A Heart on Hold is a historical romance novel written by Sara Barnard and book 1 of the An Everlasting Heart series. Book 2, A Heart Broken is also available for purchase. Within the first few pages I was hooked. The story of Charlotte and Sanderson is not one of a budding romance, but of one that is already strong. The question isn't, will they end up together? It's, will the war tear them apart?
The characters were believable and fit right into the timeline of the Civil War. The language used, the little slangs, the behavior of the characters had me transported back in time. Sara Barnard brings the American West alive in both the horrors of war and the beauty in the land.
For the last 20% of the book I couldn't put it down. I knew it was drawing to an end and I had to know if everything paid off, if love won out in the end. Sara writes some pretty intense moments, revealing how close the story is to conclusion while the characters still have no idea! It was maddening, but in a good way.
A Heart on Hold is a beautiful story of a love that is real, not a whirlwind romance, and a fight to hold on to it throughout the trials of war. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
War. Devotion. Deceit. Death. How long can a heart hold on before it breaks? Most women would carry on with their lives after being thrust into widowhood, but not Charlotte Adamsland. Upon learning that her husband, Captain Sanderson Redding, was killed in a botched escape from a Confederate prison in Illinois, she clings to his promise to return to her no matter what, and quickly heads north through a war-ravaged country with only her faith in God and her beloved horse to bring her beloved Sanderson home—one way or another
About the Author:
Sara Barnard is a military wife whose own heart has been on hold more often than not. She holds her B.A. in History. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including REFRACTION (Marble Press, 2010), THE HARSH AND THE HEART: CELEBRATING THE MILITARY (Silver Boomer Books, 2011), CAMPFIRE TALES (Coolwell Press, 2012), and will appear in an upcoming Canadian anthology titled LIFESTYLES. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Abilene Writers Guild. In addition to reading and writing, Sara loves helping her children with their homework, spending time outdoors with her family, and traveling. Sara, her husband, and their four beautiful children live in the historic Oklahoma hills along with their three rescue dogs, two cats, two rescue kittens, eleven chickens, and one awesome horse.