Angie Dicken weaves a fascinating tale in My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice, the newest installment in the My Heart Belongs series from Barbour Publishing.

I was unfamiliar with both this series and the author when I was contacted regarding this book.

However, I was intrigued by the idea of a novel set in a turn-of-the-century mining town.

What I discovered was a sweet tale of second chances amid harsh circumstances.

Coal mining was not a glamorous job and the time was full of prejudice for those who were different from the miners.

Leanne McKee is a recently widowed school teacher in Castle Gate. She is battling disappointments and longs to leave.

Alex Pappas is a Greek immigrant who works in the mines. He is dealing with horrible working conditions, prejudice of his heritage and ghosts from his past.

Leanna and Alex both are interesting characters. I really enjoyed watching as the relationship unfolded between them, as well as the relationship she developed with his family.

Dicken also has created enjoyable secondary characters who helped to round out the story.

Leanna’s Choice has a strong message of faith woven throughout the tale.

This is a well-written story that is perfect for fans of inspirational and historical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel. However, all opinions are my own.

My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah, by Angie Dicken

About the book

My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah, by Angie Dicken

Name: My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice

Author: Angie Dicken

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: November 1, 2017

Schoolteacher Leanna McKee plans on leaving the coal mining town of Castle Gate, Utah, and never looking back. Good riddance to coal dust, rugged men and the fatal mine that took her husband’s life.

Until the widow meets a widower who awakens her heart … and she finds herself inexplicably falling for miner Alex Pappas, which stirs up a whole heap of trouble.

Alex’s Greek parents have arranged a more traditional match for him. When the schoolteacher’s association with the Greek family begins to anger the American miners, they threaten Alex and his family. Leanna has received an offer to teach elsewhere and feels she has no choice but to leave Castle Gate … though she will be leaving her heart behind.

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About Angie Dicken

Angie Dicken


Angie Dicken is a third-generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots.

My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth.

Dicken is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010.

She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest, where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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