Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart
Amber Stokes

Five bleeding hearts. One profound journey.

Summer 1886

Sally Clay's livelihood has been snatched away, but in its place arises an opportunity to escape from her sordid past and an unrelenting, unwanted suitor. Boarding a train with a heartsick rancher and an enigmatic miner, she leaves Virginia City behind and heads to Northern California, waiting for the chance to make right what went wrong three long years before.

But the road to revenge is far from smooth. Sally soon learns that the jagged pieces of a broken heart can far too easily wound the hearts of others - and hers isn't the only heart that's broken. Tragedy and fear dog her steps as she flees from the redwood forests to the high desert and back again. Will her bleeding heart ever find a way and a place to heal?

A desperate soiled dove. Three men who come to care for her. One man determined to claim her.

All on a journey that will show them what true love really involves.

Inspirational Historical Romance

My Review

Bleeding Heart by Amber Stokes is the tale of Sally Clay. She chased after her love, Jack, only to be left in the dust with no way back home. Thus, the innocent young girl became a soiled dove—a tavern girl. But there is hope for love yet. She sets off to find Jack again, with the help of Myghal and Joe. But will redemption ever come? Will broken hearts ever be healed? And will she find new love with one of her companions?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! There were so many ups and downs I could never figure out what would happen next! There was romance, danger, and so very many broken hearts that needed healing. It was also an excellent portrayal of the old west—the mining, logging, and railroads, as well as the ups and downs of living in the old west.
My only complaints would be the names. There were so many people’s names introduced in the very beginning that I could not keep track of who was who. I knew who the main characters and villains were, but the other names that only appeared in the main characters’ backstories were confusing. Also, at the beginning, I could not figure out where they were or where they were going! Eventually, I discovered that the Virginia City in the book was in Nevada, not Virginia as I had originally thought. If I had known that at the beginning, it would not have been so confusing! However, by the end of the book, all these problems were resolved completely. I would only have appreciated more clarity at the beginning.

Over all, though, Bleeding Hearts was an excellent book! I definitely recommend it! And guess what! the kindle version is only $0.99! Amazon

Things you should know: The main character is a prostitute, but there is absolutely no sex in the book. The villain lusts after Sally so much that he has to have her. Because of this, there is a little violence.


  1. Thank you so much for this encouraging review, Emily! I really appreciate you taking the time to read my book and review it. :) So glad you enjoyed it!

    Hopefully the prequel, Forget Me Not (coming this winter, Lord willing!), will clear up some of that name confusion. :) This is actually the sequel to the first book I wrote, but I ended up polishing and publishing this one first. It just seemed ready before I was ready to face editing and changing FMN.

    Thanks again, and looking forward to your post for the Love's Refuge blog tour!


    1. Thank you, Amber, for saying the review was encouraging, because that encourages me! I was a little afraid it would have the opposite affect.

      Anyway, I have been following you for some time, beginning with Anne Elisabeth Stengl's post this spring in her blog Tales of Goldstone Wood. You seem like a very nice young lady--about the same age as me also. I simply appreciate that you wrote this. Also, since I am a beginning blogger, this is the first time anyone has commented anything!

      So thank you.