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…It’s his town and he dares God to step foot in it.
Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a “nice” hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay…especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible co
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Published February 27th 2013 (first published March 10th 2012)
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Mar 22, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing
Love in Defiance was a really touching and exciting book. I loved Naomi, Rebecca and Hannah. With problems in their past, the sisters and Naomi's husband John decided that they needed to leave North Carolina and head to California. While they were on the trip there were dangers that changed Naomi's life. It changed all of their lives. When they arrived in Defiance, they were treated with disrespect and potential danger. The family had to keep their faith in order to move on with their lives.

Diane Estrella
Mar 10, 2016 Diane Estrella rated it it was amazing
Not a typical review, but my thoughts...

I have heard numerous people NOT want to read this book because of the inclusion of prostitution, gambling, alcohol, etc. that is woven into this story. I would counter that yes, it is included into the plot to further the story and not to be gratuitous in any way. I would also say, that for as much as this "negative" element is in this book, there is twice as much of a Christian message involved as well. There are Bible verses quoted, and nearly every cha
SUMMARY: A man who wants to rule in Hell. A woman who wants to find her faith again...
Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a "nice" hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay...especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest. But Naomi, angry with God for widowing her, wants no part of Defiance or the sal
Nancy Steinle gummel
A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton is an excellent western romance where the hero and heroine mixed like oil and water. Charles McIntyre owned just about everything in Defiance. He and Ian were co-owners of the mine. They hired men to dig the mine 24 hours per day every day. It was shift work. He owned most of the saloons and bordellos in town. He called his girls his flowers. Rose, Iris, Jasmine and Daisy. He renamed them. A party of four were heading to California. John, his wife Naomi and ...more
Michele Hendricks
I thought this book was amazing! It really reminded me of Redeeming Love for some reason. I cannot wait to read the sequel! :)
Tina Rice
Aug 25, 2015 Tina Rice rated it liked it
Shelves: own
A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton***

This is a story of three sisters, Rebecca, Naomi and her husband John, and Hannah who move across country to start a new life. While on the trail tragedy strikes and John is killed. Instead of traveling on further they settle in the town of Defiance. They soon find the name of the town fits it perfectly, the citizens of this lawless, roudy mining town are indeed defiant—which is probably their “best” quality.

Rebecca, Naomi and Hannah are all Christian wom
Kristine Morgan
Jun 03, 2016 Kristine Morgan rated it it was amazing
A Lady in defiance is the first book I have read by Heather Blanton. It is a little darker than the usual books I read, but I really enjoyed it. Ther are themes of loss, anger at G-d, spiritual warfare, prostitution, drunkenness, violence, and restitution. The story is very engaging and I wanted to read fast so I would know their fate. But I also wanted to savor the story as it is so well written.I look forward to reading more books by Heather Blanton.

I was given this book by the author in excha
Jan 03, 2014 Lynda rated it it was amazing
Heather Blanton - "A Lady in Defiance, loosely based on true events, is set in the majestic San Juan Mountains of Colorado, the most beautiful place in the world. While a romance, it is also an "ensemble" piece that weaves together the relationships of the three sisters and the rowdy residents of Defiance. Heather has two sisters whom she loves dearly. One is still with us, the other crossed over to be with Lord in 1999 and it is she who inspired the character of Hannah." ~ from Ms. Blanton's autho ...more
Jeannette Garcia
Oct 08, 2012 Jeannette Garcia rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVED this book. I admit that I was a bit thrown off by the cover art... talk about "don't judge a book by its cover"! If you have had any reservations about reading this book based on the cover, I beg you to reconsider. This book will not disappoint.
It was such a beautiful story about redemption... it practically had me in tears every other chapter. I absolutely loved Heather Blanton's use of Scripture throughout the book. There were times when reading this that I felt like gettin
" If I speak in the tongues of man and of angels, but have not love I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal."

