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The Man She Fears Is Her Only Chance For Survival . . .

All Christina Astle wants is to reach Oregon before her baby is born, but the wagon train is attacked, and her husband killed, stranding her in a mountain labyrinth. Raised in the East, within civilization’s embrace, survival is not a skill she’s learned. Neither is evading the lone warrior dogging her trail.

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Paperback, 282 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Prism Lux
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
In her latest book, Angela K. Couch has penned a layered romance with plenty of chemistry and tender emotion. The rugged historical backdrop sets the stage for an often harrowing journey to not just physical destinations but emotional ones as well. An engaging story that explores the love of mothers, fathers, and spouses... and the most important Love of all.
Janet Ferguson
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, fiction
This is my favorite story by this author. I loved the hero Towan. The history, survival, and overcoming the odds will keep you reading.
Janice Garey
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review Title: Unforgettable (review of Heart of the Warrior by Angela K. Couch)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars
This book surprises the reader with an a avalanche of emotional impact. The story is well plotted with an even pace leading to cliff hangers that keep the pages turning. The character development intrigues the reader as new information unfolds and requires action that reveals motives.
Although this historical fiction book contains a love story that constantly keeps the reader guess
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Susan
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Couch pens a multi-faceted story of survival and courage, of overcoming preconceived prejudices, finding acceptance and forgiveness. On her journey on the Oregon Trail, Christina loses her husband in an attack on members of their wagon train. Left stranded, and very pregnant, she must find the courage to survive. Can she trust the Indian warrior who trails her? Born to a white father and Shoshone mother, Towan is caught between worlds. Not only is this a journey of survival, it is a journey ...more
Sally
I realize it’s probably wrong to speak ill of the dead, but my first thought about this book was: who makes his wife travel across country while she’s pregnant? In a covered wagon? In 1859? I mean, we’re not talking speedy air travel here, or a luxury car. And then he leaves her in an attempt to play hero, alone with only a shotgun. Some things just don’t make sense. But Astle’s exit makes room for Towan’s entrance, so there is that.

Heart of a Warrior is a story about trusting the “other,” even
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Jane
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Westward expansion is an era that holds an interest for me. In Heart of a Warrior Angela Couch touches on events that often occurred during this time period - death of a spouse on the trail, rough white men posing as Indians while doing wrong, white women being taken into Native American villages and being treated kindly, descendents of a white/native union being treated poorly (sometimes by both people groups). The plot is well-thought out and pulls the reader into the story. Christina and Towa ...more
Courtney | Soul of a Librarian
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took me a bit to get into this one, but once I did, I couldn't put it down! It was so unpredictable. I fought the urge several times to flip to the back of the book just to make sure things turned out well.

I felt ALL of the emotions. I'm an emotional cheese puff, so this isn't unexpected. But man, this book put my heart through the wringer. Like I said, once I was invested, I was in for the long haul and the long haul is a journey, y'all.

Christina irritated me for much of the first half of th
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Sydney
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, arc-copy
In her latest historical novel, author Angela K. Couch has written an easy-to-read fun and sweet romance that readers will thoroughly enjoy. Readers will experience the adventures of surviving being on the trail, a kidnapping, and plenty of more adventure. And of course the tender romance is one that readers will sigh over. This is a story that will charm and touch the heart of readers at the turn of every page and is a perfect and easy quick read.

