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My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice

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Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where...
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart...and she finds h
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2017 by Barbour Books
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Angie Dicken Oh wow! My grandfather was actually born in Helper. The Pappas family is fictional, but that's interesting that you had Pappas in school. Thank you so…moreOh wow! My grandfather was actually born in Helper. The Pappas family is fictional, but that's interesting that you had Pappas in school. Thank you so much for sharing! (less)

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Hannah
This book was a hard one to get through. Leanna never really made sense as a character, but it's actually the life philosophy of the characters that sunk this boat for me.

Their favorite quote is "The only darkness is ignorance." If that were true, God wouldn't have sent a Savior as a sacrifice...He would have sent a man who was the most knowledgeable person ever found, and we could be free from darkness by dint of knowledge. No. Life doesn't work that way.

Examples. Only one marriage in the book
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where...
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations
Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.
Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart...and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.
Alex’s Greek pare
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Julie Carpenter
Again. I'm saying it again...I really am enjoying this 'My Heart Belongs' series. I don't believe I had read anything by any of these authors before but have been happily surprised to find that I've enjoyed my time spent while reading each book in the series so far. I wasn't sure if this would be the last book in the series or not but guess what....it's not. Yay! There are another 6 books set to release next year as well. One every other month starting in January. So those of you out there who a ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
“Do you expect us to give up on our chosen life because of ignorance?”

Angie Dicken’s novel My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah may be shining a spotlight on immigrant issues and prejudice in 1910 but it’s just as timely for today. People persecuted and segregated for no other reason than that they were born in Greece. Much like immigrants from several different countries are treated in the US today.

Nestled in the midst of the heartbreaking struggle is Leanna McKee, a widowed schoolteacher nurs
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Pam Mooney
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful historical romance and delightful addition to the "My Heart Belongs" series. I loved the underlying lessons and caring throughout the story. The children were darling and a sweet addition to the story. They really brought home the love and history of their Greek family. As well as the hardships and prejudices endured when immigrating to a new country. I felt I knew the hearts of the Alex and Leanna as their feelings for each other grew. I enjoyed the historical context as well as the ...more
Amy
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice is a good read. I really liked it and look forward to more by this author.
Maureen Timerman
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A story that begins with grief and guilt, then adds hate for a nationality, and you will wonder where you are, it could be anywhere in the early 1900’s. This story takes place in a mining town in Utah, and we are hit head on by people who decide that because some of the settlers are from Greece they are bad people.
There is something for everyone, and not everyone is as they appear, some are just what we think they are, but others portray someone else. When I think of prejudice against a national
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Julia
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate Utah by Angie Dicken is a delightful Christian historical romance which I loved.
The action is set in 1910 in the mining town of Castle Gate. There are the themes of prejudice and ignorance towards the immigrants. Even the very young were taught to hate. "I pray that one day we will all see one another for our hearts and not our origins." God asks us to shine a light in a dark world. "There is no darkness but ignorance." We are called to "scatter the darkness."
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Robbie
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Angie Dicken realistically depicts the hardships of overcoming adversity, deep-seated prejudices and anger in My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice, the newest edition of the My Heart Belongs series. Hardships they faced included flooding of the mines, being underground for 12 or more hours and breathing coal dust. Instead of creating bitterness, these adversities instilled hope and determination.

The plight of coal miners in Castle Gate, Utah, in the early 1900s, is harrowing, e
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Trixi
Oct 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Castle Gate, Utah 1910 where prejudice and pride mingle to bring dissension of race and class. Where no Greek is welcomed among Americans and vice versa. That is until one American woman dares cross the line to teach Greek children English & her heart becomes entangled with two of her students and their uncle. When a dream teaching position is offered in Salt Lake City, will Leanna leave the life she knows for something better, or will her heart lead somewhere she never dreamed?

This story is f
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Babs
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Leanna had her whole life planned out, marry for love, go where your husband goes and have a great life. But things don’t go as planned and now Leanna is a widow, she is young and has to fend for herself.