Why in the world God would lead three God-fearing women to this God-forsaken town, was a mystery to Naomi Miller. Defiance, Colorado with its lawlessness, debauchery, and endless improprieties was hardly suited for two lovely widows and a young compromised sister, wasn't it? Yet, here they were. Utterly grief-stricken, Naomi makes an impulsive business agreement with the man who
May 08, 2016 Nancee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heather Blanton is a new author to me, and a very good one at that. Reading A Lady in Defiance was like going back in time to the days when I watched "Westerns" on black and white television with my family. Those were good old days! During that era people watched those programs without concern for the outlaws, drunks, gunfights and loose women with low-cut gowns and heavy makeup. They were just good old television shows that we all knew were not indicative of our lives. They were entertainment! ...more
Amanda Geaney
Apr 11, 2016 Amanda Geaney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In A Lady in Defiance- Rebecca, Naomi, and Hannah are sisters traveling on a wagon trail headed West to California when disaster strikes. As the women contemplate their next move, Naomi feels God’s gentle prodding — urging the ladies to settle in the Colorado mining town of Defiance. They find a lawless, godless town overwrought with greed and debauchery.

Of the three sisters, I felt a sort of kinship with Naomi. She reminded me a little of the OT prophet Jonah when she prayed, “I don’t like thes
 Northern Light
This book tells the story of three sisters who while travelling in America to a new life are struck by tragedy and are forced to rethink their destination. They end up in a small mining town called Defiance which isn't sure what to make of refined Christian ladies being more used to the 'flowers' who 'entertain' the miners.

Along the way the realise that living a Christian life in this environment is nothing like what they have previously experienced and constantly come up against opposition, not
Sep 04, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
What a pleasant surprise Heather Blanton and her book, "A Lady in Defiance," turned out to be! I saw it free on Amazon and thought I'd try it. With each page I grew to love the story, the endearing characters and Ms. Blanton's style more and more!

There was a main hero and heroine, but like the description said, this was truly an ensemble piece. Naomi, her husband and her two sisters are from the South and are now heading West, on route to California to make a new life for themselves after the yo
May 10, 2013 Julia rated it liked it
I'm torn on this book. I loved the plot, the idea behind the book, and the concept of three sisters starting over in a small, yet wild, mining town. I also found the relationships between the three sisters (Rebecca, Naomi and Hannah) to be endearing and heart-warming.
Unfortunately, what I really liked about this book ends there. I typically do like Christian fiction; however, this book is what I came to think of as somewhat judgmental, heavy-handed Christian fiction. The author's tone was at ti
Dec 29, 2012 Veronica rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
This is a suspenseful romance set during the late 1800's in which Naomi, her husband, and her two sisters were making their way to California in their wagon when her husband dies and she feels led to put down roots in Defiance. Defiance is a lawless town built on gold mining and the only women there are prostitutes. Needless to say, it's pretty shocking for these three upstanding women with the looks and comments they get.

Naomi strikes a deal to run a restaurant and hotel with Charles, the wealt
Sep 05, 2014 Kimberli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains, but can it change an isolated mining town that caters to a myriad of depravities? When tragedy changes the course of three sisters' lives, they find themselves as hotel owners leading a campaign to bring respectability, and thus the railroad, to the crass town of Defiance.

As the town's name suggests, opposition abounds, putting the sisters and their reputations in danger. Should they continue to put their lives—and their hearts—at risk for th
Melissa Ahlersmeyer
May 28, 2015 Melissa Ahlersmeyer rated it it was amazing
I could not put this down! It was a great read. Historical Christian Fiction tends to be my genre of choice and this book is certainly now at the top of my favorites in the long list of titles I have read by many authors. I won't spill all of the details here because I think you should read it for yourself but of the details of the book were so well written. The sisters and their relationships, the emotional struggles, the faith lessons, the picture of life in the gritty, rowdy West and especial ...more
Lynelle Clark
For to long this book was on my TBR list waiting patiently for me to read, and finally I had time to read it. It was everything I thought I would be and more.
A strong message of obedience was at the heart of this book. God's challenges real facts to sharpen us and equip us for the task.
It is about forgiveness of one self, accepting the redeeming love of Christ and change. To be the man or woman God has called you to be.
Trails and tribulations are part of our Believers walk, and the author portra
Aug 03, 2016 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-fiction
This was a surprising book! I have been burned by freebies on Kindle and this one turned out to be a diamond in disguise!

