Thursday, February 5, 2015

Book Review-My Heart Stood Still By Lori Copeland

My Heart Stood Still
Lori Copeland
Harvest House Publishers

“My Heart Stood Still” by Lori Copeland is the sequel to “Sisters of Mercy Flats”.  Although you need not read the first book, after reading this one…you will want to read it!

The three lovely McDougal sisters, Amelia, Anne-Marie and Abigail were orphaned at an early age and raised by the mission nuns in Mercy Flats, Texas.  Although beautiful, these three sisters can pull a con so fast, the swindled won’t even realize it till long after the dust has settled.   As the story begins Anne-Marie and her sisters are in a jail wagon being transported to jail for a scam they pulled against A. J. Donavan.  Anne-Marie warned her sisters this may not be wise since Donavan was more intelligent than most of their marks.   Suddenly their wagon is being chased by Comanche Indians.  Out of no-where a large intimidating man lifted Anne-Marie onto his horse and rode for dear life to outrun the Comanche.   Her sisters had also been rescued but were taken in a different direction.  Anne-Marie was terrified to think of what would become of her and  them and wondered if they would ever see each other again.  Her savior and protector, Creed Walker a Crow Indian, delivers her to border town High Bluff, Texas  where he hopes she can find her way back to Mercy Flats, but she runs smack into A.J. Donavan, who immediately has her arrested and thrown into jail along with Creed simply because he was with her.   The sheriff who is corrupt holds a trial in the jail and sentences them to hang at sunrise.  John Quincy Adams, a black man arrives at the jail to again accuse Anne-Marie of stealing his Aunt Edna’s brooch…however it was all a farce to break Creed out of jail.  Unwilling to accept being left behind again, Anne-Marie jumped into the wagon with Creed and Quincy and left High Bluff in a trail of dust…only to find out they had stolen a wagon filled with gold as their get-a-way transportation….

The storyline of this book is filled with adventure and laughter. Three unlikely characters, a woman, an Indian and a black man, team up to right a wrong.  This story has so many twists and turns it will not only keep you turning the pages but will also keep you laughing.  Anne-Marie’s hair-brained ideas, more than once, will come in handy to save their lives and out-wit the outlaws that are following them.  The three sisters are not a bad lot and the swindles they pull are not for personal gain, but to help the mission.   One might say they are lady Robin Hoods.  Throughout all these events that take place Anne-Marie’s faith is challenged and she finally accepts God and His will.  However this is not a “preachy” type book.  I am a big fan of MS Copeland and enjoyed this book immensely.  If you like historical romance and suspense…please don’t miss this book.  It is highly entertaining and I wasn’t able to put it down once I started reading it.
Disclosure: I was given a pre-release copy of this eBook by the publisher, Harvest House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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