Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Matter of Character

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Matter Of Character

Zondervan (May 25, 2010)


Robin Lee Hatcher


Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon


It's 1918, and Daphne McKinley, heiress to a small fortune, has found contentment in the town of Bethlehem Springs, Idaho. But Daphne has a secret.

A series of dime novels loosely based on local lore and featuring a nefarious villain known as Rawhide Rick has enjoyed modest popularity among readers. Nobody in Bethlehem Springs knows the man behind the stories ... except Daphne.

When newspaperman Joshua Crawford comes to town searching for the man who sullied the good name of his grandfather, Daphne finds herself at a crossroads, reassessing the power of her words, re-thinking how best to honor her gifts, and reconsidering what she wants out of life.

Robin is conducting a contest for the new book. Join in the fun HERE.

If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of A Matter Of Character, go HERE.

My Review:

Here's another classic historical fiction this time set in 1918. We met Joshua Crawford, a reporter who suddenly finds himself out of a job when the integrity of his grandfather is called into question in the local paper. With little money to his name, Joshua sets out for Bethlehem Springs to answer a job offer as a reporter. While there, he is offered the job an managing editor of the paper since the owner has recently passed away and the town has been missing the local news at the beginning of World War 2 on the horizon.

We met Daphne McKinley, a budding author of dime story romance novels who does so, under the presumed name of D.B. Morgan since she can't get published any other way. Daphne is stuck on her latest book in knowing which direction to turn with her character Rawhide Rick. Should he die? Should he live? Oh the dilemma of writer's block. So she takes the opportunity to write a column for the local paper in hopes of stirring her creative writing back up again and in the process runs into the new Editor of the paper, Joshua Crawford.

What awaits Mr. Crawford who suddenly finds himself out of words to speak to Ms. McKinley as she offers her services to the local paper, and in the process finds out the real reason why Joshua Crawford is in town.

I loved this book because I enjoy a good twist to your standard romance books and I love historical fiction. This book had me from page one and with the holiday weekend upon us, finished it in one day. This is definitely a must read for anyone looking for some mystery and intrigue with their romance books and in my opinion rate it a 8 out of 10.

I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for me to review. The book comes in paperback only at this time.


Mich said...

She is a good writer.

Happy weekend!

Marydon Ford said...

Hadn't heard of her before ... interesting me.

May your Memorial weekend & celebrations be safe & enjoyable, filled merriment ... as you solemnly remember those that have passed before us & our military that protect(ed)s our freedoms. LET FREEDOM RING!!

TTFN ~ Hugs of love, Marydon

Niecy said...

Hey Sweet Kat!!!
This sounds like a really good book.
I'll have to check it out at
Have a Wonderful Holiday weekend my friend. You and your family are in my heart and in my prayers.
Just give everything to Christ in Prayer and He will see you thru.
God Bless With Love and Blessings,

KrippledWarrior said...

Prayers in progress.
Love Always,

Denise said...

Nice review. You remain in my prayers, love you.


Thanks for the review. Have a great day. Praying for you and your family. Blessings,