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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Lady in Defiance - Romance in the Rockies Book 1 - Heather Blanton

When God leads three sisters to a town called Defiance, they had no idea how He would use them to shine His light in the darkest of places. 

"Naomi found it mind-boggling and quite humbling what God could do if you let him."
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About the Book
Charles McIntyre is the founder of Defiance, a town riddled with lust and drunkenness. He is determined to clean up the town so that the railroad will lay tracks there. The only problem is, he has forgotten what it takes to be a man of honor. Recently widowed Mrs. Naomi Miller and her two sisters, Hannah and Rebecca, know that they were led to Defiance by God. Intent on opening a respectable hotel,
they face challenges that they have been unprepared for. Following the Lord's lead...and sometimes that of a feisty personality, the sisters aim to earn a decent reputation in the town and share the love of God with those around them. Showing them that no one is perfect, and that our Heavenly Father loves us no matter our past. Repentance and salvation is available to us all. Will Naomi be able to see past the sins of the man and see his heart? With more than one disreputable man in town, will the sisters remain safe? 

My Thoughts
First of all...I know...I went a little crazy with the quotes! But there are sooo many good ones! I have not read many books that so blatantly show us the black and white of sin and salvation.  There is a lot of language referencing the work of the prostitutes in the story. But I do not feel that the profession was glamorized at all, far from it. There is a lot of reference to the prostitutes' low cut dresses and ogling of the females in general by the men. But as the sisters remain pure, their attitudes and behavior rubs off on those around them. Giving us a perfect example of being in the world but not of it. They held firm to their beliefs and were not swayed by the godless world around them. And through them God brought a change to the town and the occupants. While this is not a book I would recommend for young readers, I never felt uncomfortable reading this and I am planning on reading the rest of the series. I would also like to honor Heather for writing what she was called to write. She shares the true grit of the west with the pure love and acceptance of our Lord Jesus Christ.  

My Rating
☆ - You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you. (More Info)



Published by Rivulet Publishing. I received a free digital copy of A Lady in Defiance in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. 

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About the Author



"I believe Christian fiction should be messy and gritty, because the human condition is ... and God loves us anyway." 
Heather Blanton


Heather Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies.

A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher and skillfully weaves truth in among the fictional story lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw's note in her hand.

She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!

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Also by Heather Blanton
Hearts in Defiance
Romance in the Rockies - Book 2 

MEN MAKE MISTAKES. GOD WILL FORGIVE THEM. WILL THEIR WOMEN?

Gritty and realistic, this is the story of real life and real faith in Defiance.

The sequel to the highly acclaimed, best-selling western romance A Lady in Defiance!

Find out more - Amazon





A Promise in Defiance
Romance in the Rockies - Book 3

CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES … EVEN FOR THE REDEEMED.

One thing is for certain: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap … and the harvest is at hand.

A Promise in Defiance comes out June 22, 2016!
Find out more - Amazon

9 comments:

Diane Estrella said...

Awesome review! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. LOVE the quotes you picked out and made. :)

Connie White said...

I read your comments about your changed rating system, or how you have decided to rate them. This is a great article, but I must respectfully disagree 100 % about your 4 stars. So many have given it 5 stars because it is in our very top favorite books ever. And, IMHO, Hearts in Defiance takes this story to even greater heights. It would deserve 6 stars if possible, and I bet I will say the same for A Promise in Defiance coming out June 22. It is such a great story and series that Heather was asked by a big time Ex. Producer of a hit TV show to write the script over, A Lady in Defiance. She now has several Producers reading it. We pray very hard it will be made into a TV series or series of TV movies to be a fantastic family Western drama and also serve as a mission role to all who view it about the love, grace, forgiveness and ability to give yourself to Chirst who will literally change your life like he does with some very rough and gritty people in this series. Thank you for interviewing Heather and giving her a chance to tell the deeper meanings of this book and this series.

Rachel Dixon said...

Thank you so much Diane!

Rachel Dixon said...

Thank you for stopping by Connie! I would LOVE to watch a TV show of Defiance! That is so exciting!!!

Carrie said...

oooo yay! I'm getting ready to read this one soon! Love the red pepper meme haha!

Rachel Dixon said...

Lol thank you! :-D I have way too much fun making these!

Heather Blanton said...

And thank you for having me, Rachel. I surely appreciate your kind words!

Heather Blanton said...

Connie is a great cheerleader! If this comes to pass, I will have a big party and put her at the head of my table. Her support never wavers!

Heather Blanton said...

Thank you, Carrie. Hope you like it. I'll be releasing teasers over at Wattpad starting in June. Just dribs and drabs. Little teasers. :)