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My Steadfast Heart MY STEADFAST HEART by Jo Goodman brings back memories of my favorite historical romance books of the 80s 90s, without too much of the bodice ripper attitudes that would seem overbearing to romance readers today.Why was this book in Dorine s TBR Jo Goodman is one of my favorite historical western romance writers I was curious how a different historical era would compare from this talented author, especially since it was written in 1997 Most books I loved back then don t stand the test of tim MY STEADFAST HEART by Jo Goodman brings back memories of my favorite historical romance books of the 80s 90s, without too much of the bodice ripper attitudes that would seem overbearing to romance readers today.Why was this book in Dorine s TBR Jo Goodman is one of my favorite historical western romance writers I was curious how a different historical era would compare from this talented author, especially since it was written in 1997 Most books I loved back then don t stand the test of time with my bossy self today I can t get past the men s attitudes toward women, as well as how women accepted their fate and loved the men anyways We ve come a long way surely describes my growth as a reader, as well as a woman.The Prologue seized me when three brothers are separated by the orphanage that takes them in after their parents death I love, love, love orphanage stories The first line, They came for the baby first, is the best first sentence I ve read in years It piqued my curiosity and I was in for the full ride from that moment The brothers stories are what grabbed me, but it was Colin and Mercedes predicaments that kept me reading.Colin grew up on a ship after leaving the orphanage and eventually became a captain He s known for his speed and he isn t surprised when someone wagers against him When the earl loses, he challenges Colin to a duel for cheating him Mercedes is the earl s poor relation and is convinced by his normal cruel methods to try to stop Colin from showing up at the duel location by any means possible.MY STEADFAST HEART has everything I love in a historical romance novel The children add a great dynamic to Mercedes s story, as well as warranting Colin s developing feelings for her and her family due to his own troubled past I loved their conflicts and how they resolved the problems they faced.The villains are extra nasty and added that creep factor that makes you root for Mercedes, hoping Colin will be the one to save her from her current life Mercedes seems weak at first, but her strengths help Colin in the end Colin wasn t always my favorite because he was a jerk to Mercedes, at first, but he ended up being the perfect man for her.I could tell this was an early Goodman novel because it s easy to recognize the 90s romances when comparing them to today s books There is an abundance of sexual encounters with some of the usual purple prose that makes me giggle It s not as riveting as her westerns, but it s muchriveting than other books written during this time I ve tried to go back and read my favorites without success I gobbled this book up without hesitation or feeling creeped out by the alpha male insensitivity It s good story telling and the series promises to be very intriguing with some unexpected heroes.I enthusiastically look forward to book two in the THORNE BROTHERS series The hero captured my curiosity, and I can t wait to see how Goodman redeems him MY STEADFAST HEART by Jo Goodman was a perfect choice from my TBR for our historical challenge It reminds me what I loved about those stories written in the 90s and made me realize there are still great books to discover that stand the test of time.Review by Dorine, courtesy of The Zest Quest Digital copy obtained for free from anKindle promotion Lady Mercedes Leyden fell in status after her father, the Earl of Weybourne, and mother were murdered She now acts as the governess poor relation to her cousins in her home Her uncle, the new earl, can only be described as criminally insane He sends Mercedes to an inn ALONE to speak to Colin Thorne, the man her uncle has challenged to a duel Mercedes is supposed to make sure the duel doesn t happen by persuading Colin to not show up Caring nothing for her welfare, the earl has instructed Me Lady Mercedes Leyden fell in status after her father, the Earl of Weybourne, and mother were murdered She now acts as the governess poor relation to her cousins in her home Her uncle, the new earl, can only be described as criminally insane He sends Mercedes to an inn ALONE to speak to Colin Thorne, the man her uncle has challenged to a duel Mercedes is supposed to make sure the duel doesn t happen by persuading Colin to not show up Caring nothing for her welfare, the earl has instructed Mercedes to give Colin her innocence if it will sway him and kill him if necessary What a coward Her uncle is a jackass Colin is also a survivor His parents were murdered by highway men in the same manner Lady Mercedes lost her family His two younger brothers were adopted shortly after they were placed in Cunnington s Workhouse for Foundlings and Orphans Colin has sworn an oath to find his brothers He also seeks to avenge his parents deaths As heroes and heroines go, neither Colin nor Mercedes would be at the top of my list Nevertheless, in a world full of romance books that recycle the same twenty tropes, their story is unique, and I found admirable qualities in each of them Mercedes is farcomplex than she needs to be Sometimes, I liked her Sometimes, I couldn t stand her The reasons why she did some of the things she did were not always clear to me At times, it seems like it would have been