Set against the backdrop of small town America on the eve of World War II, it features two extraordinary characters and one unforgettable love story.
In the spring of 1941, young Jon Meyer’s family dies in a tragic accident, and he is sent to live in a small Indiana town. He arrives to find himself unwanted and shunned.
Mary Dahlgren is the mayor’s daughter. A pretty girl, she could have the pick of the boys in town, including Vernon King, the star of the vaunted high school basketball team. To the chagrin of her friends, though, Mary has always been more interested in books than boys. That is, until she meets Jon.
But Jon and Mary are kept apart through the efforts of Mary’s father, who perceives their relationship a threat to his political aspirations, and Vernon, to whom Jon is a rival for Mary’s affections. For months Jon is subjected to a painful ostracism. Then, just when the young man’s earnestness and perseverance begin to win over many of the townsfolk and it appears that love may conquer all, tragedy strikes.
As the country is caught up in war, so too are the young lovers swept up in events beyond their control, leaving both fighting for their very lives. If, against the odds, they are to be together, each will need to find the strength, the courage and the resourcefulness that beat only in a defiant heart.
Steere had requested a review of Defiant Heart, it had caught my attention so I had agreed. Sometimes I can be a sucker for a good love story.
Let me tell you this one will have you on a roller coaster ride! The story starts of with an unfortunate accident, which grabbed a hold of me and didn't let go until the end. It moves at a good pace and the description of the war was intense.
Jon and Mary are fantastic characters! Steere has you feeling sorry for them, and then cheering for them! Plus there are several other characters I just loved as well. Even ones that I didn't like at first, but then an ah-ha moment happened and I came to care for them too! And let me tell you the ending is definitely a worthy ending to keep reading!
So if you can't tell I really enjoyed this book!