Item description for Defiant Heart (Westward Hearts Series #1) by Tracey Bateman...
Overview A first installment in a new trilogy finds a woman secretly joining a westbound wagon train with her two younger siblings in order to escape a cruel storekeeper, an effort that is challenged when the wagon master refuses to allow unmarried women on the trip. Original. 100,000 first printing.
In Book One of the Westward Hearts series, orphans Fannie Caldwell and her two young siblings have spent the last three years as indentured servants under a cruel master. Desperately wanting a better life for her brother and sister, Fannie devises a plan to secretly join a wagon train heading west. Her plan immediately runs into trouble when the handsome yet bullheaded wagon master Blake Tanner refuses to allow an unmarried woman on the train. But Fannie's determined--she'll escape and go west with or without help.
As life on the trail tests everyone's endurance and faith, Fannie soon realizes the perils of being a single woman on the frontier. Witnessing Fannie fending off one scare after another, Blake slowly recognizes how much he cares for this alluring young woman. Will Blake sacrifice his own dreams and guide Fannie to safety? Or will Fannie's stubborn independence keep her from finding true love?
Citations And Professional Reviews Defiant Heart (Westward Hearts Series #1) by Tracey Bateman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 05/01/2007 page 74
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Studio: Avon Inspire
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date May 8, 2007
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
Series Westward Hearts
Series Number 1
ISBN 0061246336 ISBN13 9780061246333
Availability 0 units.
More About Tracey Bateman
Tracey Batemanis an award-winning author of more than thirty books including Thirsty. She lives in Missouri with her husband and four children.
Tracey Bateman currently resides in the state of Missouri.
Tracey Bateman has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Defiant Heart (Westward Hearts Series #1)?
A nice western book Jan 9, 2010
The beginning of the story was very, very, very well written. I loved it!!! I just wish that the story would continue to the end like the beginning. But it was a nice read to the end. The writer presented the western life very well. The pictures were painted so realistic, that I could picture myself as a insider of it all. The writing was wonderful. I have grown to love specially the dialogues in the book. On the other hand, the book ended abruptly. I wish there would more to it. The other two books of the same series had nice written dialogues, but some events were too contrived to believe. But it is western after all. Also, I have predicted the endings right away after just finishing the first book of the series. (Each book ended with one kiss at the end) I do not like the books that end up like harlequin stories.
Great Characterization May 8, 2009
Bateman gives the reader real live characters set in the real pioneer movement west. Fannie Caldwell and her two younger siblings, orphaned and indentured to a pig of a man, planned for three years how they would escape their bondage. Fannie watches as wagon trains travel west through Hawkins, Kansas and makes her plans to join one of them. As perfect as her plan appears, when she and her siblings try to execute it, roadblocks stand in the way: a woman of the night from the saloon wants to go along, the stubborn wagon master won't allow Fannie to join his wagon train because she is not accompanied by a husband and her "owner" discovers her plan. The battle begins between the wagon master's stubbornness and Fannie's stubbornness that equals his. A spark of attraction slowly glows between Fannie and Blake. Numerous calamities get in the way of their love and the wagon train's progress to its Oregon destination. Bateman's characters will live on with you after you've finished the last page. A Good Read.
Excellent!!! Apr 23, 2008
It is a great romance, full of adventures and surprises. It has an excellent plot and very good characters. I highly recommend you to read it - It is a page-turner !!!
Very enjoyable western romance. Jan 10, 2008
This was an enjoyable western romance. The main character Fannie is very admirable for the way she tries to protect her siblings from the abusive man they worked for. The love story between her and Blake was so sweet and I love the wagon train setting. I'd highly reccomend this to fans of western romances.
Frontier Story Dec 10, 2007
Orphan Fannie Caldwell and her twin siblings are trapped in an indentured servant relationship with a cruel master. Fannie desperately wants a better life for her siblings and to escape the abuse they have endured. Fannie comes up with a plan to secretly join a wagon train heading west. Her plan runs into a snag called Blake Tanner the wagon master. Seems he has rules about allowing unmarried woman on the train. But Fannie's determined to leave her abusive situation. She has planned and saved for 2 years. Tonight was the night no matter what that wagon master said. She had to be set free.
Fannie had not thought long and hard about life on the frontier as a single woman. Life on the trail tests every part of Fannie's body and soul. Will the wagon master let her join the wagon train? Will she make the wagon's final destination Oregon or have to settle for some other town?
Will Blake sacrifice his own dreams and guide Fannie to safety? Or will Fannie's stubborn independent spirit keep her from finding peace and true love in her life? Get reading to find out the answers to these questions. I could see this as a TV movie special. I look forward to reading the rest of them.
This is not tje Chick lit book that Tracey has been know for. This is a serious story with humor in it. I really liked it. I look forward to the sequel.