Genre: historical, romance
Publisher: Prism Lux
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Praise
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love historical fiction and that was my motivation to read this book. This is my first book by this author.
The courage and strength of Christina was so beautiful. She was suddenly thrown in unexpected circumstances and we see her struggle and how she pulled through. Towan was such a loving and inspirational character. He was tender and caring towards Christina and her son. Most of all, he chose to love like Christ.
The story is action packed and emotional.
I received a complimentary copy from
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Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I honestly did not know what to expect when I started reading this book. It was the title that caught my attention initially. But as I kept on reading, the book kept on drawing me in.
The characters were so relatable. At a particular point reading I shed some tears.
Christiana was thrown into situations she was never prepared for and she was hanging by a thread. But her inner strength and drive to survive and protect herself and her son in the most dire of situations was nothing short of courageo
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Sarah
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nineteenth-century historical fiction is and always has been my favorite genre, one which I never tire of reading. While much of the subject matter may remain similar, skillful authors will develop unique sets of circumstances and create enough nuances to set their stories apart. Angela Couch accomplishes this with her novel “Heart of a Warrior,” which is a tale of survival, romance, and faith in the Rocky Mountains in 1859. This is the first of her works that I have read, and it won’t be the la ...more
Abigail
Okay, I do not know how many times I need to say this, but I NEED more books in the Christian Fiction genre like this. I don't know why, but I absolutely love them to death. I honestly blame Spirit for my undeniable love for the Native American people. Every time I see that I have an opportunity to read a book about a white woman (or man) falling in love with a Native American, I immediately jump up and embrace the opportunity. But seriously if y'all have any recommendations with an interracial ...more
Kailey
Aug 04, 2020 rated it liked it
This one wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t my favorite either. I managed to read it in one day. Towan was the main reason that I stuck with this book and finished it. I did not like Christina. I liked the premise of this book, but having a main character that I didn’t care for made it hard to read. I really liked Towan and his mother.




I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Margaret Yelton
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heart of a Warrior by Angela Crouch was a new author for me, and I found the book to be very well written. The author was able to weave a storyline that kept me turning the pages. It was action packed, and was able at times to make me laugh outloud. I certainly would recommend this book to others.
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading the Heart of a Warrior by Angela K Couch. It was my first book by this author and I definitely look forward to reading more of her stories! It is a multi-layered story of survival, belonging, and faith.
I highly recommend this engaging historical fiction story, it kept me turning pages late into the night!
Brenda
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HEART OF A WARRIOR by Angela Couch
My first ever book by this author but oh my, it won’t be my last. I had tears all in my eyes when I was reading close to the end. A true warrior that made my heart beat faster. Towan was so tender with Christina and the baby. He really touched my heart. Not knowing where he belonged was hard. A book that made me want to read faster but yet I wanted to savor every word. I didn’t know if it would have a happy ending because I didn’t know this author’s writing. A
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Kendra Neal
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angela K. Couch is a new author for me and I wasn't sure what to expect in reading this book. I was pleasantly surprised how well the book is written. The Author has a GREAT writing style that keeps the reader enticed and interested in the book.

I really LOVED the Characters, Christina and Towan. Christina is truly a strong woman who fought through many battles that came her way. I really liked that characteristic in her, as she is raising a son and he will eventually see how strong she is and f
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Tammy
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a long time bookworm there are few books that grab my attention and I have that can't put down moment. Heart of a Warrior was one of these books from the very first page. I absolutely loved the story and found myself for both cheering for Towan and Christine and weeping at times. Because of this book, I found myself ordering her other books and devouring those as well. Read the story A Heart of a Warrior you will NOT be disappointed.
I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest
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Dee Wolters
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"Heart of a Warrior" by Angela K. Couch, book reivew

Christina has lived a sheltered privileged life, but longs for adventure.  So when Anthony captures her heart, she eagerly marries him and they set off on the Oregon Trail.  As the miles drag on, she becomes more uncomfortable than most, because she is pregnant, and longs to reach their new home before the baby arrives.  But tragedy strikes when Anthony is killed, and Christina is separated from the rest of the wagon train.

Towan is set on reven
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Melissa Dawn (pages.for.dawn)
From the very first sentence, I was captivated by the vividly painted scenery, dangers of the unknown, and the raw vulnerability as the characters navigated their own thoughts, fears, and the wilderness that surrounded the Oregon Trail. Heart of a Warrior was a beautifully crafted story of friendship, love, loss, and finding a place of belonging. Although this was my first book by Angela Couch, it definitely won’t be my last!

