Digitalis is good for my heart

Renee Ann Smith —  August 13, 2011 — 16 Comments

Former Marine Colton “Cowboy” Neeley, codename Digitalis, can’t figure out why the woman he loves is lying to him. What he does know is that Piper’s secrets can’t possibly be worse than his own—-a belief which keeps him from deepening their relationship. Too bad his daughter Mickey wants Piper to be her new mother, and Colton’s father is convinced that Piper is “The One” God picked out for his son.

If Colton’s life would just slow down for a day or so, he might be able to figure it all out. Instead, he finds himself hopping from special ops mission to special ops mission until God brings the enemy right to his ranch’s back door.

The "real life" guys from Black Hawk Down

This unputdownable page-turner has just about the right amount of everything: action, romance, humor, and espionage. And I loved the stunning climax in Israel. I did grow a bit frustrated with Colton’s secretive love interest Piper, but after she dried her tears and tried trusting Colton, I decided she might be worthy of him.

As for me, I discovered that Digitalis is good for my heart. In other words, Colton Neeley is my new favorite hero. Of course, I haven’t read the other books in this series yet!

John Wayne in The Green Berets

I’m writing about Digitalis today as part of the Christian Fiction Book Club. Digitalis is the second book in author Ronie Kendig’s Discarded Heroes Series. Having grown up enjoying John Wayne movies with my dad, I think I was predisposed to love this kind of story.  I’m a flag-waving supporter of the military, those brave men and women who willingly put their lives on the line to keep the rest of us safe. I’m so thankful for their many sacrifices! I love books and movies that show them for the heroes they really are.

The hero in this book has to overcome much even just to find happiness in his personal life.

from We Were Soldiers

But with God’s help he does. His theme verse becomes ~Isaiah 26:3~ “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”

Or hear it from The Message: “People with their minds set on You, You keep completely whole, steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit.”

About the author: Ronie Kendig is an Army brat, married to a military veteran, homeschooler, and active member of ACFW. She has a great website with a special page called Ground Support, which highlights organizations that support the military and how you can help. Follow this link to her website.

***This is the link to Ronie’s Amazon Author Page. You might want to pick up one of her exciting stories for your Kindle right now! (I was fortunate enough to grab Digitalis during a sale. Now I’m waiting for a break in my schedule to start on Wolfsbane!)

Today’s hostess for the Christian Fiction Book Club is Julie at My Own Little Corner of the World. You might want to hop over there to read her moving testimony concerning her mom and her review of this book.

Giveaway Coming Soon! My August giveaway begins with my review of The Colonel’s Lady in just a few days. Don’t forget to come back and check it out!

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

16 responses to Digitalis is good for my heart

  1. I’ve always wanted to try this one. Glad to hear it’s good.

  2. I always love all of your comparisons. They always make me understand the book a little better! And your character descriptions are always so full of incite! Great review!

  3. I’m not a big war movie fan, but I definitely support our troops.

    I love the protective side of Colton as a hero. I also like the new guy Ronie introduced who joined their team at the end, Piper’s cousin. I wonder if he’s getting his own book.

  4. Thanks for this. I have seen this book and wondered about it, so it is good to hear a review. God bless 🙂

  5. Renee,

    So glad you jumped in on this one! I love Ronie’s books and am excited to host this book!

    The more books of Ronie’s you read, the harder it is to pick your hero! I love all the boys!

  6. Thanks so much for your take on the book. I also look forward to reading more of the books in this series.

  7. I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE military/political suspense fiction. And Ronie Kendig’s The Discarded Hero series is my TOP favorite of all the ones I’ve read. Wow. They’re just so good!!

    Great post, Renee. I always love how you put together and write out your thoughts. Very engaging!

  8. THANK YOU, Renee! What a great take on the story and Colton. I’m glad Piper won you over. She’s resolute and fiercely loyal, but Colton’s charm won her over. 😀

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