I really am not into reading "Christian" books-romance or otherwise but after being assured it was not like most of the rest I took a chance. I am glad I did. There was a lot of "being a good Christian and all that entails" BUT the character's were definitely not all perfect--far from it!! Even one of the main character's had a time of it reconciling G-d's will with her own!
The three sisters were forced to leave their home in North Carolina because the youngest of them became pregnant--hum--some Christians those towns people were---Naomi, the middle sister lost her husband on their trip cross country. They ended up in the town of Defiant--could Naomi tame herself and the ruthless "owner of the town" and start the town on becoming a place where decent men and woman could live and work and away from the rough and tumble world of a gold, silver and mineral mining town?
Even, if like me, you normally do not read this genre--I really think you might like this one.
About the Book: (from Amazon)
HIS TOWN. HER GOD. LET THE BATTLE BEGIN.
Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a "nice" hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay...especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest. But Naomi, angry with God for widowing her, wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, "Why?" Does God really have a plan for each and every life?
Written with gritty, but not gratuitous, realism uncharacteristic of historical Christian fiction, A Lady in Defiance gives a nod to both Pride and Prejudice and Redeeming Love. Based on true events, it is also an ensemble piece that deftly weaves together the relationships of the three sisters and the rowdy residents of Defiance.
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
I love Christian Western Romance because this is the genre that lets me write about strong, pioneer women and men who struggle to find God and then live out their faith in real ways. Romance is always a strong element in my stories because it is such a beautiful gift from God, and a perfect reflection of how he loves us: sacrificially and lavishly. My stories aren't preachy or cheesy, but I hope they are inspirational, heart-warming, realistic, illuminating, and glorifying to God. Like good old fashioned Westerns, there is always justice, a moral message, American values, lots of high adventure, unexpected plot twists, and more than a touch of suspense.
I am a huge researcher, as well, and you will find hints of historical romances inspired by true stories in my novels!
I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne Westerns. My most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to my daddy, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester! I love exploring out West, especially ghost towns and museums. I've walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw's note in my hand.
"I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is ... and God loves us anyway." -- Heather Blanton
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