pa, shows up and infiltrates the wagon train, she is forced to question her decision. Only self-sacrifice and her new relationship with God can make things right. But it might also means she loses everything she’s begun to hold dear.
If you would like to read from the first chapter of Dangerous Heart, go HERE
I have read the 2nd book in this series and was excited to get the 3rd one and see how it was all going to end up. I read that Tracey says she saved the most difficult character for the last book - and boy did she! Ginger is a diamond in the rough (to say the least!) when we originally meet her in the 2nd book. She's still pretty rough when we start book 3, and then her life starts to get really complicated when a piece of her past shows up at the wagon train and threatens to ruin the fresh start she has. She also has to decide whether revenge is still her goal and what she really wants to do with her life. When cholera starts running rampant through the wagon train it becomes a fight for life over death and deciding who really deserves to be nursed through the sickness... and not everyone is in agreement.
I love the way it is wrapped up and the epilogue is wonderful. Tracey has crafted a beautiful series about the west, a wagon train and the amazing people on it.