easier for her to be forthcoming with Colin, but I suppose she didn t know who she could trust Men hadn t exactly been honorable toward her Colin s character madesense to me Colin wanted what was his He was frank and didn t split hairs The only time I cringed was during the first sexual encounter It really seemed kind of rapey to me I don t like to see men take advantage of women I also don t like to see sex used as a means to subdue and control a woman This novel was fast paced and full of twists Jo Goodman is a talented writer who knows how to weave an interesting tale Once I began this book, I did not put it down until I finished it My Steadfast Heart is the first of three books about the Thorne Brothers After reading Colin s story, I look forward to learning about the fates of Decker and Greydon Thorne Jo Goodman is quickly becoming one of my go to authors for a great read This one was no exception That first chapter is a tear jerker as it sets up the boys future books Colin was the oldest and did his best to protect his brothers and he did to the point of starving himself Uniquely enough him finding his brother s isn t the focus of the book, the focus of the book is his and Mercedes relationship Colin Thorne, a ship s captain made a bet that he could do a Boston run in a certain number o Jo Goodman is quickly becoming one of my go to authors for a great read This one was no exception That first chapter is a tear jerker as it sets up the boys future books Colin was the oldest and did his best to protect his brothers and he did to the point of starving himself Uniquely enough him finding his brother s isn t the focus of the book, the focus of the book is his and Mercedes relationship Colin Thorne, a ship s captain made a bet that he could do a Boston run in a certain number of hours Mercedes s uncle bet against him and lost But we aren t talking just money, we are talking an entire estate Of course, not only would Mercedes lose her home, but so would 4 other children and too many others to count It becomes up to Mercedes to save everybody from the wicked Mr Thorne But is it her uncle s cruel threats and physical intimidation that makes her go to Thorne or something else I loved this book, because although there was constant threat to Mercedes in one form or another, the entire book was devoted to her and Colin falling in love and the focus very rarely strayed from that Colin was always her champion, whether she wanted him to be or not There were a lot of emotional twists and turns in this one, where you weren t sure who was in league with the bad guys and who was the good guy in disguise Colin did end up finding one brother and Decker and I wasn t really surprised at the ending on that aspect and thought it was a neat twist I am already reading Decker s book, I just couldn t resist Didn t read much of this one and mostly flipped through it, because I knew the I ve been abused train me to accept strangers for petting zoo trope and convoluted pirate hero with a soft spot for orphans and precious bundles, was thick an potent, but I will say for the LOLz, the children and twins attacking the big burly secondary hero is imprinted in my mind forever like some mini bar fight Pretty funnah Didn t read much of this one and mostly flipped through it, because I knew the I ve been abused train me to accept strangers for petting zoo trope and convoluted pirate hero with a soft spot for orphans and precious bundles, was thick an potent, but I will say for the LOLz, the children and twins attacking the big burly secondary hero is imprinted in my mind forever like some mini bar fight Pretty funnah This was a solid historical romance that had a really thick plot in fact, it was almost too thick I was ready for the story to end and I think at least 50 pages could have been chopped off and I would have enjoyed the story all thefor it.With that being said, I really did enjoy this book and it was well worth my time to read it But I wantedemotion from Colin and Mercedes They were both cautious and wary of trusting by nature, and that came across in their characters It made it This was a solid historical romance that had a really thick plot in fact, it was almost too thick I was ready for the story to end and I think at least 50 pages could have been chopped off and I would have enjoyed the story all thefor it.With that being said, I really did enjoy this book and it was well worth my time to read it But I wantedemotion from Colin and Mercedes They were both cautious and wary of trusting by nature, and that came across in their characters It made it difficult for me to fully connect with them This is a very intricate story with a lot of stuff going on in the sidelines and a lot of secondary characters that play a significant role in the story I personally loved Mercedes cousins especially the twins so their contribution to the story was enjoyable for me If you prefer a romance with H h front and center and together most of the time, then this isn t the book for you I will say the author kept me on my toes and kept surprising me withlayers to the complex history of the H h Kudos for that She also has a lovely writing style that is fluid and engaging Did not finish I kept finding myself saying, Huh , re reading a section, and remaining absolutely unenlightened For example, Mercedes a jarringly anachronistic name, particularly paired with her cousin, Britton lives with her uncle, who s in possession of the family estate because when Mercedes father died, the estate was entailed and couldn t be left to her Fair enough logical and plausible But then the uncle loses the estate in a wager, with no mention of how that might happen to an Did not finish I kept finding