Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Distant Heart by Tracey Bateman is the second in her Westward Hearts series that started with Defiant Heart. The characters are still on the Oregon Trail, but this book takes place primarily from the perspective on Toni, a reformed prostitute. It's interesting that I read it at the same time as The Art of Mending because it's about redemption and forgiveness as well. Toni doesn't think she deserves a good man because of her past. Many of the other travellers avoid her or actively degrade her. She has to learn to forgive herself and realize that God has washed her clean and made her pure again, and of course deserving of love. This honestly followed the exact same formula as Defiant Heart. There's even a kidnapping in both. But, you can't expect a lot more than that with these types of books, and it was a great book for reading in the hotel room at night when I was too tired to read something else. It's also refreshing to read Christian romance once in a while because it's not all about sex like secular romances usually are. They have to get a little more creative, and it's nice that the couples don't meet and fall into bed three seconds later. And Bateman manages to avoid the utter cheesiness is that is most Christian romance books, so I have to give her credit for that.