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Winter Heart (Blazing Frontier #3)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  253 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Facing the somber silhouette of a cold stone house, Dinah Odell nearly lost hope when she arrived at the lonely ranch in the Sierra Nevada. But it was better than the dark place she had escaped from. Risking her precious freedom, she'd posed as a nurse and accepted a job caring for her new employer's mentally fragile sister. She was prepared for anything. Except Tristan Fl ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1996 by Pocket Books
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Winter Heart is the third book in Jane Bonander's series Blazing Frontier. It begins in a mental institution with Dinah Odell, a young woman whose evil uncle commits Dinah so that he has control of her inheritance. Desperate to escape her will do anything including risking her freedom by posing as a nurse and accepting a job to care for Tristan Fletcher's mentally fragile sister. She thinks she's prepared for anything, except the sensitive, generous, and mysterious man behind the facade that Tri ...more
Leeanna Campbell
There was good and bad for me... SPOILERS

Firstly, I have to say that I thought the authors explanation of life in the asylum was spot on. I could tell that she did research on the matter and that really impressed me. With that being said, I really wanted to see more of a relationship between Dinah and her charge.

I had a few problems with this book. The first problem I had were the words used for "private parts". The H had a "doodle" or a "randy rod" and the h had a "cranberry". I found this to b
Linda Carroll
This amazing story is set back in the 1800's (don't go running away yet!) and features Dinah, a young woman who was forced into an insane asylum against her will even though there is nothing wrong with her. While her tragic story will horrify you, the resulting escape and slowly building love story will thrill you. The banter back and forth between Triston and Dinah was hilarious--I loved Dinah for her innocent but potent proddings and I loved Triston for being able to take them and loving her e ...more
This book started out great and had such an interesting theme relating to the asylum....then it just went downhill around the 40 percent mark. The characters started behaving contrary to how they were originally presented and even tell you they don't know why they did something.....very disappointing.
Dnf al 40%.
Ya llevo unos días con el libro abandonado y sé que no me lo voy a terminar. De repente los personajes protagonistas han empezado a hacer cosas que no entiendo, con lo cual, lo dejo ahora y me ahorro un sofocón.
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Dinah is placed in Trenway an asylum by her uncle. He wants control of the money Dinah's father left in his will. Her uncle only has control as long as Dinah lives otherwise it is destined to the university and not to the uncle. But thanks to Daisy, a nurse at Trenway, she helps Dinah to escape and take her place at a position in California. There Dinah is confronted by Tristan Fletcher, the owner of the ranch and Emily's brother who will will be Dinah's responsibility. So Dinah must keep it a s ...more
This book had a very interesting promise of combining the despicable horrors of mental institutions in the middle of 19th century America and sensual romance of two protagonists –one, the escapee of the said prison and the other, a rancher with difficult past. I can’t pin point why this great promise did not deliver for me. Maybe it is because of so many characters introduced throughout the book with their own stories that were destructive, or because the culmination of getting evil uncle brough ...more
This book was rather unique. The mental health misuse in history was very well done and I feel there was a great balance though it was difficult to read in places for myself. My only issue with this book is there seemed to be some continuity problems here and there that I came across, slowing me down and occasionally confusing me enough to double check page numbers quickly. Nothing that was crucial or difficult to get around though so the interesting story still outranked the problems I ran in t ...more
2.5: I liked the premise of the story but not the resulting relationship. I understand that a love/hate relationship can lead to passion and they were able to see each other interact with other characters, but the switch in their feelings seemed abrupt.
Terri Bullock
This was okay - an interesting story about a 'business' arrangement type of relationship but finally turns into the start of a love story. There were way too many sex scenes, but I guess that was the intent of the story line, until the end. I actually think I would like to read Book #2 and see where their relationship goes.
Good people

karma will get you in time. enjoyable historical romance easy to read
fun and the hero always gets his woman. mature reading only.
Fun, fluffy read; good for reading while on holiday.
A romance based in the 19th century
Victoria Newman
Is a great book to read
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I'd tried a novella by this author before and hadn't enjoyed it, but this book was good. The author did a good job of writing about a difficult issue without making it too heavy or taking over the romance aspect of the book.
Mental health has had such a stigma throughout the centuries, still this shocked me. I'm glad it was written as romantic fiction, otherwise I don't know if I could've read about how women were treated in insane asylums.
Nargis Somani
Loving it
Not one of my favorites, but all the same, it was a good read.
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Jane Bonander has always had a flare for the dramatic. Just ask her mother. When she was five, she ran home from kindergarten and scrambled under her parents’ bed, hiding there until her mother came looking for her which was longer than Jane had anticipated, for she fell asleep. When her mother woke her, she told her that a big, hairy monster had chased her home. Since over an hour had passed, the ...more
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