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Not fallen. Not broken. Not whole. It is 1880, Nebraska. All seventeen-year-old Angel wants is to go someplace where no one knows her name and—more importantly—where no one knows what happened to her. However, Angel’s plans are disrupted when she becomes stranded in an unfamiliar town. With no way to leave and no place to stay, Angel finds aid in an unexpected place: Natha Not fallen. Not broken. Not whole. It is 1880, Nebraska. All seventeen-year-old Angel wants is to go someplace where no one knows her name and—more importantly—where no one knows what happened to her. However, Angel’s plans are disrupted when she becomes stranded in an unfamiliar town. With no way to leave and no place to stay, Angel finds aid in an unexpected place: Nathan, a childhood acquaintance with scars of his own. All nineteen-year-old Nathan wants is to leave every memory of his father far, far behind. But when Nathan’s path leads him to Angel—the source of a memory that has simultaneously sustained and tormented him over the past seven years—he is forced to revisit his past and reexamine ideas he had held as self-evident truths. At first, both Nathan and Angel count the days until she will be able to leave. But as their feelings for one another grow and they face the prejudices of the townspeople together, Nathan and Angel find allies in unexpected places and begin to hope that maybe—just maybe—they will find healing as well.


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Not fallen. Not broken. Not whole. It is 1880, Nebraska. All seventeen-year-old Angel wants is to go someplace where no one knows her name and—more importantly—where no one knows what happened to her. However, Angel’s plans are disrupted when she becomes stranded in an unfamiliar town. With no way to leave and no place to stay, Angel finds aid in an unexpected place: Natha Not fallen. Not broken. Not whole. It is 1880, Nebraska. All seventeen-year-old Angel wants is to go someplace where no one knows her name and—more importantly—where no one knows what happened to her. However, Angel’s plans are disrupted when she becomes stranded in an unfamiliar town. With no way to leave and no place to stay, Angel finds aid in an unexpected place: Nathan, a childhood acquaintance with scars of his own. All nineteen-year-old Nathan wants is to leave every memory of his father far, far behind. But when Nathan’s path leads him to Angel—the source of a memory that has simultaneously sustained and tormented him over the past seven years—he is forced to revisit his past and reexamine ideas he had held as self-evident truths. At first, both Nathan and Angel count the days until she will be able to leave. But as their feelings for one another grow and they face the prejudices of the townspeople together, Nathan and Angel find allies in unexpected places and begin to hope that maybe—just maybe—they will find healing as well.

30 review for Small Great Joys (Resilient Hearts Historical Romances #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This is a clean historical romance. Why didn't I care much for it? Well, first of all the male "hero" is a jerk. Next, the hero and the supporting characters changed from chapter to chapter in their opinions of the young woman who the story is about. I probably wouldn't read any more books by this author. This is a clean historical romance. Why didn't I care much for it? Well, first of all the male "hero" is a jerk. Next, the hero and the supporting characters changed from chapter to chapter in their opinions of the young woman who the story is about. I probably wouldn't read any more books by this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This book takes place in Nebraska in the 1800's. It is the story of survival and understanding between a young girl,Angel and Nathan a young man. They first meet when they are 1o and 12. Both of there lives are not the best. Angel lives with her uncle above a saloon, and Nathan with his abusive father. They meet for just a few hours but this changes Nathan's life. Years go by and the meet again under very different circumstances. This is there story and all that has happened to to them. It was a This book takes place in Nebraska in the 1800's. It is the story of survival and understanding between a young girl,Angel and Nathan a young man. They first meet when they are 1o and 12. Both of there lives are not the best. Angel lives with her uncle above a saloon, and Nathan with his abusive father. They meet for just a few hours but this changes Nathan's life. Years go by and the meet again under very different circumstances. This is there story and all that has happened to to them. It was a ok read for me. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it either. It was like I said just ok.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anya Fankboner

    This book!!!! This book is so amazing. I did not expect such a deep feeling book. It is so well written and easy to read. Danielle effortlessly takes you through so many emotions and captivates you throughout the whole book. Make sure you have tissues ready because you will be sure to need them. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend reading it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tobyann Aparisi

