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Lena's Courage (Spirited Hearts Series Book 2) by [Merritt, Ruby]
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Six years ago, Lena Schuler fled Cheyenne to escape the man who brutally stole her innocence. Now, believing her attacker has left Cheyenne for good, she’s returned to build a life for her and her son.

Attorney Lucas Kline has established a new identity and is making his mark as a trial lawyer in the burgeoning rail town of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Fighting to escape the guilt from his past, he’s determined to help shape the emerging territory into a law-abiding state.

When Lena’s attacker threatens the security of her son and others in the community, will she find the courage to face him in order protect those she loves? Can she trust Lucas to defend her secret before a township filled with doubt? Or will the guilt from Lucas’ past blur the lines between justice and vigilantism?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3107 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ruby Merritt (22 September 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015QIMR9W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #350,358 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 18 May 2016
By Dawn - Published on Amazon.com
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++Possible Spoilers+++

4.5 Stars - This can be a stand alone but I recommend reading the 1st (Ella's Choice) to get more backround on existing characters that show up again in Lena's Courage.

This is the second book I have read by this author and I cannot express enough how much I appreciate her extensive research to ensure historical accuracy.

First I strongly suggest reading the prologue regarding the history of the bushwackers. I found it not only interesting, but also found it added to the atmosphere of the story.

Being part German, this book truly spoke to me on a personal level. I had to laugh out loud at how accurate Merrit's depiction of the German characters were. I especially roared with laughter when Lucas was remebering how his mother would say something like a penny saved is a penny earned, because my German grandmother was always so cost conscious too! Do not misunderstand, this is not a humours book, my laughter was personal as I related Merrits characters to my own German relatives.

This is again a difficult story to summarize but I will do my best.

Lena (heroine) was raped at the age 16 by antagonist Frank Piecere, a wealthy spoiled dandy. Lena ended up leaving for Missouri to live with her Aunt Miriam after finding out she was carrying the child of her rapist. She returns 6 years later (after confirming Frank Pierce is not living there any longer)to Cheynne wanting her son to meet, live and grow up with her loving German family.

Lucas Kline, is a lawyer who has moved to Cheynne only 3 months ago. He has not spoken to his German family in over ten years due to some unfortunate mishaps that he blames himself for. He also sadly, has set aside, and hidden his German heritage.

When Lena and her son Jonah arrive in town and surprisingly spot Frank Pierce, they quickly duck inside the first business they come to. Lucas Klines Law office.

And here the story begins!

I will not give away any more but I will say that I love the themes here of family, respect, trust, honor.

The author does a superior job at showing the struggles of rape victims as they try to pick up the pieces of their lives. I also found it interesting that the rapes that occurr in this story are "date rapes." In making them so, the author then expands into the psyche of the victims as they try to come to terms with guilt and fault.

The characters are very well developed and complex. I loved them all, including the secondary characters (especially Mutti). The antagonist was a real person, not cartoonish. I actually felt a little bit of sympathy for him as well.

The pace is slow and steady.. which I personally like, but it did seem to lag a bit from time to time, but not enough for me to skim.

I lowered a half a star for the slight lag in the already slower pace and because we never get the verbal ILY'S.

Yes it is beyond clear that Lucas and Lena truly love each other deeply.. no question about it BUT!!! They never actually say it to each other, and I was a little disappointed about that. Ok Ok, I know Germans are generally people who do not express emotion easily and I suspect this may be the reason the author chose to exclude it. And in all truth, it really didn't need to be said, but it would have been nice.

I really loved the heroine who was strong and courageous. The hero was just perfect!

+sigh+

Most of all.....I really love the fact that this author does not feel it necessary to write about or to expand upon the heros past women. In fact she mentions nothing of this heros past relationships and I so LOVE her for it!!!

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

So to my friends with triggers like me, here is a short list of what you may want to know:

1. No OW mentioned at all. Yeay!
2. Nothing ever mentioned about heros past, but he is apparently experienced.
3. Heroine was raped (not by hero) but it is not described in detail, it was in the past
4. Another woman gets raped (not by hero) but it is not described in detail.
5. Hero never cheats or strays
6. No cursing that I recall
7. 1 or 2 loving scenes done tastefully (and detailed)

Overall I will continue to read this authors work, and would absolutely recommend to all my friends.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read! 15 April 2016
By Revati - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book. Characters were believable and well fleshed out. The story appears to be historically realistic and well researched. A little less 'adult' content than I generally read, but certainly not a prudish story. Beautifully thought out story line, but I did feel like there was a major part missing at the end, regarding Lucas' family, which was one of the main complications in the story, and was left completely unresolved.
Definitely recommend for historical romance lovers.

I believe 100% that all books containing rape or sexual assault should come with a warning. This is a topic many people are uncomfortable with for varying reasons, and can be unreasonably confronting if not prepared.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, powerful and a true winner..... 3 October 2015
By Dorothy - Published on Amazon.com
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I love it when I read a winner! This author has a real talent in developing her characters. Lena left Cheyenne feeling shame and sorrow as a result of being violated. This is Civil War era where there was no help or counseling for this crime. Her dear Aunt in Missouri took her in and helped her with her son. Jonah is a joy in this book and I wanted to hug him. Lena has to return to Cheyenne where her parents, siblings and friends live because the Aunt died and she had no where to go. Lena meets Lucas Kline who is an attorney and learns other girls have been attacked since she left. The courage Lena finds to help these other victims was amazing. The writing of the story is powerful and heartfelt. I can't do this book justice in this review unless I give away the story-line and spoil it for you. I can only say that this book will be in my mind and heart for a long while. I highly recommend Lena's Courage as well as this author. The story is amazing!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 8 April 2016
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The plot was good and the characters were well developed. What kept this book from getting five stars? I was extremely disappointed with Lena's treatment of the Pierces who were innocent of the son's crimes, and especially since it was clear that Mr. Pierce was dying. I felt that Lena's behavior was unnecessarily cruel. I expected more from her. If that had been handled with more compassion on her part, this would have been a five star book for me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok 25 October 2016
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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A western romance. In my opinion the writing was like a young girls dream, Prince charming, etc. There were at least 30 pages devoted to the honeymoon. Boring.