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One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey

August 31st, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

One Heart to Win by Johanna Lindsey

Source: Borrowed from the library

Publication date: June 11, 2013

Publisher: Gallery Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

Summary from Some young ladies marry for money and social standing, a few lucky ones marry for love, but Tiffany Warren is marrying to end a feud. Honoring her mother’s promise, Tiffany reluctantly travels west to meet her estranged father and his enemy’s eldest son, rancher Hunter Callahan. Once the Warrens and the Callahans are united by marriage, both clans will stop squabbling over a disputed strip of land.

In the chaos of a train robbery, Tiffany seizes a golden opportunity: By assuming the identity of her father’s new housekeeper, she can live with the father she never knew and assess his true character, as well as that of the neighboring cowboy to whom she is betrothed. But, too late, Tiffany discovers that the rivalry between the Warrens and the Callahans has escalated when the Callahans steal the Warrens’ housekeeper as soon as she steps off the train!

Now, Tiffany, who is pretending to be Jennifer Fleming, finds herself living in the enemy camp, under the same roof as her fiancé. All too soon she learns her intended is a handsome, sweet talking charmer whom she has to fight off because he can’t keep his eyes—or his hands—off Jennifer.

After Tiffany’s charade is exposed, she refuses to marry Hunter to end the feud.

As Hunter goes about claiming his rightful bride-to-be, he knows that although he loves two women—proper, elegant Tiffany as well as spunky, passionate Jennifer—he has only one heart to win.

It has been awhile since I’ve read a Johanna Lindsey book. She’s another author who has been the victim of the lack of bookstores in my area.  I used to visit my bookstore weekly and would pick up her new books whenever they came out.  Now I have to get lucky seeing them as they come into my library which is a shame because One Heart to Win reminded me of how much I enjoy her books.

While not as good as Lindsey’s Malory series I still enjoyed it and it showed some promise of being an enjoyable series (I assume she will be writing about Tiffany’s brothers in the future or at least I hope so!).  There were a couple things that kept this from being a 5 star read for me.  One was the villain was so out of the blue and left me thinking where did that come from?  It didn’t even seem related to anything else going on in the story.  And two, I wanted to see Hunter’s POV more often.  We would get glimpses of what he was thinking but the majority of the book was just Tiffany’s POV.  So I felt Hunter’s character suffered a little in that I couldn’t love him as much as other heroes because we never really get into his head.

What I did like was that while Tiffany starts off sounding like a spoiled brat she actually shows a lot of spunk as she dives into her character of a housekeeper/cook.  I felt like I could relate to her as she tried to learn how to cook and the pride she took in her successes and the disappointment in her failed meals.  And her pet pig just sounded adorable and I could totally see myself falling for him as a pet too.

The supporting characters were also a fun group and I would have loved to see more of them.  For example, I would have liked to actually see the cook’s helper she takes find his father and hear what happened, I’m hoping the hired gun, Degan, and Tiffany’s brothers all get their own books as well because they all sound intriguing.

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