A Heart’s Promise (Book Five of the Journey of the Heart Series), by Colleen Coble, is a short book that tells a big story. Opening in 1866, pregnant Emmie Croftner and her friends have arrived at Fort Phil Kearny in the Wyoming Territory. She bears a heavy secret. Thinking she was a widow, she had learned the man she thought had been her husband had actually been married to someone else. So, now she was no longer a widow-just pregnant. She fears that if she tells anyone they will think less of her. Isaac Liddle, a soldier at the fort, has fallen in love with Emmie. He wants to marry her and to be father to her child. Emmie wonders if she can ever trust any man. To further complicate Emmie’s life, she has made a promise of epic proportions to a close friend. In the event she has to keep her promise, she will not be able to have a chance of happiness with Isaac.
The author paints a vivid picture of how difficult life was for people living at the fort. Limited medical care, problems with the Indians and the harsh weather were constant hardships. Through it all, the Emmie and her friends support each other, no matter what, and she finally confides in them. Can she find the strength to tell Isaac her secrets?
I found this to be a well written story and I enjoyed reading it.
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