Sunday, March 1, 2020

The Heart's Stronghold: 4 Historical Stories by Amanda Barratt, Angie Dicken, Gabrielle Meyer, Kimberley Woodhouse

Love on the Edge of the Unknown

Join four brave women making their mark on history at Colonial forts. Faced with tragedy and distrust they will fight to bring civility, family, and love to the frontier.

Virginia Company Bride by Gabrielle Meyer
James Fort at Jamestown, Virginia, 1608
In September 1608, Anne Burras is the only woman in Jamestown when her mistress dies upon arrival. Laborer John Layton is one of only thirty-eight colonists who survived the first year in the colony. Both want Anne on the supply ship returning to England in three months, but neither foresee the difficulties they will face just to stay alive—or the painful sacrifices they will make to stay together.

Embers of Hope by Kimberley Woodhouse
Castle Island, Massachusetts, 1674
Castle William (which would eventually become Fort Independence)
With Castle William burned to ashes, a stone mason’s daughter is the only woman on an island of soldiers. But superstitions and rumors abound that she is bad luck for the island. The captain finds himself falling in love with her, but disaster seems to strike every time they make headway. Can these two find love and hope in the midst of the ashes?

A Treaty of Tulips by Angie Dicken
Fort Burnet in Upstate New York, 1740
Daughter of a Dutch trader, Sabine Van Der Berg is loyal to their land at the trading post and also to her friends, the native Iroquois. When a British lieutenant arrives to expand the post to a fort, not only is Sabine key in keeping the peace for British-Iroquois trade, but she must protect her heart from a man who threatens the only way of life she’s ever known.

A Promise for Tomorrow by Amanda Barratt
Fort Boonesborough, Kentucky, 1778
Pregnant widow Rosina Whiting seeks shelter at Fort Boonesborough after a harrowing journey. She doesn’t expect her heart to be swayed by enigmatic frontiersman Captain Silas Longridge. But will the dangers that await sever their newfound love?


About The Authors

Amanda Barratt

From my early teens, I’ve wanted to be an author. I’ve always loved books—fresh new paper, shiny covers, and the ability to escape into fictional lives. But my road to becoming published was paved with doubt, rejections, and hours of darkness. I completed hundreds of pages as I wrote and searched, before becoming contracted for my first novella in 2014. I’m so grateful to God for giving this small-town girl the opportunity to use her words for His glory.
I love books that linger in the heart long after the last page, vintage coffee shops, museums that whisper of future stories, and time spent growing closer to family and friends. And I love my readers! People like you who take the time to stop by and connect.


Angie Dicken

Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in Cambridgeshire, England. Now living in the U.S., she's an ACFW member, a blog contributor to the Writer's Alley, a baseball mom, and a self-proclaimed foodie. You can connect with her
on social media and learn about upcoming releases at

Gabrielle Meyer

Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four young children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people and events. She can be found on her personal blog at, or her group blog,, where she writes about her passion for history, Minnesota, and her faith.

Kimberley Woodhouse 

is tKimberley Woodhouse is the best-selling author of more than twenty books who loves the JOY of story. A lover of history and research, she often gets sucked into the past and then her husband has to lure her out with chocolate. She's spoken to more than 800,000 people at more than 2,000 venues and has taught the craft of writing around the country. Married to the love of her life for twenty-five plus years, she makes her home in Montana. You can connect with Kimberley at:

My Review

This read consisted on four novellas with a time period spanning from 1608 to 1778, and focuses on the founders of our Great Country.
We are given a sweet romance in each of these locations, but we also get to walk in the shoes of these people who gave so much, and didn’t have easy lives.
From the Virginia Colony, where we ended up with the gift of the first child born in this Country, to the building of what would become Fort Independence in Massachusetts, to enlarging of Fort Oswego, a place near me and I have visited, and finally Fort Boonesborough, with Daniel Boone present!
As we journey with these individuals, we see the contributions and sacrifices these patriots made for us. The common thread in all of these reads is a love of God.

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Barbour, and was not required to give a positive revie

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