Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Jewel of His Heart

The Jewel of His Heart by Maggie Brendan transports the reader to the Big Sky country of Montana in the late 1890's. Weary and grief-stricken, Juliana Brady finds herself alone after her mother's sudden death. Taken in by her friend, Marion, whose father owns the town's hotel, she is determined to find a way to support herself and not be dependent on others. And she certainly doesn't need a man! She learned how undependable they were when her father left to strike it rich and never returned. She's doubts God even cares about her, since her track record with a faithful father leaves much to be desired.

Josh McBride's goal is to build his own ranch one day. In the meantime, he is busy herding sheep, a somewhat disdained profession. When he discovers some precious blue sapphires on his land, he is sorely tempted to enter the world of mining. Yet what price is he willing to pay for fortune?

As Josh and Juliana become friends, Josh longs to make Juliana his jewel. But between his contemplation of mining and Marion's obvious cap-setting, Juliana is resolved to keep her distance to protect her heart. When a mysterious fire, an attack, and a bank robbery bring trouble to the community, will it draw them together or drive them further apart?

This second novel in Maggie Brendan's Heart of the West series beautifully portrays the many human emotions and attitudes that are as old as time itself. . . greed and snobbery, class distinctions and girl politics, resentment and mistrust, love and forgiveness, and faithfulness and friendship. Enjoy this heartwarming story!

Maggie Brendan is a member of American Christian Writers and the American Fiction Writ Writers Association. She is the author of No Place for a Lady and lives in Georgia.

Available October 2009 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Many thanks to Revell/Baker for providing me with a copy of this book for review.


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Cathy said...

Sounds like a really good book. Can't wait to check this one out.