About the Book
Book: A Heart’s Gift
Author: Lena Nelson Dooley
Genre: Christian historical romance
Is a marriage of convenience the answer?
Franklin Vine has worked hard to build the ranch he inherited into one of the most successful in the majestic Colorado mountains. If only he had an heir to one day inherit the legacy he’s building. But he was burned once in the worst way, and he doesn’t plan to open his heart to another woman. Even if that means he’ll eventually have to divide up his spread among the most loyal of his hired hands.
When Lorinda Sullivan is finally out from under the control of men who made all the decisions in her life, she promises herself she’ll never allow a man to make choices for her again. But without a home in the midst of a hard Rocky Mountain winter, she has to do something to provide for her infant son.
A marriage of convenience seems like the perfect arrangement, yet the stakes quickly become much higher than either of them ever planned. When hearts become entangled, the increasing danger may change their lives forever.
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About the Author
Lena Nelson Dooley has been an author for 36 years. Her 51st book released in June 2020. Raised in Arkansas, she married a Texan 56 years ago. They have lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for decades. She is an active member of ACFW and one of the founding members the DFW local chapter. She’s often been a speaker for other writers’ groups and conferences, both as a keynote speaker and a workshop teacher. Her fans love reading her books filled with characters who grip your heart.
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THE STORY BEHIND A HEART’S GIFT
I’ve been a lover of history for decades. In college and graduate school, all my elective courses were history. Of course, I chose the countries and eras I wanted to learn about. When I began writing novels, my first one was a contemporary story. After that at least 75% or more of my novels have been historical, from 1805 through the early 20th century.
I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship between Joseph and Mary the mother of Jesus. The Bible doesn’t give us a lot of information about their relationship. But by his actions, we can assume that Joseph believed the angel and Mary about her baby. He didn’t do the usual thing and put her away quietly. Instead, he protected her, and from the day He was born, he became the earthly father of Jesus. I’ve often thought about what that meant for Joseph and for Mary. When I wrote a story of a marriage between a man and a single mother, I used the emotions that I feel God has revealed to me about their relationship.
The first time I read a marriage of convenience novel, I loved it. And I’ve read quite a few. I’ve also written a few. A Heart’s Gift is one of them. This book was an easy and interesting book to write.
I’m what’s called in the industry a seat-of-the-pants author, more or less. I do have the complete outline of the story in my head. When I sit down to write, I know where I’m going, but I don’t have every single scene plotted out as some authors do. And I pray a lot. During the time I’m writing a book, God drops ideas into my mind. Not just while I’m writing, but other times, too. That’s the exciting thing about writing. This keeps it fresh for me.
During the writing of A Heart’s Gift, there’s a place where I just stopped and said, “God, what am I going to do now?” When you get there, you’ll know what scene I mean, but I don’t want to give a spoiler.
I never dreamed that the book would turn into a suspense novel in the last quarter of the book, but God knew. And it made it a better book.
Out of the ashes of a broken heart comes beauty for Lorinda. She has so much to grieve but she needs to carry on. I wondered what she would do after losing her husband, house, being pregnant and alone. Living in the mountains during this time was hard. The snow was deep and there was no way to travel to town. I loved Lorinda’s spirit of never giving up. The child she is carrying is comforting but she knows she needs help.
Franklin is a good man and takes Lorinda in when she is struggling to survive. His idea to marry her was more of a convenience but maybe it would be good for both of them. I liked how the author shows us that a man can love a child even if it id not his. It was obvious that Franklin was starting to have feelings for Lorinda. It is easy to feel like you are there watching the story unfold. The author does a great job of giving us details that relate to the time period and I love stories about the 1800s. We experience the emotions that Lorinda has when she sees Franklin with her baby. It is clear to see the love he has for the child. There are a few surprises in the story that added a bit of drama. I loved how evident it was that Franklin and Lorinda were starting to feel more like husband and wife. It may have been a marriage of convenience but God knew exactly why he brought Lorinda to Franklin’s home that day.
The story has romance, suspense and two people who both want to find love. I loved reading how Franklin started to let go of his past and start to trust Lorinda. He is such a great character. He is very protective and will do anything to keep his family safe. The ending is exciting and filled with the knowledge that God protects His people. Evil will try to come in and pull Lorinda and Franklin apart, but with faith they will overcome. Beautiful story of faith, trust , blessings and accepting each other.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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