Official Review: Her Traitor's Heart by Colleen Hall

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Official Review: Her Traitor's Heart by Colleen Hall

Post by katiesquilts » 12 Mar 2018, 17:09

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Her Traitor's Heart" by Colleen Hall.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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The Civil War has ended, and the citizens of Elmwood are trying to pick up the pieces of their broken lives and ignore the Yankees who have come as victors to instill new rules and even more hardships upon them. Coral Leigh is one such Southerner, trying to manage her family's plantation by herself with just two freed slaves and her bedridden mother after losing her father, brother, and fiance in the war. Clint Logan is a Yankee general, and he's determined to prove Coral's misconceptions about the Yankees wrong. He's patient when she lashes out, a perfect gentleman, and so charming she could almost fall for him...if it weren't for the fact that he and his Yankee men took everything she loved from her.

In Colleen Hall's Her's Traitor's Heart, Coral learns to overcome her prejudice and realizes what is most important in life. She had lost her faith in God after all the terrible things that happened to her and her fellow Southerners, but Clint's patient teachings slowly bring her back around. Throughout the book, Coral must deal with issues such as her own pride, her willingness to break from tradition, going against her own values, hurting others, and falling in love with a man who may ride out as a general and come back in a casket, just like her own family members did.

I really enjoyed the amount of detail in this novel. It's obvious that Colleen Hall did very in-depth research while she was writing. Her writing style was so fluid and captivating that I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind's eye rather than reading a book. Every page held vivid descriptions of life after the Civil War, as well as a little bit of Southern charm. All of the characters were charming and likable, even when they were full of human faults. The pace of the novel was smooth and the plot didn't include any unnecessary scenes. Also, I couldn't find any typos or other mistakes at all! It was very well edited.

The only thing that bothered me was that the plot was quite linear. There were no other male characters that had captured Coral's heart, no need to choose between the general and a charming Southern man. The reader knew exactly who Coral was coming to end up with, they just didn't know how. Some readers may enjoy that simplicity, but I prefer a little more drama in my romance.

Overall, I would give Her Traitor's Heart 3 out of 4 stars. I honestly wish I could give it 3.5 stars because it really was a great novel overall, but I can't see myself gushing over it and recommending it to all my friends who enjoy historical romance. Since it is so simple and could be read through in just a few hours, I would recommend it as light reading material during a plane ride, perhaps even on the way to visit the South to enjoy a little bit of Southern charm before you arrive! Also, since the novel is a work of Christian fiction, it is appropriate for all age levels. If I had teenage daughters who enjoyed romance, I would definitely recommend it to them.

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Post by cristinaro » 13 Mar 2018, 06:22

This novel reminds me of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler in Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. As you wrote in your review, what seems to be missing is another Ashley to be desperately in love with Scarlett too. Thank you!
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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Mar 2018, 06:45

A simplistic historical romance set in the south after the Civil War? I enjoy reading about that time period. There aren't enough books focused on life in the south after the war. Thanks for the review.
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Post by KFree_Reads » 13 Mar 2018, 07:14

Nice review! I just have five words...I want to read this! This is definitely my kind of romance. 😊

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 13 Mar 2018, 08:04

Historical fiction is just my thing! Sounds like the author has a lovely writing style - that is a must on my list of "must haves" in a book! Thanks for the review :)
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Post by Jbluestocking2 » 13 Mar 2018, 11:22

Loved your review! I, too, enjoy books with a slightly more layered plot line, and yet I'm drawn to reading this book just by the sound of your delight in the history and simple romance. It's great to have a lighter, yet thoroughly enjoyable book ready for the perfect moment. 😊

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Post by TinaV » 13 Mar 2018, 12:12

Excellent review...
I haven't read much historical fiction. Although after reading your review. I think I will put that one on my reading list.
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Post by melissy370 » 13 Mar 2018, 12:55

Being a gal from the South and a Christian this one is a must read for me. I usually like my storyline to be more complex but it may not matter in this instance.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 14 Mar 2018, 01:21

It sounds a bit bland but the plot is moving. As you said a bit more drama in a romance will keep the doctor away. I like it! Thank you for sharing!
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Post by Mercy Bolo » 14 Mar 2018, 08:48

As interesting as it would be to travel back in time to post-slavery America, I also prefer my romance infused with drama. Unpredictability adds a wonderful flair to every story.
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Post by bookreviewer2016 » 14 Mar 2018, 20:57

I've heard good things about Colleen Hall. Your review cemented my need to add her to my TBR. I enjoy a good historical romance novel. Although I agree that it's better if the author adds in some conflict or drama, I'll give this one a chance.

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Post by Hephzi Lolami » 15 Mar 2018, 20:04

I'm glad this is a romance novel that takes time to deal with the character and she wasn't in any way a perfect woman. Great review, I could consider reading it after a tiring day and accepting all the warmth it brings.

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Post by NL Hartje » 16 Mar 2018, 16:30

Have you read Gone with the Wind? I would be interested in comparing this author's style to that of Margaret Mitchell. Thanks for the review!
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Post by JenitaD » 17 Mar 2018, 04:09

Great book, absolutely love it!

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Post by Eileen R » 18 Mar 2018, 02:29

This looks really interesting. soo excited to read it... great review

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