The premise

Can the love of an honorable man be enough to forgive a woman’s one felonious act? Should that woman risk everything to find out?

When Tom Carver, Whistle Creek’s blacksmith, tackles a youth prowling in his barn, he certainly doesn’t expect that youth to be the recently-hired school teacher, Beth Patterson. Her feeble excuses invite his suspicion, so for the next few weeks, he devises “chance” encounters with her so he can watch her every move.

Hiding from the law, Beth had hopes of starting afresh in the town of Whistle Creek. But with one brother obsessed with stealing a horse, and the other younger one befriending the town’s intrusive blacksmith, she fears her ugly past will be uncovered.

Tom’s deliberate encounters with Beth reveal she is a deeply devoted sister, and a beautiful, loving woman. Soon desire expels his distrust and he purposely courts her romantically. Denying her own yearnings, Beth knows she must reject his advances for the sake of her small family.

Surely Tom, a decent and respected man, would condemn her for her one tragic deed. Wouldn’t he?


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. denysecohen
    May 22, 2012 @ 23:34:45

    Poor Beth is in a tangle. I hope she’ll find a way to first forgive herself and take a leap of faith with Tom.


    • writeonlady
      May 24, 2012 @ 17:38:43

      Thanks, Denyse, for taking a look at the blurb of Stubborn Hearts. Yup, Tom and Beth do get together, but she fights it all the way. Her past eventually is what makes her change her mind and take a chance.


  2. katefellowes
    May 31, 2012 @ 17:57:18

    Even Stubborn Hearts can’t resist the lure of true love!

    Carol Ritten Smith’s charming historical romance between the new schoolteacher and the town blacksmith is engaging and delightful. Beth Patterson is struggling with her newfound responsibilities in Whistle Creek, especially since she must provide for her two brothers as well as herself. She’s determined, conscientious and kind, all traits Tom Carver finds attractive. When he sets his sights on Beth, she can’t help but fall in love. While Tom is a friend to her little brother, compassionate and patient with the grade-schooler, with Beth he is a rascal–getting her goat one moment, helping her solve a problem in the next. His sense of humor shines, resulting in playful banter that flows naturally between them. It was pleasure to watch Beth and Tom draw together, overcoming their stubborn hearts to find a love strong enough to last a lifetime and forge a family.


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