Defiant Heart by Marty Steere Book Review

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Defiant Heart Author Marty Steere

Defiant Heart

I loved this book so much! Author Marty Steere really knows how to write a great historical fiction with lots of action, romance and a superb plot. Defiant Heart captured me completely from beginning to end with the courageous Jon Meyer, an admirable boy with a will to keep moving on despite every bump and dip on the road. Set during World War II in a small town of Indiana, conflicts of the war have a major role to how the story develops into one exciting read.

The story swiftly switches to different points of view without missing a beat, thus giving you the chance to come close with the characters. I’m so excited for everyone to meet Walt, Ben, Tommie and most of all Mary, a brilliant girl who’s such a great judge of character and Jon’s true love. All of them were very well written, believable and some were even downright hilarious, making me laugh countless of times.

I don’t have a single thing to complain about this wonderful and perfect book. It’s the kind that teaches you valuable life lessons you will want to immerse yourself over and over again, through heartache and all. Trust me on this one, Defiant Heart awaits to charm its readers with a beautiful love story you don’t want to miss!


♥♥♥♥♥ 5/5 Hearts (Book Ratings Guide)

About the Book:

Set against the backdrop of small town America on the eve of World War II, Defiant Heart features two extraordinary characters and one unforgettable love story.

In the spring of 1941, young Jon Meyer’s family dies in a tragic accident, and he is sent to live in a small Indiana town. He arrives to find himself unwanted and shunned.

Mary Dahlgren is the daughter of the town’s mayor. A pretty girl, she could have the pick of the boys in town, including Vernon King, the star of the vaunted high school basketball team. To the chagrin of her friends, though, Mary has always been more interested in books than boys. That is, until she meets Jon.

But Jon and Mary are kept apart by an insidious campaign orchestrated by Mary’s father, who perceives their relationship a threat to his political aspirations, and Vernon, to whom Jon is a rival for Mary’s affections. For months Jon is subjected to a painful ostracism. Then, just when the young man’s earnestness and perseverance begin to win over many of the townsfolk and it appears that love may conquer all, tragedy strikes.

As the country is caught up in war, so too are the young lovers swept up in events beyond their control, leaving both fighting for their very lives. If, against the odds, they are to be together, each will need to find the strength, the courage and the resourcefulness that beat only in a defiant heart.

  • Title: Defiant Heart
  • Author: Marty Steere
  • E-book: 385 pages
  • Publisher: Penfield Press (April 15, 2013)

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  1. Excellent review of excellent book.

  2. Thanks for taking part in the tour. I’m so glad you loved Defiant Heart as much as I did. I didn’t want it to end!

  3. Thank you for the review, sounds like a great story.

  4. Karen H in NC says

    I love reading historical romances set in the 19th century best but I do enjoy a good historical fiction or romance set in early 20th century. This book sounds like a good read.

  5. Viandari Maretty says

    5/5 hearts ? perfect rating , makes me want to read this book .

  6. Yes, the 5 star rating makes this book very interesting. I’m going to check it out because it sounds god. Adding it to my TBR.

  7. I’m definitely going to add this to my TRL. It sounds like a great read and the reviews are all so positive. Thanks for your review.
    Carol L

  8. I enjoyed this book.

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