09 November 2017

Giveaway - My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leana's Choice by Angie Dicken

My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate Utah by Angie Dicken

Book blurb:
Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where...
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart...and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.

Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him.  When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Gate. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.


Guest Post by Andrea Stephens
Andrea's Thoughts

This book fits the theme of Overcoming With God so well.
     Leanna must overcome the guilt and anger she has for herself and her late husband. “How many times had she prayed forgiveness since Jack's death? Yet how many times had she thought ill of the man since he's been laid to rest?”
     Alex must overcome the prejudice between Greek immigrants and the Americans.  More importantly, he must overcome the feeling that God left him when his wife died.
     Leanna and Alex acknowledge their love. During a discussion,  Leanna says “But we have a whole country against a match like ours.”  Leanna decides it is best for everyone if she leaves and accepts a new job in Salt Lake. Before she leaves, a wealthy family friend finds her in Castle Gate from a letter she had written to her cousin. He offers to marry her, restoring her to her family and former life. She does not love him, but he does offer security. What will she do?
    Leanna leaves Castle Gate after tragedy strikes the Pappas family. Will they be able to overcome the hate crime?
     Months pass, both Alex and Leanna have moved on with their lives but are not happy. It is only after surrendering everything to God that they see the truth. Will it be together or apart? 
    
This is a good book! It is so much more than a romance. It made me want to look up some of the historical points for more information. I was not taught any of this in school.   I enjoyed the bits of Greek culture and tradition I learned from the book too.

     Angie Dicken did a wonderful job of writing the message of hope in truth and forgiveness throughout the story of Leanna and Alex.
     I will leave you with another quote from the book.
“Plan? We are all foolish to think we have the best plans for ourselves, aren't we? There's something greater nudging us out of the darkness.”

Giveaway: A paperback copy of Angie Dicken's new release My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leana's Choice from Barbour Publishing!

39 comments:

  1. I think everyone at one point or another has struggled with truth and forgiveness. I am adding this book to my wish list. It sounds like an excellent book to read!

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Joy. I agree, I think everyone has struggled with truth and forgiveness. The book deals with this and so much more.

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  2. This sounds like a wonderful read.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi, Mary! I'm sure you will enjoy the book.
      Good luck in the giveaway!

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  3. This book sounds like one not to miss and I love the cover. Thank you for the opportunity.

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    1. Hi, Melanie! I don't want to miss any of the series! They are all so beautiful and different.
      Thanks for stopping in!

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  4. Sounds like a great read, thank you for the chance to win a copy!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  5. Sounds like a wonderful read. Love the cover. Would love to read this. Thank you for a chance on win a book.
    dian429@yahoo.com

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    1. It is a wonderful read. I think Barbour has done a wonderful job with all the My Heart Belongs covers.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Angie is a new-to-me author, and I would love to win a copy of this book. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds delightful. Thanks for the chance! 😊. gobersATembarqmailDOTcom

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    1. Angie was new to me too. This is her second book, her first "The Outlaw's Second Chance" came out in September. I look forward to reading more from her.
      Good luck in the giveaway!

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  7. I’ve been eyeing this book for awhile now. I’ve read a couple of the “My Heart Belongs” series and enjoyed them immensely. I’m sure this book will not disappoint.
    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. I'm glad you've enjoyed a couple of the "MHB" series, I have enjoyed them all and look forward to reading more. You will like this one too!

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  8. Sounds like an interesting read. I have not read much of this time period in American history.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Patty! I've read about this time in history but not this particular subject matter. I found it quite interesting. As I said in my review, I did some history research after reading the story. I found photos of sad coal miners and stunning Castle Gate.
      Good luck in the giveaway!

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  9. I have enjoyed this series so far, and this book looks like it will be just as good. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    susanmsj at MSN dot com

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    1. I'm glad you are enjoying the series, Susan. I love how different each story is.
      Good luck in the giveaway!

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  10. I've struggles with truth and forgiveness as I'm sure many other have as well.

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    1. I agree with you Sabrina, I think many people have these struggles. The book deals with it so well.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I've read & reviewed this fabulous book, and I'm happy to share the giveaway on Facebook and twitter!

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  12. Thank you for the fabulous review, Andrea! And thanks to everyone for commenting! This has been such a fun book launch. :)

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    1. You are welcome, Angie. Thank you for writing such a good book!

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  13. I love the cover of this book. You can see the wishful and hopeful longing on her face.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet Estridge
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    1. Hi, Janet! I love the cover too. There is a scene very similar in the book.
      Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Barbour has done an excellent job on all their My Heart Belong covers! Thank you Janet!

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  14. This sounds like such a good book! I really like books that show true. Looking forward to reading this! Thanx for the giveaway!!!

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    1. Hi, Jennifer! I think you will enjoy this story very much.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Thank you, Jennifer! I hope you get the chance to read it!

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  15. Thank you for the review. This book sounds really wonderful. Adding it to my Wish List. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

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    1. Hello, Karen! Thanks for adding the book to your wishlist. It is a wonderful story.
      Good luck!

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  16. Super review, Andrea! I ADORE the My Heart Belongs Series!

    psalm103and138atgmaildotcom

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    1. Hi, Caryl! I ADORE this series too!
      Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the giveaway!

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  18. I've looked forward to each release in this collection, but I was really excited to read Angie Dicken's after getting her debut LI book. tlhcoupon(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Terrill! The Outlaw's Second Chance was good wasn't it? I love this collection. Angie Dicken's addition does not disappoint.
      Thanks for stopping in.

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  19. My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah was a great read with the true to life characters, historical setting and events.

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