A Heart’s Disguise, by Colleen Coble, is the first in the Journey of the Heart series. This story is from Coble’s first series, including Where the Heart Leads and Plains of Promise, that haven’t been in print for nearly ten years. The Journey of the Heart series is to include six books in all.
This story begins with Sara Montgomery in Wabash, Indiana. With her very ill father and overbearing brother both attempting to persuade her to marry Ben Croftner, Sara decides it is time to put her feelings aside and accept his proposal in order to make everyone else happy. But when her former fiancé, Rand Campbell, returns home from war, she is shocked to learn that Ben knew of Rand’s imprisonment during the war and his stay in a hospital recovering, even though he told everyone Rand had died. She breaks off their engagement, but Rand is leaving for Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Sara refuses to leave her dying father to go with him.
I enjoyed this story, as I have enjoyed all of Coble’s novels. It is well told, and the characters have very real qualities. My only misgiving about this book is that it is very short, with the story ending at page 90. Apparently, this story is to be broken into six of these very short books. I would much prefer to get an entire book and read the story all at once. I felt like I had just opened the book when it was finished.
I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys reading novels in short installments.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.