Book Review (and a Giveaway!): My Heart Belongs In Fort Bliss Texas (Priscilla’s Reveille) by Erica Vetsch

January 30, 2017 Christian, Erica Vetsch, giveaway, historical, romance 50

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about the book

Introducing a new series of historical romances created for readers who love historical destinations.

Fashion artist Priscilla Hutchens has a grudge against the army that has ruined her family and taken the people she holds most dear. When her niece and nephew are left orphaned at Fort Bliss, Texas, she seeks custody of them immediately.

There is just one thing standing in the way – the post surgeon, Major Elliot Ryder, who also has a claim to the children.

Priscilla and Elliot will cross swords, but each will have to lay down arms if they are to find a lasting peace on which to form the family both are longing for.

Journey now to Fort Bliss in West Texas of 1874, where a battle is about to be waged between hearts.

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SERIES:  My Heart Belongs
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Barbour Books
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2017
PAGES: 256

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“The army would never take anything away from Priscilla again.”

Erica Vetsch can always be counted on to deliver great historical fiction – rich in fascinating history, swoony romance, vivid characters, and some sass and humor thrown in for good measure. My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille did not disappoint.

Combining frontier medicine (with a hunky doctor at the helm) with the rigors and tensions of a military fort is riveting enough. But then you add in a fashion conscious lady and two adorable twins at the center of a custody battle between East and West, and you have the recipe for a fantastic read.

Priscilla and Elliot don’t get off to the best of starts. This is after her arrival at the fort makes quite a splash… and more work for Elliot. Then, there’s the matter of the twins. And the tiny little fact that Priscilla hates everything about the Army. Needless to say, their road to “happily ever after” is – for a large stretch – uphill.

But ohhhhh … Elliot is too swoony to stay resistible for long.  And Priscilla turns out to be more than just a pretty figure. Although if he drags his feet about it, someone else waits in the wings eager to win her hand. (“Five good dogs.”)

I especially enjoyed the romance (of course) but the twins are all kinds of adorable. Tessa and Timothy steal your heart from their very first scene and take up permanent residence before much longer. A bevy of secondary and tertiary characters prove to be just as entertaining and dimensional, and I’d love to see more books about any number of them.

And the humor!!!! Oh my heart. Several scenes in Fort Bliss made me laugh out loud, while others had me giggling into the pages.  It endears you to the characters and the story all the more and really rounds out the plot nicely.  There are lots of tender moments in this book too… and some harrowing scenes … and some emotional ones … but the humor ties them all together in a way that leaves you smiling in spite of the occasional sadness.

As Vetsch is an admitted history geek, her novels always come meticulously researched and the history is worked seamlessly into the story. I learn so much from her books without feeling like I’ve been reading a textbook … but they often make me want to do even more research when I’m done reading.  That’s the history geek in me talking, too, by the way 😉

Bottom Line: You can never go wrong with an Erica Vetsch book, and My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille is a prime example of why you should be a fan if you’re not already.  Humor, history, and heart weave together with a captivating plot and a sweet (and also convicting) message of faith. Characters with whom you’ll fall in love, a setting you experience vicariously, and a reminder to trust God in all things … plus some fantastic chemistry and adorable children. It doesn’t get much better!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / Will forget to breathe

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about the author

Multi-published, best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and college basketball. She’s a transplanted Kansan now living in Minnesota, and she married her total opposite and soul mate! When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks. You can connect with her at her website, www.ericavetsch.com where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/EricaVetschAuthor/ where she spends way too much time!

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Erica Vetsch is giving away a copy of My Heart Belongs in Fort Bliss Texas: Priscilla’s Reveille to one of my readers – your choice of paperback (US only) or ebook. Comment on this review and then head over to my interview with Erica to claim FIVE extra entries on the Rafflecopter form!

What about you? If you lived in the 1800s, would you rather live in the frontier or in a city in the eastern US?

Carrie

50 Responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): My Heart Belongs In Fort Bliss Texas (Priscilla’s Reveille) by Erica Vetsch”

  1. Kim

    Sounds like another great book. I am putting this on my TBR mountain. You had me at “Tessa” – that’s my daughter’s name!

    If I lived in the 1800s I’d live wherever they had air conditioning! ?

  2. Dianne Casey

    Interesting review. Sounds like a great read. If I lived in the 1800’s, I would have lived to live in an Eastern city. Living on the Frontier was really a hard way of life.

  3. Gabrielle Meyer

    Another great review today, Carrie! You’re so right about Erica’s writing. Full of history, swoon-worthy romance, and lots of humor. She’s just as much fun in person, too. 🙂 I’ll be sure to share this review!!

