Book Review: A Heart’s Disguise

26 Mar

10341xIn the celebratory mood of the recently-ended Civil War, Sarah discovers her betrothed has been keeping a devastating secret.

While the tiny town of Wabash, Indiana, celebrates the end of the fighting, Sara Montgomery attends the parties, but inside she’s fighting a deep sadness. The love of Sara’s life, Rand Campbell, didn’t come back from the front.

So her brother and ailing father persuade her to pledge herself to another man—despite her misgivings. When Sarah finds out that Rand is in fact alive—and that her fiancé Ben Croftner knew it—she indignantly breaks off their engagement.

Croftner doesn’t take rejection lightly—and a single woman with a sick father makes an easy target. He abducts Sarah, his intentions anything but honorable. Then Rand comes to her aid . . . only to reveal that he has been posted at Fort Laramie, Wyoming, and asks her to go with him as his wife.

Will Sarah leave her dying father’s side for the only man she’s ever loved? And what plans are forming in the jealous heart of Ben Croftner?


colleen-coble-headshot-smallBest-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.


My Impressions:

Colleen Coble’s A Heart’s Disguise is the first installment in a 6-part serialized novel. Originally published years ago, the series is being offered after ten years of being out-of-print. Filled with what fans of Coble have come to expect — well-researched historical details, well-developed characters and a decidedly romantic thread, A Heart’s Disguise is a quick read sure to whet your appetite for more.

Sarah Montgomery has been mourning her fiance’s death since the end of the Civil War 5 moths before. Determined to please her family, she agrees to marry another, although she does not love him. But Ben holds some deep secrets and conceals a heart full of menace.

A Heart’s Disguise is the perfect read for those looking for a well-written historical romance. At just 90 pages, it is indeed a very quick read. And because this collection is serialized, you have a definite to be continued ending. But this 6-part series will have one installment released per month, so book 2, A Heart’s Obsession, will be released shortly. If you have a hard time waiting, you can always buy all six when the last is released. (There will be a full 6 book Kindle version available in September.) But I dare you to wait! I am reviewing all 6 books as they are released — cannot wait to find out just what happens!

With sweet romance, dastardly villains and a spirit of adventure, A Heart’s Disguise is a recommended read.


Audience: older teens to adults. 

(Thanks to LitFuse and Thomas Nelson for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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One Response to “Book Review: A Heart’s Disguise”


  1. Book Review: A Heart’s Obsession | BY THE BOOK - April 27, 2015

    […] changing allegiances and love lost. (You can read my review of book 1, A Heart’s Disguise HERE.) As the action shifts from Wabash, Indiana to Fort Laramie, Wyoming deep in the heart of Indian […]


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