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Tuesday, April 18, 2023

My Thoughts - Dreams of the Heart Author: Penny Zeller


Dreams of the Heart Kick-Off Package

About the Book

Book: Dreams of the Heart

Author: Penny Zeller

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: March 7, 2023

Sometimes the hardest battles take place in the heart.

Poverty and abuse at the hands of her drunkard father leaves Hannah Bane trapped and alone. Without hope, she prays for a miracle just on the off-chance God will hear her. Will the handsome new deputy, who seems to be watching her every move, be Hannah’s one chance to escape the only life she’s ever known?

For as long as he can remember, John Mark Eliason has wanted to be a deputy sheriff. When a job opens in the nearby town of Poplar Springs, he eagerly accepts, but finds his greatest mission won’t be tracking down criminals and bringing justice to the ruthless Wyoming town, but saving a beautiful young woman he barely knows.

Will an unexpected answer to a difficult situation show how love can endure—and even thrive—in an unconventional situation? Or will fear and uncertainty keep two hesitant hearts apart?

In the sequel to Forgotten Memories, author Penny Zeller weaves a tender tale of faith, romance, and humor in a memorable story that reminds us God hears every prayer and has a plan for every life.

Wyoming Sunrise Series
Prequel: Love’s New Beginnings (Lydie and Solomon’s story)
Book One: Forgotten Memories
Book Two: Dreams of the Heart
Book Three: When Love Comes (December 5, 2023)


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About the Author

Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics.

Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. Her desire is to assist and nurture women into a closer relationship with Christ.

When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball.

Penny is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website,, her blog,, and on Facebook at To subscribe to her monthly newsletter with book news and other fun morsels, please go to


More from Penny

A handsome deputy sheriff.

A woman in search of freedom.

An unconventional situation.

These three statements sum up the faith, tender romance, and plentiful humor found on the pages of Dreams of the Heart.

Some highlights during the writing of this book:

  • I conducted a lot of research on sheriffs because John Mark, one of the main characters, is a deputy sheriff in the small and lawless fictional town of Poplar Springs in 1894.


  • Many of us have heard of famous Old West lawmen such as the Earp brothers (Kansas, Texas, and Arizona), Doc Holliday (Arizona), and Pat Garrett (New Mexico). In my research, I also learned of a Wyoming Territorial sheriff named Christopher Castle who, with his deputies, noted the amount of money an outlaw had in his pocket when arrested. Later, when a fine was assessed, it was that exact amount.


  • A fun fact: some of the duties for Old West sheriffs included keeping the peace, collecting taxes, issuing liquor licenses, keeping the streets clear of dead animals, and cleaning up manure.


  • There is a brief Wild West shootout in Dreams of the Heart inspired by an historical Wyoming character’s experience.


  • John Mark carries a Colt Peacemaker revolver. While writing the book, I accidentally typed in “Colt Pacemaker”. Glad I caught it, although I’m sure it would have given my editors a laugh.


  • John Mark’s favorite cookie, the sugar cookie, is believed to have its origins in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, and was named the “Nazareth cookie”. Enjoy the following recipe for the cookies mentioned in the book.





Lydie’s Sugar Cookies


Combine the following:


½ c. butter

1 c. sugar

1 egg

¼ c. milk

½ tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. baking powder

2 c. flour


Roll out on floured board with rolling pin and use cookie cutters.


Bake at 325° for 8-10 minutes.

My Thoughts

Dreams of the Heart is book two in the Wyoming Sunrise series. This series is written by Penny Zeller. This story was amazing. The author transports you back in time - where you meet characters that you will be thinking about long after the book is done. You can read as a stand alone - however characters from the first book will make appearances. 

 Hannah Bane as had a rough life. She lives with her father who is not very nice to her. He drinks too much, brings her to town to fend for herself so that she can bring him home when he can barely stand. She is the topic of the town gossip with her worn out clothes and quiet nature. My heart felt for her. 

John Mark Eliason is new to his role as a deputy sherriff in Poplar Springs. He has always dreamed of this day. However, Hannah has caught his eye and he can't help but want to keep an eye on her. He knows her dads reputation. His dad is a preacher so he consults with him when he wants to try and save Hannah. 

I love reading this author's work. She always writes such great reminders about Trusting God. Her characters are well written. The storyline will draw you in within the first few pages. I am excited for the next book in series. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book - all thoughts are my own. 

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Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, April 17 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 17

Connie’s History Classroom, April 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool, April 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 20

For Him and My Family, April 21

Holly’s Book Corner, April 22

Mary Hake, April 22

Splashes of Joy, April 23

Cover Lover Book Review, April 24

Pause for Tales, April 25


To celebrate her tour, Penny is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Hello, Connie! Thank you so much for your wonderful review of "Dreams of the Heart". Your words blessed me richly, and I appreciate you taking the time to read and review Hannah and John Mark's story. Thank you also for being a part of the tour. Have a wonderful rest of your week!

  2. I look forward to reading this book. Hannah sounds like such a sweet girl, and John Mark a hero.

  3. Thank you, Roxanne, for your kind words!

  4. Connie, Thank you for sharing your excellent review! Penny Zeller is a new-to-me author.