I have been a fan of Tracie Peterson for a long time. Her series New Mexico Sunrise and New Mexico Sunset were the first books I have read by her and I loved them. The moment I picked up A Matter of Heart I knew I was going to love it as well. Peterson has a way of drawing you in, and causing you to love her characters. She helped me identify with the characters by causing me to see myself in them. A Matter of Heart is the third book in the Lonestar Brides Series. Sensible Arrangement is book number one and A Moment in Time is book number two. After reading this book I would love to read the first two in the series, but it wasn’t necessary to enjoy the story.
Jessica has lived a spoiled life. She has gotten everything her heart has desired, except for a husband. Jessica was always the most beautiful and doesn’t understand why everyone is married but her, and doesn’t like the looks of pity she receives from those that are married. When Robert the man she was supposed to marry has a baby with his new wife Jessica takes a hard look at herself. Can she become a better, less self-centered person? When she meets Harrison a young lawyer she wonders if she has finally met her match. But she is also getting to know Austin Todd, a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. She is attracted to both men, but which one will she choose? And who does God want her with?
Austin Todd is a man of many secrets. Fairly new to town he doesn’t really want anyone to know of his past. He would rather not think about it, even though it haunts him everyday. He is no stranger to loss and tragedy. Ever since meeting Jessica he’s felt drawn to her, but doesn’t want to risk love again. When he is brought in on the past of some of his neighbors, he can’t resist helping them, even if it’s close to the life he left behind. Can Austin forgive himself for the past and grab hold of his future? Will he be able to help his neighbors and be the man God has called him to be?
This book is full of twists and turns you don’t see coming. And kept me wondering what was going to happen next. A great romance with danger, mystery, and suspense mixed in. I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.