After her husband dies,Naomi must decide where she and her two sisters who had been traveling across country will do. They turn into a mining town called Defiance and become proprietresses of a hotel.

There is resistance from the town, especially when the girls set out to redeem the soiled doves of a nearby brothel.

I enjoyed reading about these ladies and their devotion to God
Barbara J. Harbison
Oct 13, 2014 Barbara J. Harbison rated it it was amazing
A Lady in Defiance

I truly enjoyed this book. Three sisters end up in a town of the wild (very wild) west. Their trials are heavy but God's love gives them strength, love and ability to survive and thrive.
I really like books set in the old west - although I am glad that I didn't live back then because I really do like indoor plumbing, electricity and the other conveniences of my modern world. This book evoked the mental images I have from watching tv shows like Bonanza and The Rifleman and The Lo
Jul 03, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing
Very well written historical fiction. The characters were well developed and the plot was intriguing. I don't understand people who complain about a Christian book being "preachy".....the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for a historical western town called Defiance or a modern country called America, Europe, etc. I also liked that the sisters were human but surrendered their wills to God. Looking forward to book 2. Thanks to the author for allowing this to be a free ebook via Amazon for ...more
A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton, Book 1 in her new and very exciting Inspirational Western Historical Romance, "Romance in the Rockies", set against the Colorado Gold Rush period, in Defiance, Colorado.

WOW! What a complex and emotionally charged Inspirational Western Romance!

While, some readers may find this story a bit usual, and unconventional, I was definitely intrigued at how the author brought Christian values into a story filled with so much sin. But Ms. Blanton definitely did this a
Margaret Klein
Aug 20, 2014 Margaret Klein rated it it was amazing
I like! I like! I like!

Finally a clean read! I really, really like this book! It always pleases me when an author, literally weaves the "salvation" message with such loving compassion that it gently woos the reader, to an greater understanding of the eternal sacrifice that was made for me and you.
Rachel Dixon
May 18, 2016 Rachel Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookworm-mama
When God leads three sisters to a town called Defiance, they had no idea how He would use them to shine His light in the darkest of places.

"Naomi found it mind-boggling and quite humbling what God could do if you let him."
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Charles McIntyre is the founder of Defiance, a town riddled with lust and drunkenness. He is determined to clean up the town so that the railroad will lay tracks there. The only problem is, he has forgotten what it takes to be a man of honor. Recentl
Brooke Barenfanger
A Lady in Defiance was an enjoyable, interesting (and somewhat scandalous) read. If you want to find out more about what I think, visit my blog
Jul 03, 2016 Bree rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 03, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is full of action, lessons to be learned and wonderful reminders of how we should be. Gritty life details are woven into the story, it’s not sugar coated. Three sisters are thrown for a wild ride and feel God is calling them to Defiance. It is hard to follow God’s call sometimes and this story will give us the courage to keep going. Can the sisters keep standing up for their beliefs in a town so corrupt and in tune with its own name? Charles has a town to run and a future to make brig ...more
May 25, 2016 Bhriv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Lady in Defiance, written by Heather Blanton, is a delightful read! I just LOVED each page of this book! Naomi finds herself on the trail to California and suddenly the love of her life, John, dies from a freak accident. How terrible! She and her two sisters are directed to the minor's town of Defiance and from there, the Lord just keeps opening doors. Oh, I can't tell you more than that, but I have to say...for a bad guy, Mr. McIntyre is one that I would have fallen for big time! Woot Woot! L ...more
Donna Mcginnis
May 02, 2016 Donna Mcginnis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great historical western story set in the lawless mining town of Defiance Colorado. Charles McIntyre owns this town and the people living there. He is rich and greedy and owns the Iron Horse Saloon offering prostitutes whom he calls flowers for the right price. He keeps a tight rein on his town . The only way to convince the railroad to come through Defiance is to bring the town to civility and decency.

Naomi her husband John and sisters Rebecca and Hannah have left their home to go to Californ
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Dec 18, 2014 10:07AM  
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Heather Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies. Intrigued by the concept of three good sisters stranded in a lawless Colorado mining town, a few notable Hollywood producers have requested the script for her first book in that series, A Lady in Defiance. Heather's writing is gritty a ...more
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