Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review: A Matter of Heart

A Matter of Heart (Lone Star Brides 3)
By Tracie Peterson
Bethany House, 2014
English, 320 pgs

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?

This is the third book in the Lone Star Brides series by Tracie Peterson. The book wraps up many lingering story lines from books 1 and 2 (when Marty went to Colorado and when Alice and Robert marry) while giving a spotlight to Jessica, who was a minor character in book 2.

I was really satisfied with the story wrap ups as well as the new story line. I didn't care too much for Jessica at the beginning of the book but she ends up working on being a better person and there is a lot of discussion on how God helps us become better people and how we can't really change on our own.

There was a lot more "church" in this book than the other two and I was actually pleased about it. It didn't get preachy but it was truthful and stuck to the lessons found in the Bible.

Now that the series is over, I feel satisfied with all three. There are no lingering "what happened" questions and I found that I really liked all the characters.

I sure do wish there had been a recipe for those cinnamon rolls....

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a review on this blog and a commercial book-selling website. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

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