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Awaken My Heart (Avon Inspire) [Paperback]

By Diann Mills (Author)
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Item Specifications...

Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.04" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 14, 2014
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0061376019  
EAN  9780061376016  


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Overview
Fleeing her Texas home when a land dispute escalates into a rebellion, nineteenth-century rancher's daughter Marianne Phillips is captured by rebels and unexpectedly falls in love with their leader, who risks his life to arrange her escape. Original. 50,000 first printing.

Publishers Description

1803, the colony of Texas Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy rancher, has never agreed with her father's harsh treatment of the poor mestizos who first inhabited the colony of Texas. When rebels kidnap Marianne, in hopes her father will trade back their land for her freedom, she realizes her loyalty lies with her abductors, not her father, who plans to marry her off to the don of a nearby estate.

Armando Garcia is the locals' reluctant leader, but his people revere and depend on him. Knowing that without his leadership they'd be forced from their land, Armando accepts his role, but does not approve of the latest attempt to manipulate their enemy. When he learns that Marianne actually speaks his language, of her loyalty to his people, and of the faith that keeps her strong, Armando is faced with a difficult decision. Will his newfound love keep him from letting her go? Or will he set her free and risk losing their land forever?

Community Description
1803, the colony of Texas Marianne Phillips, the daughter of a wealthy rancher, has never agreed with her father's harsh treatment of the poor mestizos who first inhabited the colony of Texas. When rebels kidnap Marianne, in hopes her father will trade back their land for her freedom, she realizes her loyalty lies with her abductors, not her father, who plans to marry her off to the don of a nearby estate.

Armando Garcia is the locals' reluctant leader, but his people revere and depend on him. Knowing that without his leadership they'd be forced from their land, Armando accepts his role, but does not approve of the latest attempt to manipulate their enemy. When he learns that Marianne actually speaks his language, of her loyalty to his people, and of the faith that keeps her strong, Armando is faced with a difficult decision. Will his newfound love keep him from letting her go? Or will he set her free and risk losing their land forever?

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More About Diann Mills
DiAnn Mills Award-winning author DiAnn Mills launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has fifty books in print and has sold over 1.5 million copies. DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. Six of her titles have appeared on the CBA Bestseller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2008. She is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 and 2007, a Christy Awards finalist in 2008, finalist for the 2010 Inspirational Reader's Choice, finalist for the 2010 RITA and winner of the Christy Award in 2010. DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope and Love, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman Mentor for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. They have four adult sons and are active members of Metropolitan Baptist Church.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Wonderful Historical Romance With A 'Hunky' Mexican Hero!  Jan 11, 2009
This was a great romance story that also read like an exciting adventure.
Plus it had a gorgeous Mexican hero,that are so very seldom featured in *clean*
(ie.non-sexually explicit) romances. It was a great romantic story with good character development and a delight to read.
 
AWAKEN MY HEART  Jul 8, 2008
Truly enjoyed this read, for many reasons. IMO, one of Mills' best. The characters were well developed and REALISTIC, which unfortunately is becoming hard to find. The story was indeed enchanting, and the fact that the book is relatively short made it a perfect vacation read.
I like the fact that Marianne's prayer life, and other 'inspirational' opportunities throughout the story were truly substantail. Sometimes "inspirational fiction" or "inspirational romance" goes little further that a clean romance that happened to be authored by a believer.
But Mills presents situations through her writing that can really make me consider my own heart, or my call to leadership of others'.
I also appreciate the way she sensitively, but clearly handles the facts of the gospel and the need for a true confession & surrender of the heart directly before the throne of Jesus; but, at the same time did NOT invalidate the true salvation and faith of the characters that were Catholic.

I know Mills herself reads these reviews, and I hope she is already working on a sequel! This story NATURALLY calls for one since 1) we want to know what happens to the two babies, (and to Don Lorenzo), and
2) the time period following this story is so monumental in TX history.

 
Love and Courage  May 7, 2008
Armando. He's a man of great courage and passion, but a reluctant leader. He's a hero who draws admiration from men and women, but walks restlessly through life, not sure where his happiness will be found. Not sure it will be found.

Marianne. She's a bold woman, full of life. In many ways like her father, yet still waiting for his approval.

When Marianne is brought to Armando as a captive of his people, he regrets the decision that was made. He respects her, is surprised by her, and grows to love her. But she could never love him. Or could she?

What will become of Marianne? Will she be happy in an arranged marriage to Don Lorenzo Sanchez, a respected older Spaniard?

Wrestling with the truth of her feelings, she's drawn to Armando, her captor. He releases her, but she dreams of him, longs for him. How could she fall in love with her father's enemy?

DiAnn Mills captures our hearts with this romantic adventure.

 
Another worthwhile novel from DiAnn Mills  Apr 23, 2008
DiAnn Mills' "Awaken My Heart" is a story of love between enemies in the territory of early 1800s Texas. Marianne Phillips is a white woman whose father thinks of her as nothing but an opportunity to gain wealth when he marries her off to a rich older man. Armando is the leader of a group of Mexicans who refuse to leave their homes even though their land is a conquest of Mr. Phillips' to graze his cattle. Armando and Marianne meet initially by chance, then have an opportunity to get to know each other's hearts when Marianne is kidnapped by one of Armando's men.

Although this is not my favorite DiAnn Mills work, it is an enjoyable read. The best part of the book is where Marianne, a Protestant, shares with Armando, a Catholic, that he does not need a priest to have a relationship with God. Armando's initiation of that relationship brought a tear to my eye.
 
Bravo! Encore! Zorro lives!  Feb 12, 2008
AWAKEN MY HEART is one of the most romantic books ever written. No wonder DiAnn calls it her Zorro book. However, is Armando Garcia a villain or hero? I'll never tell. You have to read the book to find out.

Does Marianne Wharton see right through Armando's mask...er... um I mean through his tough man, villainous facade? And if so, what does she find? A friend or a foe?

And, you've heard the expression... If mama ain't happy, nobody's happy. Well, in AWAKEN MY HEART's case the saying goes...If Marianne's daddy ain't happy, nobody's happy. Why? hehe Yeah right.... as if I'd tell. Buy the book and find out.

Can Marianne tame Armando's wild spirit like she tamed her beloved stallion? Does she even want to? Can two total strangers from completely different worlds unite for the sake of a rebel's cause? If so, at what price?

Got ya wondering about, AWAKEN MY HEART? I hope so. Because this is one beautiful story that's filled with passion, tragedy, life, victory, defeat, and love. One you don't want to miss. Excellent story!

Fabulous job, DiAnn! Keep up the awesome work!
 

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