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.
SERIES: My Heart Belongs
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Barbour Books
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2017
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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
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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What about you? If you lived in the 1800s, would you rather live in the frontier or in a city in the eastern US?