Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah by:Angie Dicken

 My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna's Choice
About the Book:
Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where...
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart...and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.

Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him.  When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Rock. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.

My Review:
 Speaking to those of you that haven't read the My Heart Belongs series, when you read this series you will learn much more about the history of each state that is the topic of each book. In this addition to the series, we are introduced to Castle Gate, Utah. In Utah we already know about the Mormon religion but this place had so much more going on before the introduction of Mormonism.

 Because everyone is looking for work and they hear that there is work to be found in this old mining town people flock there, even immigrants. The Greek immigrants go there to find work for there families and with all things that people don't understand prejudice are formed. Soon, people are having to make decisions not only based on income or the lack thereof but because of the anger and angst that has been introduced to the story.

 Leanna learns all too quickly the pain behind all of the craziness that has now enveloped this town and she is ready to be done with it. Leanna is always having to make choices because of this dead end town and she feels that she has given up everything because of it. By the end of the story and all the ups and downs she really will have to give up a lot, hopefully it will all work out.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.