I have to admit I was drawn to Leanna she was easy to like and you felt for what she had to go through. Leanna is a school teacher and loves her students.

Alex is a great person and it was nice to see them both go slow with their feelings and grow with each other.

Leanna overcomes a lot and it m
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⚜️Trea
FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED AN E-ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER THROUGH NET GALLEY. I VOLUNTARILY OFFER MY HONEST REVIEW OF THE BOOK, THOUGH IT IS NOT EXPECTED OF ME! RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW!

I was actually somewhat surprised by my enjoyment of this story, as I didn't think I would enjoy it from reading the blurb. I really liked seeing Leanna's heart start to thaw toward the Greek miners and the mining town in general. I also
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Lisa Johnson
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Title: My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice
Author: Angie Dicken
Pages: 256
Year: 2017
Publisher: Barbour Books
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Each book in the “My Heart Belongs” series is unique and a stand-alone, and I’ve enjoyed reading each novel! In this latest novel set in the early 1900s, a young widow named Leanna wrestles with her unforgiving heart toward her husband and herself. On top of which Leanna decides to help two Greek children in the coal mining community along with h
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Lynda Edwards
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most romance novels have conflict—without it, there is no real story or a reason to keep reading. This particular book, however, has more than I thought the author could possibly resolve in fewer than 300 pages! Prejudice, familial expectations, and bittersweet baggage all conspire to keep the hero and heroine apart, working first on one and then the other.

The two main characters also have spiritual struggles with which to contend. Leanna is finding forgiveness difficult, both for her deceased
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Lori
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My feelings on this are if you really love someone then other ppl should just mind their business but of course I know that won't happen in a million years.
As long as hate rules and separates cultures then Satan has won.
As one lady in the story says "We are one, not divided" and another quote stands out is We are one in Christ.
Folks, this is what is wrong and what is happening in the US right now and all through the years. The past is happening all over again! We are divided and we will fall
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Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
I enjoyed Ms. Dicken's work with this newest installment in the My Heart Belongs series. She is a superbly talented author and really swept me away with her coal mining setting and her beautifully chiseled characters. As a granddaughter of a miner, I really loved reading this time period. 

Alex and Leanna's characters were perfect! I was instantly captivated by them both and loved watching them grow in their feelings for each other. And, the sweet children! Oh how I adored them and was glad that
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Vicky Sluiter
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ve been enjoying the “My Heart Belongs” series, and this book is a great addition!

You can see that author Angie Dicken did a great deal of research. She portrays very well the trials that Greek immigrants dealt with during a time of racial tension between the Greek and American Miners. A time of which I was unaware.

With great character development, I quickly become engrossed in this book. There is much of the past that is regretted but God is allowed to move in the hearts of the various person
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Sydney
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice by Angie Dicken is another fun installment of the My Heart Belongs series published by Barbour Books. It is a story about a couple that come from completely different cultural backgrounds and the struggle with the prejudices of the people around them and their forbidden love. Dicken brings to life the different cultural backgrounds of several different groups of people and the prejudices involved between those settling in the mining town of ...more
Beth Erin
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

This story of love, hope, and second chances amid heartbreak, disappointment, and prejudice tugs at my heartstrings and reveals yet another pocket of history we would do well to remember.

Leanna McKee is angry and frustrated by her circumstances, she surely didn't expect to end up a poor miner's widow practically stranded and alone. Alex Pappas has made more friends than enemies during his time in America yet it is the actions of a few that tend to be the loudest
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Deanna Stevens
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
I do enjoy a historical romance and I learned so much about this time in history, the dangers of coal mining and the discrimination of immigrants. Family was very important, the miners jobs were hard and Castle Gate, Utah was a perfect setting for this story. Leanna was a special lady and I cheered her on when she finally made the best decision for her future.. I wanted more of their story when I read the final page! I was gifted a copy and my review is voluntary...
Nicole
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice (2017) by Angie Dicken is a sweet and engaging novel that is part of the My Heart Belongs series published by Barbour Books. You do not have to have read any of the other books in this series to understand this book though. This book is very much a stand-alone novel. This novel comes in all forms including eBook, and is 258 pages in length. With a full-time job and a sick kid this week, this novel took me a week to read. I received a free re ...more
Chautona Havig
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate Utah: Leanna’s Choice gives the very deceptive appearance of yet just another “prairie bonnet” story. I mean, it has all the makings of it. Miners, Mormons, and schoolteachers. How cliche can you get? I began to regret requesting a review copy from Celebrate Lit.

