Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher
When Shannon travels with her father to Idaho Territory away from her war-ravaged Virginia, she is at first bitter and resentful. God uses her pastor father and the friendship of a dying widow to change Shannon's heart and prepare her for the love of a former Wells Fargo driver.
This was a tender, sweet, Western romance by a Christian author I have read and enjoyed before. Shannon is feisty and spirited. Matthew is strong, rugged and handsome. They butt heads rather pointedly at first. Then slowly, find themselves falling in love. But, of course, their relationship can't proceed smoothly. Instead, one of them must be near death before they will admit their love for each other. Yes, it's a story line we've all read before; but it is tried and true and still makes for an enjoyable read.
I enjoy the historical time period- the Civil War; the setting- the old West; and the spirited hero and heroine of this tale. So, even though the plot was predictable, this was an enjoyable read.
This is a solid four star read, and it is sweet and innocent enough for an easy G rating.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.