A Heart’s Promise

A Heart’s Promise

A Heart’s Promise (Thomas Nelson, July 2015)

Emmie makes a promise to her friend that, if fulfilled, could mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac.

Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie’s heart and hand. Though Emmie resolves to keep her heart in check, it hurts when she sees that another woman has set her bonnet for Isaac.

Then Emmie’s dear friend extracts a costly promise: if anything happens to her in childbirth, Emmie will marry her widower and raise the baby herself. And it seems Emmie may have to fulfill that promise. But can she live happily without Isaac?

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  • In this episode of the series we learn a bit more about Emmie’s state of mind. It is a battle many of us face – do we chance love or do we protect ourselves from being hurt again? I felt this episode did not move the action along very much. We’ll find out Emmie’s decision in the next and final installment of the series.

  • Memawsstuff says:

    I loved this installment of the series. Author, Colleen Coble, takes us on the journey of daily life at the post.

    This part of the series is a clean, safe read. It moves fast and from the beginning and keeps you interested through this small Novella.

    I am going to be very sad to leave these characters with the last part of the series coming soon!

  • Another quick read; it took me only a couple hours or so one evening. It was fairly enjoyable, without such an abrupt ending as the previous book.

  • This is the second to last book in this series and I will say it’s one of my favorites. I felt like things moved along at a good pace and the characters, all we have met before, seemed to be better developed. At the ending of this book I was eager to read the next because once again it just ends! The only thing that really bothered me was the dialogue. I highly recommend that if you want to read this series, get them all at once and read in order!

    Five stars.

    “I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review.”

  • I read this part of the story without stopping. I am looking forward to the conclusion in part 6, coming next month.

    late-October 1866
    Distrustful of any intentions, Emmie turns away from Rand Campbell’s friend, Lieutenant Isaac Liddle. She is certain if there were more unmarried women at the post, his attentions would wane. For sure, if he knew the truth about her. With the arrival of their commanding officer and his daughter, an overheard conversation could bring a disturbance for Emmie, beyond what she’d ever expect.

  • Another great installment to the Journey of the Heart series. I have enjoyed reading each of these books. It is like getting a new chapter each month. I also like how you can read each of these stories in one sitting. This time we get to know more about Emmie and Isaac. Each of the characters in this series are strong characters. Since this book is part five of a six part series I would suggest reading them in order. I am looking forward to the last installment.

  • Colleen Coble’s novella series continues with this penultimate installment, and as much as I enjoyed the beginnings of the series, this latter half is even better. Emmie Croftner gained my sympathy and admiration in the previous story; my heart broke for this young woman as she dealt with the emotional baggage resulting from past situations in her life. Coble gift for character development as well as setting shine in this story….

  • Are you ready for book five in this six book series?

    Such a sweet series and book five was much better that book four, I was waiting oh so long for this next installment to come I needed to conclude what was missing from the last book. I was left hanging.

    A very sweet read this was.

    I am super excited for the final installment to come out next month.

    I gave this installment 4 stars, I recommend getting the whole series so that your not lost they are not stand alones.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

  • A wonderfully written story set at Fort Phil Kearney set around the time of the infamous Fetterman massacre. It’s interesting to read about the Fetterman massacre through the eyes of another, as it has long been a part of my history, my great uncle was John “Portugee” Phillips himself.

    Emmie is hardworking and doesn’t want to be a burden to those around her. I really liked Isaac, and how was respectful of Emmie’s need for space, after all that she has gone through. I loved the returning characters, and how we get to keep up with their lives too.

  • I really enjoyed his book and the main character, Emmie. She’s trying to get over the death of her husband and the secrets that were revealed after his death. She is pregnant and living with her friends on an Army Fort in Wyoming. Her friends, Sarah and Amelia, are also pregnant and she helps to care for them. However, they have given her something very precious – unconditional friendship.

  • The climax in the story of life in the wilderness in the late 1800’s is simply spell-binding! We find a nemesis or two from earlier installments making reappearances with nothing in mind but destroying the future plans of another lady and cavalry officer. Emmie is the central female character in this book as she now lives with her past secret from her friends in fear of rejection.
    We also see how life is for Sarah and Rand who along with Jacob and his very pregnant wife Amelia. There is also a surprise for readers who thought an earlier character was written into the fading sun, but appears here with a gift in tow. Next month the final installment in “A Journey of the Heart” series will be released and we’ll get to read the exciting conclusion to the characters, setting and tale we’ve come to love.

