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Runaway Heart (Westward Dreams #1)

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'End of the line!' The stagecoach driver's shout sent a chill down Holly Lambeth's spine. What an ominous sound! Was Riverbend, Oregon, to be the end of the line for her? She had come West to escape the swirling gossip about her broken engagement. She had come to escape the humiliation of being jilted. She came here to find a welcome new life, but her cousin's chilly recep ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published September 27th 1994 by Zondervan Publishing Company
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Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The old adage "don't judge a book by it's cover" fits this book perfectly. Really, I suppose looking at the cover doesn't turn me away, it just doesn't draw me in either. With that said, I received books from this series as a gift and was very pleasantly surprised. This first book in the Westward Dreams Series touched my heart and reminded me of how much God cares about and is intricately involved in our lives.
Two stars is pretty stingy, but I can't get past how slow paced and drawn out this book was. The events and story were sweet, but not written in such a way that they connected throughout. It seemed as though they were a collection of scenes, instead of a cohesive story. It had potential that wasn't lived up to.

I'll also say that again, though, that it was a sweet story. That's probably the best I can say for it.
April Suter
Family, romance, history, teaching and Christain living -- 5 of my favorite subjects that are in this book. The main character, Holly, arrives by stagecoach to 'the end of the line' in Oregon in 1882. She leaves her family in Kentucky for a new start. Holly grows up, makes friends and grows closer to God. Read the book to see if she even finds love or will she return to her family.
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Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jlebreton by: Renee Lebreton
Takes a while to get into the story as the beginning is a little slow. But once you get farther into the story you get really invested in the characters and really want to know how it is going to end! Definitely a sweet story that sweeps me back to romances like those of Jane Austen!
Beth Michaud
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good-happy-sweet little story-Western teacher tale
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Good story line - an enjoyable read.
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Jane Johnson Peart of Asheville, North Carolina, Humboldt and Marin counties, California, and in recent years, Hawaii, passed away in 2007. She was the author of more than 60 works of suspense, historical fiction and romance, which touched the hearts and minds of thousands of readers whose correspondence she treasured. She wrote for the secular and Christian market, and is best known for the Bride ...more
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