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A Lady in Defiance ~ Review

A Lady in Defiance
Romance in the Rockies #1
By Heather Blanton

She knew what life held for her, but in a moment everything changed including where she would call home. A tragic accident cost Naomi Miller her husband. A dream lead her to Defiance, Colorado. Now she and her sisters are determined to bring God to Defiance, there's just one problem and his name is Charles McIntyre.

Defiance is Charles McIntyre's domain - the mine, the saloons, and the women.  But he wants more - he wants to bring greatness to the town of Defiance.  But to bring in the changes he wants Defiance needs to be gentled and cleaned up.  The newly widowed Naomi Miller and her sisters are just who Charles needs.  And he's up to the challenge that Naomi represents and he's willing to challenge her beliefs too.

Evil has staked its claim and there is only one thing that break its hold.  Can Naomi, Rebecca, and Hannah bring God's love to those who most need it?

This is not a sugar coated story that ends with a happily ever after ride into the sunset, but there is the promise of hope for tomorrow and the gift of God's love and forgiveness to all who seek it out.

I was provided a copy of this book through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:
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 romances, A Lady in Defiance is edgy Christian fiction that 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.

About the Author:

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