  • A HEART’S PROMISE is the second book in the second set of serial books by Mrs. Coble, or the fifth book in the Journey of the Heart serial collection. I suggest reading book four before this one (A Heart’s Betrayal) as this book doesn’t stand alone.

    I was glad to see a former character in the first three books make a reappearance, and sad to see another secondary character emerge. This portion started rather dull, but by the second half it picked up. I liked the ending of this one, but can see if all falling apart at the beginning of the sixth book, coming in August.

  • I love reading Colleen Coble and have loved every one of the Hearts Journey series. I cannot wait for the sixth story, yet, wish it would never end. I love the characters and Coble’s writing technique. She draws you into the story before you even know what is happening to you. The series is not a stand alone. If you have not read any of them I suggest you begin with the first book and move forward so you can understand the roles of each character. This is a definite must read. You will not be sorry!

  • Book by Book says:

    A Heart’s Promise offers another exciting installment to Colleen Coble’s A Journey of the Heart. An all-around enjoyable read that has me eager for the last book of the series, it will please fans of Coble’s novella series.

  • This was an entertaining enough, easy read. I blew through it in about an hour. The story moves really quickly without a lot of depth to the characters, but that tends to happen in novellas. It’s a little crazy how almost every woman in the book is pregnant or just had a baby. Not sure why that needs to be happening. We don’t really get any fighting or outside conflict in this one. It’s mostly just relationship and pregnancy drama. Emmie and Isaac’s “relationship” was so fast that it wasn’t even really fun to read about because they barely spent any time together. And now they’re engaged. So there’s that. I’m sure since both of our cartoonishly evil villains have randomly turned back up, that there will be more conflict with that in the next installment. This one wasn’t a mind blowing installment, but not a bad way to kick back and relax for an hour or two.

    *I received an ARC of this title from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

  • Best Reads says:

    In A Heart’s Promise, Emmie’s romance with Isaac heats up but so does tension with the resurgence of the series’ notorious villains. This installment is about the relationships between the women at the fort. A romantic cliffhanger ending promises much angst in the concluding chapter of Journey of the Heart series coming out in August.

  • Reading this story and seeing the continuing struggle that Emmie is going through made for an interesting read. I liked learning about the daily lives of Amelia, Sarah, and Emmie, who are all expecting babies, yet are all having different experiences and levels of health and energy.

  • I love Colleen Coble’s work and while the “Journey of the Heart” series isn’t as detailed as her current books today, her talent was apparent even in her early days of publishing.

    I am really enjoying this series. The characters are believable and Ms. Coble paints a picture of life in the old west that the reader can visualize and have a sense of being there. I would highly recommend it to anyone who loves to read a sweet historical set in the old west.

    Reading Ms. Coble’s work is a gift every reader of Christian fiction should give themseles.

  • This is the fifth installment in the Journey of the Heart series. The story begins with Amelia Campbell, Sarah Campbell and Emmie all three friends expecting their first babies within a few weeks of one another.

    Amelia has a foreboding feeling about her upcoming birth of her child and asks Emmie to make a promise. Emmie half-heartedly makes the promise to Amelia never thinking that she would have to act on that promise. When tragedy strikes everything comes to some tough decisions that need to be made. Come join us on the journey of love, loss and happiness.

    Will Emmie Croftner have to fulfill the promise she made to a friend? Will someone else win Isaac’s heart? Will Emmie ever find love and happiness? Come join Colleen Coble as she takes you on this journey.

  • By The Book says:

    Unfortunately, A Heart’s Promise (book 5) was disappointing to me. Emmie’s new found faith occurs abruptly — I had to actually reread the passage to assure myself it had occurred. The romance between Emmie and Isaac is a hurried affair as well, seemingly put in for a tease for book 6.

    While I didn’t like A Heart’s Promise, I am not giving up on the series. I really do want to know what will become of Emmie, Isaac and the other characters I have come to like.

  • I am still loving this series built of individual novellas. I think this was one of my favorite ones. I still do love Sarah and Amelia, but I have really fallen in love with Emmie. What a sweetheart. She had no control over the predicament she is in, but she does have control over her destiny. She has some hard decisions to make. She needs to move on and let go of the past as hard as that may be.

