- Heart of Gold
- Robin Lee Hatcher ©2012
- Thomas Nelson Publishers
- ISBN 978-1-59554-488-9 (trade paper. E-book)
- With study questions and author notes
Rev. Delaney Adair, following God’s leading, moves with his daughter, Shannon from Virginia to the gold-rush city of Grand Coeur, Idaho. Shannon resents leaving the South and believes her father mistakenly heard from God.
To clear his thinking, Rev. Adair occasionally talks to his late wife. A good man berated for doubting the South would win the Civil War, he admits he’s spoiled strong-willed and stubborn Shannon.
Shannon nursed wounded soldiers inVirginia. In Grand Coeur she nurses a young Yankee widow with cancer, Alice Jackson. Shannon cannot imagine friendship with Yankees because Yankee soldiers killed her fiancé, Benjamin.
Alice Jackson’s brother, Matthew Dubois, transfers from his job as a Wells Fargo stagecoach driver to support Alice and her son Todd, although he’s never stayed in one place more than a few weeks. He’s slowly attracted toShannon.
Joe Burkette, a Southern gentleman, also pursues Shannon. Which man will win and why? And will dangerous actions between Northern and Southern patriots kill romance?
Romance readers enjoy the genre pattern–boy meets girl, one of them doesn’t like the other, they gradually change, then something drastic hinders their relationship. Robin Lee Hatcher captures readers with characters and situations true to the genre.
Hatcher includes Christian principles engagingly while bringing alive the setting and times of 1864 Idaho. Readers wonder if Rev. Adair’s prayers will be answered. And will Shannon change? The characters decisions challenge readers to grow, also.
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