Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Heart’s Pursuit-Robin Lee Hatcher

The Heart’s Pursuit Robin Lee Hatcher Zondervan, May 13 2014, $15.99 ISBN 9780310259275 In 1873 bounty hunter Jared Newman, accompanied by a prisoner, arrives in Twin Springs, Colorado on the same day that charming rat Bob Cassidy jilted Silver Matlock. Silver’s father Gerald explains to his disbelieving arrogant second wife Marlene and his fuming daughter that business has been poor lately and though lacking legal proof he believes Cassidy stole a large sum of their money from a land sale that was to pay off the mortgage and other debts. The runaway fiancé left the Matlock family teetering on the brink of financial ruin with no options left. Sheriff Cooper introduces Silver to Jared as a person he can recommend to her. Cooper persuades Newman to help Silver though the bounty hunter’s motive is to collect a small fee while waiting for the money due him from his prisoner; deep in his gut he knows the murder of his sister back in Tennessee is why he accepts the commission. Over his objection, Silver joins Jared as he hunts her former fiancé. While on the trail together in Colorado, Wyoming and Nevada, the daughter of the town’s leading family and the bounty hunter fall in love. The Heart’s Pursuit is a wonderful inspirational western romance as two apparent opposites share in common a thirst for avenging justice and eventually love. Although the storyline goes as expected with the exception of a lad they meet on the trail, readers will feel we are traveling with the lead pair during the Reconstruction Era in the Rocky Mountains Old West that comes vividly to life in this entertaining tale of forgiving one’s self. Harriet Klausner

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