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My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandary

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  143 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Journey now to Tuscon, Arizona, and into the Superstition Mountains of 1866, where...
 A Chance for Escape Takes Two Unlikely Allies on a Romantic Adventure Along a Desert Trail
Since orphaned at age twelve, Carmela Wade has lived a lie orchestrated by her uncle, pretending to be a survivor of an Indian kidnapping and profiting from telling her made-up story on the speake
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 1st 2017 by Barbour Books
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4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this Western adventure. Engaging characters with Camela and Freeland, and a delightful lack of overly descriptive romance! I could comfortably recommend this book even to young teens.

Carmela is a young woman of twenty whose uncle has been exploiting her for years. Her parents died on the trail to California, and she was cared for by kind friends for some months before her closest living relative, her uncle, could arrive to claim her. He, citing unpaid debts her parents
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-kindle, 2018, arc
I enjoyed this book so much! If you like a clean Western, look no farther!

My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandry (2017, Barbour) by Susan Page Davis, second in the My Heart Belongs series, is a Christian Western with a touch of romance set in 1866 Arizona Territory, right after the civil war. The novel is a standalone story, with the first book written by another author and set in another state. I jumped at the chance to receive this book through NetGalley in exchang
Deanne Patterson
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Forced to give speeches,by her uncle, since she was 12 about a supposed Indian abduction that happened to her,Carmela is miserable. When her parents and brother died on the trail she is alone in the world until her uncle swoops in and takes her under his wing . He says her father owes him a large amount of money that she must repay the debt. He forces her to speak about a fictitious Indian abduction happening to her. These speeches happen in many towns and he makes a large amount of money . On t ...more
Julie Carpenter
Carmela's Quandary...a great title for this story. Carmela was a little girl when her wagon train was attacked by Indians, her parents killed and she was taken captive. She lived five years with the Indians and was marked as their own by a series of tattoos that cover her lower face. Now she goes around speaking and sharing her story. Her uncle manages all her events and controls the money. Now Carmela is 20 years old and has a problem...a big problem. Everything she has said has been a lie!!!!

Karen R
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
A historical romance with the flair of the old West! Quick paced for the most part, with interesting characters, and a bit of real history mixed in, it kept me turning the page to find out what happened next! Arizona Territory in 1866 was a rough, unsettled place, and made a colorful backdrop to the story.
Carmela is a sincere young woman stuck in a dishonest situation, torn between family loyalty and the need to break free. I loved her stalwart spirit, and the compassion she shows others, often
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
My rating: 4/5 🌟
My Heart Belongs in The Superstition Mountains by Susan Page Davis is a great book if you are looking for a Christian western with a hint of romance. It's an action packed and suspenseful journey through the Arizona desert. Definitely a must for Christian Western fans. It will be a book I reread from time to time!
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Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars! The story inside this beautiful cover does not disappoint. I loved it!
Carmela's Quandary is a quick moving story filled with tragedy, suspense and many twists and turns.
Carmela becomes the ward of her Uncle Silas at the age of twelve when her parents die on the trail west. Silas forces young Carmela to perform in front of large crowds, telling a made up story of captivity. As Carmela ages, she longs to stop the lies, but her uncle says she must perform, he says she owes him for her fa
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was certainly a Wild West adventure in the Arizona territory for one Carmela Wade and US Marshal Freeland McKay. Since being orphaned at 12 years old, Carmela has lived a life of bondage and lies with her charlatan uncle never allowed to grow up in a normal home with love and affection. I was actually shocked and amazed at the lengths her uncle went to make the act Carmela had to put on as believable as possible. There was quite a bit of action in this story: outlaws, Native American attack ...more
This was so much better than the previous book in the series! While I no longer read much historical romance, I do enjoy them upon occasion. I was immediately drawn into this story, and was unable to put it down!

Carmela was a multi-faceted character stuck in horrible circumstances. I appreciated her fortitude and unwillingness to give up or complain about things. She was an inspiring character. Freeland seemed to be a good and honorable character, one who looked past Carmela's past to who she wa
Jodie Wolfe
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carmela Wade has lived a lie since she was twelve. She's longed to break free of her uncle and their life on the road, traveling to tell others about her supposed life as an Indian captive. She's hated deceiving folks, but hasn't come up with a way to support herself and is still under age.