  • A Heart’s Promise is another compelling story in the Journey of Heart serialization! After meeting Emmie Croftner in A Heart’s Betrayal, I was eager to continue her story, as well as the stories of Rand and Sarah and Jacob and Amelia. Secrets and surprises in this fifth installment set the stage for a dramatic conclusion. I love the intrigue and romance of this serialization and am eager to read the final story, A Heart’s Home!

  • As I’ve stated in the last couple reviews for this novalla series, I have grown weary of the characters as well as the setting. With A Heart’s Promise being book 5 out of 6, I am sad to say that I am extremely ready for the series to be finished with and will probably have to force myself to finish book 6 as I have zero interest in it. I hate that I feel this way about these books because I know that it was Colleen’s first series and that it is more than likely very dear to her heart but I just can’t get into them. I still love Collee’s writing and the covers here are gorgeous, but when it comes to the plot and characters, I would prefer to stay with her newer books.

  • Unlike the first three books that featured Sarah Montgomery as the main character, it’s taking me a bit longer to warm up to Emmie, a character that has one bad thing happen after another. At under 100 pages, the author wastes no time jumping right into the plot and she uses her clever writing to keep me interested in the fifth installment. Overall, while A Heart’s Promise isn’t exactly a perfect sequel, but thanks to the author’s wonderful writing chops, it’s still worth reading.

  • Anyway lets get to the review of this book. I think this may be my favorite book in this series so far. I think I love these characters the most out of any of them.

  • A Heart’s Promise is book five in the Journey of the Heart series. Colleen Coble is an amazing author. Every time I read one of her books, I’m so engrossed in the story. I can not wait till I get to read the last installment in this series. It’s sure to be a great story!

  • “A Heart’s Promise” written by Colleen Coble is book five of a Christian romantic suspense series. The year is 1866, Wyoming Territory. May the reader be reminded of booklet four. Emmie Croftner’s deceased husband was a bigamist and Emmie has a secret. Rand Campbell knows her secret, would he tell Isaac Liddle? Is Emmie going to continue living in the past or will she love a man again? After being abused by a husband, and pregnant how should she respond? Are men just full of exuberance and flattery, or can they be trusted?

  • Moments says:

    I have been enjoying this series so much as there is so much tied into these story – love and betrayal among families and loved ones, and hope and redemption. However, this installment to the story really seemed to be filled with action and a lot of things were happening in everyone’s lives, but there are also unanswered questions that left me hanging and eager to read the next installment.

  • There’s quite a bit going on in “A Heart’s Promise”, the fifth installment of Coble’s Journey of the Heart series. Emmie returns Isaac’s interest but fears that the secrets of her past will make him hate her. She makes a promise to a friend that could change her life forever. Then as the old saying goes, a troublemaker turns up again “like a bad penny”. And then there are rumors that another troublemaker may still be alive.

    So – with one more installment left in the series, “A Heart’s Promise” left me with several questions I would like to have answered and anxious to read the last book. This has been an interesting that has give me and other Coleen Coble fans a look back at her very first novels. How far she has come yet the indications of greatness were there from the start.

  • Book four turned a corner for me. I started to really care about the characters and was looking forward to this installment. Some great characters from previous books show up. One is a welcome addition, another is clearly going to wreak havoc at Fort Kearney, just like she did at Fort Laramie. You know, the character you love to hate.

  • A Heart’s Promise – gives us a bit more of a look in Emmie, more of an exploration than a continuation of the plot… but sometimes that’s exactly what you need. The heart of a character – sometimes – gives us more of a move forward than action ever could.

    Getting to the heart of the matter is something Colleen Coble excels at!

  • This was a nice clean finish to the Journey of the Heart series. There were a few pieces of drama thrown in not only for Emmie but also for Isaac. Just when you think all is lost a glimmer of hope is thrown in.

    All in all this is a nice period series where you feel the drama of the times. Misunderstandings between cultures and a heated time of war. Tragedy and loss happen but with God’s grace happiness can be found.

  • Emmie Croftner has had a very hard life, as we’ve read up to now. Her plight continues in this story as she agrees to marry her friend’s husband in the event of her friend’s death in childbirth.
    Isaac Liddle has turned his attentions toward Emmie, but can she ever trust another man? Now the nemesis from a previous book, one who had Sarah kidnapped, Jessica. How she gets away with her crimes is beyond me, but now she is after Emmie.
    Come and see how Emmie is weathering the storms all around her, and is now expecting a baby. Will Isaac still want her?

