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Heart's Journey by Kristen McKendry
Adventure is in her blood, so when wealthy eighteen-year-old Rachel Hamilton’s treasure-hunting father disappears in the wilderness of British Columbia, she considers only one course of action: she will embark on a quest to find him. But for a well-bred woman with little understanding of the world beyond her upper-class existence, the harsh realities of the trail quickly become apparent. Woefully unprepared for the hardships of crossing a wild and unsettled continent, Rachel is hungry, lost, and distraught when handsome frontiersman Peter finds her in the middle of nowhere. Taking pity on the castaway, Peter promises to escort her to the safety of civilization. Little does he realize he’s taking on a naïve and foolishly brave girl who will test the limits of his patience. But he also discovers the same naïve girl will blossom into a strong, competent, and captivating woman as they undertake an epic journey that will forever alter both their lives.
I really enjoyed Heart's Journey. For the most part this isn't a fast paced novel, but that fit well with the pace of the journey across the country in the wilderness. Even with that in mind, it wasn't a slow read. I read as much as I could over a weekend, and stayed up entirely too late trying to read "just a few more pages".
I really liked the characters. Rachel grew so much throughout the story, and I really liked who she became through everything she endured. I don't think that Peter really changed much throughout the story, but he didn't need to. His heart was opened a bit as the story progressed, but time and time again the reader was shown his goodness, and selflessness. There were some minor characters who added quite a bit to the story as well.
I'm a fan of historical fiction and I enjoyed reading about the different situations in crossing Canada, the interactions with travelers, settlers, and natives.
I wanted a little more near the end, but the epilogue tied things up nicely. This is a clean story, with an enjoyable romance. I would read more by this author.
I've got to admit that this story wasn't my cup of tea. I'm wondering if it's because I'm judging it from a previous book I've read by this author. I read Garden Plot of hers, and it's funny and entertaining with a mystery thrown in. Maybe I was expecting something like that, and if I was focusing more on the fact I was reading a historical novel I might have enjoyed it more. It was just a little too slow for me.
I enjoyed the growth that Rachel went through. I enjoyed her the whole book, even though you could tell she was really naive and inexperienced at the beginning. I thought she acted her age very well, and wasn't written to have a more mature personality than would normally be the case.
While I liked Peter, I didn't necessarily like him for Rachel. Don't get me wrong, he has great qualities and was very nice and thoughtful towards her, but with all the lecturing he took on more of a dad role than a romance role. Since his character is more "the strong silent" type we didn't get to see a lot of what changed in him towards Rachel.
The pace of the book matches the journey they went through, but I think I was hoping for more....more action or something.
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Title: Heart's Journey
Author: Kristen McKendry
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Published: September 2015
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for a review.
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