Monday, February 21, 2011

Review: Anna's Shattered Faith by Kendall Evans

Inspirational romance? Check.
One of my favorite historical settings? Check.
Strong hero protecting his woman from danger? Check.

Old West historicals are like comfort food and if there was a recipe for writing my favorite type of story, this book had all the ingredients. It was impossible not to like it.

The only reason it remains solidly in the "like" category and didn't cross over into "book crush" is I could have used a second helping of danger and romance (I'm a little bit of a glutton like that). I thought the author had room to ratchet up the tension on both fronts.

Anna's Shattered Faith by Kendall Evans is published by Astraea Press, a new e-publisher in town. This debut definitely caught my attention and I'll be watching their menu for future offerings.

Now I should back away from the blog and find some lunch...

Want to know more? Here's the book blurb:
The day Anna Hampton's husband, Zach, was killed was the day she lost her faith. Ranger Daniel Cochran represents everything she doesn't like. Not only is he a lawman, but he's a God-fearing man like Zach. His faith might work for him, but the only thing Anna saw it do was get her husband killed. The Ranger’s presence grows more and more welcome, especially when danger lurks around every corner, and Anna is caught in the middle.

Ranger Daniel Cochran knows when he arrives in Strawberry Junction, Texas he’s in for a battle. Taking the position as the town's sheriff is only a temporary assignment. His real job in the small, close-knit community is to catch a killer...the same man who killed Sheriff Zach Hampton. What he hadn't figured on was the sheriff's angry widow getting in his way. Or the feelings she stirs in his heart.
My Rating: (more like 3 and a half couples)



  1. Ooo this looks like something that I should get for my Nook! Thank you for sharing Joy!

    XOXO~ Renee

  2. Thank you so much for the review, Joy! We really appreciate it!
    ~Stephanie (co owner of Astraea Press)

  3. I enjoyed the book as well. Being a thriller writer and reader I also like a little more lets just be blunt danger...cue dark knight music. But I really liked the story as well. What got me was I loved the kids too. This was shocking since I don't even like my own children. LOL

    Thanks for sharing the review.

  4. Congratulations on your book Kendall. I'm going to read it myself as soon as I finish some edits.

  5. Yes Renee, especially if you have a soft spot for 1800's Old West.

    No problem Stephanie, please keep me in mind for future releases.

    Thanks Kim, Bri and Elaine for commenting. I think Kendall Evans is an author to watch.

  6. Joy, thank you so much for reviewing my book. I'm glad you liked it! Kendall

  7. Sounds like a good read. I'm always interested to hear about new publishers and authors. Thanks, Joy!

  8. They are like comfort food! And this one sounds yummy :)

  9. @Renee Ann- I have found some of my best reads at small publishers.

    @Juju- Yup, it went down easy. LOL...ya' think I can milk out any more food references?

    Thanks Therese, Joselyn, and Kendall for commenting. Kendall, I'll be looking for your next release.

  10. Lovely review, and makes me want to go look for it. I love your rating icons, :)

  11. What an adorable blog!!! I love all the books you have on your sidebar!! Gives me plenty of time to spend searching to add to my TBR list!!

    Congrats to Kendall!!

  12. Awesome review! Check.

    Very Cool Blog! Check.

    Thanks for linking this week :)

  13. Neat blog....I am stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Party Review.

    Hope you can stop by mine as well.

    There is also a book blog giveaway ending tonight, February 23, on my blog if you want to stop by.

  14. Woman with two children suffering death of her lawman husband dares to think she would love again and least of all another lawman finds love in those places.

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