    • Carrie

      yay! Thanks 🙂 And from the brief time I spent with her at ACFW i wholeheartedly agree 😀

  4. Andrea Stephens

    Carrie, I love your review! I’m so glad you liked this book as much as I did. I have yet to read anything from Erica Vetsch that I did not like. She writes great stories!

  5. Debbie Clatterbuck

    What a great review! Can’t wait to read this one! If I lived in the 1800’s I would have liked to live on the frontier and experience the thrill of discovering new things and new people.

  6. Erica Vetsch

    Thank you so much, Carrie! I am thrilled you enjoyed Priscilla and Elliot’s story…and those twins! 🙂

    I maintain that while I might like to visit the American frontier in the 1800’s, I would make a TERRIBLE pioneer. I don’t even like camping! My idea of camping is to play at the lake all day and then head to the Holiday Inn! 🙂

  7. Diane Wallace

    Sounds like an interesting book. I am not familiar with Erica’s books so thank you for the opportunity to win one ?

  8. Patty

    My given name is Priscilla , but not a soul calls me that . Not sure exactly where it came from but I have always been ‘Patty’.

    Adorable kids always add some fun to a story!

    • Carrie

      that’s not usually a nickname I associate with Priscilla… and now i’m really curious! LOL

  9. Winnie Thomas

    I’d have to choose the eastern city. I’m not much for roughing it. Of course, if I were married to my husband, I’m pretty sure we’d be on the frontier, since he loves adventure, horses, etc.

  10. Marilyn

    This is a book I want to read. Thank you for the informative interview.
    Marilyn

  11. Katie Donovan

    I’m definitely going to have to get me a copy of this one. The last one of Erica’s I read was the Cactus Creek one and I loved it!

    I think I would have to say city girl in this case. I’m definitely not one for roughing it!

  12. Arletta

    Maybe in the city? It wouldn’t be as lonely, especially during the long winters or when your nearest neighbour lives many miles away.

  13. carylkane

    Stellar review, Carrie! It I lived in the 1800’s, I’d want to live on the frontier. I do enjoy those wide open spaces. 🙂

  14. Pam K.

    I really enjoy Erica’s books; this looks like another great one. I don’t particularly like cities and haven’t ever visited the east, so I guess I’ll go with living on the frontier if I lived in the 1800’s. I think that’s about the time my ancestors came to Kansas anyway.

    • Carrie

      and Kansas would have lots of great activity on the frontier – you would never be bored 😀

  15. Lynne M Feuerstein

    Loved your review,too Carrie! Thank you for helping me decide which new 2017 release I want to get first .Love Erica’s books and this one sounds like a 5-star winner! As for where I’d live I admit I might be a bit of a softie and live in the city.I don’t think I’d be up to the frontier.

  16. Jennifer Hibdon

    Thanx for the review. Erica’s books are fantastik!!! In the 1800.s I would have lived in rural Mid,Michigan, outside Lansing, the state capital. My family settled there early in the century.

  17. Lisa Garrity

    I would be living in the frontier if I lived in the 1800s. Especially since Minnesota didn’t become a state until 1858! Good to hear that you’re also in MN, Erica! Are you in the metro or rural? I grew up in the southern rural part but now live in the Twin Cities with my husband and kids. Yet, I think I’ll always be a small town girl.?

  18. Susan

    Carrie, great review! This book has been added to my TBR lust, I would love to win.

  19. Karen

    I would want to live on the frontier being a Texas gal. My son met his wife in El Paso where he is stationed at Ft. Bliss. She grew up there and they met at a party. They have been married 6 years. Our first grandbaby will be born on Ft. Bliss in March. We can’t wit to go visit. I am so looking forward to reading this book.

  20. Carrie Fancett Pagels

    Great review, Carrie! I am so excited that Erica’s amazing book has launched the My Heart Belongs line from Barbour Publishing! Thanks so much for including my beautiful cover from My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island! I’m looking forward to reading Erica’s novel soon, especially after this amazing review! Those pesky deadlines get in the way of some of my book dates! Blessings!

    • Carrie

      It will be worth the wait! As will your book – looking forward to that one 😀

  21. Brenda Murphree

    I would have loved the Frontier but I think I would have had to have lots of help with all the stuff they did to survive. But…
    I’m actually glad I’m living in this day because we have modern medicine, air conditioning and good heat.

  22. Brenda W

    I would prefer to live on the frontier in the 1800’s. And even now….
    There would have been so many new and interesting things to learn that were not in cities.
    That book sounds really good.