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Heart of the Frontier by Brittany Larsen, Jen Geigle Johnson, Jennie Hansen, and Carolyn Twede Frank | #BookReview @covenant_books #NetGalley #HistoricalRomance

Four historical novellas about the struggles of moving west and finding love in a new and unexplored land.

Heart of the Frontier is a lovely collection of historical novellas set in the West of the United States.

Our thanks to Covenant and NetGalley for the advanced reader’s copy. 

Book Details

Print Length: 304 pages
Covenant Communications (July 1st 2021)

Book Description

Venture into the heart of the Wild West in this collection of four romantic novellas by some of your favorite best-selling authors.

“The Gamble” by Brittany Larsen
British aristocrat Thomas Clayborne anticipated a grand adventure in America—but what he imagined is a far cry from the rough-and-tumble reality. When his journey West brings a bold young woman into his life, will he risk everything for true love

“Celebration for Celia” by Carolyn Frank
Though Celia generally adores Fourth of July festivities, she finds herself weighed down by uncertainties that dim her anticipation of the holiday. Then fate brings into her life a dashing stranger who is determined to give Celia a celebration she’ll never forge

“Her Frontier Bandit” by Jen Johnson
When Rebecca and her physician father relocate to a frontier town in desperate need of a doctor, Rebecca believes it will be an opportunity to mend her recently broken heart. But she quickly realizes that no matter how far you run, true love always finds a way.

“Sagebrush Sally” by Jennie Hansen
English rose Sally is finding it difficult to bloom in the rugged wasteland of the West. But with two handsome cowboys vying for her affections, it seems that even amid cattle thieves and gunfights, the truest danger lies in losing her heart.

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The collection comprises four novellas: The Gamble by Brittany Larsen, Her Frontier Bandit by Jen Geigle Johnson, Sagebrush Sally by Jennie Hansen, and Celebration for Celia by Carolyn Twede Frank. All are new-to-me authors, and I truly enjoyed their stories.

The Gamble by Brittany Larsen

Sir Thomas Clayborne was the 4th son of a baron. After gambling away part of his heritage, he decided to immigrate to America and become a cattle baron.

The plan had two advantages: he would finally leave the shadow of his more prominent brothers, and; he would be able to court the beautiful Clara Howe, the daughter of the rancher who was guiding him in his investments.

His mind changed when Clara asked Tom to escort her friend Ella Merriweather from Boston to Cheyenne. Miss Merriweather did not have Clara’s height, gold locks, or refinement, but she had an intelligence (including business acumen) and a free spirit that enchanted Thomas.

The story was very romantic, and Ella was a wonderful heroine. Thomas had his flaws, but he recognized them and made efforts to improve and change.

Lovely Novella

Her Frontier Bandit by Jen Geigle Johnson

When Rebecca Bailey arrived in the west with her father, she was shocked by the lack of minimal comforts, the danger, and the absence of friends or society.

She was surprised to find out that the man she loved but refused to wed was living in the same end-of-the-world town and was actually a bandit!

I have to confess that I could not warm to Rebecca; she was a little passive for my taste. On the other hand, I loved Ray right from the start. He was so sweet and yet so strong and confident. I wish Ray’s situation had had a little more room to develop. 

I’m a fan of second-chance romances, and it was a sweet read.

Sagebush Sally by Jennie Hansen

Sally immigrated to Idaho from England and was homesick, living with her father at her uncle’s farm. The only good thing about her new situation was the two handsome cowboys who seemed interested in her: the lovely and helpful Marvin and the brave and friendly Gabe.

As the story progresses, the love triangle yields to a true adventure amidst the rocked terrain of the area involving a bobcat, a snake, a river crossing, and even some fighting with thieves.

It was very immersive, adventurous, and romantic. I loved it!

Celebration for Celia by Carolyn Twede Frank

This was such a delightful story!

Bruce was a man alone in the world. He was dirty and tired but could not stop himself from warning two sisters about the danger of rock sliding in the area they were visiting.

When a rock fell from the cliff, he jumped to save one of them and got severely hurt. Celia, the older sister, stayed with him while Sally went for help.

Taken to their ranch, Bruce fell in love with Celia and her whole family. Unfortunately, Celia was practically betrothed to a rich man from Boston and could not return his feelings.

Bruce is the loveliest of heroes. He was so loyal, kind, hard-working, and so committed to thank Celia and her family for taking him in and nurse him back to health.

Celia was so caring and compassionate. Her love for Bruce was pure and kind.

This is one of those stories that leave a smile on one’s face and brings light to one’s heart.

My favorite story in the book!

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Authors

Brittany Larsen

Brittany Larsen writes clean Contemporary Romance–mainly by “borrowing” plots from Jane Austen. She has aspirations to imitate other great authors, but for now is happy putting a modern spin on our favorite romances. Her books include,  Pride & Politics, Sense & Second Chances and The Matchmaker’s Match.  Her latest work, Wedding Belles, is a collaborative project with authors Melanie Jacobson, Jenny Proctor and Becca Wilhite.

Brittany lives in Orange County, California with her husband, three daughters, one dog, one cat, and various lizards said cat “lovingly” brings indoors for her.

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Jen Geigle Johnson

Jen Geigle Johnson once greeted an ancient turtle under the water by grabbing her fin. Other vital things to know: the sound a water-ski makes on glassy water and how to fall down steep moguls with grace. No mountain is too steep for her to climb, yet. During a study break date in college, she sat on top of a jeep’s roll bars up in the mountains and fell in love. She discovered her passion for England while kayaking on the Thames near London as a young teenager.

Now an award-winning author and mother of six, she loves to share bits of history that might otherwise be forgotten. Whether in Regency England, the French Revolution, or Colonial America, her romance novels are much like life is supposed to be: full of adventure. She is a member of the RWA, the SCBWI, and LDStorymakers. She is also the chair of the Lonestar.Ink writing conference.

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Jennie Hansen

Jennie Hansen graduated from Ricks College in Idaho, then Westminster College in Utah. She has been a freelance magazine writer, newspaper reporter, editor, and librarian.

Her published novels fall in several genre categories including romantic suspense, historical, and westerns.
She was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and has lived in Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

She has received numerous first and second place writing awards from the Utah and National Federation of Press Women and was the 1997 third place winner of the URWA Heart of the West Writers Contest. She also was a recipient of the Whitney Awards Lifetime Achievement Award for 2008.

Jennie and her husband live in Utah. Their five children are all married and have provided them with thirteen grandchildren. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, and camping.


Carolyn Twede Frank

Carolyn Twede Frank grew up in Payson, Utah. Ever since elementary school she have loved to write. In junior high and high school she was on the newspaper staff.

In 2006, after having raised her five kids and growing her business to a point of being viable to sell, She rediscovered her love of writing. She has since sold her manufacturing business spends a good portion of her time writing, or helping her grandkids and her garden grow. She lives in Kaysville, Utah.

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