Tuesday, February 3, 2009

"Desires of Her Heart" Book Review

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Desires Of Her Heart

Avon Inspire (February 10, 2009)


Lyn Cote


Lyn Cote married her real-life hero and was blessed with a son and daughter. She loves game shows, knitting, cooking, and eating! She and her husband live on a beautiful lake in the northwoods of Wisconsin. Now that the children have moved out, she indulges three cats: V-8 (for the engine, not the juice), Sadie, and Tricksey. In the summer, she writes using her laptop on her porch overlooking the lake. And in the winter, she sits by the fireplace her husband installed with the help of a good neighbor during their first winter at the lake.

Lyn's inspirational novels feature American women who step up to the challenges of their times and succeed in remaining true to the values of liberty and justice for all. The story of America is one of many nationalities and races coming together to forge our one nation under God, and Lyn's novels reflect this with accurate historical detail, always providing the ring of authenticity. Strong Women, Brave Stories.


A New Orleans lady and a half-breed frontiersman become unlikely allies as they travel the wilds of texas.

In 1821, when circumstances make it impossible for her to remain in New Orleans, Dorritt and her family head west to join Stephen Austin's settlement and recoup their fortune in Texas.

Quinn is a man of the frontier who has made a name for himself as a peerless scout. But as he and Dorritt's party begin a grueling trek across untamed Texas, the success of their journey is in grave doubt. Mexico has broken with the Spanish Crown, and armies from both countries—plus marauding Comanches—roam the pine forests and prairies. And one of the party is plotting destruction.

Now, with their lives joined in a virgin land fraught with peril, can Dorritt and Quinn put all their trust in God and receive the desires of their hearts?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Desires Of Her Heart, go HERE


This was the first read by Lyn Cote, but I will be back for more. Of course she endeared the book to me right off the bat because the hero is Quinn and that is one of the best names ever (just ask my 7 month old, Quinn). Back to the book... I love the heroine Dorritt. She is a strong woman with a head for business and a knack for running the family estate. Except that her step father has just squandered and gambled away the entire estate so he gives Dorritt 10 days to settle everything, pack it up and have her mother, sister and the slaves ready to go. This is in a society where women are really only good for marrying and yet Dorritt is determined to remain a spinster. She doesn't want to be saddled with a man like her step father and won't marry unless it is for love.

On the way to Texas where land is being handed out for practically nothing they run into problems and keep getting helped out by the half breed tracker, Quinn. Dorritt develops a real respect for Quinn, but knows love can't happen because a marriage with a half breed can't happen.

There are twists and turns that kept me reading and "Desires of Her Heart" is a really good historical romance.

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