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Heartbeat of the Bitterroot

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Jenna Clark always tried to bury her bleak beginnings in Montana's Bitterroot Valley, but a newfound secret about her father's identity forces Jenna to dig up her past. While there, mysterious threats and dangers suddenly enter her life that bring about an unexpected man of her dreams--Michael Callahan. After a lifetime of running away from family and love will Jenna find ...more
Published June 13th 2017 by Sweetwater Books
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Katie W
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Set in Missoula, Montana, HEARTBEAT OF THE BITTERROOT has a sweet and almost nostalgic feel to it. Jenna was raised by an aunt and uncle and works for the airport and has recently moved back to be closer to family. I love that family seems so important to the characters.

The wording in this story is very rich and uses good imagery. I could visualize the setting really well and the characters came to life, to a point, but there are a one or two that I wish would've stayed flat because I really di
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been in a reading slump lately, but was so excited when I was contacted by the author and asked to review this book! I got me out of my funk. It was so good. I love love stories, with mystery involved.

Jenna has been avoiding her hometown for quite a long time. When the airline she is working for sends her back to Montana and her hometown she starts to realize that family is more important.

Jenna was in a bad relationship and was on the verge of deciding to keep it going because it was comf
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Heartbeat of the Bitteroot by Janice Mineer is riveting, inspirational, and breathtakingly beautiful. This well-written story is about relationships, courage, and love. It will touch the heart and soul of readers as they come to know Jenna Clark and her past of a rough childhood to where she is now and the people it took to get her there. It is about secrets, lies, and painful truths. Mineer writes in a way that will cause readers to dig down deep and think about their own lives, both the past a ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I wasn't sure what to expect from The Heartbeat of the Bitterroot, but as I started reading I was impressed. I was pulling for Jenna, and intrigued by the conflict and potential romance. The message seemed to be about Jenna finding herself and happiness even though she felt somewhat damaged by her upbringing.

As the story progressed I was somewhat overwhelmed by everything that was going on. The search for her real father, in addition to the disgruntled former employee, the threatening texts and
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's always exciting when a new book lands in my "to-read" pile! I dove into this book immediately, and right away found myself entwined in the story as if I knew Jenna personally. At every spare moment, I found myself reading, and when I wasn't reading I was thinking about the characters and the story. Would Jenna find what she was looking for? What was she doing with that loser, Derek, anyway? Believe in yourself, Jenna! I definitely found myself rooting for Jenna the entire time; she is a ver ...more
Mandy Al-Bjaly
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
After reading Janice Mineer’s Heartbeat of the Bitterroot, I think I may need to take a vacation to the Bitterroot Valley someday. Just the author’s beautiful imagery of the landscape kept me thoroughly involved in the novel, not to mention a complex love story, dangerous situations, complicated family life, and interesting, likable characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading from Jenna Clark’s point of view. She works at the airport in Missoula. She had a difficult childhood, and her relationship (
Meagan Myhren-Bennett
Heartbeat of the Bitterroot
By Janice Mineer

The cover alone is reason enough pick up this book and read it - the cover is gorgeous but the real treat comes from what is hidden within. Jenn Clark was fortunate that she was able to spend as much of her childhood with her Aunt Ann, Uncle Martin, and cousins - if not for their love and support she may have found herself as adrift in life as her late mother was. But her early years have laid a foundation that has made a mark and she feels that she wil
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! I loved the characters, the setting, the comparison of Jenna to the Bitterroot flowers, the story. So great all the way around!

I love the way Jenna discovers her strength throughout this story. At the beginning, she's just going about her normal things. She works at Delta in Missoula, Montana and her job involves a lot of making sure other people are happy. She also has a sort of boyfriend who is a lot of work and never seems to bother to listen to anything sh
R J Mckay
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-shelf
I received a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.

Mystery, thriller, and romance all rolled into one absorbing book.
When Jenna Clark returns to Bitterroot Valley for work, little did she expect she would find herself embroiled in a quest to simple stay alive. What started out as an attempt to discover the identity of her biological father leads to something much more sinister. Thankfully she has the help of new found friend and romantic interest, Michael Callahan. Michael is
Susan Crisp
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, compelling read! This is a fun little novel in which the characters encounter realistic struggles and triumphs which allows the reader to relate to the characters on a personal level. I found myself evaluating my own feelings and motivations right along with the characters in the book. My hat's off to the Author for creating characters with relationships that are real, and not elevating the romance to heights that are unattainable by those of us in the trenches of real life!

I apprec
Robyn Echols
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story line was well-paced, and kept me engaged. Told in first person and peppered with flashbacks, I got a real sense of who Jenna was. Jenna lived her life--supervisor for Delta at the local airport in Missoula, family and friends, a wedding, and a boyfriend, or at least a friend of the male persuasion that showed up—life one the surface, safe, predictable. Then she is introduced to a new man. Jenna’s insecurities combined with his challenges with grief added up to an emotionally-charged re ...more
Suzanne Sotzing
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading this book prompted me to research the bitterroot plant and where it grows and look at the beautiful scenery of Missoula, MT. That is always the sign of a good book in my opinion! The characters were likable and I got a heartwarming feeling of family and companionship but the mystery involved was a bit far-fetched for me and the book would have been just fine without it.
Laura Henderson
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. This is a nice, clean love story.
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Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Once I started reading this book, I just couldn't put it down. It is a richly woven tapestry of what life could be, should be, about.....Lasting love, fidelity, family, friends and co-workers that actually care about and are sensitive to each other. All the things in life that really should matter. Such a refreshing change from books laden with either profanity, murder, noncommittal relationships or endless graphic promiscuity, with nothing left to the imagination. This one's a journey of the so
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this book....face smeared with tears. What a wonderful story! I love the title and the way the beautiful bitterroot flower is weaved throughout.( I imagined you would end it with Jenna, pregnant of course, planting those starters she was given outside the door of the house Michael built for her!). A hopeless romantic. Thats why I loved the story so much, as will so many. How about a movie? Wouldnt that be Gorgeous?
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A hopeless romantic, Janice Mineer has played harp for weddings, even for one that took place on the edge of a cliff over a river. Because of her first husband's long illness, Janice and her family spent extended time away from home to be near the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. When her husband passed away, Janice dedicated herself to work with the Ronald McDonald House to provide a home away from home ...more

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