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When Two Hearts Meet (Colorado Runaway Series)

by Janelle Mowery

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Rachel Garrett ("She was a mixture of sass, sincerity, determination, kindness, fun, and intelligence") is a nurse who has come to the Colorado Territory in 1874 to help the doctor in the town. She quickly comes to be a big help and falls in love with the town and its people. But the deputy sheriff, Luke Mason, and her didn't get off to a great start. It will take awhile for Rachel to break down the wall around his heart. Luke turned his back on God when his father was killed, and will find peace with God through all that happens in this story. Rachel will find herself in need of Luke's protection many times in this story. There will be shootings, kidnapping, fear and danger all rolled up into this adventurous western romance.

This could be read as a stand alone, but I always enjoy reading them in the order they were written, so I don't miss out on any of the background of the other characters in this story. There were a couple of great moments in conversation during this story that I loved, one being the counseling advice that Pastor Robbins gave Luke; here are just a few glimpses of that conversation:
"Life is neither fair nor easy, Luke. The Bible tells us that over and over. God's own Son wasn't treated fairly while He was here on earth. But God's will is perfect, even when it's painful and difficult for us to endure." "God doesn't always offer a way out of our difficulties, but He helps us through them." "Sometimes you may never know the reason for a difficulty until you're with the Lord. But whatever the reason or problem, always trust that the Lord knows best and will get you through. He'll never give you more than you can bear."
Enjoy! ( )
  judyg54 | Mar 4, 2017 |
Rachel Garrett knows that relocating to Colorado in the late 1800s is going to be difficult. She doesn't know anyone there and the territory is quite a change of pace from her life back in Missouri. She knows that you can't really run away from problems, but she needed a change of scenery after being blamed for the death of a patient. She's barely had a chance to catch her breath from the ride into Rockdale and meet her new boss, Dr. Barnes, when she's enlisted to help in several home emergencies, including a home delivery and a sprained ankle. But disaster strikes on her third home visit when she finds a pregnant woman bleeding and near death. Regrettably the woman, after suffering her fourth miscarriage, dies shortly after Rachel arrives at the house. Rachel feels bad about the woman's death but knows that there was nothing she could do to stop it.

As Rachel settles into Rockland, she focuses on her job, finds a new church family, and begins to learn her new neighbors. As she begins to feel comfortable with her new life and work, she also helps Dr. and Mrs. Barnes with their two small children, as well as start a small Sunday School program for the kids at the church. Through all of her ups and downs in life Rachel turns to her faith to sustain her and prays that it will be all she needs in order to survive.

Luke Mason is a good deputy sheriff but he no longer attends church or believes in God. His mother is the church pianist and prays that Luke will return to the faith of his youth. As Luke tries to maintain law and order in his town, he witnesses the strength of Rachel's faith and finds it attractive, especially when it appears that her life may be endangered. Just when it seems like he knows who the culprit is, tragedy strikes. Can Luke survive losing someone else that he's grown attached to or will he be able to save Rachel from harm?

When Two Hearts Meet is a nice and fast-paced inspirational, historical romance. The characters are well developed and the action somewhat expected for a Western romance but realistic. The intrigue is primarily what kept my attention throughout as it appeared that Rachel might have numerous enemies and as soon as one was cornered, another would appear. Both Rachel and Luke gain lessons of faith, hope and love as their friendship slowly turns to romance. There aren't any steamy scenes, but Ms. Mowery has done an excellent job of providing a hopeful, happy-ever-after, inspirational romance. ( )
  BookDivasReads | Feb 8, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0736928103, Paperback)

Janelle Mowery (When All My Dreams Come True and When Love Gets in the Way) concludes her popular Colorado Runaway series with another adventurous story of faith, hope, and love in the Wild West.

Rachel Garrett finds that attaining her dream of becoming a nurse is fraught with peril. A deputy sheriff with a wall around his heart doesn't help matters, but when she learns why Luke Mason has barricaded his heart, her desire to heal confronts an even greater challenge. Her need of his protection from an unknown assailant might be the force that sends his wall crashing down around them.

Luke became a deputy in order to find the men who killed his father. He turns his back on God, only to run into the fiery Miss Garrett, who is a constant reminder of his lost faith. As Luke hunts for Rachel's attacker, he finds she has snared his heart. Faced with the fear of losing another loved one, he must decide whether he can learn to rely on God to save her--or run from the love both offer.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:22 -0400)

Rachel Garrett finds that attaining her dream of becoming a nurse is fraught with peril. A deputy sheriff with a wall around his heart doesn't help matters, but when she learns why Luke Mason has barricaded his heart, her desire to heal confronts an even greater challenge. Her need of his protection from an unknown assailant might be the force that sends his wall crashing down around them. Luke became a deputy in order to find the men who killed his father. He turns his back on God, only to run into the fiery Miss Garrett, who is a constant reminder of his lost faith. As Luke hunts for Rachel's attacker, he finds she has snared his heart. Faced with the fear of losing another loved one, he must decide whether he can learn to rely on God to save her -- or run from the love both offer.… (more)

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