As usual, Ms. Hatcher, has written a wonderful story. Shannon Adair, who has worked as a nurse in Virgina, and her father move to Idaho in 1864 where he is new pastor of the church. She begins to take care of a young woman who is dying and finds herself becoming friends with her even though she is a Yankee. She also comes to love the woman's son and older brother. Their story takes some twists and turns and their faith helps them both to overcome obstacles in their way. A wonderful book.
This story really flowed for me and I was able to really connect with the characters. Shannon Adair has traveled to Idaho Territory with her father, a reverend. She is not happy to have left her home in Virginia, which is currently embroiled in the battles taking place during the war between the states.
Matthew Dubois has also recently moved to this gold-mining town and has been joined by his dying sister and her young son. Shannon starts filling the need of nurse to Matthew's sister and although these people come from different backgrounds, on opposite sides of the war, deep feelings begin to develop.
I really enjoyed these characters and the setting for the story. There was a little action and adventure in the story, a sweet romance, some sadness and heartache, and God's providence throughout the story. I am so glad to have read this.
Robin Lee Hatcher's A Heart of God captures the story of a young woman torn by wartime loyalties on the gold rush frontier. It combines the thrill of the Civil War with the trials of frontier life and unpredictability. As each character is forced to make choices to maintain their own livelihood, how can they remain true to God, to their own person, and to their calling? What happens when all these people interact and their chemistry gets entangled?
Hatcher does a fantastic job of portraying the complexity of frontier life particularly as a bloodly civil war rages in the distance. While she does use stereotypes of the freespirited Western man and the domesticated lady, she weaves them together in a way that is compelling and fresh.
I liked this story. The characters were well developed and it was a fun ride. I felt for Matthew when he lost his sister. I thought Shannon was a brat to be completely honest. But it was a good read. Definitely would recommend it to my friends.
Set in Grand Coeur, Idaho, a "rough and tumble" gold mining town during the Civil War in the USA, this delightful romance was a great read. Shannon Adair has come with her minister father to a place she initially finds very difficult. The arrival of Matthew Dubois's dying widowed sister provides Shannon with an outlet for her nursing skills, although the relationship is not without its challenges. Both ladies have suffered loss due to the war, but on opposing sides. Can friendship grow despite these differences? What about the fellows who are vying for Shannon's attention? Will her grieving her learn to love again?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Heart of Gold". The characters were well developed and believable. The way in which the characters developed over the duration of the story was appropriate and inspiring. The use of letters to Shannon's friend in Virginia was a great way to help the reader understand what was going on in Shannon's mind. Overall, this was a great read - enough adventure to make it interesting but not so much that it was not believable. I'd be happy to recommend it to others and I would certainly read other books by this author.
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