US Marshal Freeland McKay hopes to transport his prisoner to Prescott without incidents. When Carmela and her uncle travel on the same stagecoach, his curiosity is aroused. When problems befall them, he feels
Rebekah Tooley
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This was a great book that definitely kept my attention! Poor girl! I would be sure to read this again!
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountain : Carmela's Quandary is a great book. It is full of drama, mystery, romance, and action. All that a reader would expect in a historical fiction set in the west. A wonderful story to see the inner beauty.
5 plus stars.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a read this book was! I was engrossed in Carmela's story from the first page and couldn't put the book down. Susan Page David has penned a story that will keep you entertained from beginning to end with characters you will come to love and those you will hate.

I immediately liked Carmela and felt sympathy for her having to live at the mercy of her Uncle Silas, whom I hated. He was such a greedy and mean person, and I didn't like the fact he was earning money off of Carmela and making her te
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela's Quandary, written by Susan Page Davis, is a stand alone book in the My Heart Belongs series. The story takes place in the mid 1800's in the Arizona territory.

As a young girl, Carmela Wade was traveling with her family in a wagon train when many of them got sick and died. Carmela was left an orphan. Her uncle becomes her guardian and forces her to travel around telling stories of being a survivor of an Indian kidnapping. He uncle makes her
Gayle Pace
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historic-romance

One look at the cover and you're in love. Those mountains, why are they called the Superstition Mountains? The pace is fairly fast and the plot has many parts to the web that is woven within, suspense and loss. At the tender age of twelve, Carmela's parents died while traveling west. Carmela is left in the care of her Uncle Silas. Silas makes young Carmela tell stories, all lies, about how she had been a captive of Indians. She is forced to perform in front of people to make Silas m
Kelly Tyree
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains was a well written book that has it all. It features romance, action, and suspense. It keeps you engaged throughout the book because the story moves at a good pace.

Carmela lost her parents when she was twelve years old to sickness. Her uncle, Silas, took over her care but when he did he told Carmela she had to work off a "debt" her father owed to him. He came up with a scheme to get Carmela to act as if she had been captured and held captive by Ind
Deana Dick
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the western flair to this historical story. It has Indians, stage coaches, robbers, a sheriff and a pretty woman who has had a hard life. Carmela has been coerced by her uncle to tell this fabricated story to people since she was twelve years old to collect money from them. Can I just say her uncle is a mean, shady and dishonest man? As you read the story you begin to see how devious her uncle is and how hard she tries to better herself. My heart went out to Carmela as I thought about ho ...more
Sherri Smith
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
So after reading the first book in the My Heart Belongs series, I should have made an accurate assumption that I probably shouldn't read any more. But, I had hope that the only reason I didn't like the first book (Fort Bliss, Texas) was the setting, in a military outpost. I was wrong. I didn't like this book either and my reasoning follows.

Carmela has been under the beck and call of her uncle, since her parents died so many years ago. Her uncle, seeing that he has a potential money maker on his
Meagan Myhren-bennett
My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains
Carmela's Quandry
By Susan Page Davis

Carmela Wade has been forced to live a lie perpetrated by her Uncle Silas. And she knows no one can help her escape it. Though orphaned she has never been the Indian captive her uncle has promoted her as. Carmela's entertaining and sensationalized lies have lined her uncle's pockets.

But when the stagecoach she and her uncle are traveling on is attacked, she finds herself in a completely unexpected situation. She's
Wanda Maynard
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Susan Page Davis came up with, not only a unique, but splendid beginning for a great story with, MY HEART BELONGS IN THE SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS: CARMELA'S QUANDARY, when the suspense took off with Carmela's Uncle Silas pushing her into a speech before the people. Not use to public speaking, Carmela was nervous enough without him yelling at her. Why was he creating or forming a problem for her? Was he forcing her into false reasoning? Carmela was in a deep quandary. Would she be able to stand bef ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My heart belongs in the Superstition Mountains is a story of abundant deceit, overwhelming fear, parental figure rejection of love, steadfast faith, and reclamation of trust in CHRIST. Camela became an orphan then sent to her Uncle Silas who was a manipulative lying, cheating, abusive, selfish shell of a man (if you can call him that, and I do) he turns Camela into a money machine. He dresses her up as with Indian markings on her, has her tell people that she was captured by Indians. She had to ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Carmela Wade has prayed for the day she could stop the lies she was forced to perpetrate by her Uncle Silas. Not only did he force her to tell lies, but he also forced her to give him all the money the two of them accrued because he said her father owed him money. Carmela’s opportunity arrives when their stagecoach is robbed, and the robbers take it with her uncle inside.

