Sally Clay’s livelihood has been snatched away, but in its place arises an opportunity to escape from her sordid past and an unrelenting, unwanted suitor. Boarding a train with a heartsick rancher and an enigmatic miner, she leaves Virginia City behind and heads to Northern California, waiting for the chance to make right what went wrong three long years before.
But the road to revenge is far from smooth. Sally soon learns that the jagged pieces of a broken heart can far too easily wound the hearts of others – and hers isn’t the only heart that’s broken.
Tragedy and fear dog her steps as she flees from the redwood forests to the high desert and back again. Will her bleeding heart ever find a way and a place to heal?
A desperate soiled dove. Three men who come to care for her. One man determined to claim her.
All on a journey that will show them what true love really involves.
Amber Stokes has a Bachelor of Science degree in English and a passion for the written word – from blogging to writing poetry, short stories, and novels. After her brief time at college in Oregon, she is now back home among the redwoods of Northern California, living life one day at a time and pursuing her passion via freelance editing and self-publishing her debut novel, Bleeding Heart.
Blogger turned author Amber Stokes has released her debut novel Bleeding Heart to much praise and felicitation. Taking the path less travelled with her historical western, Amber avoids typical conventions of the inspy genre to produce a work that is unique and moving. I applaud her from taking a huge risk midway through the story that alters the trajectory of the plot yet reinfuses momentum.
Seeking indemnity for her fall from grace, Sally forces herself upon the compassion of two miners who are nursing their own shattered dreams and broken hearts. No matter how far they run, there is no escaping the darkness that pursues them or the hurt of their pasts. Forced to confront their brokenness together, Sally, Myghal and Joe forge a profound bond. Although there are five principal characters, they are the three that stole the pages.
The pacing of certain developments and transitions between the three parts could have been a little more fluid and explored but Amber holds the reader interest throughout. This is not a story whose sole purpose is achieving a typical happily ever after (although the ending is sweet); instead Amber longs above all that her characters find peace and healing. Overall a wonderfully promising debut from an author with a distinct voice and style. Amber Stokes is certainly an author to watch as she develops and brings readers soulful stories.