Home by Morning
Author: Kaki Warner
Kaki Warner’s Heartbreak Creek series has a consistent theme of Redemption and Homecoming and Home By Morning was no different.
Pru and Thomas, who are both fighting to figure out where they belong and what their purposes are in a post Civil War world, find that hurts can heal with the right love and support, and home is rarely found without a struggle; often in unexpected places and with the least likely of people.
Anyone who has followed The Runway Bride series or the Heroes of Heartbreak Creek series, of which this is the third and final book, know that Pru and Thomas have been dancing around each other for a long, long time. Despite coming from very different worlds, their similar sufferings and the enduring of similar prejudices have brought them together and allowed them to learn to love each other fiercely; but the timing has never been right. And it appears through most of this book that the timing still isn’t right. Pru is trying to further efforts to help former slaves via the underground railroad and the funding of education reform, which requires her to spend large amounts of time in the city and traveling. Whereas Thomas is ready to settle and needs the openness of Heartbreak Creek. Naturally this isn’t the only issue they must overcome, Ms. Warner throws in nasty villains and murder charges among other twists and turns.
Thankfully we know going in that there will be a happily ever after or it could make the emotional rollercoaster a bit hard to handle. Ms. Warner does a beautiful job of showing us how they resolve all the issues while wrapping us in the beautiful scenery that is the western frontier. The other characters we have come to know and love in Heartbreak Creek all make an appearance, reminding us why we loved them in the first place. Finally, Ms. Warner does a beautiful job wrapping up all the loose ends in an emotional and somewhat tragic epilogue.
All in all it was a lovely way to finish the Heroes of Heartbreak Creek series. It was a perfect balance of hard and rugged meets soft and sweet. If you’ve followed any of the other books you’ll definitely want to finish with this one. If you are new to Heartbreak Creek, I’m sure you’ll enjoy your visit and will most likely want to grab the other books to start from the beginning. This way you can really get to know the patchwork of people that make up the Heartbreak Creek family.
Thomas Redstone—a former Cheyenne warrior seeking new purpose by following the ways of his white grandfather—is returning to Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, when he decides to give the woman he loves one last chance to accept him into her life.
Prudence Lincoln’s beauty and education have brought her little joy. Envied by blacks for the advantages she’s had, and reviled by whites for her mixed blood, she’s proving herself by helping ex-slaves prepare for newfound freedom. Thomas has no place in her future, no matter how much she loves him.
He’s suffered only hardship. She was raised in privilege. Their only common ground is the spark between them that won’t die. Yet even as evil forces tear them apart again, they discover that courage can be a weapon, happiness is a choice, and love can triumph over anything.
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Series: Heroes of Heartbreak Creek #3
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (336 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
Home by Morning (The Heroes of Heartbreak Creek #3)