Book Review-A Lady in Defiance (Romance in the Rockies #1)-Heather Blanton

Saturday, January 9, 2016

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)


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.

Read a chapter or two here

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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

Author's Website

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Heather Blanton said...

Thank you for the review! I do strive to write stories that appeal to both Believers and ... well, everybody else. I think we're all on a journey of faith, and are just in different places along that path. We're none perfect and God loves us anyway. That is the message that I believe a lot of Christian fiction misses.

Parenting Patch said...

Sounds like a great read for Christian-fiction fans. I like that the characters are not overly perfect.

Sandra Shaffer said...

I'm always interested when books are based on true events! This one looks like it would keep my attention!

kristenione said...

I never would have picked this up but it sounds really good! Kind of like a Lifetime movie with more morals!

Scott said...

I'm the same way. I get enough of my 'bible stuff' from church and usually don't want it in my recreational reading. Glad to hear it isn't too 'in your face'.

mail4rosey said...

I like her quote. Life is messy, for everyone. Thank goodness not all of the time. :) I like to step out of my genre every once in awhile too, for reading. In fact, I did that for a book you recommended not too long ago. :)

MyTeenGuide said...

This sounds like a interesting read. I don't read a lot of Cristian books, because of your recommendation, I would love to read this.

CourtneyLynne said...

Oooo how this sounds like my kind of book!! I will have to get my self a copy of this. Sounds like a goodie.

nicole said...

Sounds interesting. I started reading again other than my design magazines (which i'm addicted to) thaks for sharing .

Ickle Pickle said...

Great review - I just don't have time for reading a book at the moment, I used to love reading when I was a teen! Kaz

Mimi said...

I'm also reluctant to read Christian fiction having grown up preferring / reading the classics and poetry, however, I'm intrigued by this book and have added it to the list of 2016 reads. Ps, I sincerely believe that God does have a plan for each of our lives.

Diane Estrella said...

Awesome and honest review. Thank you so much!

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