    I won this book from Goodreads (Kindle version) for an honest review. This is a surprising and wonderful read. A character driven story with lots of heart. The characters are well developed and the scenery beautifully scripted. This life story is rich with symbolism and teaching moments. A YA book that could make for a good book for study in an educational setting. I feel it brings up a lot of life teaching moments and just the situations the characters go through would make for great discussion I won this book from Goodreads (Kindle version) for an honest review. This is a surprising and wonderful read. A character driven story with lots of heart. The characters are well developed and the scenery beautifully scripted. This life story is rich with symbolism and teaching moments. A YA book that could make for a good book for study in an educational setting. I feel it brings up a lot of life teaching moments and just the situations the characters go through would make for great discussion points. This author knows how to grip their readers in such a way that they can not put the book down because we MUST find out what will come of these characters. A well thought out and beautifully pieced together book, I highly recommend this page turning book. This story will touch you and leave you wanting more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Caroline Matthews

    I am a picky reader. I love to read, but the books I love have to grab me in the first chapter or I'm out. Angel got me from the first page. There's so much to feel and reflect on in this book that as I'm reading I feel for the characters, contemplate whether I could live that way and it made me consider how I treat or judge others. Angel and Nathan are both such strong characters, it was a joy to see the world through their eyes and get a glimpse of what society and the world was like in the 18 I am a picky reader. I love to read, but the books I love have to grab me in the first chapter or I'm out. Angel got me from the first page. There's so much to feel and reflect on in this book that as I'm reading I feel for the characters, contemplate whether I could live that way and it made me consider how I treat or judge others. Angel and Nathan are both such strong characters, it was a joy to see the world through their eyes and get a glimpse of what society and the world was like in the 1880's. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend this book to anyone. It has a lot of dark situations but is told in a manner that is respectful for young and adult readers alike.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    This book is wonderful! The story captures you from the beginning and leaves you wishing it didn’t have to end. It is full of emotion and makes you think about how we pass judgement on others based on incomplete information and socially driven stereotypes. I finished it in 2 nights, it’s just that good!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennavier

    Disclosure: I am Danielle's crit partner, so I got to see the story from the beginning. Normally I would say that makes me biased, but I knew from the first time read Angel that it was something special. If there's only one thing I could tell people about Angel it's how it is a beautiful, delicious narrative that feels slow and intimate while at the same time being gripping. I was absolutely glued to the pages as Nathan and Angel opened up to each other. The second half is even better as the circ Disclosure: I am Danielle's crit partner, so I got to see the story from the beginning. Normally I would say that makes me biased, but I knew from the first time read Angel that it was something special. If there's only one thing I could tell people about Angel it's how it is a beautiful, delicious narrative that feels slow and intimate while at the same time being gripping. I was absolutely glued to the pages as Nathan and Angel opened up to each other. The second half is even better as the circle of survivors both becomes larger and comes together to make each person stronger. I was satisfied by the ending but still feel sad that the story is over and I don't get to read more. Angel features two characters that are survivors of really challenging circumstances. I don't want to put out any spoilers, so I'm not going to dig into it, but Danielle handles it very respectfully. The fragility of the characters melted my heart. Every character felt real, which led to a really chilling bad guy! I wasn't able to write him off like I am most antagonists. Instead I knew at a gut level that he was choosing to be who he was. I loved the setting of Angel. It was historical, but didn't feel like one of the old cowboy westerns I read growing up. It felt relevant and fresh. Danielle brings her experience growing up on a ranch to the character's life on the farm and it shows. Overall I think Angel is amazing and am so in love with it. Angel and Nathan forever!

