Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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U.S. Marshal Robert “Dent” Hernandez doesn’t want to be stuck in the town of Evergreen. He just wants to get back to hunting down the man who killed his father–whoever the killer is. But the arrival of the town’s lovely new schoolteacher, Amy Tate, puts a hitch in Dent’s plans in Hang Your Heart on Christmas by author Heather Blanton.
Here’s a gritty holiday tale if there ever was one. It’s got the danger and rough-edged intrigue of the West, but it still manages to be warm and sweet when it needs to be. I could feel for Dent in all of his social awkwardness, was most pulled in the closer he got to the crux of his soul-deep turmoil, felt a spark of pride for Amy the more she faced her fears–and was quite delighted to read of this heroine who loves books and wears spectacles. Whoo hoo for girls with glasses!
I found an inner conversation or two of Dent’s and Amy’s to be a little redundant but not uninteresting. And I was touched by the message central to the story, that there’s more to life than death. It makes the Christmas theme here all the more significant. And beautiful.
This novella has been a good helping of Christmas in July for me, and I’d recommend it to other lovers of Christian romance, particularly those who’d appreciate taking a little trip out West.