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Will John learn who Bert truly is? Will their lives ever return back to normal? Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 17th by Zondervan first published December 1st More Details Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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More filters. Sort order. Jan 22, Katie rated it it was amazing. This is the scene that unfolds to begin this gripping story. It captured my attention and carried me on through the book until I reached the final pages. I love when I shut a book after reading the last sentence…then open it to flip through the pages again, savoring each exciting moment! That shows you what I think of the adventures tucked within its pages — I want to relive every moment over again! John was instantly a likable fellow. I loved how hard working he was and how he always looked out for those nearest and dearest to him.

Ember also was easy to grow attached to. She had such a scarred and bruised past that she so desperately wanted to keep hidden so she could keep others safe. What a heroine! The Timmons brothers brought smiles to my face in the way they teased and roughed with each other. And when the boys discovered that Ember was not a boy — why I just about laughed out loud at their reaction! Another character that I grew attached to as such a wonderful mother-figure was Leah.

She had suffered much in the past few years with the murder of her husband, but she had a houseful of boys and one lonely, scared girl on the run to care for. She never looked down on anyone, but treated everyone equally. I always loved when Leah imparted her wisdom to her boys or to Bert. She was a very endearing character and reminded me of the Proverbs 31 woman. There is very little in this book that I need warn you about — DiAnn wrote it exceptionally clean and teen friendly. Through and through, it was clean and held valuable lessons about trust and finding redemption in Christ.

Apr 17, Laura rated it liked it. And then a whirlwind of emotions sent his heart spinning. Cattle rustlers have started murdering on these Colorado ranches and whether she likes it or not, Bert is a suspect. And why? It is the basic plot of a good girl trying to protect a bad family and falling in love with the one man who could put her family behind bars. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book, making it ideal for book clubs.

Aug 28, Brandi rated it really liked it Shelves: christian-historical-fiction. Needless to say, I was immediately hooked. And the book held my attention through the rest of the story as well. If I was so engaged, why the 4 star rating? Well, the book was great.

The plot was good. The characters were developed well. The setting worked. But there was one part I didn't care for. The book had a lot of action in it. A near hanging, a shootout, a murder, etc. But she could've done more with the danger. Built the tension, added more risk, and escalated emotions. I've been reading too much Mary Connealy. This is the first I've read of DiAnn Mills. I'd seen her books from time to time and they looked interesting. I finally decided to just read one John was a sweetheart. He was strong, and confident, and protective, and kind.

I agree with his mother. He was born too old. He grew up too fast. He needed to smile, and laugh, and tease more.

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He was still sweet, just a little too serious. That was so cute how he fell head-over-heels in love with Ember - even though he hated it half the time. Isn't Ember such a beautiful name? It's so pretty and eloquent. I refuse to call her by the disgusting nickname her backstabbing brothers invented for her. It's so ugly. Especially compared to Ember. Ember was sweet, and sensitive, and shy. She was also brave, and sincere, and kind.

I thought it was kind of strange how she had lived with her rotten brothers her entire life. She endured abuse and rejection. But she still quaked in fear when others questioned her. You'd think she would have built up a tolerance and wouldn't have been so scared. Oh well. I liked how they found out that she was a girl. That was definitely dramatic. Evan - He was really sweet. He was so nice, and good with both animals and people. That's so sad how he had to put aside his affection for Ember.

I hope he finds some sweet girl that loves him to death. Leah was great. A fiercely caring mother that would lay down her life for her children without batting an eyelash.

And she took to Ember so well. She was a great example.

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Though I hate his name, I have to admit, Wirt's a great guy. He's sweet, and caring, and totally in love with Leah. Simon was such a fool-brained, coldblooded jerk! How could he abuse and take advantage of his own sister?! The double-crossing, dung-eating moron! Victor - I knew he was the bad guy! At first I thought it was just Simon, but once I realized that he was locked up and I still had a fourth of the book left, I just knew it was him.

Aaron and Mark were a lot of fun. Annoying most of the time. Boy, were they surprised when Ember ended up being a girl! Davis was such a sweetie. He was so innocent and adorable. I'd have thought him younger than just nine. In case you're wondering, yes, I plan to read more of DiAnn's novels. Feb 27, Heather rated it really liked it Shelves: read-ebook , read-owned.

Returning a stolen heart was the right thing to do, or so Bert thought. Being mistaken for a horse thief and being sentenced to hang was not part of the plan. Deputy John Timmons is the picture of responsibility. He takes care of the family ranch, his brothers and his mom. When he happens upon a hanging he thinks he's saving a young boy from a horrible fate.

It's not until he takes the boy home that he learns Bert is a girl. Cattle rustlers have moved into the area in northern Colorado where Ber Returning a stolen heart was the right thing to do, or so Bert thought. Cattle rustlers have moved into the area in northern Colorado where Bert becomes a prime suspect when she refuses to give her real name or what she's running from. In Bert John sees a sweet spirit, or so he hopes.

