Monday 20 October 2014

Book review: A Matter of Heart

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From the Back:

Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart.

Harrison Gable is a successful young lawyer with ambitions that match Jessica's dreams. His warm, attentive manner and thoughtful gifts make her feel special.

Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But after learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he's drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes.

If Jessica follows her heart, where will it lead?

My Reflections:

 I am a big fan of Tracy Peterson, and although I found this book to be entertaining this book did not get the expected reaction I had anticipated.

Set in 1896 in a small town nestled in Texas, we meet Jessica Atherton, a self absorbed and pampered woman. Jessica is struggling to turn a new leaf, to change her very nature.
Being raised with her well off family has done some serious damage, and Jessica is finding change to be elusive.

Austin Todd is a man with a past, he is running to chase away his demons. Working for the Texas Rangers is a honest job that Austin truly appreciates, It keeps him too busy to remember... trying to to bury the past and move into the future he meets Jessica and is intrigued by her forthright and spunky demeanor. Will he succeed in moving on with his life, and burring the demons that haunt him?

I enjoy a complex storyline, but this one had a few too many characters for me to really connect deeply with any one of them. I found the secondary characters to be a tad flat, one dimensional and not well developed.
I did however appreciate how Peterson knit together a story rooted in faith and self discovery even though I may not have felt the same instant connection and depth as I did with some of her other novels, I was truly satisfied with this aspect of the story. It is beautiful to watch a character grow and discover who they are in Christ!

Having read the previous two novels A Sensible Arrangement and a Moment in Time, I would highly recommend  starting with book one of the Lone star Brides Series and working your way down, that way the reader will benefit from the background knowledge that Peterson is so apt at orchestrating. For this reason I would not consider this a stand alone novel.

The thing about Tracy Peterson is that she has a knack for weaving one tale into another seamlessly and without fault, she really is a talented author and for this reason, although I was not terribly moved by this book I will certainly be reading her next book: A Steadfast Heart, Brides of Seattle book #1 set to release in January of 2015.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

The Author

  1. Tracie Peterson
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    Tracie Peterson

    Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in...
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