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?
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The third book in Peterson’s Lone Star Brides series focuses on two characters we’ve previously met. Jessica is the spoiled heiress who wanted to marry well. Her original choice of husband didn’t share her big city dreams and married someone who would share his love of ranching. Jessica couldn’t understand his decision, especially since she considered his bride beneath her in so many ways. Now, however, she’s beginning to rethink her attitudes, especially since many of her friends are married with children. Austin, meanwhile, is the somewhat reclusive cattle inspector. He knows the local families, but rarely socializes with them. He still hurts from events several years previously. Both have issues with self-esteem which they learn to overcome during the course of the book.
Early on, I realized I recognized Jessica’s parents. Tyler and Carissa Atherton featured in Taming the Wind, from the Land of the Lonestar series. Lone Star Brides covers the next generation of families included in that earlier post-war series, which is a nice touch. I like generational sagas – the characters start to feel like old friends – and I’d be interested to read about the generation after this, but I doubt Peterson will continue into the 20th century as she rarely ventures into that era of history.
I don’t need to tell you how A Matter of Heart ends. We always get the happy ending. What interested me was the counterfeiting thread which began in A Sensible Arrangement. The case comes to a head when Austin takes it on, and there’s a twist to it I hadn’t expected. Peterson’s main focus is the romance, but I think the mystery would’ve made a great standalone historical thriller.
The next Tracie Peterson series will begin in early 2014. Look for Steadfast Heart in January.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of A Matter of Heart, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 07 October 2014
Page Count: 320