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Because how can he arrest the woman who has stolen his heart? The twists and turns in the book, while sometimes predictable, was still a lovely story of trust. Trusting in God, in love, in relationships and in yourself. The story was an uplifting reminder of the power of love. The characters were interesting though some could have been fleshed out a little bit more. The plot was interesting, though again a little predictable, it was still a classic story that is always good.

Overall I would recommend the book to someone looking for a good Christian romance novel. It was a great nightstand read. The book is accompanied by a group discussion guide. Zondervan Publishing was gracious enough to provide me with a complimentary copy of this novel for review purposes. Oct 28, Wendy Sparkes rated it really liked it Shelves: tbr , christian-historical. Sequel to Murders, cattle rustling, and a girl running from a past she won't talk about Deputy John Timmons has his hands full!

Dec 20, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: talking-books-for-the-blind. Great story. Wonderful suspense and charming romance. Mar 01, Amy rated it it was ok. Then, as so often happens, high drama goes thump at the end of the book, followed by a two-page epilogue that's supposed to stand in for denouement. I gave it two stars rather than one because I enjoyed reading many of the scenes and there was some good dialog. The overall story arc was only worth one star. Apr 04, Herman Fassett rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , romance , historical-fiction , clean , christian , western. They all claimed to love her and doubted her at the first chance Didn't seem genuine to me.

Almost three mostly because a lot of tropes in this story I enjoy. May 03, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: western , romance , america-mountain-west , historical , s-late. Parts of this were pretty good, but parts were melodramatic. Aug 19, Nicki Rhode keck rated it it was amazing. I really loved this book! I was very satisfied with how everything was resolved. It was a very riveting book.

Fire in Ember: A Novel

Mar 17, Erin rated it really liked it. Made me want to read the other one. Apr 14, Dawn Kinzer rated it it was amazing. Some of the characters from her previous novel, A Woman Called Sage, are included in this story. The story takes place in Deputy John Timmons feels responsible for his widowed mother and four younger brothers.

Besides helping to keep the law in the area, he runs the ranch that provides for his family. Afraid the boy will be harmed, John pays the rancher and takes Bert home to work the debt off on his own ranch. But once her debt has been paid, she plans to leave the ranch, afraid of being found by brothers who abused her. When cattle rustlers begin attacking the area ranches, Bert fears her brothers might be the culprits. But ashamed of her past, and not wanting to put anyone in danger, she keeps her former life a secret. And when cattle continue to be taken from surrounding ranches, he becomes uncertain whether he can trust her.

This novel is an action-packed adventure with twists and turns. The Fire in Ember is about facing fears with courage—trusting that God will help. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys historical romance with a Christian world view.

Aug 23, Myrtoula rated it really liked it. There might be areas in our life, issues that we have to deal with individually that need work, such as a trust issue, or maybe a difficulty to accept love. Or to open up to another person enough to be in a relationship with them. Now there are a million self-helf books out there you can read and be confused by to your heart's content. You can also choose to read a story instead, a story that deals with some of the things that are troubling you, but not through talking.

Through showing. Through There might be areas in our life, issues that we have to deal with individually that need work, such as a trust issue, or maybe a difficulty to accept love. Through living. That's why I loved this book. It is a deeply romantic novel set in the time of cowboys and girls with bonnets, and the main characters are a family of a wodowed mother raising five sons. And Bert, of course, our heroine. First of all there is the whole girl-in-boy's-clothes thing, that personally is a theme that I only need to hear about and by that alone I want to read the book.

It was very elegantly done, I have to say. The characters in this book are well-fleshed and complex. I particularly liked how each of the brothers had his own personal coming-of-age story, and how they were disinguished from each other, since they were completely different characters. And then we have John and Bert. Bert with her fear, and her emotional scars and her trust issues. And John, who can't even let himself laugh, so much does he feel the weight of responsibility of his brothers and the ranch.

They are brought together, each with the herculean tast of rescuing the other, loving and being loved by each other. The romance was slow-building and I was able to savor it. But it wasn't the main plot point of the novel. Its focus was God and how He is the only One who can held and rescue and restore. I liked this book because I learned a lot about myself from reading it, and about how God works with broken, fragile people who need Him. It amazed me to see how the author portrayed His love for each and every character, shown in a different way for everyone, according to their needs and character.

I completely recommend this book. May 22, Amberli rated it really liked it. I love western books, I just do, but I don't read a lot of them for two reason. The women in most western are written as winey, cry-babies flat characters. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Audiobook Download. Availability: Unrestricted available worldwide. He cares for his mother and four younger brothers, and their future depends on him to keep their Colorado ranch profitable.

Ember Farrar Bert has run away from her lawbreaking family in search of a new life. But, when she attempts to return a horse that her brother had stolen, ranch hands believe she is a thief and a boy and they plan to hang her. John, who is also a deputy marshal, breaks up the hanging. After paying for the stolen horse, he takes the boy home to work off the debt. Later he learns Bert is a girl who refuses to tell him who she is and why she possessed a stolen horse.