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Monday, August 26, 2013

A Book Review -- Blog Tour: {Bleeding Heart} by Amber Stokes + A GIVEAWAY

About the Book: 

Five bleeding hearts. One profound journey. 

Summer 1886

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.

About the Author:  

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.

You can buy Bleeding Heart here
Visit the Bleeding Heart website here
Visit Amber's Blog here.

My Star Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

My Review:

When Amber approached me last year to read what she had written so far on her Bleeding Heart manuscript, I jumped at the chance!  It was with great pleasure that I read the beginning of this wonderful story, and it was with great pleasure that I agreed to read and review the final copy of Bleeding Heart for Amber's blog tour!  I count it an honor and a privilege to have been a part of Amber's writing journey.

The much anticipated debut of Bleeding Heart did not leave me disappointed!  From the opening pages, to the very end, I was captivated and intrigued by the characters and the individual journey's they were on.  I love how Amber tied the theme of broken hearts throughout the novel, and I enjoyed seeing how things unfolded for each of the characters.

With a detailed setting, well-drawn characters, and elements to pull on your heartstrings, Amber has penned a fine debut!  Two of the things I loved about the writing, was that in one moment I could feel the fear and tension happening on the page, and in another moment I could feel the bittersweet tenderness playing out for the characters.  The fact that I was brought to tears at one point is a very good thing -- it's a sign of VERY good writing, in my book!

I look forward to all that Amber has in store for us in the future, and I recommend Bleeding Heart without hesitation.

And now for the GIVEAWAY! a Rafflecopter giveaway

**With much thanks to Amber Stokes for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion and participation in the blog tour.**


  1. Aww, Michelle! This is such a sweet and meaningful review - I'm so blessed to have had your companionship and support along this journey. :) Thank you!!

    Looking forward to sharing more story journeys in the future, Lord willing! :) *Hugs*


  2. Hi Michelle, Great review of Amber's debut BLEEDING HEART. It is a wonderful novel. I appreciate all of the super reviews so thanks for sharing with us. I like your blog site btw

    1. Isn't Michelle's blog a lovely place to be? She's a lovely person! :)

      I've been so blessed by the feedback from reviewers so far - and by your support! Thank you!