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The Rose Legacy (Diamond of the Rockies #1)

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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  1,258 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Book 1 of the Diamond of the Rockies series. An Italian heiress, driven by hope and vengeance, moves to the mining town of Crystal, Colorado. When two men vie for her trust, will she be able to confront the darkness hidden in her own heart?
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2000)
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Patty LeBlanc
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
Kelly
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
Naomi
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!
Jan
I enjoyed the plot of this book. Great author!
Anne
Favorite series from Kristen!
Jean
Love this author
I3alex
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
Carly
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
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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
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E.A. West
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
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Margaret
Mar 15, 2010 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jeni Enjaian
I remember absolutely loving this book (and the entire series) the first time I read it. A second time through has assured me that I was not mistaken. In fact, I may go so far as to say that this series is one of my favorite series, ever.

Heitzmann creates believable, flawed, and extremely frustrating characters that have to handle rough situations. Heitzmann avoids the easy clichés that most other Christian authors indulge in. She portrays the nitty gritty without a single gratuitous word. (Ther
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ruth
The Rose Legacy (Diamond of the Rockies Book # 1) review.

This was a hard book for me to get into, but I persevered, and kept reading. Also, it wasn't the romance that I thought or expected to find either. I didn't like the violence at all. I expected more for the last chapter, and it ended to bluntly, I think. But maybe that had something to do with the era it was written in?
Krista
Carina Maria Degratia is running away from the only life has has ever known to get away from her fiance, who had a fling with her sister. She buys a home in Crystal, Colorado the "Diamond of the Rockies" the brochure says. Only everything is not as it seems. She looses most of her possessions among losing her house.
Two men come into her life but are they all they seem? Will she be able to stay in Crystal where it is full of dirt, miners, and saloons? Or will see flee back to the home of her chil
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Tamara
When Carina DeGratia finds out her fiancé has been unfaithful, she leaves her beloved Sonoma, California and heads for Crystal, Colorado. With the deed to her dream house in her hand and little else, she quickly finds out things are not always what they claim to be. Once in Crystal, Carina grabs the attention of two men. One a town leader, the other a man she just as soon wished she'd never met. Again, Carina learns a hard lesson in trust when she begins to realize neither man is who he seems. W ...more
Holly
It took a while, but I finally was able to like the heroie, Carina. At first she is anything but sympathetic -- her situation is, but not her. I liked the hero from the start, and mostly finished reading the book to see what happened to him, and how they would finally get together, as at first they seemed to have irreconcilable differences. The climax and ending happened a little too fast, with not a lot of development for the characters--more a glossing over and 'here's what happened." Granted, ...more
Stacey
I absolutely loved this series! I loved the integration of the Italian language and culture. The heroine was strong-willed and like able. There was hardship and a rogue of a hero. Couldn't put it down!
Kim
Kristin Heitzmann has become one of my favorite Christian authors. This book was a very good read.At times;I could hardly make myself put the book down, thinking I might miss something if I did! I like that Kristen Heitzmann lets her characters face temptations just like real people do. This is not a book for young girls.(my 8 year old asked if she could read it,and the answer was emphatically NO!)There is violence; and there is some "adult" content(without posting spoilers, one character does b ...more
Linda Trionfo
OK so Half way through this Book I turned to Kenny and said I needed it to got faster or I could not finish it, not 10 pages later and I was like...."ok,know we are cookin" The plots are great, the love story keeps you reading and the bad guys are yucky and I like that. I went the library the next day to get the second one, read it in 2 days and now looking forward to the 3rd.

I enjoy Westerns with Strong women but still feminine. There was one part of the story that I did not really agree with a
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Jenna
This was my second time reading this series and it was just as good as I remembered. I love the descriptions of the Colorado mountains and the hardy souls who braved the elements and each other to settle there. Quillan Shephard is my favorite kind of romantic hero, rough on the outside, but intelligent and caring on the inside. The chemistry between him and the heroine, Carina, is intense from the very first pages of the book. This series is one of my favorite reads. Don't stop at this first one ...more
Lorelei
LOVE THIS SERIES! Great prequel to the Michelli family series!
Katie
Love this series. I read it every couple of years!
Rachel
Really loved this book, want to read it again, it's been to long.
Jessica
So I really enjoyed the story but it is so hard and it doesn't end any better. I suggest of you want to try this Christian fiction, you pick up all three books at once. Otherwise it is just so hard a story.
Trisha
wasn't bad, just boring.
Marika
WOW this book was amazing!!! I found out about this series after I read "Secret' (story of Carina's great great great grandson) and I am soo happy I started reading it. Carina and Quillian are characters that are so alive that it makes you want to read to find out what will happen to them. I cannot wait to start the next book and if it is as good as the first one I will most likely finish it if a few days. If you have not read this book you don't know what you are missing, I definitely recommend ...more
Christin
wow. I don't know what it was about this book, but I could NOT put it down. About 100 pages in, I checked the page count because I did not want it to end! I loved how the author unfurled the story; unlike some Christian fiction, this book was VERY well written with no cheesy cliches and the characters were engaging and real. I stayed up until 3am to finish it...and then read about 40 pages into the next book in the series. Make sure you have the next book handy--you won't want to wait!
Sandra Moffatt
her writing stirs emotions and inspires growth in faith
Amber
This book is another fine example of Kristen Heitzmann's superior writing. I was drawn to this book first because it is historical fiction and second because it is set in my home-state: Colorado. It was a worth while read. Heitzmann mixes the genres western and romance to create a thrilling story. On top of that she adds her Christian beliefs in the book which only appealed to me all the more. Read this series, it's very good.
Arianne
Another headstrong female character from Kristen Heitzmann, also living in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Will the elegant Carina manage to survive in the rough little town she is stranded in? Why is there so much mystery surrounding Quinn? Many parts of this story could be found in many books about trailblazers, but Heitzmann's writing style makes this unique. I really enjoy reading this series again and again.
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Kristen learned to read at age four in the sit-on-the-floor school her father taught at home. That was the start of her love affair with stories. Skipping kindergarten, she went to first grade at five and dove into learning with a passion. In elementary school, she wrote and illustrated her own miniature books and the highlight of the week was the mile and a half walk to the book mobile.

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