Independent-minded women are considered highly unsuitable in Kate Donahue's wealthy Long Island society. Yes, Kate would lead a proper life should she marry, but her dream of practicing medicine would surely be thwarted by her domineering fiance. To follow her dream, she must take dramatic measures. So when she reads a newspaper and seeking a qualified small-town physician, Kate embarks on a new life in the Wild West.
Upon her arrival in the rugged settlement of Craig, Colorado, Kate is disappointed to discover that even in the West, no one wants a woman doctor. As she struggles to establish her practice, she is kept busy fending off the unwanted attentions of a local rancher, a man unnervingly reminiscent of the ex-fiance she left behind in New York. Romantic entanglements are the last thing on Kate's mind. That is, until she meets Lucas McCurdy, an Irish immigrant with whom she feels an undeniable connection. But when their relationship inflames a dangerous land battle, Kate and Lucas find themselves defenseless in a lawless town—a perilous position that may cost them everything.
|Size||6 x 9|
|Published||Covenant Communications 2018|
Heart of the West is a gentle story a woman determined to blaze her own path and live the life she wants. Kate Donahue might get knocked down a time or two but she doesn't stay there long. I loved her kindness and admired her bravery. Kate was a great representative of girl power- for herself and for the other women around her. She encouraged women around her to expand themselves, find what they love and do it, and encourage their men to be better all while staying feminine and kind. It was awesome.
I think the thing that made this book for me was the cast of characters. The story itself is nothing heart pounding or overly gripping but the characters are the meat and potatoes of it. Each person came alive with personality and it was so easy to picture them in my head. I loved the sense of community with the small town setting. A good, gentle western fiction!
Content: clean, some kissing. Mild peril.
- I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
I enjoyed this story of strong women surviving in the Old West. Kate shows gumption and fortitude when she abandons her high society parents and fiancé and travels to Colorado so she can practice medicine and provide doctoring services to a new boomtown. I admired that she followed her heart and dream in spite of the difficulties. There is a variety of characters in the townspeople and ranchers she comes across, and I especially liked how she warmed to the women and wanted to help them improve their situations. Lucas is also a great character with his warmth and twinkle in his eye, but for some reason I had a hard time picturing him at first. He and Kate definitely have chemistry and it was sweet to watch their relationship slowly develop. I loved the setting and experiencing it through the eyes of a pioneer.
(I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
I love reading a story about a woman paving the way for others in history. Kate is passionate about practicing as a doctor, even if it means leaving her family to do so and heading out west to a tiny little Western town in Colorado.
Kate's fortitude and determination really brought her to life, especially through the events she had to endure. and it's no secret--she's a big advocate for the underdog, which delivered a whole slew of trouble to her doorstep. I admired her character, wondering if I would have possessed her qualities if I were in a similar situation. I'm a scaredy cat, so I don't know, but I would like to think that I could step up as she did.
One of the things that endeared me to this book the most was the unlikely friendships that formed. I love it when people can rally together in tough times and when others can overlook preconceived notions and judgments to find the heart of a person.
Of course, I'm always a huge fan of romance and this one is gentle and sweet--a perfect contrast to the wild roughness of the setting of the book--and I love what a little love can do to hopeless situations.
Content: mild romance (mild kissing); mild violence
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I loved this book! I loved the characters, the setting, the plot line. I really didn't want to put it down until I had finished the whole book. And I read this one really quickly too!
Let me tell you about Kate. She's a young woman of privilege in 1895, she grew up in New York City and I'd say she kind of tricked her parents into letting her train to be a doctor. She didn't tell them until she'd finished. By that point she was engaged and her fiance wanted nothing to do with being married to a doctor. So, she defied her parents, broke up with her fiance and headed for nowhere Colorado by herself. I love the pluck she shows. Not only does she head there by herself, but she figures out how to set up a business in a town that starts out wanting nothing to do with a female doctor and she makes it work. I can't tell you how much I love her character!
Then there's the men of the town. You don't see any of the story through their perspective, but it's fun to mention a few she meets. There's Stanley Jones, she meets him right away. He isn't terribly nice and he pretty much thinks he's the best thing around.
There's Logan Jones. I love the way Kate meets Logan and doesn't really know who he is. And when it's revealed, I love the way she treats him. She's kind and generous and helpful, which she pretty much is to everyone. But Logan deserves it more!
And last of all Lucas McCurdy. I love the kindness he shows constantly to Kate. He helps her with things and he's there when she needs him the very most.
And there's countless other characters in this one that I love! I really hope for more books by this author about them! I'd love to see a story about Susannah, Sunny, and Rosie and maybe even Ronald Smith. And if she needs to, maybe Stanley Jones as well.
This is not your normal romance set in 1895. I love the way the plot is quite a bit different from what you normally see. It left me wanting more!
Kate Donahue defied those she loved to fulfill her dreams. Now "out west" she questions her decision. Nevertheless,she is stubborn enough to not give up.
This is set during the late nineteenth century when it was still unacceptable for women to have careers deemed fit for only men. In the more uncivilized areas of the U.S. had women who had become "tough" and were more open to women taking on more professional responsibilities.
This was a very tender, enjoyable story of a woman's determination and of romance. The tale "flowed" well and steadily moved into various adventures and situations.
The characters were well developed and felt real to the reader. The scenes were described in a way they were easily visualized.
The Cover and Title were both well-chosen.
I rate this with a strong four stars.
*This book was gifted me with no request of a positive review. This is my honest review.
Heart of the West is a very enjoyable, fast read, with a spunky main character. My favorite leading ladies are those that don't fit the mold, and Kate was exactly that. She's a well-bred Eastern lady who longed to be a doctor. Her socialite parents were financially supportive through her schooling, but when the time came for her to setup a practice, they were very much against it. Her fiance also wasn't supportive, and she came to realize that he was only marrying her for her family's wealth and social standing. She emptied her savings and fled Long Island for Craig, Colorado, with hopes of becoming the growing town's doctor. She quickly discovered that most Westerners weren't open to the idea of a female doctor, and becoming accepted was a huge uphill battle.
Lots of minds were changed in this story, and it was refreshing (especially in quite a few townspeople once they were given a different option).
I also really enjoyed how several characters gave nearly all they had to help others. And how small acts of kindness made a huge difference in people's outlook.
I was curious about how things ended up with Kate's family (they were mentioned several times throughout the story, but we didn't get closure with them). Heart of the West was very entertaining, and I can see myself reading it again.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.