My Thoughts - Book: Heart of Gold Author: Lacy Williams
About the Book
Book: Heart of Gold
Author: Lacy Williams
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Release date: May 11, 2023
They survived a harrowing near-death experience. Can a poignant family Christmas bring them together?
Ida needs a quiet Christmas at home to rest and find her footing again. But her boisterous family is anything but quiet and things only get worse when her U.S. Marshal brother brings home a prisoner for the holiday—the same outlaw that saved her life.
Tom Seymour discombobulates her. He’s arrogant and unrepentant. But when she’s forced to nurse his injuries, she realizes that his persona is all a facade. The man underneath is wounded and kind and in need of redemption.
But Tom must make a choice between his old life and the chance to make a new one with Ida. Can she trust the man he is becoming or will he betray her?
Lacy Williams wishes her writing career was more like what you see in Hallmark movies: dreamy brainstorming from a French chateau or a few minutes at the computer in a million-dollar New York City penthouse. In reality, she’s up before the sun, putting words on the page before her kids wake up for the day. Those early-morning and late-night writing sessions add up, and Lacy has published sixty books in a decade, first with a big five publisher and then as an indie author. When she needs to refill the well, you can find Lacy birdwatching, gardening, biking with the kiddos, or walking the dog. Find tons of bonus scenes and reader extras by becoming a VIP reader at www.lacywilliams.net/vip .
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Do you like “stranded together” stories as much as I do? Being stuck in an airport, a snowstorm, a wedding weekend… Yes, please, to all of the above.
But has it ever happened to you in real life?
Twenty-plus years ago, when I was a freshman in college and before I started dating my handsome hubby, I dated this other guy.
We met at a mixer during the first few days of the semester and hit it off pretty quickly. Classes started, we saw each other a few times socially.
He was pledging a fraternity and invited me to go with him to a co-ed overnight trip.
And then when we got there, he sort of just… disappeared. For hours. I finally found him and then followed him around… until I finally got the hint. Sometime in the days between when he’d invited me to the float trip, and when we arrived, his feelings changed.
It was SOOO awkward for the rest of the night and then the next day. Not the place and time I wanted to be ghosted. And it was worse because I’d ridden down with a mutual friend and had no way to get the two-plus hours home until the next day.
It wasn’t a romantic or fun time. More like a disaster.
A disaster is exactly what my heroine Ida thinks about being stuck with ex-bad guy Tom for Christmas. They get snowed in with her family (and her deputy older brother) and at first it is awkward.
And then… it’s not awkward anymore.
By the time the snow melts, Ida has caught feelings for Tom.
You can read this story free in KU or win a copy through this giveaway! Ida and Tom’s love story is called Heart of Gold.
Heart of Gold is written by Lacy Williams. This is part of the Wind River Hearts Series. I have not read the entire series and I did not have any trouble following along. Ida is back at home after being kidnapped. She is looking forward to Christmas and readjusting to life. However, the one Seymour brother that was captured is badly injured. Ida helps with his care. With the Christmas holiday, Ida’s US Marshal brother has them bring Tom into their home.
Tom does not know anything other than a life of being an outlaw. His parents passed at an early age and he was thrust into the care of his brothers. He sees being brought to Ida’s house as a way to escape - but the family is plentiful and watchful. He has made a lot of mistakes - and suddenly he starts to visualize a life outside of what he has been doing.
Ida is traumatized by what happened to her. She has to put on a brave face and not let Tom see her ruffled. However she starts to see him differently - can she forgive the man that was a part of her kidnapping.
This is a story of redemption and second chances. The author did a great job adding a bunch of historical details to give us a glimpse of what outlaws were like. Thank you to the author, publisher and Celebrate Lit for allowing me to read a copy of this book all thoughts are my own.