  8. 4 out of 5

    KConnie

    ANGEL, written by Danielle Carriere, is a book of hope, courage and strength in the face of great sadness, uncertainty and adversity. Angel and Nathan start out facing their individual challenges alone and soon develop a tenuous friendship that enables them to support each other through a minefield of issues. The choice of running away is alluring, but both Nathan and Angel soon realize that running would only become a ingrained part of their lives. As a reader, my hopes rose along with Nathan ANGEL, written by Danielle Carriere, is a book of hope, courage and strength in the face of great sadness, uncertainty and adversity. Angel and Nathan start out facing their individual challenges alone and soon develop a tenuous friendship that enables them to support each other through a minefield of issues. The choice of running away is alluring, but both Nathan and Angel soon realize that running would only become a ingrained part of their lives. As a reader, my hopes rose along with Nathan and Angel when they decide to step up and face their fears, the threats, as well as some judgmental members of their community. Carriere does a good job of developing the characters and a story that deals with cultural issues in our society. In addition, the hope that this story shares helps make ANGEL an uplifting and encouraging book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sam Taylor

    This story has quiet strength woven into every one of its lines. It opens with both Angel and Nathan trying to rebuild the pieces of their shattered lives. One united as children through a simple kindness, life pulled them apart from each other--and that rift deepens when they are reunited, as a wounded Nathan lashes out at Angel in misunderstanding. It's fascinating to watch them come to terms with each other, and the new direction of their lives. I love watching as Nathan learns to soften the This story has quiet strength woven into every one of its lines. It opens with both Angel and Nathan trying to rebuild the pieces of their shattered lives. One united as children through a simple kindness, life pulled them apart from each other--and that rift deepens when they are reunited, as a wounded Nathan lashes out at Angel in misunderstanding. It's fascinating to watch them come to terms with each other, and the new direction of their lives. I love watching as Nathan learns to soften the hard edges he's formed to protect himself, while Angel builds her voice and speaks up for herself to a cold-hearted community--not an easy thing to do for a young woman in 1880s rural society. This book is a wonderful read for fans of character-driven historical fiction.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Justine Barr

    A boy with a haunting past. A girl who is victim of a brutal crime. Both connected by one day in their childhood. This story takes place, predominately, on a small farm in a small town full of small minded people. Main characters are forced to live as outsiders because of dark past events that continue to stalk towards them until the book’s climax. These protagonists are well developed, heartbreaking, and easy to love. The events they endure are in turns breathtakingly sad and beautiful. I never A boy with a haunting past. A girl who is victim of a brutal crime. Both connected by one day in their childhood. This story takes place, predominately, on a small farm in a small town full of small minded people. Main characters are forced to live as outsiders because of dark past events that continue to stalk towards them until the book’s climax. These protagonists are well developed, heartbreaking, and easy to love. The events they endure are in turns breathtakingly sad and beautiful. I never expected to feel so much during such a simple plot.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Claire Rackett

    I really enjoyed this historical romance which was really much more than that. It was heart warming to read such an emotional story which could have been true to life. The characters were strong and kept being introduced throughout the book. It was sad, romantic, protective, showed different family values, had a strong sense of right and wrong while also showing how people can interpret situations wrongly without any justification. I wanted to read something different and this made a for me a go I really enjoyed this historical romance which was really much more than that. It was heart warming to read such an emotional story which could have been true to life. The characters were strong and kept being introduced throughout the book. It was sad, romantic, protective, showed different family values, had a strong sense of right and wrong while also showing how people can interpret situations wrongly without any justification. I wanted to read something different and this made a for me a good story with twists that just kept me gripped and wanting to read the next chapter. Thank you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Linsey Johnson

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I could hardly put it down. It was well written and engaging. I thought it tactfully yet purposefully tackled some hard topics in a way that was impactful. I loved the character development I saw and how things tied together in the end. I felt like as a reader, there was just the right amount of intrigue/mystery as well as information to keep me engaged the entire time. Overall, I was just really impressed and enjoyed it immensely.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rita Wright

