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Austin Todd, former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But 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. Austin is well-thought-of and admired in the community. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes. Will Jessica choose financial security or follow her heart?
Number of Pages: 313
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Series: Lone Star Brides
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?
alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5No what I expected.June 14, 2016alwaysreadingAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3A matter of the heart is the third book in the Lone star Bride Series.
Jessica Atherton cant believe that the man she was sure she would marry has just broken the news that he intends to wed another. But when two different mend enter her life, she must decide which path she will follow.
I liked the character of Texas Ranger Austin Todd. He carries a terrible weight on his shoulders, but he is also a man of God and is willing to move on with his life with Gods help living his life with honor and integrity.
Jessica Atherton had the biggest change. The first half of the book she is still the same spoiled, selfish woman that we met in book # 2. However about the middle of the book, she begins to take a look at her life and her priorities, and begins to ask questions about God.
I definitely didnt like the courtship between Austin and Jessica. Because most if it took place in the last half of the book, for me it seemed very rushed, not a lot of time was spent on it. They seem to fall in love almost overnight.
The storyline wasn't all that interesting, and there were places that tended to skim over.
Personally, this wasnt my favorite book in the series, but it was as always with this authors books, God is evident within the storyline. The author make sure that her readers know that this is a Christian book.
I give this 3.5 star just because of the way the author wove so much of God into the story
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5enjoyableMarch 13, 2015ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this story and the characters. Jessica and Austin were wonderful. It was nice reading about Texas and learning a little about what the secret service once worked on. I look forward to more in this series and other books by Tracie Peterson. I received this from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
A Matter of the Heart4 Stars Out Of 5n/aJanuary 5, 2015A Matter of the HeartQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love Tracie Peterson's books. I have never been disappointed by one.
Liz RHayden, AlAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5How can you go wrong with Peterson?January 1, 2015Liz RHayden, AlAge: 18-24Gender: femaleJessica Atherton has lived a privileged life and is used to getting her way. However, after recently being rejected by the man she had thought to marry for a woman not as beautiful or well to do as she, Jessica has started looking inward and finding she doesnt care for what she sees. With suitors still lining up at the doors, Jessicas world is thrown for a loop when two distinctly different men find their way into her life. Will Jessica be able to follow her heart when she is not even sure who she is anymore?
I wasnt sure when I started this book how I would feel reading about Jessica. I havent had a chance to read the previous two books in the series but I know from reviews and back covers that she is not exactly a joy. I really enjoyed her character arc though and she grew so much throughout the story.
Tracie Peterson certainly knows how to write a story and I always enjoy her work. With many series under her belt, some of which can be read as standalones, I would definitely suggest reading this one in order as a little of the story and character development was lost on me having started at the end. Overall I enjoyed this story and will definitely go back and read the first two books.
***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***
ednaleeUtahAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5. . . never read a Tracie Peterson novel I didn't like . . .December 31, 2014ednaleeUtahAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I always look forward to Tracie Peterson's novels. The first 2 books of this series were fantastic. I give A Matter of Heart 4 stars - it was good, but lukewarm.