  • After waiting what seemed like FOREVER, I received book 5 out of the 6 book series..and let me tell you..it was well worth the wait!

  • I like that a lot of the secondary characters have more of a voice as the serial continues. The first few books where about Sarah, and now the story has switched to Emmie. The historical details in this book are interesting and I thought some of the twists in the story were surprising.
    Fans of Colleen Coble will enjoy this serial!

  • I think I enjoyed this installment in the Journey of the Heart series more than any other so far. Not only is Emmie so wholly likeable, but there’s good romantic tension between Emmie and Isaac, the plot moves forward quite a bit, and characters from previous installments make return appearances to shake things up.

  • Here we are back at it again 🙂 ‘A Heart’s Promise’ is book number five in the Journey of the Heart series, but more like book two in the Emmie installments. This episode kept us trucking right along. We had a lot of great glimpses of Emmie, Sarah, and Amelia all bonding over their pregnancies. There is also a new girl in the fort…who turns out to be an old, yucky, rival: Jessica. And Jessica has set her sights on Issac. This leaves Emmie wondering who Issac really has feelings for and if she can even still claim his heart after what she’s said and done.

    The ending event was rushed and abrupt to me. Besides that and Issac getting a little moody like Rand used to do, book five was another novella success. 4 stars.

  • Such a beautiful story of hope, renewal and forgiveness that has been the theme of this series from beginning to end. I’d rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars. I have loved this series from the beginning. They are short, but feels like a full length novel that only leaves you with wanting so much much more!

  • The saga continues, these books are like a soap opera, with so much drama and unrealistic life situations thrown in. I have liked some of Ms. Coble’s newer series but this series is just really a bit too much. Good thing they are so short! The characters are okay, but I had a hard time relating to them. I could see one or two bad things happening to the,.I understand the pioneers had a hard life, but all of the drama gets really old. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Oh dear I truly LOVE this series and this one is SO hard to review because I don’t want to give anything away!…When you reach the end of A Heart’s Promise it leaves waiting for the other shoe to drop and I’m sure it will be dropping soon!….

  • This is going to be a short review, because I disliked the same things about this novella as I disliked about the previous four in the series, and I’m pretty much only reading and reviewing it because that was the condition for signing up for the tour—that I’d review all six books in the series. My bad.

    The characters aren’t inspiring (and Emmie seems to have had a character transplant since the last book), the plot is predictable (thanks to the spoilers in the plot summary on the book’s copyright page) and the writing is merely average (although Coble has made some “massive changes” since the books were first published).

  • Ms. Coble is an amazing writer. How she thinks of all these intricate plots is beyond me but not only does she do it she also gives us interesting characters to spend time with as well. Emmie is a widow and she is pregnant however she doesn’t want Isaac to know any of this. So she agrees to marry her friend’s husband now that her friend has died in childbirth. Isaac has no idea of what is going on all he knows is that he loves Emmie and would like to marry her. Emmie and Isaac are such a wonderful characters and we get so emotionally involved with them and we want them to get together and we want them to succeed. There is a lot going on in these ninety-seven pages that will keep you super interested. The only bad thing is we have to wait until the next book for everything to be resolved.

  • WV Stitcher says:

    Anyone who enjoys historical fiction should give this mini series a chance, I will say that the books do have to be read in order to fully understand the characters. While parts of the story are a tad predictable that doesn’t keep me from looking forward to the final book in the series.

  • A Heart’s Promise-A Heart’s Promise is Book Five out of Six in Colleen Coble’s Journey of the Heart Series. I have really enjoyed every book in this series. They are quick to read, with each installment at just around 100 pages. The characters are so real and believable, I feel like I am going through their joys and trials with them.

  • I’m intrigued to see how the truth will come out about Emmie and it was interesting to learn that some “enemies” I thought were long gone are back! Added to the suspense as her friend’s pregnancy gets difficult and the childbirth takes a bad turn. I also wondered when Emmie and Isaac would ever get together and was a little frustrated she didn’t talk to Isaac right away about her past, especially when she knows someone else is going to. I like the story, but I don’t feel it’s nearly as good as some of her later work.

  • I cannot wait to see how book six ties this whole series together. I enjoyed the twists and turns of A Heart’s Promise. I was glued to this book and couldn’t stop reading until I was finished.

