02 August 2016

Noela reviews A PROMISE IN DEFIANCE by Heather Blanton

A Promise in Defiance
A Promise in Defiance (Romance In the Rockies: Book 3)
Heather Blanton (June 22, 2016)

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****

Gripping, gutsy, and grace-filled

The worst of lawlessness and immorality encounter God and grace in ‘A Promise in Defiance’, resulting in a battle both spiritual and physical, and shaking the mining town of Defiance to its absolute core. This powerful story will rock you as well; with Heather Blanton putting the wild back into the Wild West and illustrating how although our choices may have serious consequences, there is always grace.

Just as Jonah from the Bible was unwilling to go to Ninevah, the former whiskey-drinking, fast-shooting Logan Tillane, dreaded returning to the ungodly town of Defiance. Not being able to ignore God’s directive any longer, Tillane blows back into town with a gun on his hip and a Bible in his grip, wondering if anyone will accept this reformed gunslinger turned preacher, and whether he can make a difference.

The town’s founder, Charles McIntyre, used to be power-hungry, immoral and violent. He’s now found God, a godly wife, and has cleaned up his town best as he can. But evil in the form of Delilah Goodnight, a striking but notorious madam, is in town and promises to bring Defiance to its knees. Delilah has a past grievance to avenge with Logan Tillane, and vows to destroy McIntyre when he tries to fight against her unashamed debauchery. However, Tillane and McIntyre’s pasts haunt them both and threaten to catch up to them. Will they and the town of Defiance survive the trouble that’s about to be unleashed upon them?

Grittier than your average historical, author Heather Blanton paints an accurate picture of the rough mining towns of the day with bold strokes of realism, creating a fast-paced, unpredictable, and utterly compelling experience in ‘A Promise in Defiance’. There were times this story was intensely poignant, but the love, faith, and courage portrayed by the incredible cast of complex characters in this series, is something that will stay with me always. A mind-blowing story. Highly recommended!
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You can find 'A PROMISE IN DEFIANCE' at these and other places: AMAZON; B&N; BAM

'A Promise in Defiance' can be read as a stand-alone book, but why not grab the first two books in the series featured above - 'A Lady in Defiance' and 'Hearts in Defiance'! These are some of the most powerful, romantic, exciting, and faith-filled stories you'll ever read!


GIVEAWAY: Heather Blanton is wanting to bless y'all! She is generously providing a paperback, an e-book, and an audiobook for giveaway!!! So THREE people who leave a comment below will each win one of these. Let me know which you'd prefer! 
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63 comments:

  1. A fabulously exciting review as always, NOELA! Love the phrase "with a gun on his hip and a Bible in his grip." Classic. I'm not a western genre lover per se, but this one sounds like a winner!

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    1. Thanks Diana! :) I truly don't think I can extol this book and this series enough. You should definitely give it a read Diana!

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  2. Noela, I am bowled over! It still amazes me to this day that God has given me this gift and it actually works sometimes! LOL. The research for this one was dark and I wondered about the real Delilah. There is no evidence she ever found redemption. I like to think my version does!

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    1. Oh no doubt you have an amazing gift from God, Heather, and it's in fine working order!! :) You know, my eyes were opened (rather wide) to a few things while reading this story and I had to go research a little on the real Delilah. I had no idea things like that actually went on back in those times! So glad you enjoyed the review. If I could have written more I would have talked more about the incredible cast of characters in A Promise of Defiance. But then you'd be reading a novel about your novel. ;)

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  3. Noela , I have not read anything by this author , but this one sounds really good . I would love to win either the book or the ebook . Thank you
    lizd225 ( at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Elizabeth, this series is AMAZING!! I hope you get to read them because I know you'll love them all. All the best!!

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  4. I love this storyline and it's a western!
    Book or ebook!
    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. Gotta love those westerns huh Melody! :) No one quite does them like Heather Blanton, either!

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  5. Wonderful review, Noela - thank you!! 'A Promise in Defiance' sounds like a super exciting, emotional, faith-filled read - looking forward to reading it!! Many thanks to Heather for blessing our commenters with 3 fabulous giveaways!!

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    1. Thanks Bonnie. It's all what you said, and more! :) Yes, a big thanks to Heather for blessing our readers with the giveaways!!

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  6. Wonderful review Noela.


    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Oops, forgot to mention that I have read the first book, A Lady in Defiance and have the second book, Hearts in Defiance on my TBR list...
      Blessings,Tina

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    2. Thank you Tina! Having read A Lady in Defiance, you would know how brilliant this series of books are, then! Definitely worthy of all TBR lists! :) All the best!

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    3. Tina, I hope I live up to the image Noela has painted in this great review! Thank you for getting my books!

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  7. Well I loved the first two books in this series, so I am very sure I would love this one!! I would be very happy to win a paperback copy but I'm sure I would be enjoy any copy...lol. Wonderful review, Noela!
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much Betti, and yes I'm sure you'd love this one too! Not as much romance in this one, and I wouldn't normally say this, but the story truly doesn't need it to keep your attention riveted!

