When a big-hearted debutante collides with a small-town blacksmith set in his ways, it can mean only one thing—a war of hearts has come to Pine Creek.


Washington, 1892

Cameron Wallace thrives as both the blacksmith and the minister in his community of Pine Creek. Out of the fires of a chaotic childhood, he’s forged a peaceful life filled with safe relationships and predictable routines. But when the smithy he’s been renting is sold out from under him, the impulsive woman who buys it stokes the embers of emotions he’d rather keep unlit—and even has the audacity to lend a helping hand to his smithy work.

Samantha Klein has never been afraid to push boundaries when it comes to helping those whom society—and God—have overlooked, be they orphans, immigrants, or injured animals. When her latest attempt to aid a group of Chinese women lands her in a newspaper scandal, her high-society family sends her packing from Seattle. Setting out on her own, she purchases the Pine Creek smithy and hatches another plan for helping her immigrant friends. But only weeks after arriving in Pine Creek, her plan turns to ashes, and she’s overwhelmed by needs she can never hope to meet, including her own need to be seen and cared for. And the one who seems to understand her is the man who won’t let her anywhere near his heart, no matter the attraction that burns between them.

As Cameron struggles to find a new normal, and Samantha yearns for someone to share her burdens, old hurts and dangerous secrets make them both terrified to admit that what they need—and what God has planned for them—just might be each other.

My Thoughts:

Sparks fly and hearts ignite in this emotionally charged, arresting story of two unlikely characters that will take captive of your attention and have you eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next.

Samantha is the youngest daughter of a highly successful businessman and has often felt overlooked and underappreciated. Samantha has a large compassionate heart for those hurting and for the underprivileged, she often makes snap decisions based on her emotions and sometimes that leads her into trouble.

Cameron has learned to stuff his emotions and lock them away deep inside. He’s satisfied with the way his life is going, and he doesn’t appreciate change. Cameron sees’s emotions as a weakness, and he doesn’t have time for drama.

Both Samantha and Cameron can learn from each other if they will only set aside preconceived ideas and open their hearts to the possibility of change and of putting one’s trust in another person.

I give this fantastic story 5 stars, and would encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy for yourself!

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About the Author:

S.Kraak  A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

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  Three Words and a Kiss

Don’t miss the first two books in this series:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

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