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The Rose Legacy (Diamond of the Rockies #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,231 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
Driven by hope and vengeance, Carina Maria DiGratia leaves her idyllic home in Sonoma, California, for a new life in the mining town of Crystal, Colorado. Though the town has a rough element, Carina is determined that it is the place her dreams will come true. Early on, two men vie for her trust, but neither is what he seems. Will Carina discern the truth in time to preven ...more
Kindle Edition, 404 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2000)
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Dec 31, 2015 Sarita rated it really liked it
This was my first read from Kristen Heitzmann. Historical fiction is not my favourite genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of action, suspense, intrigue and also compassion for the characters.

The first 30% of the book was a slow start for me, but then the pace picked up and I wanted to see what will happen to everyone and the action and mystery just increased. Even the end of the book kept left you with "what will happen know?"

Forgiveness and surrender to God was the main theme
Apr 29, 2016 Staci rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
The Rose Legacy provides a good look at life in the wild west in the late 1800s. The characters in the book were realistic and showed growth. The main female character Carina has a lot of spunk and her reactions made me smile.

The pace of the book was a bit slow for me. What I enjoyed most about this novel is the feeling of having visited the mining town Crystal. The author did a great job of using period details to enhance the story and give the reader a solid picture of what life was like in th
Jul 27, 2012 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, this is book #1 in a trilogy that I absolutely loved. I couldn't put it down and fell in love with the characters. I found myself thinking about them all the time! Carina is a hot blooded Italian and it is fun to watch her get into trouble. She is so full of fire and yet so fragile and broken at the same time. Quillans journey is a sad one in which I could never tell if I loved him or hated him...I couldn't believe the ending to this first book and rushed right out to get the second. I'd act ...more
Patty LeBlanc
Feb 20, 2011 Patty LeBlanc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book in the Diamond of the Rockies series. I was unaware that this book was actually published in the year 2000. It now has a new bright and beautiful cover that presents itself as more appealing to the current readers. I have read many Kristen Heitzmann books and loved every one of them. This one did not disappoint either. I found this book to be very enjoyable. It had so much action in it that I had a hard time putting it down. I love books that keep you guessing what’s going ...more
Emma Jane
This book came to me through my grandma, after being passed to her by my great-aunt. I was tickled to be included in such an illustrious reading circle (since my grandma and aunt happen to be two of the greatest people ever), so even though I wouldn't otherwise have picked up this book, I happily dove in. And I've got to say, if it hadn't come from Grandma, I probably wouldn't have finished reading it.

I have no major qualms about this book. (Well, aside from the fact that the author's consiste
Dec 08, 2010 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Took me a chapter or so to get into it, but once you're in, you can't put it down!!! And it's great cuz it's long (plus it has 2 following books in the series). I really like bonding with my characters, so I was glad for the length. Spunky heroine too!
Darlene Franklin
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Dec 21, 2010 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been a while since I read a historical fiction novel, so I was eager to read The Rose Legacy. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book or not, but I was not far into it when I realized I was loving it. I was a little surprised by Carina’s reasons for leaving her home for the unfamiliar town of Crystal City, Colorado. More surprising was the wild and dangerous lifestyle Carina was confronted with upon arriving in her new town. That very quickly grabbed my attention because I just had t ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Georgianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although this started out slowly, after several chapters I was in hook, line and sinker! I couldn't help falling in love with Quillan and eventually Carina. Although I wanted to slap them both a few times. Can't wait to get into the rest of the series...
Jan 27, 2014 I3alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books-ever
ADORED this book...probably one of the best books I've ever read! I was recommended it by my aunt, and I was determined to give it a try. Why not, right? But I hadn't gotten 20 pages in when I gave up. It was SO slow paced, and so descriptive, I couldn't focus! A few months later, I decided to try it again. GOOD THING...this time, I forced myself to keep going, and by chapter three I was hooked! Just force yourself to keep going, and you'll get the hang of the writing style soon enough. I adored ...more
Kelly Dawson
At the start of this book, I didn't like the character of Carina. Sure, she'd had her heart broken, but she seemed spoilt and petulant and stupid. But she grew and changed throughout the book, the author has done a great job at showing this, and at the end, I could really relate to her and wanted it to all work out well for her.
I know this is the first book in the series, but the ending frustrated me - it didn't end in a HEA, or even a HFN, but instead, just a hopeful HEA-one-day-in-the-future.
Feb 26, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rose Legacy is book one of the Diamond of the Rockies series by Kristen Heitzmann. It is set in Crystal, Colorado, a small mining town. It is small and rough.
Carina DiGratia has left her home in California to move to Crystal where she has purchased a house and hopes to find a job. Her wagon carries all she owns and is pulled by her faithful burro. As she makes the climb to Crystal, she thinks of all she has left and why. She has left a large Italian family that is very close and very protec
Sep 10, 2015 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
There's a piece of writing advice that's often repeated: think of the worst possible thing that could happen to your character. Then make it happen. This is part of the reason that Heitzmann's books leave me breathless.

