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Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Bethany House/NetGalley Review-A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson

Hi everyone!! Unfortunately, I have been so busy lately, the amount of time spent on here with you guys has not been where it should be..Fortunately, that's because I have been busy reading some fantastic new books that you all are going to LOVE! One of which being...

*About The Author*

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 100 books. Having given her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has always felt called to some form of ministry, and writing fulfills that mission field.
Tracie received her first book contract in November, 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishings' Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership's vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row.
In December, 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell, Kimberley Woodhouse and her daughter Jennifer.
Throughout her writing career Tracie has found time to speak at writer's conferences where she has a special heart for new authors. She is often joined by her husband Jim, whose background in history offers new authors insight into research. Besides teaching at conferences, Tracie also at one time managed Barbour Publishing's Heartsong Presents book line - overseeing the production of 52 books a year. Tracie teaches at women's conferences around the country and shares her testimony and insight for Christian living through the eyes of an author passionately in love with her Heavenly Father.
Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests, including USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, best Religious Fiction for Embers of Love!
Making her home in Montana, this Kansas native enjoys spending time with family--especially her three grandchildren--Rainy, Fox and Max..
                                                 *Book Description*
Jessica Atherton has always been...well, privileged, in life, and maybe just a tad bit too upity and dependent on money she now realizes.  Deciding to try to fix her problem, she sets out to think about herself as little as possible. While that proves to be a bit harder then she thought it would be, the arrival of two men makes it a bit easier on her. At least easier to not think about herself. Trying not to think about the two handsome men that are complete opposites proves to be harder. With Harrison Gable, the sweet, seemingly friendly man that makes her feel special and Austin Todd, the ruggedly handsome cattle inspector drawing her in with the pain in his eyes... Will Jessica choose safe and sweet, a man who can always give her just what she wants, or is Austin's closed down attitude, protective spirit, and selflessness exactly what she needs? And when she finally figures out what she wants, will it be too late?
Austin Todd thought he'd left his Secret Service life behind. He had...until missing certificates and a beautiful girl intrigued him. Wishing to help as much as possible while still being withdrawn due to the pain he's endured, he doesn't know anymore about why he's here then when he first came. When an unruly man pays unwanted attentions toward a woman who has caught his eye, he's torn between staying away so he doesn't get hurt, and jumping in so she doesn't. When a dangerous situation goes from bad to worse, will he keep the people he loves safe? Or will everything once again be taken away?
                                       *What I liked*
Throughout the book Jessica experienced real change. Not, 'Oh yeah, I have a problem with my character, I'm going to stay this way the entire book'. No. Peterson did a fantastic job of transforming Jessica into someone she could really be proud of. The difference is astounding and really does make the characters fabulous and real. The story line is also really good even though it carries out through the whole series instead of just one book.
                                              *What I didn't like*
The only thing some people may not like about the book is how Jessica is all about me for awhile. Fortunately, she is not like this the entire book and Tracie uses that for something that a lot of us love.  The only other thing is, Tracie Peterson is an awesome writer, she really is. I think anyone who reads her would like her. IF they bought the whole series. For those of you who just got really intrigued with the book and now not so intrigued, I'm sorry but it's true. I got her wonderful book 'A Sensible Arrangement' for Christmas before I started reviewing, so naturally I was thrilled when this one came up for review. Talk about a CLIFF HANGER! I'm not saying this isn't a 'well worth the money' book. I'm saying the series is. DO it!

                                                     *My Rating*
           I give A Matter Of Heart...
4 1/2 stars.

*Why my rating is what it is*

My rating honestly would have been 5 stars if it could be a stand alone and also because this book wouldn't necessarily be something young adults would like to read because there is some violence. Besides that this is a five star novel so if I am posting this review on a website that doesn't do halves and I have to choose 4 or 5 stars, it will be a 5. SO sad to see the series go but I am sure Tracie will have more fantastic books for us Lord willing!!

*Where to buy it*

Wherever Christian books are sold!

Thanks so much to Bethany House and to NetGalley for allowing me to review this awesome book and thanks to all of you for coming to read my reviews!! It means a lot to me. I hope that if you have a Christian book coming out that you think looks good that you will suggest it to me to review. If you have a review blog you want me to check out, let me know in an email or in the comments! I'd love to know you!!


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