My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice (My Heart Belongs) by Angie Dicken, book review

Journey now to Castle Gate, Utah of 1910 where…
Forbidden Love Tries to Survive Old World Expectations

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men, and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart…and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.

Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him.  When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Rock. . .though she will be leaving her heart behind.

My thoughts

Leanna had her whole life planned out, marry for love, go where your husband goes and have a great life. But things don’t go as planned and now Leanna is a widow, she is young and has to fend for herself.

I have to admit I was drawn to Leanna she was easy to like and you felt for what she had to go through. Leanna is a school teacher and loves her students.

Alex is a great person and it was nice to see them both go slow with their feelings and grow with each other.

Leanna overcomes a lot and it makes you think about all the immigrants and what they had to go through. The author does an excellent job.

*** I am voluntarily reviewing an Advanced Reader Copy of this book***