This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche – Book Review, Preview

Posted May 4, 2020 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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This Wandering Heart by Janine Rosche – Book Review, Preview

This Wandering Heart

by Janine Rosche

Series: Madison River Romance #1
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Published by Berkley
Publication Date May 5, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 352


In the first entry in the Madison River Romance series, Keira Knudsen gets the traveling opportunity of a lifetime, but when she reunites with her first love, Robbie, she learns that even a wandering heart needs a home....

No one in the quaint town of West Yellowstone, Montana knows that unassuming geography teacher Keira Knudsen moonlights as sensational travel blogger Kat Wanderfull. No one, that is, except for her first love, Robbie Matthews, who has just discovered the woman he is falling for online is the same one that broke his heart five years ago.
But Robbie has another problem: the mother of his daughter, Anabelle, has resurfaced after a three-year absence determined to rip Anabelle away from him. Robbie needs a steady paycheck for a chance at custody, and now, on the eve of a grand adventure that could give Keira a chance to flee her old, troubled life once and for all, she is in need of assistance.
With so much broken trust between them, Keira and Robbie must keep an arms-length away to make this partnership work. But the more time they spend together, exploring majestic places and sharing new experiences, the closer they get--until their secrets and dreams threaten to cost them everything.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Wildflower Road, Glory Falls

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I enjoyed the writing in this story so much! I don’t think I’ve ever had so many quotable quotes to choose from as I did this time. It was so difficult sorting through them to pick only 30!

Kiera and Robbie’s lives couldn’t have been more different. He came from a stable, loving, Christian family. Hers was filled with strife and abuse. He struggled with school and learning. She was brilliant. Yet, despite their differences, they fell in love.

Ok. I just have to say that Robbie was the best kind of father! His love for his four-year-old daughter, Anabelle, was pretty amazing; especially considering the circumstances of her birth. He was a great, though flawed, hero. I was so curious to find out what happened to separate Kiera and him, and particularly how (why?) this Christian man ended up having a daughter out of wedlock!

I also appreciated that Robbie had no animosity toward Vivian, Anabelle’s mother, despite the things she had done and the way she attempted to gain custody. Wow!

It took a little bit for me to warm up to Kiera. At first, she seemed a little cold and unkind. Yet as I learned more about why she had erected the walls around her heart, I understood and came to care about her and empathize with her. It was wonderful watching her blossom.

Anabelle was delightful! She was such a little princess and had such a big heart. I loved the way Robbie played with her, comforted her, and cared for her.

I really enjoyed This Wandering Heart and look forward to reading more books by Janine Rosche.

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About Janine Rosche

Prone to wander, Janine Rosche finds as much comfort on the open road as she does at home. This longing to chase adventure, behold splendor, and experience redemption is woven into her Madison River Romance series. When she isn’t writing or traveling, she teaches family life education courses to college students, takes too many pictures of her sleeping dogs, and embarrasses her four children and husband with boy band serenades.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Moan Photography

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