The Heart's Pursuit

Paperback | May 13, 2014

byRobin Lee Hatcher

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A Colorado beauty abandoned at the altar. A rugged bounty hunter haunted by his past. In this dramatic historical novel by best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher, two wounded hearts join forces in a pursuit across the Old West.

Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge against the man who stranded her at the altar and fled with the remnant of her family's fortune. She is determined to find the man who betrayed her trust.

Jared Newman, rugged as the West itself, is relentless in his pursuit of lawless men-but unable to escape his own tragic past. Hardened by his life as a bounty hunter, he must learn to forgive before he loses his soul.

Joining forces, the two set out in search of Silver's betrayer. The handsome but embittered Jared finds himself powerfully drawn to the beautiful woman whose drive for justice equals his own. But lack of honesty keeps Silver and Jared from fully trusting each other, even as a shocking revelation intensifies their pursuit of the cunning-and deadly-quarry.

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A Colorado beauty abandoned at the altar. A rugged bounty hunter haunted by his past. In this dramatic historical novel by best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher, two wounded hearts join forces in a pursuit across the Old West.Silver Matlock is a Colorado beauty in search of revenge against the man who stranded her at the altar and fled...

Bestselling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both RWA and ACFW and winner of the Christy, RITA, and numerous other awards, Robin has authored over 75 books. She and her husband make their home in Idaho ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310259274

ISBN - 13:9780310259275


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Journey for Justice - and Love! Pack your saddlebags, mount your trusty horse, and get ready for a westbound journey spanning hundreds of miles and a lifetime of emotions. In the new Christian Historical Fiction novel entitled 'The Heart?s Pursuit', author Robin Lee Hatcher takes readers on an old-fashioned adventure overflowing with uncertainty and danger, secrets and sacrifices, and maybe even love. From the opening chapter, the story jumps into action when Jared Newman, a bounty hunter leading his current captive to justice, witnesses a young woman dressed in a satin wedding gown rushing from her own ceremony. Silvana 'Silver' Matlock was jilted at the altar, and not only did her fiance skip town, but he took the savings and valuables of Silver's father and stepmother with him. Without the money to pay back a debt, the Matlocks stand to lose their home, business, and way of life. In a moment of desperation and guilt, Silver resolves to bring justice to her family in anyway she can... Even if it means joining a bounty hunter in tracking her wayward groom across several states. This story does not take place in any one location, but rather is set on the trail and in various western towns along the way. Jared and Silver are very realistically drawn characters who compel readers to care about them, especially after their painful history is revealed. Both hide secrets that influence their actions and decisions, but learning to trust again becomes the first step in opening their hearts to healing and forgiveness. The difference between wanting justice and seeking revenge is also compared, but the importance of God's love and forgiveness working inside each heart is downplayed. In fact faith, prayer, and commitment to God almost seem to be added as an afterthought, making this book less inspirational than other stories in the genre. Once in a while a certain darkness enters the story in the form of memories or insinuations, but thankfully the situations are not laid out in detail and refrain from giving too much unnecessary information. If you enjoy Wild West stories, sweet and honorable romances, or old fashioned adventures of unlikely circumstances, you will undoubtedly enjoy 'The Heart?s Pursuit'. Although the hoped-for Christian aspects of the story are somewhat meager, the story itself is expertly crafted with an unusual plot and vivid characters. So join Silver and Jared as they journey in pursuit of justice, while at the same time love pursues them! *** This book was provided courtesy of HarperCollins Canada, in exchange for my honest review. It is available for purchase at bookstores from Zondervan Publishers.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Romance in the Wild West The Heart's Pursuit is a historical romance of the inspirational genre with some mystery thrown in. After a life time of never meeting her step mother's expectations Silver Matlock yet again has disappointed her by choosing the wrong man. After being jilted at the alter the family also finds out that her fiance has stolen the family's funds and her stepmom's jewelry and Silver feels it's all her fault. A little headstrong and impulsive she went into the relationship quickly. In desperation Silver, much to the horror of her stepmom, hires a bounty hunter to find her fiance in the hopes of reclaiming her family's money before the bank forcloses on their mercantile store and home. But what she doesn't tell her family is that she is riding with the bounty hunter to help him identify the man who robbed them. Jared Newman became a bounty hunter in order to catch the man who killed his own family. Having been raised in wealth he now has spent the last 6 years in pursuit of a man who he can only identify by a scar. Taking on the job that Silver offers him is just a means to an end of finding his murderer, but he's not about to tell her that he has a hidden agenda. When circumstances take a turn for the worst, they both must look deep within and refind their faith in someone other than themselves. This story was an easy, enjoyable read that took the reader through several states as the pair pursued the criminal. But in the process each had to come to terms with their pasts and their own issues of rejection, shame, hatred and revenge. Each had to learn to forgive in order to move on with their lives. I found their journey to that place interesting. There are some twists to the plot which kept the story moving though I did figure out some of the story before the ending. The romance is light and from the heart perspective not the lust perspective which was refreshing. I'm not one for "falling in love with someone quickly" kinds of stories but this kept my interest anyway once I got over that aspect. I liked that the characters were each presented as believers with flaws that were trying to find their way in awful circumstances. Their struggles felt genuine and real for the circumstances and the author has a real knack at making the reader care for the characters and what they are going through in their hearts not just their circumstances. Overall, I enjoyed the journey, both across the U.S. and in the heart of this story. This book was received in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Date published: 2014-05-09

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