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Distant Heart (Westward Hearts #2)

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Toni Rodden has escaped a life of prostitution and vows she'll never let a man control her again. After months on the wagon train, she's finally earned her place, albeit grudgingly from some, and has found a surrogate family in Fannie Caldwell and her two siblings. For the first time she can taste freedom and the possibilities of a new life. But as Fannie prepares to marry ...more
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Published January 2nd 2008 by Avon Inspire (first published January 1st 2008)
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Michelle


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Toni Rodden has escaped a life of prostitution and vows she'll never let a man control her again. After months on the wagon train, she's finally earned her place, albeit grudgingly from some, and has found a surrogate family in Fannie Caldwell and her two siblings. For the first time she can taste freedom and the possibilities of a new life. But as Fannie prepares to marry wagon master Blake Tanner, Toni realizes how alone she is and questions whether she'll ever find acceptance,
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Tiffany Losco
I didn't expect the book to turn out like it did. I am on a search for christian books with ex prostitute themes in them, since I have a traumatic past like that too. I still deal with being a christian now, and getting over that past, knowing I am new and my past is forgiven, but it is hard not to be insecure and not to compare myself to other Godly women. I loved this book, because the main character went through those same trials, and in the end, she found her true identity in Christ. :)
Judy
This book in #2 in the Westward Hearts series, and although there are references to happenings before this story, it really can stand alone. Ms. Bateman develops her characters and you understand them and their story from the beginning.

I liked Toni and Fannie from the beginning. It is a story set in the settling of the West as wagon trains traveled the Oregon Trail on their way west to a brighter future. Toni has a less than stellar past and Sam Two Feathers, one of the wagon train hands is par
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SheLove2Read
For anyone who's ever asked themselves the question of how God could love them, despite their former life of sin, this story will resonate with them. Thought provoking and sometimes painful to read. Beauty for ashes indeed.
Kathryn
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Sheri Salatin
Toni Rodden escaped with Fannie from a brothel. Now she vows that she will never again let any man control or use her. She is heading to Oregon to make a new life for herself. She's struggling to earn the respect from the her neighbors on the wagon train and trying desperately to let go of her past.
Sam Two-Feathers is half-Indian, half-white. He is the scout for the wagon train and he sees something special in Toni. He knows that since she has now committed her life to Jesus Christ, that she is
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Beverly
Beauty for Ashes

A beautiful story of self doubt , unworthiness, uncleaniness of how ones past can be washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ . Jesus spilled His blood on the cross so that thru him we could be washed clean, forgiven, and purified. Sam also had to realize that he was being deceived by the spirit of prejudice and remember red or yellow black or white we are precious in His Sight.
Margaret

Here, we take on the continued adventure from Defiant Heart but from the perspective of the ex-prostitute Toni and her journey to the Oregon territory. If the trip is not difficult enough without other events thrown in here and there... Try Indian Attacks and kidnappings, adultery and murder, and a new strange girl Ginger into their midst. Will the Cheyenne get there way and get Toni for their keeping? Who is Ginger and what does she want? Will the children and sister from the other wagon train
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Kate
As with the first book of this series, this is a 'grab you from the first word and doesn't let go until the end' kind of novel. I finished it far quicker than I expected to and really enjoyed it! It was cool to find out what happens next on the wagon train's journey to Oregon and meet some new characters. I'm looking forward to the final installment in the series!
Teresa Snyder
I'm really enjoying the Westward Hearts series. Although each book could be a stand alone book, they are so much better when read together. Loved reading about Toni and Sam in this book while reading more about Blake and Fannie from book one. Looking forward to book three where we'll focus on Grant and Ginger. That should be interesting.
Jennifer
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Michelle
This was a good book. Nothing overly exciting but was a good book and I would recommend it. It was easy reading, made you want to keep reading. It had a good moral story too it.
Tara
I loved the continuation of this series. Wonderful read that reminds us just how important forgiveness, love, and friendship are to all of us. I can't wait to read the third.
Michelle
Really enjoyed this book, which is #2 in a series. I have always had a soft spot for the old "wagon train heading west" type books. This is a good one!
Velma
Inspirational, leaves you with a happy feeling. Trust in the ones that love you they might suprise you. They will accept you at face value.
Shannah Mauney
This book is compelling and wonderful. The perfect picture of how God's love erases your past and makes you new!
Laura
This was way too schmaltzy for me.
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Tracey Bateman is also published as Tracey Cross, is the Christy award-winning author of more than thirty titles and has nearly a million books in print. She lives in Missouri's Ozarks with her husband and four children.
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