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My Steadfast Heart Colin Thorne finds his way out of a London workhouse but at the cost of losing his two younger brothers With an uncertain future ahead of him Colin makes seafaring his life until the inexorable pull of revenge draws him back to London The debt owed to him by the Earl of Weybourne will be paid Weybourne Park has been Mercedes Leydon's home her entire life Now serving as the estate's manager and caretaker of her uncle's two children Mercedes knows the earl's freuent absences are what make Weybourne Park a home But the earl's gaming has taken its toll and she and her young cousins are faced with losing everything to a devil of a stranger calling in a debt that can't be paid Casting caution aside Mercedes will make a new bargain with this devil If it's her soul he wants or her body she will give it to him and stake her own claim on his steadfast heart Colin Thorne's parents were murdered in a carriage attack when he was 8 in front of him No one comes forward to claim his brothers 5 mo and 4 or him at the work house They are split up with Colin going on a ship to America He becomes a clipper captain and very successful Thru a wager he meets Mercedes Leydon the niece of the man he has a duel scheduled with Mercedes runs the estate and tries to protect it and her four cousins from her vicious uncle He disappears before the duel and Colin takes over the estate He and Mercedes become reluctant lovers and eventually fall in love and marry The real culprits are uncovered as are the murderers of both Mercedes and Colin's parents her uncle They also find his 4 year old brother Decker at the end setting up a seuel Convoluted plot with too many supporting unimportant characters who just add to the confusion I lost interest with the hero Colin midway through the story with his perplexing attraction for Mercedes Her vain efforts for self preservation were actually self destructive Too frustrating to read and DNF MY STEADFAST HEART by Jo Goodman brings back memories of my favorite historical romance books of the 80s90s without too much of the “bodice ripper” attitudes that would seem overbearing to romance readers todayWhy was this book in Dorine’s TBR? Jo Goodman is one of my favorite historical western romance writers I was curious how a different historical era would compare from this talented author especially since it was written in 1997 Most books I loved back then don’t stand the test of time with my bossy self today I can’t get past the men’s attitudes toward women as well as how women accepted their fate and loved the men anyways “We’ve come a long way” surely describes my growth as a reader as well as a womanThe Prologue seized me when three brothers are separated by the orphanage that takes them in after their parents’ death I love love love orphanage stories The first line “They came for the baby first” is the best first sentence I’ve read in years It piued my curiosity and I was in for the full ride from that moment The brothers’ stories are what grabbed me but it was Colin and Mercedes’ predicaments that kept me readingColin grew up on a ship after leaving the orphanage and eventually became a captain He’s known for his speed and he isn’t surprised when someone wagers against him When the earl loses he challenges Colin to a duel for cheating him Mercedes is the earl’s poor relation and is convinced by his normal cruel methods to try to stop Colin from showing up at the duel location by any means possibleMY STEADFAST HEART has everything I love in a historical romance novel The children add a great dynamic to Mercedes’s story as well as warranting Colin’s developing feelings for her and her family due to his own troubled past I loved their conflicts and how they resolved the problems they facedThe villains are extra nasty and added that creep factor that makes you root for Mercedes hoping Colin will be the one to save her from her current life Mercedes seems weak at first but her strengths help Colin in the end Colin wasn’t always my favorite because he was a jerk to Mercedes at first but he ended up being the perfect man for herI could tell this was an early Goodman novel because it’s easy to recognize the 90s romances when comparing them to today’s books There is an abundance of sexual encounters with some of the usual purple prose that makes me giggle It’s not as riveting as her westerns but it’s much riveting than other books written during this time I’ve tried to go back and read my favorites without success I gobbled this book up without hesitation or feeling creeped out by the alpha male insensitivity It’s good story telling and the series promises to be very intriguing with some unexpected heroesI enthusiastically look forward to book two in the THORNE BROTHERS series The hero captured my curiosity and I can’t wait to see how Goodman redeems him MY STEADFAST HEART by Jo Goodman was a perfect choice from my TBR for our historical challenge It reminds me what I loved about those stories written in the 90s and made me realize there are still great books to discover that stand the test of timeReview by Dorine courtesy of The Zest uest Digital copy obtained for free from an Kindle promotion Jo Goodman is uickly becoming one of my go to authors for a great read This one was no exception That first chapter is a tear jerker as it sets up the boys future books Colin was the oldest and did his best to protect his brothers and he did to the point of starving himself Uniuely enough him finding his brother's isn't the focus of the book the focus of the book is his and Mercedes relationship Colin Thorne a ship's captain made a bet that he could do a Boston run in a certain number of hours Mercedes's uncle bet against him and lost But we aren't talking just money we are talking an entire estate Of course not only would Mercedes lose her home but so would 4 other children and too many others to count It becomes up to Mercedes to save everybody from the wicked Mr Thorne But is it her uncle's cruel threats and physical intimidation that makes her go to Thorne or something else I loved this book because although there was constant threat to Mercedes in one form or another the entire book was devoted to her and Colin falling in love and the focus very rarely strayed from that Colin was always her champion whether she wanted him to be or not There were a lot of emotional twists and turns in this one where you weren't sure who was in league with the bad guys and who was the good guy in disguise Colin did end up finding one brother and Decker and I wasn't really surprised at the ending on that aspect and thought it was a neat twist I am already reading Decker's book I just couldn't resist

  • ebook
  • My Steadfast Heart
  • Jo Goodman
  • English
  • 19 March 2016
  • 9781614173212

About the Author: Jo Goodman

To find characters to illustrate my first family saga I cut out models from the Sears catalogue I was in fourth grade but it was a start In seventh grade I wrote a melodrama about two orphan sisters one of whom was pregnant There was also a story about a runaway girl with the unlikely name of Strawberry and one about mistaken identities and an evil blind date My supportive but vaguely conc

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