A Heart Broken by Sara Barnard is book 2 in 'An Everlasting Heart' series, set in the civil war era. You can read my review of book 1, A Heart on Hold HERE. NOTE: If you haven't read book 1 there may be some spoilers in this review.
A Heart Broken is the continuing story of Charlotte and Sanderson and you can't help but love them all the more in book 2.
This story is a bit darker than A Heart on Hold. Dealing with the aftermath of the civil war, and Sanderson coming to terms with living a more normal life. Where in the first book we were taken on a journey of faith and trust that their love could survive the war despite overwhelming odds, in A Heart Broken we are presented with a whole new set of problems.
Charlotte and Sanderson are far from an easy life. Not only is Sanderson out of work, but being on the losing side of the war, and his escape from prison in the first book. Then there are problems on a more personal level.
Barnard continues to write great characters that have flaws and struggles but always strive to find a solution. Though so many hardships, her characters show strong family values.
Oh, and Jerry is back! I love Jerry, he plays a large role in this book and by the end I loved him even more. The supporting characters of Cotton, Minerva, Jerry and Pa are well written and all have a role to play, none of them overlap or feel unneeded.
My one and only disappointment with this book was the pacing. At times it felt a little choppy. A lot happens in this book... and I mean a lot. If you go into the book realizing that to story arc is a personal journey and not necessarily about one issue, you may find the flow fine. However, going into the book I thought the story was going to arc through one issue, much like the first, and had to realize part way through that it wasn't the case.
This was only a very small hiccup in an otherwise great book and I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars. Can't wait to read book 3 and continue following Charlotte and Sanderson through the Wild West.
The war is over, Sanderson is home, and life is good ... until the Army comes knocking. They've charged him with murder and in order to clear his name, he's been ordered to track down the notorious outlaw, William "Bloody Bill" Quantrill with the help of Jerry Thomas -- or face the hangman's noose. Meanwhile, Charlotte is left in Minerva's hands to endure a complicated pregnancy and battle a rash of hydrophobee that threatens the countryside, Achilles, Cotton and her Sanderson.