Released: Dec. 2016
Over the past three books I've really come to love the Bledsoe family and it was great seeing Delie and Em as adults. It was also nice to catch up with Ruby, Pearl, Nettie, their spouses and their families. Although Delie was only a child in previous books, I found I was easily engrossed in her story and I was invested in her relationship with Champion. Both characters were likable and the children were charming. Champion had a lot to make up for, and he makes mistakes along the way, but I was rooting for him and knew his intentions towards Delie and the children were good. Speaking of the children, they were very well written and adorable.
Because it is a historical, we see some of the challenges that came with traveling while black in the 1940s. There's a scene at a gas station that really got to me and drove home how dangerous and uncertain it was during that time period.
Other than my lukewarm feelings regarding the cover (it really doesn't match or do the story justice), there isn't much to dislike about A Champion's Heart.
My Final Thoughts
This is a 5-star read in my opinion. It can be read on its own, but I recommend reading the Migrations of the Heart series to understand the history of the characters and for a richer reading experience.