This book caught me from the first pages, and held me with a tension-filled mood and a pervasive sense of loss--an almost supernatural loss. The lead character is irresistible even at her worst, because she's honest in a way that doesn't always serve her best interests.

The locatio
Beverly McCall
Apr 02, 2016 Beverly McCall rated it really liked it
In the Rose Legacy, Kristen Heitzman introduces us to an irresistible female protagonist, Carina DiGratia. She is full of the zest of life and lives her life as honestly as she can. As the reader proceeds through this story, we develop a relationship with Carina, who faces many challenges and matures in her relationship with God. What endures the reader to Carina is her quest for forgiveness and a true acceptance of God as the guiding force. This is the major theme of this tale.
Heitzman did a
Jan 27, 2015 Tasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book one of the Rose Legacy series. It's about an Italian woman named Carina who finds her fiancée having relations with her sister. To teach him a lesson she ups and leaves for Crystal, Colorado. This dummy actually thought that he would come for her and apologize for his actions. Of course, I don't know what fairy tale this chick has read but life rarely works that way. Needless to say, he didn't come at least in this book. She meets Quillan Shepard instead and he moves her and her stu ...more
Jennifer Robb
This is the tale of a trusting young girl whose heart was broken by her fiance, causing her to leave home on the promise of home ownership and opportunities for women in a small Colorado town. Along the way, her trusting nature causes her problems. Once she gets to the town, she finds her home is already occupied by several rough men. She trusts the town's attorney with her claim (and later some valuable belongings that she was able to salvage). But later she starts to wonder if she was wise to ...more
Oct 01, 2015 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a five-star read until I got to about 90% (on my Kindle). I love Heitzmann's writing style; I love the characters she has created, and I became very engaged in the conflict of the plot. Being the grammar nerd I am, I even appreciated the fabulous editing that left little distraction in the way of mis-spellings, missing words, etc. However, at about 90%, this all evaporated. Just as the story got really good and the resolution was right around the corner, names were no longer capitalized ...more
Jan 29, 2012 Misfit marked it as abandoned
Pretty slooooooooooooooooow start with not much happening until things got a bit too bible thumping for my tastes. I could have perservered further with some real storyline, but from looking at some of the reviews on Amazon that doesn't happen until half way through.
Mar 30, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A rare 5-star review...I liked this book so well that I remembered the story weeks after reading it and just starting its' review!

