Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Matter of the Heart - A Review

Published - October 2014, Bethany House Publishers
Series - Lone Star  Brides Book 3
Author - Tracie Peterson
Title - A Matter of the Heart
Format - ebook, paper
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Born and raised with wealth, Jessica Atherton had her heart broken when the man everyone assumed she would marry married another. So for now she's sworn off of love. Yet when two young men, equally charming in their own way, enter her world and begin to pay attention to her, she's afraid to trust her heart. Harrison Gable is a successful young lawyer with high reaching ambitions. He makes Jessica feel special with the attention and gifts he showers on her. Austin Todd is a former Secret Service Agent working as a Texas Ranger Cattle Inspector. Jessica is drawn to his kindness and the pain she sees in his eyes. How will Jessica figure out her own heart?

I've read a lot of Tracie Peterson's books over the years. Some I like. Some I love. Others I just don't care for. For me, this particular book falls in the last category. I really feel more blah about it than most of her others.

Over all, the storyline piqued my interest. At least from the back cover copy. But I really didn't connect too well with the characters. I found that Jessica was selfish and her parents wouldn't admit it. Sure she grows up in the book, but my first impression was the one that stayed with me. And of her two suitors, it's obvious fairly early in the story which one is actually the hero who will win her heart. The way the back of the book made it sound like was that she had to pick between the two, so I expected her choice to be unknown until the end. I did like Austin. I thought that his character was the most self-less of all of them. I loved the bit of suspense involving Austin and the counterfeit plates.

Others may love this book. For me, though, it wasn't one of my favorites. It was ok. I'll probably pass along my copy so that someone else can enjoy it.

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Janette Oke, Tracie Peterson, historical fiction, Beverly Lewis

Rating - 3 stars



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