A Heart Forever Wild is the fourth and final book in the Everlasting Heart series by Sara Barnard. When I first picked up book 1, A Heart on Hold I was immediately drawn into Charlotte and Sanderson's love story. I've eagerly read every book and was just as exciting to pick up the fourth book, which promised the adventure, warm-hearted family values and ups and downs of life that all of Sara Barnard's books offer. I was not disappointed. Although the shortest of the 4 books, Sara fits in a story of trial and triumph, of love, loss, and of course, an Everlasting Heart.
Sara covers a lot of ground in this novella but she does it masterfully. I never felt as if the story was rushed or as if things were left out or unresolved--which are all pitfalls of fitting such a BIG story into a novella length book.
Sara does a fantastic job weaving in history and historical figures in a seemless way that makes you wonder if perhaps these stories she writes really did happen.
There were times that I cried or laughed with the characters. I felt their pain or anger. And in the end, I was left satisfied with the story that is brought alive by Charlotte, Sanderson, Cotton, Minerva, Jerry and the rest of the cast :)
Thank you Sara Barnard for a fantastic book and a fantastic series. I never hesitate to recommend her books, especially An Everlasting Heart series, to my friends and family.
Five stars to A Heart Forever Wild.
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When all of their dreams come true, will Sanderson and Charlotte still have what started it all - their everlasting love? In this final installment of the Everlasting Heart series, Sanderson and Charlotte must make a home for themselves in the Army town of Fort Bidwell, California. When the job as an Indian agent begs him to round up the peaceful area Indians for execution, Sanderson again runs afoul of the government. In answer to the broken promises of the Army, Sanderson and Jerry turn to a well-paying job with the railroad. However, they are warned to turn a blind eye to the treatment of their Chinese workers ... or else. But can money buy this formerly-happy Arkansas family the happiness they are so desperately searching for? Meanwhile as Charlotte stands up for Cotton against the town bullies, she accidentally falls into favor with Johnny Tan, the handsome young outlaw who slowly transforms into both Sanderson's nemesis and his saving grace. In a world where women are expected to be silent, can Charlotte be a parent Cotton, a wife to Sanderson who seems to have fallen more in love with money than with her, and friend to Minerva, who seems to be drifting farther and farther away?