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Do Not Forsake Me: A heartwarming and…

Do Not Forsake Me: A heartwarming and powerfully moving western historical…

by Rosanne Bittner

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I tend to get attached to some of the greatest fictional characters I read about and Jake and Miranda Harkner is a couple I hated to say goodbye to after I was done with ‘Outlaw Hearts’. Lucky for me that their story continues in this sequel!

If you haven’t read the first book in which this couple met, don’t fret too much (although if I were you, I’d be getting it because it really was a wonderful beginning to their romance), because the author wrote this story so well you’ll be catching up on all their history soon enough.

I must say that what I liked the best about this story and our main protagonists is the way we were invited into their marriage. Not many authors are willing to take their readers on this trip through a life well lived and showing us what a marriage really means.

Seriously (besides “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon), there aren’t many saga’s out there delving into the lives of middle aged heroes and heroines, so once you stumble on such a story, you just have to read it, especially if you’re my “middle age” ;)

If you’re into Western romance, complex and strong characters and plenty of action and danger, this is a must read for you.

Melanie for b2b

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  bookworm2bookworm | Mar 30, 2017 |
Do Not Forsake Me continues off two years after “Outlaw Hearts” we have seen in the previous story this beautiful epic love that Jake and Miranda have built and strengthened. But their challenges are not over in Do Not Forsake Me . They will be faced with new challenges. Jake is a U.S. Marshall along with his son, Miranda is keeping a secret about her health from Jake, Jake and Miranda’s daughter and her husband’s lives are about to be tested, we meet more of the ‘grandkids’ (and boy were they all entertaining, so lively and they have both Jake and Miranda in them, we see Jake struggle with his past once again, and see him struggle more in this story than the last one. We also get the same amount of emotional display as we saw in Outlaw Hearts and did this one put me through the ringer, in fact probably more so than the first book –which is saying quite a bit. There are many moments in this book that just broke me down in tears, and I don’t want to reveal too much, but I will say that they are powerfully moving and make you think about what is really important in life. This story gives us insights into our own beliefs and desires for life and love. We see how love truly can heal us even from the deepest of wounds, wounds most people never see unless we let them see. I found myself constantly moved by Jake and Miranda’s love for each other, even their children’s relationships with their spouses were deeply motivating. Now I do want to mention one aspect, you can read this as a stand alone, the author gives enough background information you won’t get lost, however I highly recommend you read the first book before this one. And I have my reason for saying that, because there are some things you won’t fully understand unless you read the first book, and this story won’t make as much of a impact unless you get the full story behind Jake and Miranda and what makes them so special. I will say this, if I had to choose one couple, these two would win hands down…NO CONTEST!! They won my heart from the beginning, and after Do Not Forsake Me I was shown how strong their bond is to each other, and there are times when they are separated and that doesn’t keep them from growing together, it actually proves them in a way that magnifies what they have. So if you love historical romance, or a passionate love story this one is a must for you!! ( )
  addictofromance | Jul 9, 2015 |
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When outlaws from Jake Harkner's past come to seek revenge, he risks losing the one woman who saw past his hard exterior to the man inside.

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