Review: Defiant Heart by Marty Steerne
Author: Marty Steere
Publisher: Penfield Publications
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Format: E Book
Summary: 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.
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This book to me is 2 genre’s in one, Historical Fiction and Romance. I feel historical romance is a tricky genre. While it is fiction, you have to have some sort of truth behind it to be believeable. There was a healthy balance of both the historical part, and the romance part. I found myself anxious to see how things turned out with both aspects.
The book starts out with Jon Meyer who is suddenly sent to live with his grandmother in a small Indiana town. Life is not easy for Jon there. Not only is it a very small town, he finds himself falling for the same girl the town bully has his sights on.
Mary has always grown up in the small town where everyone knows everyone. She’s never really showed an interest in boys until Jon comes to town. Mary would do anything to be with Jon, the only boy she’s ever loved.
The couple has to overcome many obsticules to finally have their happy ending. Their love story is about true love, committment, enduring the unknown, and faithfulness. Their love story was not your typical teenage love story.
I highly enjoyed this book. This is the second book by this author.