The main character is a fiesty Italian girl trying to make her way on her own in the wild mining town she moves to in Colorado during the days of panning for gold and digging for silver. She is cheated, tricked, stalked, and rescued...all in a good days work! Watching her grow up during all the troubles she has to face makes this book well worth reading. It wasn't the
Linda Husvar
Apr 05, 2015 Linda Husvar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carina's arrival in Crystal, Colorado during the 1800's launched an amazing series of bone-chilling events. I loved the symbolism of good versus evil as we met Quillan, Mae, Cain, D.C., and Father Antoine. In the midst of horrible crimes instigated by Beck, the characters struggled with sharing faith or accepting faith in Jesus. Carina's relationships to Beck and Quillan were central to the story line. Her fascination with Rosemary's Legacy wove a intriguing tapestry throughout the book. As the ...more
Marshan Alma
Jan 13, 2015 Marshan Alma rated it it was ok
I felt like it took me forever to read this book. I read and read and read, and my kindle said I was only 40% done with the book. This book was at least 200 pages too long. It was soooooo dragged out. And then to end it like that? Are you kidding me? Disappointed.

I will say, however, that I did come to like the characters in the book, but I'm not sure I can suffer through two more books in the series. I think I might just imagine my own ending for the story. Pretty sure my ending will be accura
Amie Swift
Jan 01, 2015 Amie Swift rated it really liked it
Great book...but not a standalone!

If youre looking for a feel-good Christian romance, keep looking. I stumbled across this beauty by accident and, though I love it, it was not what I expected! The characters are well developed, Nazareth feelings between them. Generally happy, there is still much sorrow in the lives explored in this journey... and I expect more to come before the series is done. Strong Christian values and some great analogies, all in all I enjoyed this book more than anticipated
This book was very, very long. I usually finish a book in 3-4 hours. This one took me about 12. There were times that it was so wordy, I had to force myself to keep going. Other times, I couldn't put it down. I did appreciate that it did not follow the romance formula where the woman is ordinary and the man is amazing. Boy sees girl, falls into "insta-love" and can't live without her.

The ending was UGH! I realize this is a series, but is just stopped. It was so abrupt that it was jarring. I inv
Aug 20, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the plot of this book. Great author!
Sep 09, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favorite series from Kristen!
Aug 13, 2012 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this author
I have read the Romantic Suspense 'stand-alone' books by this author,The Edge of Recall,Halos: A Novel,and Freefall which were all wonderful. I couldn't get enough of her writing skill,so decided to try her Christian Historical Romance.

Mrs. Heitzmann has not disappointed me yet! Her skill amazes me.

This book and the whole trilogy,was almost painful to read,due to the heartbreaking life histories of the two main characters Quillen and Carina. The author goes into great detail letting us in on the

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and I was very happy to review this book by Kristen Heitzmann.

I’ve read some of her other books that are more of a suspense genre, so I was interested to see what she would do with historical fiction / romance. In The Rose Legacy, Italian heiress Carina Maria DiGratia finds herself in search of a new life after suffering a broken heart and betrayal at the hands of her lifelong love, Flavio.

Leaving California for Crystal, Colorado, Carina
E.A. West
Jun 22, 2010 E.A. West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carina DiGratia is naïve, hot-tempered, and impulsive. The daughter of a respected Italian doctor who served a king, she’s used to getting her way, and it doesn’t take long to see she’d sheltered, spoiled, and ill-suited to life in a rough and tumble mining town.

Quillan Shepard is a freighter and the classic wounded hero. Nothing has come easy for him; life has battered him, his past is a shadowy mystery, and he has no interest in anything remotely romantic…unless you count his penchant for read
Mar 15, 2010 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian Historical Fiction
Recommended to Margaret by: Bethany House
My introduction to Kristen Heitzmann was through her most recent contemporary romantic suspense novel The Edge of Recall and I loved it. When I found out that she also had previously written a series in my favorite genre of Christian Historical Fiction I added it to my TBR list. Then I discovered that Bethany House was going to re-release the series with beautiful new covers and I could not wait to get my hands on the series! After reading the first novel, I am glad that I did. Originally publis ...more
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Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of contemporary romantic suspense, psychological suspense, and historical novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night, Christy Award finalists Indivisible and The Tender Vine, and Christy Award winners Secrets and The Breath of Dawn that won both a Christy Award and Inspirational Readers Choice Award and was a finalist for a people' ...more
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