A Colorado beauty abandoned at the altar. A rugged bounty hunter haunted by his past. In this dramatic historical novel by best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher, two wounded hearts join forces in a pursuit across the Old West. Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge against the man who stranded her at the altar and fled with the remnant of her family’s fortune. She is determined to find the man who betrayed her trust. Jared Newman, rugged as the West itself, is relentless in his pursuit of lawless men—but unable to escape his own tragic past. Hardened by his life as a bounty hunter, he must learn to forgive before he loses his soul. Joining forces, the two set out in search of Silver’s betrayer. The handsome but embittered Jared finds himself powerfully drawn to the beautiful woman whose drive for justice equals his own. But lack of honesty keeps Silver and Jared from fully trusting each other, even as a shocking revelation intensifies their pursuit of the cunning—and deadly—quarry.
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Robin Lee Hatcher’s latest novel takes us back to 1873 and the emerging west. It’s a time when fortunes could be made and lost overnight by both hardworking pioneers and unscrupulous con men. Silvana ‘Silver’Matlock’s entanglement with one of these fraudsters means that her family could lose their business. Her stepmother also fears the loss of the family’s reputation. When she sends Silver to stay with relatives in Denver, the jilted bride takes matters into her own hands.
Am I the only one who thinks ‘Silver’ is a cliché name for someone living in a western mining town? Despite her name, however, Silver is a likeable woman with real character. She might be described as a beauty, and also a decent horsewoman, but she does have flaws. The biggest is that she’s insecure which means she thinks accordingly. It isn’t helped that her stepmother can’t understand why anyone would want to marry her, or that her fiancé was apparently only after the family fortune. Throughout their journey, Silver regularly believes Jared has abandoned her when he doesn’t show up at an appointed time and place. As for Jared, I wasn’t impressed that he lied to her for half of the book and only revealed the truth when circumstances forced his hand. Would he have told her otherwise?
At times, The Heart’s Pursuit reads as though it’s part of a series. There are backstories regarding both Silver’s sister and one of Jared’s previous bounties that could be turned into individual books. It is, however, a stand-alone novel, and Hatcher’s next title is the start of a contemporary series. I’d say that The Heart’s Pursuit is possibly not one of her best books, but it’s still a good way to pass a summer’s afternoon or two.
Thank you to Zondervan and Litfuse for my complimentary review copy of The Heart’s Pursuit, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Zondervan (a division of HarperCollins)
Publication Date: 13 May 2014
Page Count: 320