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    2. Yes, this story is a bit more character driven. That is good and bad. :)

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  8. What a great sounding book and wonderful cover! I would love to read it so I am going with the paperback. Thank you for the opportunity. Have a great day! mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Ohh isn't that cover gorgeous, Melanie?!! I aim to get all these in paperback one day, too, to 'grace' my bookshelves! :) All the best!

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    2. Did I mention to you guys the cover was nominated for an award at another blog? That makes me happy. I love my designer.

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    3. I saw one of them, Heather, and voted! Hope you win!! Your designer is a keeper!

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  9. The entire series sounds fabulous.

    INT, so e-book would be great thank you.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. It's an incredible series for sure, Mary! I really hope you get to read them!!

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    2. Mary, thank you so much for reading!

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  10. Wow! Thank you for a great review, Noela! A Promise in Defiance sounds like an amazing book. I'd love to win it. alexaverde7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Why thank you Alexa! :) It truly is a memorable, and amazing book. All the best with your entry, Alexa!

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    2. Alexa, I like to think it is amazing. LOL! Thanks for checking out the review by the fabulous Ms. Noela.

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  11. Thank you for the chance to win. Great interview, Noela. I prefer the paperback if I would win. God bless.
    leliamae54@aol.com

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    1. Our pleasure, Lucy, thanks so much for coming by to read about Heather's amazing new book! Bless you!

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    2. Boy would I love this book! Loved the first two in this series, I got so caught up in the characters that I could not put the first book down and before I finished the first one I had to buy the second one. I really enjoy reading Heather Blanton books and if I don't win I will definitely be buying this one. Can't wait to find out what is going on in Defiance!!!

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    3. They're like that, aren't they Faith! :) Have fun reading the 3rd when you can, and all the more fun if you win! :)

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    4. Lucy, and Faith, thank you for the kind words! And thank you for stopping by!

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  12. Thanks Noela for another great review! You're always the go to girl for interesting new CF books! Thanks,also to Heather Blanton for this series,and for the giveaway! Would like the paperback or audiobook. lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Aww thanks for that, Lynne!! You're the best! Here's hoping for a win for you of Heather's amazing book! :)

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    2. Yes, Lynne, I tend to like Noela's taste too! LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Thanks for the opportunity e-book or audiobook.

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    1. Thanks for coming by to read about A Promise in Defiance, Amy!

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    2. And thank you for stopping by, Amy!

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  14. This is a great review for a truly wonderful book full of historical details, fast action, unique characters and profound truths. The entire series is excellent. I hope this book draws many new readers in for you, Heather. Of course, I love all your characters you have written about from Book One, A Lady in Defiance, but I really love the new character of Logan Tillane!

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    1. Aww Logan... He was an amazing guy wasn't he?! Loved him, and Emilio, AND McIntyre! The ladies were pretty cool too, except for Miss Delilah. She was a bit messed up, but there's hope and grace for us all, right? Thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts, Connie!

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    2. Oh, Connie, I guess we could talk all day about Logan. LOL! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you make this blog a regular stop!

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  15. I just finished A Lady in Defiance and I think it's a great story! I'm looking forward to reading the next two books. I read all three formats.
    may_dayzee(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Kay, I know exactly how you feel... Once you read the first in the series 'A Lady in Defiance', you're hooked! :) All the best in the drawing!!

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  16. Wonderful story. I'm just so glad I started the series

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  17. I've read the first two and couldn't put them down. I would love to read this one.
    Thank You!

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    1. They were amazing weren't they, Karen?!! Here's hoping you get to read this one soon!!

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  18. This sounds like a great read -- a great series :-) I would be thrilled with a paperback or ebook. Thank you! cmcfaithingod(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It really is Christine, and I would be so happy for you to experience it!! :) Blessings!

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    2. Well, I like to think it's a great read. But, then, that is in my own mind. LOL! Good luck!

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  19. I am so eager to begin this series.

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    1. Don't blame you, Phyllis! :) All the best! Do we have your email?

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    2. Phyllis, I am eager for yout to start it too! :) Thanks for reading the blog!

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  20. NOELA, I love your review! Gripping, gutsy, and grace-filled sounds great! I've already won a paperback copy elsewhere. I'm just stopping by to say "hello".

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    1. Hey Caryl, hello back and thanks so much for your kindness! Always love having you stop by!! Enjoy your copy!

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  21. I have really enjoyed the first two books in the series, especially the first one . Would love either the paperback or e-book.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. That's awesome, Patty! You're in the draw! :)

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  22. I haven't read any of these books. My husband loves westerns and I'm back into reading that genre again. I love a good Christian suspense, no matter what era. Would love to win the paperback. That way I can share with him and my father. My father was in the army over 30 yrs. He loves Christian fiction (romance too)

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    1. PAT, I'd love for you to have a chance to win the paperback, for you, your hubby, and your dad!! :) BUT I need your email address, should you happen to come back before I do the drawing on the weekend.

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