Monday, April 8, 2013

Book Review of Defiant Heart

Book Review of Defiant Heart
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Defiant Heart [Kindle Edition]
Marty Steere (Author)
File Size: 554 KB
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Penfield Publications (April 4, 2013)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Blurb : 

Two extraordinary characters. One unforgettable love story.

In the spring of 1941, young Jon Meyer’s family dies in a tragic accident, and he is sent to live in a small Indiana town. He arrives to find himself unwanted and shunned.

Mary Dahlgren is the mayor’s daughter. A pretty girl, she could have the pick of the boys in town, including Vernon King, the star of the vaunted high school basketball team. To the chagrin of her friends, though, Mary has always been more interested in books than boys. That is, until she meets Jon.

But Jon and Mary are kept apart through the efforts of Mary’s father, who perceives their relationship a threat to his political aspirations, and Vernon, to whom Jon is a rival for Mary’s affections. For months Jon is subjected to a painful ostracism. Then, just when the young man’s earnestness and perseverance begin to win over many of the townsfolk and it appears that love may conquer all, tragedy strikes.

As the country is caught up in war, so too are the young lovers swept up in events beyond their control, leaving both fighting for their very lives. If, against the odds, they are to be together, each will need to find the strength, the courage and the resourcefulness that beat only in a defiant heart.

About the Author:
The son of a career air force officer, Marty Steere grew up on or near military installations across the country and overseas before settling in Southern California, where, when he's not writing, he practices law. Sea of Crises is his first novel. His second, Defiant Heart, will be released on April 15, 2013.


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I laughed at times, I cried at times, a profoundly moving book about life during WWII and how one Jewish boy survived both living in America and fighting in the war.  And how he found love and acceptance along the way.

I think I cried hardest when I read about how badly he was treated at home, and not just by the children.  I have never wanted to slap another adult quite as bad as I wanted to slap a couple in this book.

Well written and deeply moving, I found this story to be far more than the “standard war tale” I was expecting and more a story of the triumph of life and love.  I give this story 4.5 out of 5 clouds.

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  1. I'm glad you loved the book as much as I did! I didn't want it to end!

  2. Mindy,
    Those emotions sound just like I felt as I read the book, as well. Thanks for saying a couple of things I was reluctant to, in my review.