US Marshal Freeland McKay never dreamed he’d be the victim of a stagecoach robbery, and to add insult to injury, he’s handcuff
Gail Hollingsworth
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a different type western from any I've read before, but in a good way. I had recently read a book about the Superstition Mountains so this book caught my eye. I couldn't help but feel sorry for the main character, Carmela, and all she'd suffered in her young life. Losing her parents on a wagon train headed to California when she was twelve, being taken over by a devious uncle who only saw dollar signs in his niece and having ugly tattoos marked on her face by him to fool audiences into ...more
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Traveling through 1860's Arizona Territory, Carmela Wade has been forced by her uncle to recount a sensationalized story of Indian captivity for audiences since she was twelve. Deputy Freeland McKay misses his chance to help Carmela just as the Civil War is declared. He encounters her years later only for them to end up handcuffed together, walking across the desert. And isn't that just the perfect way to develop a romantic relationship...

This is a well-written and fascinating story with details
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains was full of twists and turns and lots of action! I was amazed at all the surprises that happened. Since I lived in Arizona most of my life, I am very familiar with the mountains. The Superstitions are east of Mesa and a beautiful sight to behold. I had a little trouble with the traveling by stagecoach from Tucson to Wickenburg. It seems like it would take much longer than what I read. However, I got past all that and enjoyed reading the saga of Carm ...more
Anne Rightler
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Heart Belongs in the Superstitions Mountains by Susan Page Davis, is an entertaining western romance set in Arizona of the 1860s. As a result of her guardian's dishonesty, Carmela's been living a lie for the past few years and she is sick of it. But she has no way to get out of the duplicitous mess she's in. She really just wants a man to love, a man who will love her for the rest of her life. A US Marshall on a mission of taking a murderer to Prescott for trial, Freeland ends up on a hijacke ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: historical romance fans, western fans
One mistake can kill them...

The art of writing westerns pretty much went out with Louis L'Amour but there are a few names out there in Christian fiction that are keeping the genre alive. Susan Page Davis is one of those authors. It's been quite awhile since I've read one of her stories but I did recently read another book in the My Heart Belongs In... series that I really enjoyed. So when I got the chance at My Heart Belongs In The Superstition Mountains: Carmela's Quandary I quickly took the op
Dana Kamstra
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-reviews
You know those books that just catch you a bit off guard? The ones that exceed expectations or are just unlike what you thought you would get, and you love every moment of it? That is what I discovered in Susan Page Davis’s My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains: Carmela’s Quandry.

From early on in this book, I was drawn into Carmela’s story. A girl who was forced to lie on stage to grow her Uncle’s wealth. As those lies contradicted with what she thought was right, the tensions in the s
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carmela finds herself living a lie. Being an orphan she is raised by her uncle. Her life with her uncle brings him his income. And she begins to have feelings of guilt and doesn't want her past to also be her future.

I found this to be a really sweet read and I am glad that I was able to read it. I enjoyed the character of Carmela and she matures, learns about life and about herself and how to make choices and decisions. I think if you like western historicals, that you will enjoy this book, the
Stephanie Allen
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have you ever tried to do what was right even though others are telling you not to? Have you have been forced to do something against your will and something you knew wasn’t right? Well that is exactly the position that Carmela finds herself in. Throughout the story, Carmela wrestles with your loyalties to her uncle and doing what is right. Filled with outlaws, Indians, and the Wild West, we are taken on an exciting adventure. Don your bonnet (or cowboy hat), saddle your horse, and hang on for t ...more
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