After reading the first two books of the Heart of the West series I became a confirmed Maggie Brendan fan, so I eagerly awaited A Love of Her Own. Imagine my surprise when I found a heroine that I absolutely could not endure! How on earth was I to relate to this self-absorbed, spoiled brat enough to get involved in the story? I kept reading and found April to be a host of contradictions and pretty entertaining. I even enjoyed seeing her get her comeuppance a time or two.

To my delight I witnessed an incredible change in April and the way she learned to relate to others. Maggie Brendan had a plan for the spoiled daddy’s girl after all – a plan to illustrate the magnificent transformation undergone by each person who turns to the Lord and His guidance. A Love of Her Own is a testimony and a lesson in faith and forgiveness. Not only that but it has some wonderful characters, especially Miss Margaret, an older woman who mentors April with tact and wisdom. Then, not to be overlooked, there is a sweet romance between April and Wes, a cowboy whose own ego has been badly trampled.

So, although A Love of Her Own may have started off on the wrong foot for me, I have to admit it is probably my favorite of the three Heart of the West books. Set in the small frontier town of Lewistown, Montana, A Love of Her Own is full of the history and excitement of the old west with a narrative that draws you in and makes you feel like you are there. This book is a must read for all lovers of historical fiction, especially those like me who love a good western romance.

“Available June 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


She has everything her heart desires . . .
except the one thing money can’t buy

A Love of Her Own is the eagerly awaited concluding book in Maggie Brendan’s Heart of the West series. Available in June 2010, it will take readers on an adventurous, spark-filled ride through love in turn-of-the-century Montana.

It’s here, in Lewiston, Montana, where April McBride travels to attend her brother’s wedding. Still cautious after a broken engagement, she fully intends to guard her heart. One look around the small mining town convinces April that doing so won’t be difficult—just a bunch of dusty shops, bad service, and ill-bred cowboys. But a run-in with horse trainer Wes Owen opens up vast possibilities for frustration, embarrassment, friendship, and . . . love?

Can April and Wes see past their differences to envision a future together? Or are they destined to live the rest of their lives alone?

A Love of Her Own by Maggie Brendan, Book 3 in the Heart of the West Series.
(ISBN: 978-0-8007-3351-3; Available June 2010; $14.99)

Praise for Maggie Brendan
“Brendan’s gentle style of prairie romance is reminiscent of Janette Oke,
capturing the heart of the old West with romance that will make you sigh.”
— Julie Lessman, author of the Daughters of Boston series

“Brendan blends colorful characters, lively dialogue, and intriguing historical details.”
— Amanda  Cabot, author of Paper Roses and Scattered Petals

“Maggie Brendan is adept at weaving a sweet love story.”
—Tamera Alexander, author of Beyond This Moment


Maggie Brendan is a member of American Christian Writers and the American Fiction Writers Association, and is a contributor to, a website for inspirational romance in the old West. You can read her blog at She is the author of No Place for a Lady and lives in Georgia.