    Historical Romance at its best. Seven years ago Nathan met an Angel. She sit with him on the Saloon steps, she noticed he had injured his back and she applied soothing ointment to help him feel better. Now seven years later, Nathan can't believe the young woman he has offered a ride is his Angel. This first novel by Danielle Carriere is well written, I read the entire book in one sitting. Great characters and story. I will definitely be reading her books again. Historical Romance at its best. Seven years ago Nathan met an Angel. She sit with him on the Saloon steps, she noticed he had injured his back and she applied soothing ointment to help him feel better. Now seven years later, Nathan can't believe the young woman he has offered a ride is his Angel. This first novel by Danielle Carriere is well written, I read the entire book in one sitting. Great characters and story. I will definitely be reading her books again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen Raper

    I received this book in the giveaways section and this is my honest opinion. Wow! I was hooked from the start and didn’t want to put the book down. This was a really great love story that arose from brokenness between the two characters of Angel and Nathan. I won’t give away any spoilers, but encourage people to read this book. I loved it. 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  15. 5 out of 5

    Megan Kendall

    Captivating story and characters I stayed up late to finish this book in one day, couldn’t put it down! The characters and story suck you in. There were a few different endings I was predicting while reading but didn’t quite see this ending and I am so happy with how it turned out.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ceashark

    I wasn’t sure about this book but I do like stories from back in the 1800’s, so I read it. From the beginning, I found that the characters felt real and that they all had there own demons in the closet. I liked the way the author brought all the characters together, and the way the book ended. I’m ready to read the next book in the series.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Elisa

    Loved this book! Loved the twists and turns, trying to figure out the pieces to the puzzle. It was a quick, entertaining read and kept my attention throughout. Loved that is was clean and had good messages throughout.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Knapp

    Delightful Characters Nathan has only one good and special memory in a childhood fraught with violence. It is of a child, Angel, who shows him kindness. Now it's his turn to show kindness. Delightful Characters Nathan has only one good and special memory in a childhood fraught with violence. It is of a child, Angel, who shows him kindness. Now it's his turn to show kindness.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Easy, Quick Read This was an easy, quick read for me. The characters were believable and the plot moved at a steady pace. The outcome was somewhat predictable, but not in a bad way.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Nice solid debut novel. A little predictable in spots, but over all quite enjoyable. Loved the fast paced, no nonsense approach to each chapter. And, having story set in the 1800s was such a welcomed change of scenery too.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Micayla Dempsey

    It was probably one of my favorite historical fiction books I have ever read. It focuses on two characters with two heavy pasts. I like how they both used their pasts to build each other up in a way.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Judith Fey

    Unexpected revelation I usually don't read western stories but your title was very intriguing. I enjoyed reading the realistic story about the twists and turns in Angel's life. The ending was an excellent way to end the story. Unexpected revelation I usually don't read western stories but your title was very intriguing. I enjoyed reading the realistic story about the twists and turns in Angel's life. The ending was an excellent way to end the story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lolita

    Emotional, heart wrenching and heartwarming all at the same time! Absolutely loved it and in my personal opinion, this is an excellent debut book and I most definitely look forward to seeing more of her work!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jerry M Morello

    Couldn't put it down I loved the story line, and the way it was written. I have read books with a good story but written like a 5 th grader wrote it. It was a book that kept me uninterested that I didn't want t to put it down. 😃 Couldn't put it down I loved the story line, and the way it was written. I have read books with a good story but written like a 5 th grader wrote it. It was a book that kept me uninterested that I didn't want t to put it down. 😃

  25. 4 out of 5

    Barnes and Semi Noble

    I won this in a raffle. I can’t wait to read this book. The reviews so far have been stellar! I will update this review when I finish.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Corian Pommerville

    This is a great quick read. It is written well and gets your attention right away. My 13 year old loved it too. I highly recommend this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    This book got me interested from the beginning. I wanted to keep picking it back up to finish it. It was a quick, easy read for me and I really enjoyed it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    laura lee fox

    Loved these characters and couldn't out this book down. Loved these characters and couldn't out this book down.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aggie Mosley

    Interesting Ahhh. I finished this book in one day and I enjoyed it very much. Definitely would recommend it to others.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Nathan and Angel met in their younger day. Both experience loss and heartache. They meet again and learn things from their past. Will they be driven apart or come together?

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