Review: Defiant Heart by Marty Steere

I was recently asked to read and review an upcoming book by author Marty Steere called Defiant Heart. I was not prepared for such a mind blowing awesome book! It hits Amazon and other sites on April 15.

Layout 1“Two extraordinary characters. 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.” via Goodreads



Jon recently came to live with his grandmother after losing his mother, father, and brother in a car accident. He’s kind of a loner being the new kid in town. That all changes when his classmates discover he is Jewish. He is taunted and ridiculed, even fired from his job. Jon meets Ben, who teaches him how to fly and treats him as his own son.

Mary has always thought Jon was cute from the day she laid eyes on him. Upon finding out he’s Jewish, her father forbids her to even speak to him for fear that it could taint his chances at running for office. Mary and Jon soon find themselves sneaking away to see each other on an almost daily basis until something horrible happens and he is accused of a crime. As a plea bargain, Jon enlists in the Army at the age of 16, during the midst of WWII.

This was an awesome book to read. I absolutely love the historical accuracy as to certain events that truly took place during the war. It’s a modern day “Romeo & Juliet” set during war time, only a much happier ending. If you like historical romance, this book MUST make it to the top of your TBR pile. I give this book more than 5 stars. Beautifully written!


“The son of a career air force officer, Marty Steere grew up on or near military installations across the country and overseas before settling in Southern California, where, when he’s not writing, he practices law. Sea of Crises is his first novel. His second, Defiant Heart, is slated for release on April 15, 2013.”


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