Daughter of an outlaw and trained in the skills of that trade, Ginger Freeman knows just how to go about tracking down and killing Dr. Grant Kelley, the man she blames for her brother’s death seven years ago. Her hunting and tracking skills prove valuable to the wagon train to which she has traced Kelley. Becoming part of the crew, Ginger now has a chance to complete her act of vengeance. But life and thoughts get very complicated as Ginger gets to know these people and their spirit of Christian cooperation and love. Collisions galore slash across the pages of Dangerous Heart: vengeance vs. love; willfulness pitted against the needs of others; outlaw values ramming into wagon train values; crime wrestling with morality; the value of self collapsing against the needs of others; safety opposed by cholera. And what will be the outcome when Ginger finds out that Christ is good, and so is Grant Kelley, and, that what she believes about her brother’s death is not the truth?
A romance in both senses (love story and imaginative adventure tale) Dangerous Heart concludes Tracey Bateman’s popular Westward Hearts series. This book refers to the other two in the series, but is quite readable on its own. Lured by an imaginative plot, an interesting, believable cast of characters, humor, adventure, pathos, and whimsy, as well as a most satisfying denouement, the reader quickly becomes involved in this saga. The Christian lessons form an integral part of the story, slipping into the reader’s mind with ease and acceptance. The story as a whole brings to mind 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Other themes woven throughout include family love and respect, salvation, God's love, care for even those you despise, obedience, personal worth of all people, marriage, the value and interaction of tradition and new ideas, and racial and social prejudices. I particularly enjoyed the large and varied cast of both male and female characters. They are presented with flaws as well as goodness, and ably portray the reality of Christ as they grow spiritually and interact with each other. Dangerous Heart will appeal to many readers, male and female, middle school through adult. Closing with Discussion Questions, this book will be useful for both individuals and groups. – Donna Eggett, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
For the past seven years, Ginger Freeman has had one goal: find Grant Kelley and make him pay for allowing her brother to die. Growing up motherless with a father who leads an outlaw gang, Ginger isn’t exactly peaches and cream. So when she finally tracks down Grant on a wagon train headed west, she figured providence had stepped in and given her the chance she’s been waiting for.
On the wagon train, finally surrounded by a sense of family and under the nurturing eye of Toni Rodde, Ginger begins to lose her rough edges. She’s made friends for the first time and has become part of something bigger than revenge. Not only has her heart softened toward people in general, but God has become a reality she never understood before. And watching Grant doctor the pioneers, she’s realized she can’t just kill him and leave the train without medical care. Putting her anger aside, before long, Ginger’s a functioning part of the group.
But when the outlaw gang, headed by her pa, shows up and infiltrates the wagon train, she is forced to question her decision. Only self-sacrifice and her new relationship with God can make things right. But it might also means she loses everything she’s begun to hold dear.