Review: Hearth and Home by Rebel Carter

Hearth and Home was a great sequel to Heart and Hand, with just enough of the town’s meddling and great romance to make it delightful.

Can a wealthy businessman find love as a mail order groom?

Hearth and Home CoverJulian Baptiste was determined to find a love as epic as that of his parents. As the son of a freedwoman and a wealthy Union solider, Julian was unique among the glittering upper 400 of New York Society. Shrewd in business and discrete with his affairs, Julian was not a man to be trifled with.

Until her. One glimpse of Violet Shield and Julian is haunted. As the cook of the boarding house where he is staying while visiting his sister Julie and her two husbands Violet is a breath of fresh air. But Julian is hesitant to call it love at such a short acquaintance and is determined to be only a friend to her.

But when an unexpected advert for a husband is placed on Violet’s behalf, the frontier cook’s reputation and her very future are at stake. And Julian finds himself stepping into a role he is powerless to resist. Mail order groom.

Amidst the wilds of the sweeping Montana frontier to the riches of the New York 400, Julian and Violet fall deeply in love. But can love be enough when misunderstandings threaten the fragile new passion they have found? (Goodreads) Goodreads

I received an eARC of Hearth and Home from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The first book in this series, Heart and Hand, got a mention in Xan West’s Polyamorous Romance Recs list. If you haven’t read Heart and Hand yet, you might want to go do that before you continue reading this review because there’s no way to avoid spoilers for it.

The fictional town of Gold Sky is wonderful at getting into each other’s business, which we saw a ton of in Heart and Hand. In that, Hearth and Home did not disappoint. I loved how the whole town, including Julie’s husbands, got involved in trying to get Julian and Violet together, even before they realized that was what they were doing. It was also perfect that Julian was working on bringing the railroad to Gold Sky because that is such a huge part of western history and stories.

Julian was a very different main character than his sister. He is a workaholic who does everything he can to make people happy while protecting those he cares about, and that’s honestly what makes him a perfect match for Violet. I loved that the narrative allowed Violet to really grow into her own woman and have her own career because this is something that we didn’t get to see nearly as much in Julie’s story. The ending of their story was honestly perfect for them.

My biggest complaint was that we didn’t get to see more of the famous New York 400 in this story. I expected them to be a much larger part of Julian’s story, but I’m not at all unhappy with the way Carter wrote this story. It was heartwarming and comforting, the way a hearth and a home should be.

I can’t wait to read the next story in this series. You can pick up both Gold Sky novels on Amazon and I highly recommend it!


Title: Hearth and Home

Series: Gold Sky #2

Author: Rebel Carter

Publisher: Violet Gaze Press

Length: 276 Pages

Release Date: September 28, 2019

Rating: Highly Recommended

Genre: Historical Western Interracial Romance

Representation: Black man main character, Latina love interest, polyamorous side characters, Latina author


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