My Steadfast Heart



Colin Thorne Finds His Way Out Of A London Workhouse But At The Cost Of Losing His Two Younger Brothers With An Uncertain Future Ahead Of Him, Colin Makes Seafaring His Life Until The Inexorable Pull Of Revenge Draws Him Back To London The Debt Owed To Him By The Earl Of Weybourne Will Be Paid Weybourne Park Has Been Mercedes Leydon S Home Her Entire Life Now Serving As The Estate S Manager And Caretaker Of Her Uncle S Two Children, Mercedes Knows The Earl S Frequent Absences Are What Make Weybourne Park A Home But The Earl S Gaming Has Taken Its Toll And She And Her Young Cousins Are Faced With Losing Everything To A Devil Of A Stranger Calling In A Debt That Can T Be Paid Casting Caution Aside, Mercedes Will Make A New Bargain With This Devil If It S Her Soul He Wants Or Her Body She Will Give It To Him And Stake Her Own Claim On His Steadfast Heart.My Steadfast Heart

To find characters to illustrate my first family saga, I cut out models from the Sears catalogue I was in fourth grade, but it was a start In seventh grade I wrote a melodrama about two orphan sisters, one of whom was pregnant There was also a story about a runaway girl with the unlikely name of Strawberry and one about mistaken identities and an evil blind date My supportive, but vaguely conc

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  • ebook
  • My Steadfast Heart
  • Jo Goodman
  • English
  • 10 August 2018
  • 9781614173212

10 thoughts on “My Steadfast Heart

  1. says:

    Convoluted plot with too many supporting unimportant characters who just add to the confusion I lost interest with the hero, Colin midway through the story with his perplexing attraction for Mercedes He...

  2. says:

    MY STEADFAST HEART by Jo Goodman brings back memories of my favorite historical romance books of the 80s 90s, without too much of the bodice ripper attitudes that would seem overbearing to romance readers today.Why was this book in Dorine s TBR Jo Goodman is one of my favorite historical western romance writers I was curious how a different historical era would compare from this talented author, especially since it was written in 1997 Most books I loved back then don t stand the test of time with my bossy self today I can t get past the men s attitudes toward women, as well as how women accepted their fate and loved the men anyways We ve come a long way surely describes my growth as a reader, as well as a woman.The Prologue seized me when three brothers are separated by the orphanage that takes them in after their parents death I love, love, love orphanage stories The first line, They came for the baby first, is the best first sentence I ve read in years It piqued my curiosity and I was in for the full ride from that moment The brothers stories are what grabbed me, but it was Colin and Mercedes predicaments that kept me reading.Colin grew up on a sh...

  3. says:

    Jo Goodman is quickly becoming one of my go to authors for a great read This one was no exception That first chapter is a tear jerker as it sets up the boys future books Colin was the oldest and did his best to protect his brothers and he did to the point of starving himself Uniquely enough him finding his brother s isn t the focus of the book, the focus of the book is his and Mercedes relationship Colin Thorne, a ship s captain made a bet that he could do a Boston run in a certain number of hours Mercedes s uncle bet against him and lost But we aren t talking just money, we are talking an entire estate Of course, not only would Mercedes lose her home, but so would 4 other children and too many others to count It becomes up to Mercedes to save everybody from the wicked Mr Thorne But is it her uncle s cruel threats and physical intimidation that makes her go to Thorne or something else I loved this book, because although there was constant threat to Mercedes in one form or another, the entire book was devoted to her and Colin falling in love and the focus very rarely strayed from that Colin was always her champion, whether she wanted...

  4. says:

    Didn t read much of this one and mostly flipped through it, because I knew the I ve been abused train me to accept strangers for petting zoo trope and convoluted pirate hero with a soft spot for orphans and precious bundles, was thick a...

  5. says:

    Lady Mercedes Leyden fell in status after her father, the Earl of Weybourne, and mother were murdered She now acts as the governess poor relation to her cousins in her home Her uncle, the new earl, can only be described as criminally insane He sends Mercedes to an inn ALONE to speak to Colin Thorne, the man her uncle has challenged to a duel Mercedes is supposed to make sure the duel doesn t happen by persuading Colin to not show up Caring nothing for her welfare, the earl has instructed Mercedes to give Colin her innocence if it will sway him and kill him if necessary What a coward Her uncle is a jackass Colin is also a survivor His parents were murdered by highway men in the same manner Lady Mercedes lost her family His two younger brothers were adopted shortly after they were placed in Cunnington s Workhouse for Foundlings and Orphans Colin has sworn an oath to find his brothers He also seeks to avenge his parents deaths As heroes and heroines go, neither Colin nor Mercedes would be at the top of my list Nevertheless, in a world full of romance books that recycle the same twenty tropes, their story is unique, and I found admirable qualities in each of them Mercedes is far complex than she needs to be Sometimes, I liked her Sometime...

  6. says:

    Did not finish I kept finding myself saying, Huh , re reading a section, and remaining absolutely unenlightened For example, Mercedes a jarringly anachronistic name, particularly paired with her cousin, Britton lives with her uncle, who s in possession of the family estate because when Mercedes father died, the estate was entailed and couldn t be left to her Fair enough logical and plausible But then the uncle loses the estate in a wager, with no mention of how that might happen to an entailed property Similarly, there s casual talk of the estate and title being destined for a cousin, because the uncle has decided his own eldest son, Britton, is actually not his son Now, I m not sure what the legalities of inheritance were at the time, but I m pretty confident that an earl can t disinherit his heir born in wedlock simply by saying it and that an entail couldn t easily be broken In fact, I think entails could only be broken with input from the h...

  7. says:

    This was a solid historical romance that had a really thick plot in fact, it was almost too thick I was ready for the story to end and I think at least 50 pages could have been chopped off and I would have enjoyed the story all the for it.With that being said, I really did enjoy this book and it was well worth my time to read it But I wanted emotion from Colin and Mercedes They were both cautious and wary of trusting by nature, and that came across in their characters It made it difficult for me to fully connect with them This is a very intricate story with a lot of stuff going on in the sidelines and a lot of secondary characters that play a significant role in the story I personally loved Mercedes cousins especially the twins so their contribution to the story was enjoyable for me If you prefer...

  8. says:

    This is a reissue of a 1997 book.While I wouldn t call this a light book by any means, it s a quicker, lighter read than many of Jo Goodman s other books The heroine, Mercedes has endured years of the truly awful abuse of her uncle and the creepy attentions of his friend when the hero appears Colin falls h...

  9. says:

    I found myself asking why the hero Colin found the heroine Mercedes attractive She did beats him over the head multiple times, ties him up, lies to him, and that s attractive Too many wtf moments and just way too much everything I totally skipped the loves scenes because they were written in real time Yeah, a hour of ahem It just went on and on and on.The plot kept changing and t...

  10. says:

    Colin Thorne s parents were murdered in a carriage attack when he was 8 in front of him No one comes forward to claim his brothers 5 mo and 4 or him at the work house They are split up with Colin going on a ship to America He becomes a clipper captain and very successful Thru a wager, he meets Mercedes Leydon, the niece of the man he has a duel scheduled with Mercedes runs the estate and tries to protect it and her four cousins from her vicious uncle He disap...

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