“Jack: Ballads from the Hearth” by Chautona Havig

Announcing another release today!!!

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Jack: the tallest, quietest, and probably the most conscientious cowboy around.

Hazel: rich…but not spoiled, compassionate, and spunky.

The events of Jack’s youth lead to a distrust of women that is nearly impossible to overcome. Yet, the moment he meets Hazel, he finds himself drawn to her. As far as he’s concerned nothing will ever come of it, but the more Hazel reaches out to him as a friend the harder it becomes for him to convince himself of this…maybe he could have a happily ever after with a woman.  And then the events of one evening shatter his trust again, and confirm everything he’s ever believed to be true of women…or did they? Take the journey with Jack as he faces his past and the bitterness he has held in his heart for so long, so he can finally embrace the future without reservation.

Wow! Chautona never ceases to amaze me with her talent of writing so many different genres well!!! As far as I know this is her first Wild West novel, and it definitely doesn’t disappoint! The dialogue is appropriate to the time period, and I could hear the cattle pounding the ground and the dust swirling in the first pages of the book.

The main characters are admirable yet believable. The struggles they face ring true, and I think Jack’s was my favorite spiritual journey of any of Chautona’s characters so far. Not because I struggle with the things he struggled with, but just because it was such a realistic portrayal of the thoughts and feelings we face, and yet with the Lord’s help we can overcome all our struggles.

The resolution was immensely satisfying, and overall this is definitely one of my favorites of Chautona’s books.

So hop on over to Amazon and grab a copy…you won’t regret it!

Oh and one more thing…

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*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Thanks for another great read, Chautona!

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