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December 17, 2010

Review: A Spirited Heart by Dalba Y. Castrillon (and giveaway!)

Title: A Spirited Heart
Author: Dalba Y. Castrillon
Release Date: June 11th, 2010
Publisher: Kryptics Publishing
Age: Adult.
A Spirited love and spirited passion...
Izobelle Montgomery was the only daughter of a very rich rancher. A vision of perfection, poise, and untarnished beauty in a rustic landscape, she was wanted by all the men within a thirty mile radius. Well guarded by her greedy father; Izzy as she was called was destined to marry a man she had never met. But her spirit and fight for what was right didn’t let her accept the path her father had so callously planned for her. She was determined to find a way out of the upcoming marriage. She would not be used as a business strategy. Izzy decides that the best course of action is to leave the ranch at the first opportunity. But how would she do it and who would help her …?
Mark Horton had never laid eyes on such a beautiful woman and knew nothing about her. All he knew was that he must help her escape what she was trying to run from, even if it meant making an enemy out of a powerful and influential man. A desperate need takes over the level headed man and the young damsel in distress, creating a whirlwind love.
Izobelle is the young, naive and beautiful daughter of a rich farmer. Her father is possessive and overprotects her, and her spirited heart can't accept that. She haven't met any men because of him; but one day she sees Mark Horton, new in town, and suddenly he's everything she can think of.

Izzy is stubborn and determined, yet naive. She's exactly as most women at 21 years old would be. She falls in love very quickly with Mark (who wouldn't) and completely trust him. But when Mark's intentions doesn't seem to be what she thought, she can forgive him that easily.

Mark Horton is new in town. He isn't looking for a woman, but when he sees Izobelle for the first time, it isn't easy to forget about her beauty. But she's a protected gem, daughter of a strong and sometimes cruel man, that happens to be his neighbor.

I was totally in love with Mark. He's such a gentleman. I ain't a big fan of ranchers/cowboys, but Mark is very hot and as some of the characters said "He has balls". It was sweet to see how in love he was with Izobelle, and how much he wanted to protect her.

A Spirited Heart is a very sweet romantic story. It's fast paced and with some turns in the plot that makes it interesting enough and different from the typical romance. I couldn't stop reading it, and I finished the book in a couple of hours.

Izzy was my favorite character (besides Mark, of course) because I could relate to her. She wants to be free, but sometimes she's too stubborn and ends hurting people around her. But I also like the rest of the characters, because each of them seems to have a personality and a plot on their own.

Overall, it's a light and sweet story, and I recommend it if you are looking for intense characters and a happily ever after ending.

More about this book at, Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter.

Giveaway CLOSED

WINNER: PinkStuff28

One person is going to win an ebook of A Spirited Heart by Dalba Y. Castrillon. To be available, you just have to read the review and leave a comment with your email address. If you read Dalba's guest post, you have an extra entry.

What are you waiting? It's international and it ends Dec 24. The winner will be chosen by and the book will be send via Kindle. You don't need a Kindle device to read it, just install one of the Kindle free applications to your computer, iPod or cell phone.


  1. I am a follower and email subscriber. I would love to read this book.It sounds really good. Please enter me in contest.

  2. What a compelling read!
    Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful giveaway!
    Best wishes,

  3. I'm excited about this great giveaway, and forgot to mention that I'm an email subscriber, & I follow in GFC!
    Best wishes,

  4. Love the giveaway!
    at the first i saw another post and i get confused :S
    but now i understand it :)
    so i´m in!

  5. awesome giveaway!!!!!!!!!


  6. The plot sounds awesome and Izzy sounds like a type of character that i could relate to !

    Count me in !

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