I received a free ebook copy of this book from the author / publisher i
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Kimmie
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I LOVE this cover!! Don’t you? It is what made me stop and look at the description! …. And I was hooked. I had never read anything by Angela K. Couch, but I enjoy finding new authors.

I so enjoyed the way Angela K. Couch described the characters and their surroundings, it was vividly done and was very well researched. I loved Towan, he is a total dream-worthy guy. Towan displayed courage, patience, and an overabundance of forgiveness. All the while struggling with knowing who he is and whom God
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Rebekah M
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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Shonda
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic characters that became part of me! This was so beautifully written, this book touched every part of my soul. The characters grew and matured into how they looked at the world, the many trials they endured only helped them. The author does a fabulous job of taking the reader on such a journey that you feel that you’ve lived a life time with these characters. This story will most certainly grab your emotions and won’t let go, pain and joy will squeeze your heart. Such a mesmerizing story ...more
Patti Stockdale
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Angela Couch masterfully weaves a rich tale of love and loss in her recent release. Heart of a Warrior is action-packed and balanced with tender moments from start to finish. I love how she explores how first impressions aren't always lasting impressions. I loved the book and highly recommend it.
Jerrye Bell
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Heart of a Warrior by Angela K. Couch

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Story Notes

Angela K. Couch presents readers with a story of sacrifice, survival and learning to love the most unexpected person.

Ms. Couch is a new to me author but one I would happily read more from very soon. I loved her way of creating a story that had both life, adventure and romance in equal measure. The characters were raw, real and sometimes very hurtful to each other bu
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Kaitlyn S.
The description of this book was intriguing to me — an Indian warrior, a sudden-made widow in the wilderness, a newborn babe . . . 


This book was definitely interesting! From the beginning it caught my attention, and it was hard to put down — I think I finished it in a day. The descriptions of the wilderness were filled with vivid imagery, and a picture was painted in my minds eye that let me “see” the characters. The raid, the hooligans and outlaws, the Indian village — all of it was so descript
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Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama
This was my first book by Angela Couch and it was spectacular! One of those stories I could not put down and finished it in a day and a half. I must admit that I am one of those people that get suckered into a book by the cover, despite telling myself "never judge a book by its cover" and sadly I did with this one and I'm so embarrassed about that because after all that's what this book is all about. For me judgement and biased opinions is the theme of this book. Don't get me wrong there is plen ...more
Danielle
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Heart of a Warrior by Angela K. Couch is an emotional story about a young widow’s survival when her wagon becomes separated from the rest of her wagon train along the Oregon Trail. A native man comes to her rescue and the clash of cultures weaves a captivating tale.

Christina Astle and her husband struggle to keep up with the wagon train because, as far along as she is in her pregnancy, travel has become difficult. When they hear shooting in the direction the wagons have gone, Christina’s husband
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Deba
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic read, grounding in its strength and awe inspiring in its depth. Set on the Oregon Trail in the 1859, this story has guts and heart as well as the depth and excitement necessary to satisfy any romance reader's palate. Besides the diverse characters of pioneering city folk, Trappers, Indians, and scoundrels, there is so much more that makes this story spectacular. It is filled with intense drama, deception, treachery, and romance. The detail of the characters and surroundings, ...more
Franki
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5stars

I enjoyed this book so much! It put me in mind of reading Jeanette Oke’s ‘Drums of Change’. Comparing someone to Jeanette Oke is about the highest praise that I can give!
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This was an exciting and engrossing narrative with vivid imagery and thoughtful insight into the motivation of Tawan and Christina.
It was uplifting to watch Tawan’s sacrificial patience change her heart and open her eyes to the unfair prejudices of her belief system. It brought tears to my eyes to experience
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Fascinated by history and in love with creating fiction, Angela K Couch has been lost in writing novels most of her life. As a passionate believer in Christ, she can't help her faith from permeating the stories she tells. Often her martial arts training, love of horses, and appreciation for good romance sneaks in there as well.

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