The War Between the Hearts by Nann Dunne

I love period pieces. And I like wartime stories. So I had high hopes for The War Between the Hearts. I wasn’t disappointed. Sarah-Bren Coulter, aka Bren Cordell, disguises herself as a man and becomes a Union spy during the Civil War. During her time posing as a Confederate scout, Bren is wounded and nursed back to health by the widow of another Confederate solider, Faith Pruitt. Faith discovers that Bren is really a woman and each of them feel some attraction but it’s not discussed. Then bad things happen.

I truly did enjoy this book. I liked the writing style and the non-romance aspects of the book. I enjoyed the romance parts, too, but as I got closer to the end it seemed to drag on a bit. What I mean by that is I had figured out who was going to end up with whom and some of the story seemed to be intent on dragging that final resolution out too long. I still liked it very much and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good historical fiction. Now, I’m not an expert on the Civil War but if there were any errors there, I didn’t notice them.

There’s a sequel called The Clash Between the Minds available. I also found that The War Between the Hearts was posted on The Academy of Bards but I haven’t read it so I don’t know how different it is. If you’ve read both, let us know if there’s a difference. Of course, if you can, pick up a copy of the book. It’s always good to support the authors if you can afford it.

True Colours by Karen A. Surtees and PruferBlue aka Nann Dunne

The other day I was thinking that I seldom come across an on line romances with a set of less than physical perfect protagonists. I know that we are not dealing with real life, so of course the ladies in centre stage tends to be of dream like beauty, but then again it would be nice with a bit of diversity.

Thinking back over some of the stories that I’ve read over time, I can think of a few with a protagonist with a handicap. Among these is “At First Sight” by Colleen that sports a beautiful blond blind writer, “Emotional Paralysis” by Larisa with a blond woman bound to a wheelchair after a car accident, and “Snap Shots” by MJ also sporting a blind woman this one with an interest in horses.

In my archives I also have an old uber tale from way back that fit right in with the diversity theme, its “True Colours” by Karen A. Surtees and PruferBlue. If you haven’t read it yet you have something to look forward to if you like an emotional romance.

“True Colours” and the sequel “Many Roads to Travel” is the story of the raven haired Taylor Jade Meridian (TJ) a powerful CEO of a major corporation, who returns to the small town of Meridianville, Texas to rebuild herself and the Meridian ranch where she grew up.

Going back to Texas is not really TJ’s idea at all but more of a last resort for her friends Erin and Paula to try and drag TJ out of her depression. A depression coursed by the death of her younger brother in a mobbing which has landed TJ with a spinal core injury and a life as a paraplegic.

Getting the ranch back in working order puts TJ in touch with the town vet the lonely hearted feisty blond Mary Theresa Gillespie (Mare) who more than anything proves to be the medicine that TJ needs to pull her out of her depression.
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“True Colours” is a great love story with a lot of emotional ups and downs for the ladies involved as they struggle with their own insecurities and the obstacles caused by TJ’s physical disability. The storyline is solid and spreads over a number of different themes that gives the relationship between TJ and Mare room to mature over time and through their shared experiences.

“True Colours” and the sequel “Many Roads to Travel” are favourites of mine, and I have had a great time revisiting TJ and Mare and their ever faithful friends Erin and Paula.

There are some broken links in the story, you can find the correct parts by changed the part number in the url.

If you can think of other stories that would fit the diversity theme you could leave a link in the comment box – maybe we can put together a list.

http://www.ausxip.com/fanfiction/t/truecolours.html