  • In many ways this book was my favorite book of the series so far. I enjoyed the storyline that Emmie was in love with Isaac, but that they might never actually be able to be together. Emmie has had a tough life and she suffers from feeling of inadequacy and feels unlovable.What really stands out to me about this book was the pregnancies and deliveries. I could never imagine what pioneer women endured.

  • I knew I was going to like Emmie’s story from the beginning! Her fragile heart and her spunk that she doesn’t seem to realize she possesses endears me to her. Her insecurity with her situation and her family’s reputation is something that everyone, at one point and time, can relate to. I also knew this was going to be one of my favorite installments of the Journey of the Heart series when I read one of my favorite verses in the beginning: “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” – Isaiah 43: 1-2

  • In A Heart’s Promise we see Emmie struggle with her feelings for Isaac and the consequences that those feelings will bring. It’s no wonder after being raised by an alcoholic brother, having a manipulative brother like Ben, and then being deceived by Monroe that she’s a bit leery when it comes to men. Aside from the husbands of her two closest friends she’s had no examples of what authentic love looks like.

  • This is the fourth book in the Journey of the Heart book series and it continues down the path of suspense and intrigue. It also keeps you wanting to read on and find out how everything will finally tie together in the final book next month.

    Colleen continues to deliver amazing historical fiction that draws you in and makes you feel like you are apart of the story. I can almost visualize everything Emmie has been going through with the struggle she has with Isaac, the childbirth her dear friend goes through and thinking about her own.

    I think the character development is much stronger in this book than the previous ones and it helps as you learn more about the characters and care more about what they are going through.

  • I have grown to absolutely love this series with each new release. It is positively one of my favorite series.

  • Poor Emmie has learned to distrust men so it takes her awhile to see that not all men are the same. Even though her life has been tough it is encouraging to see that she is still a very giving person and a great friend to everyone.

    I enjoy reading historical fiction especially when I learn something, this one sure makes me appreciate the luxuries we have nowadays, such as heaters and hospitals to have babies in.

  • This latest book in the saga did not disappoint me. It had the plot twists that I’ve learned to expect in this series and held my interest fully. Once again there is romance, history and faith blended into a quick reading book. The characters continue to tug at my heart and I’m eager to know where the next bend in the road will take them, both literally and emotionally.

    Dear Colleen Cobble, just as Oliver Twist requested, “More!” I want to know the next chapters in life for Sarah and Emmie. I’ve come to like them so.

  • I had to go back through a few of the earlier books to remember what happened in those. In that regard, the separation of the book didn’t work for me. The interesting point of A Heart’s Promise is how the plot switches gears from being so concerned for Sarah’s well-being, to getting our hopes up again for a completely new romance. It’s rather like a soap opera. The shining star of A Heart’s Promise was a new character named Maggie. She works at the wash house and has such potential – I hope to see Colleen Coble base a book around Maggie at some point!

  • I’m pretty sure that is my favorite book (A Heart’s Promise) from this series. The characters are better developed and the book moved along at just the right pace. Once I arrived at the end of the book, I was so excited to read the next one. This series keeps me wanting more.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    Books 1-3 follow the story of Sarah and Rand, and books 4-6 follow Emmie Croftner’s story. Sarah, Rand and other main characters are still mentioned though because they live in the same area.

    Emmie finds herself widowed and pregnant living out west among her friends. She’s starting to fall in love with Isaac but doesn’t want to tell him her secret for fear of losing him.

  • Part five of the six part novella series, Journey of the Heart, was a true delight to read. With only one more book to go in the series, I am sad to see it coming to an end. Part five is probably one of my favorites of the series, once again full of mystery, romance and a little something for everyone. Being a novella, it is again, very quick to read, I read it in only a couple of hours. Colleen Coble has a remarkable way of bringing to life her stories and characters and I have adored the character and life of Emmie, my favorite character of the series. It is apparent that Coble has done much research to bring to life historical facts, and drawing one into each part of the story throughout this series and this part. I look forward to seeing how Coble brings the series to an end in the next book, A Heart’s Home.
    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

  • This is book 5 in the series ~ and I liked the story of Emmie. The book was short and easy to read and I did it in one sitting. I think I would have preferred this to be one big book – instead of the shorter ones because I had a lot of time inbetween reading and forgot about the one before, but I think you could really do them as stand alone stories. In “A Heart’s Promise” The plot had twists and kept me from putting it down. Over all it was very enjoyable.

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