Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday Weekly Review - Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold is a fictional novel written by Robin Lee Hatcher, a Christy and Rita award winning author. Heart of Gold is set during the 1860s, at the time of the Civil War. Reverend Delaney Adair leaves his home in the South to answer a call to lead a church in Idaho and brings his daughter Shannon with him.

Shannon is a spoiled Southern girl. She resents having to leave her home and is bitter against Northerners, since her fiance was killed in the war. However she ends up nursing Alice, a woman from one of the northern states who is dying and becomes close friends with her. Because Shannon is taking care of Alice, she comes in frequent contact with Alice's brother, Matthew, and the story follows their relationship.

My thoughts: I liked the book and the characters were likable, especially Reverend Adair. I liked how he still kept his long-deceased wife in his thoughts and would have conversations with her throughout the book, as well as quietly setting a Christian example for his daughter. I did feel that the relationship with Shannon and Matthew developed rather quickly and am not sure if that is very realistic. However I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read.

Disclosure: I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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