Review: A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson

November 12, 2014

Title: A Matter of Heart
Author: Tracie Peterson
Publisher: Bethany House
Pages: 320
ISBN: 978-0-7642-1060-0
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014

Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart.

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?
I have been following this series since the very beginning and was looking forward to seeing how this book would close out everything. I will admit though off the bat, I wasn't sure how I would enjoy reading about Jessica Atherton. In the previous book, I didn't like her at all. Her personality was very overbearing and she was a bit full of herself. So, I entered this story with a bit of trepidation.

Jessica proved to be a surprise from the start. The story takes place a year to two years after the end of the second book. Everyone around Jessica has had their lives move along, but Jessica's life hasn't budged. She's looked on with pity from the other girls in the community who have lives with their husbands and children, despite Jessica's proclamation, that that life isn't what she wants. Under all of that though, we find out who Jessica really is. She is a girl who doesn't know who she is. She finds that people see her as a princess, there to look pretty and to buy things. That isn't who she wants to be known as. This story is her journey to find out what she is missing in her life.

Austin Todd is one of the classic good guys. He is upstanding and he follows law. He is a gentleman through and through and believes in respect. However, he carries a heavy burden. A burden that would be hard for many to carry, but he does his best not to show it and to use it help build a wall around him so he doesn't have to deal with that pain again.

Austin was a good balance for Jessica. Austin was already about helping people, while Jessica was discovering. Both of these people had much they needed work through and figure out what God has planned for them.

This book closed everything out well and we were able to see how the characters were from the last two books were doing and get caught up with them.

Too Read
3.5 out of 5

About the Author:
Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's website at

Thank you to Bethany House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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