Looking at the list in the front of the book I’m surprised by how many books Robin Lee Hatcher has written. I’ve read some with a more serious theme but The Heart’s Pursuit is a quick easy western theme read. I’m glad she shared how much the heroine’s actions would have ruined her reputation and embarrassed her family. The things the heroine did would not be questioned at all in the 2000s but in the late 1800s they were very scandalous.
Overall it’s pretty typical. I was just waiting for the heroine to get in a life threatening situation and sure enough – she did. I think she matures through the story, but her faith stays the same. The heroine’s changes are primarily physical. The hero’s changes are spiritual. He is a bounty hunter bent on revenge and she, of course, makes him want to give up his wandering life and settle down. We get to see the story through the eyes of both of them.
Since they are traveling for most of the story the supporting characters change frequently, but fill in when they are needed. Love the Pinkerton agent! The descriptions of trail travel are good and give a clear picture of what they were going through.
Here is the backcover copy:
A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin.
A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past.
An arduous trek toward justice—or redemption.
Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family—even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.
The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn’t theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next?
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