Stars: 4 / 5
The Heart of Devin MacKade is the third installment in The MacKade Brothers series by Nora Roberts and published in January of 1996. This book was very heart-wrenching and heart went out to both Devin MacKade and Cassie Dolin. That's right, our Sheriif Devin had indeed has his heart set on her since she was a kid.
With the help of Jared MacKade, Cassie gets her divorce. Thanks for Rafe and Regan she gets the job and is happily settled in the inn. But she is still getting used to the freedom, the closeness with the MacKade family and also to the renewed friendship with Devin. But for Devin it is much harder now seeing her free and closer; wondering when he could be more than a friend to Cassie.
The book also brings out more about the legend surrounding the two soldiers - one from the Union and one from the Confederate Army. However, in this book, the sub-plot revolves around the soldier who lands at the Barlow House. The legend comes very close to what is going on with Cassie and Devin's life. Abigail Barlow the tragic mistress of house was in an unhappy marriage with the Yankee Barlow. And her heart was set on another person. What would have happened if she had made a decision then? Will Cassie make a decision now - similar to what Abigail made? Or listens to her heart? Will Devin sacrifice his heart again? Nora has successfully weaved the legend into the lives of MacKades and anyone who ties down with them.
Then there's Joe Dolin - the prick in the lives of MacKades and Cassie. Even though jailed he has been biding his time to get a chance to get out and take his revenge on everyone he deemed necessary starting with Cassie.
Finally we come to the point in the series where all the different pieces start to fall together and the puzzle is forming a complete picture. Nora Roberts at her best again with weaving an intricate plot. Her mastery at continuing the main plot along-side the sub-plot amazes me always. Another book that you definitely want to read not just to continue the series but to see how her characters mold. For those lazy nights, I recommend this book.