Thursday, February 9, 2012
Review: Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher
Against Shannon's wishes, love stakes its claim in her heart. Will she discover treasure or treachery?
When Shannon Adair accompanies her minister father to the western gold rush town of Grand Coeur, she's certain she'll never be happy away from her beloved Virginia, even though the South is still gripped in civil war.
Wells Fargo driver Matthew Dubois isn't sure the lovely Shannon belongs in Idaho Territory either, but he is a desperate man. His widowed sister is dying and leaving her young son, Todd, in his care. Matthew wants to return to driving coach for the express company soon—so he'll have to find a wife to look after the boy when he's away.
Shannon is determined not to lose her heart to a man who is neither a Southerner nor a gentleman. But love stakes its claim. Now, will her heart survive learning the truth behind the courtship?
I really enjoyed reading Heart of Gold. It was more than just a story about a budding romance. It takes place during the Civil War, and it gives a perspective on the people in a neutral territory that are on different sides of the war. There is also a bit of mystery going on in the story. My favorite aspect was the character development of both Shannon and Matthew. They both go through an amazing amount of growth and change. I will admit that I read the last few chapters in a hurry. It was getting late, and I just could not go to sleep until I had finished the book.
I received a complimentary ebook copy of Heart of Gold from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.