But Angie Dicken didn’t “go there.” She took all those elements we’re so accustomed to seeing and gave us more from them. A rich story that kind of takes all the best of a Romeo and Juliet story (and I ad
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Amy
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have really been enjoying the My Heart Belongs series and Leanna’s Choice by Angie Dicken is the first novel I have read of hers. This is a story that runs deep with prejudice between Americans and the Greek immigrants. It seems this is a tired old sin that runs through history up into the present day. Taking place during the year 1910, immigrants are still trying to make their home in America. I appreciated the author’s historical background concerning the hostility against the Greeks, and th ...more
Winnie
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
The setting of this book in Castle Gate, Utah intrigued me, as did the subject and story line. Angie Dicken has written an interesting, thoughtful, and poignant story of the trials of Greek immigrants in America, and specifically as workers in the mining community of Castle Gate, Utah. She did a wonderful job of depicting the struggles and hardships they endured as they tried to adjust to life in a new land. Racial, religious, and other strife and prejudice is heart-wrenching, and it occurs far ...more
Rebecca
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
"This land of opportunity has its thorns . . . . we can either let them bend us to a meager existence . . . . or trample them to reach a greater potential."

Leanna McKee desperately wants to flee the mining town of Castle Gate, Utah where her husband died and all of her memories are filled with soot, grime, and gambling. Until employment opportunities open up elsewhere, she is confined to teaching Greek immigrant children in the local school; striking up a friendly acquaintance with the handsome
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Kayleigh
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Angie Dicken weaves a fascinating tale in Leanna’s Choice, the newest installment in the My Heart Belongs series from Barbour Publishing.
I was unfamiliar with both this series and the author when I was contacted regarding this book.
However, I was intrigued by the idea of a novel set in a turn-of-the-century mining town.
What I discovered was a sweet tale of second chances amid harsh circumstances.
This is a well-written story that is perfect for fans of inspirational and historical fiction.
For fu
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J.E. Grace
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah is a book of heartache, love, faith and times
when tensions ran high. It depicts the 1900's well, during a time of great prejudice
against anyone not born in the U.S.

The characters were well developed and the ongoing tension kept me on the edge of my
seat. The story was laced with struggles and great compromises. The ending took me by surprise
but I was pleased with how it turned out. An inspirational story of romance against all odds where traditions are hard t
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Christie
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I knew nothing about Greek immigrants prior to reading this book. Love learning about history while captivated by a good story. Looking forward to her next book.
LisLovesReading E.Espinoza
My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice, by Angie Dicken is truly an inspiring piece of historical fiction with a setting, characters, and themes that resonate with purpose and meaning. The detailed descriptions of the novel’s integral setting draw attention to the wondrous, natural beauty that is frequently found in Utah, a beauty that often stands in harsh contrast with the difficult realities faced by the settlers and immigrants who made the area their home more than a century ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
In this crazy world we live in, we all have a plan of how our life is going to be. Leanna had a plan. She married for love, followed her husband, and planned her future. But what happens when our plans don't work out? What happens when God has something else in mind for us? That is exactly what this story is about. Leanna became a widow at a young age. She had some difficult choices to make, not only regarding how to carry on after the loss of her husband, but where to live, work, and how to for ...more
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Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in Cambridgeshire, England. Now living in the U.S., she's an ACFW member, a blog contributor to the Writer's Alley, a baseball mom, and a self-proclaimed foodie. You can connect with her
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