myself saying, Huh , re reading a section, and remaining absolutely unenlightened For example, Mercedes a jarringly anachronistic name, particularly paired with her cousin, Britton lives with her uncle, who s in possession of the family estate because when Mercedes father died, the estate was entailed and couldn t be left to her Fair enough logical and plausible But then the uncle loses the estate in a wager, with no mention of how that might happen to an entailed property Similarly, there s casual talk of the estate and title being destined for a cousin, because the uncle has decided his own eldest son, Britton, is actually not his son Now, I m not sure what the legalities of inheritance were at the time, but I m pretty confident that an earl can t disinherit his heir born in wedlock simply by saying it and that an entail couldn t easily be broken In fact, I think entails could only be broken with input from the heir which couldn t possibly be forthcoming when said heir is a young child Nor do I think it would be legal for someone claiming to have won an earl s property in a wager to simply move in after said earl goes missing After wasting far too much effort trying to twist the events into a logical plot, I realised that I really didn t care about any of the characters enough to finish the book This is a reissue of a 1997 book.While I wouldn t call this a light book by any means, it s a quicker, lighter read than many of Jo Goodman s other books The heroine, Mercedes has endured years of the truly awful abuse of her uncle and the creepy attentions of his friend when the hero appears Colin falls hard and fast for Mercedes, and much of the book is about how he proves himself to her As with all of Jo Goodman s books, this is well written, with strong, well developed characters I r This is a reissue of a 1997 book.While I wouldn t call this a light book by any means, it s a quicker, lighter read than many of Jo Goodman s other books The heroine, Mercedes has endured years of the truly awful abuse of her uncle and the creepy attentions of his friend when the hero appears Colin falls hard and fast for Mercedes, and much of the book is about how he proves himself to her As with all of Jo Goodman s books, this is well written, with strong, well developed characters I really liked both Colin and Mercedes So, while not as angst ridden as many Goodman books, My Steadfast Heart isn t a frothy, rainbows and puppies read, either It sof a settle into the couch for several hours when you won t be bothered sort of book Colin Thorne finds his way out of a London workhouse but at the cost of losing his two younger brothers With an uncertain future ahead of him, Colin makes seafaring his life until the inexorable pull of revenge draws him back to London The debt owed to him by the Earl of Weybourne will be paid Weybourne Park has been Mercedes Leydon s home her entire life Now serving as the estate s manager and caretaker of her uncle s two children, Mercedes knows the earl s frequent absences are what make Weybourne Park a home But the earl s gaming has taken its toll and she and her young cousins are faced with losing everything to a devil of a stranger calling in a debt that can t be paid Casting caution aside, Mercedes will make a new bargain with this devil If it s her soul he wants or her body she will give it to him and stake her own claim on his steadfast heart I found myself asking why the hero Colin found the heroine Mercedes attractive She did beats him over the head multiple times, ties him up, lies to him, and that s attractive Too many wtf moments and just way too much everything I totally skipped the loves scenes because they were written in real time Yeah, a hour of ahemIt just went on and on and on.The plot kept changing and the reason I read to the end was to find out who really done it I m not sure if I am going to both I found myself asking why the hero Colin found the heroine Mercedes attractive She did beats him over the head multiple times, ties him up, lies to him, and that s attractive Too many wtf moments and just way too much everything I totally skipped the loves scenes because they were written in real time Yeah, a hour of ahemIt just went on and on and on.The plot kept changing and the reason I read to the end was to find out who really done it I m not sure if I am going to bother picking up the next book in the series Colin Thorne s parents were murdered in a carriage attack when he was 8 in front of him No one comes forward to claim his brothers 5 mo and 4 or him at the work house They are split up with Colin going on a ship to America He becomes a clipper captain and very successful Thru a wager, he meets Mercedes Leydon, the niece of the man he has a duel scheduled with Mercedes runs the estate and tries to protect it and her four cousins from her vicious uncle He disappears before the duel, and Coli Colin Thorne s parents were murdered in a carriage attack when he was 8 in front of him No one comes forward to claim his brothers 5 mo and 4 or him at the work house They are split up with Colin going on a ship to America He becomes a clipper captain and very successful Thru a wager, he meets Mercedes Leydon, the niece of the man he has a duel scheduled with Mercedes runs the estate and tries to protect it and her four cousins from her vicious uncle He disappears before the duel, and Colin takes over the estate He and Mercedes become reluctant lovers and eventually fall in love and marry The real culprits are uncovered as are the murderers of both Mercedes and Colin s parents her uncle They also find his 4 year old brother Decker at the end, setting up a sequel


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