Saturday, May 26, 2012
Heart of Gold
Robin Lee Hatcher
Thomas Nelson Publishers
Romance, Fiction, Historical
In 1864, Shannon Adair dutifully accompanies her minister father to his new church in the gold rush town of Grand Coeur, in the Idaho Territory, but she secretly burns with resentment that she cannot remain in Virginia to support the Confederacy in its fight against the Northern aggressors. Shannon, who rejects her father’s belief that there is right and wrong on both sides of the war, hates everyone who does not stand wholeheartedly with the south. Despite her antagonism, Shannon agrees to nurse Alice Jackson, the ailing widow of a Yankee soldier. It soon becomes clear that Alice is dying and that her son, Todd, will be left in the care of her older brother, Matthew Dubois, a wanderer who loves his job as a driver for Wells Fargo.
As Alice continually throws Matthew and Shannon together love begins to grow. Matthew thinks he wants to still drive the stagecoach routes and Shannon's pride gets in her way time and time again. However, the love they have for each other can not be denied.
I found this to be a mediocre book. Perhaps I did it a disservice reading it on the heels of a number of very good books. Either way, it did not keep my attention very well and I found myself skimming at the end. Hatcher is a decent author but her latest books have left me wanting for more depth.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Sneeze book review blogger's program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.