Heart of Courage by Allie Marie

Heart of Courage: The Red Ruby Story

By: Allie Marie
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 269
Publisher: Nazzaro And Price
Published on: May 26, 2016
Heart of Courage by Allie Marie

Will fulfilling a promise to a dying soldier on the battlefield help heal Mary Jo’s wounded heart?

She just can’t catch a break. Her return to civilian life finds her facing a hurricane ravaged business, vandalism, and a lawsuit. Not to mention 18th century ghosts and a skeleton buried in the back yard.

She must also confront old flame, Chase Hallmark. It’s time to bury the hatchet…but will it be between his shoulder blades, or in her heart?

Also by this author: Hands of the Healer: The Christmas Emerald (The True Colors Series #4)
Find the Author: Amazon


Heart of Courage by Allie Marie is the second book in the True Colors series. It follows Mary Jo, who is a former service member who uses her love of baking to start a bakery. She is also in the process of healing her broken heart, in more ways than one. Essentially given away by her mom when she was 12, Mary Jo has had her heart broken many times, always in different ways. She lost a high school boyfriend, her fiance died, and she held a soldier has he died in her arms.


Just when she thinks that things are coming together, she is party to a lawsuit, a hurricane rips through her bakery, and she starts seeing ghosts again. Maybe not exactly in that order, but essentially shit hits the fan for her.  With the support of close friends she is able to start the rebuilding, in more ways than one.


I actually met Allie Marie last year at an event in Florida. This was after the judging was complete. I didn’t realize that was who it was until we started talking and all the pieces clicked into place. She is a great person and really easy to talk to. We not only talked about her books, but life in general.  That is one of the reasons I enjoy going to events so much, not just so I can acquire more books for my dragonesque hoarding tendencies but also because I meet wonderful people from all walks of life.


I like this book and so far I like this series. The next one is already out and I can’t wait. I knew where she was going with it, because she told me that night. At that point, I still had not read the second or third book. I know I am horrible LOL.  The book flashes back from the future to the past. It is in a way that adds to the story versus just filling space. After reading one of the books, you know where the story is going when you start flashing back and forth, and honestly I read the third book first, so a lot of what happened in the second one, I knew where that was going, but there were still surprises.


If you want a story about love lost and gained, and how the power of family can triumph over adversity, this is a great series. It also has some paranormal aspects that I honestly believe adds to the story versus taking away. Not everything in life is cookie cutter, not everything fits into a perfect box. I think that Allie Marie really shows that with these books. Life is dirty, life is messy, and life is wonderful.





About Allie Marie

Author Allie Marie grew up in Virginia. Her favorite childhood pastime was reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mysteries. When she embarked on a new vocation writing fiction after retiring from a career in law enforcement, it would have been understandable if her first book was a crime story. Researching her own family tree inspired her to write the True Colors Series instead. The other stories are patiently waiting their turn.

Her debut novel, Teardrops of the Innocent: The White Diamond Story, was a 2015 New England Readers' Choice Award Finalist in paranormal. The second in the series, Heart of Courage: The Red Ruby Story released in May 2016 and earned Best Book in the 2017 IRC Awards. February 2017 saw the release of the third book, Voice of the Just: The Blue Sapphire Story. The fourth book, Hands of the Healer: The Christmas Emerald, releases in 2018.A fifth and final book in the True Colors Series will be released later in 2018.

Besides family, her passions are travel and camping with her husband Jack.

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