Review: A Matter of Heart by Tracie Peterson

20899315 The Lone Star Brides series has been so enjoyable to read.
A Matter of Heart is the third book in this series and follows Jessica Atherton, a young lady we first met in book two of the series, A Moment in Time.

The author tackles a difficult situation right from the start in this book. If you have read book two of the series, you know that Jessica is not a sweet, kind person. She is strong-willed, outspoken, stubborn, and spoiled. She behaves very poorly toward the heroine in book two. It is a challenge to turn this type of person into the focal character in a subsequent story, however, Tracie Peterson did a great job of just that.

Jessica begins to understand in the story that she needs to make some changes in her life. Her heart attitude toward people and God is all out of whack and I was impressed with the way this character worked to try to figure out how to get her focus in the right place and the way she tried to rectify things with those people she had wronged in the past.

There are two leading men that Jessica must choose between. Harrison Gable represents the worldly things, as well as the position in society that Jessica has always desired. Austin Todd does not. There is a sadness to Austin, some things he needs to work out in regards to his heart. His attitude toward God, and even toward himself, needs some adjusting. He carries much guilt and hurt.

It is interesting to see things through the perspective of both men and there was not any question in my mind as to who Jessica was meant to be with. I felt that this was a good conclusion to the series and definitely recommend each book in this series to readers who enjoy historical fiction. (4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

You can read my review of A Sensible Arrangement here.

You can read my review of A Moment in Time here.



Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart.

Harrison Gable is a successful young lawyer with ambitions that match Jessica’s dreams. His warm, attentive manner and thoughtful gifts make her feel special.

Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But after learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he’s drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes.

If Jessica follows her heart, where will it lead?



A prolific and bestselling novelist, Tracie Peterson rewards her readers with adventure and romance, highlighted with authentic historical detail. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

You can connect with Tracie on her website, Facebook, and her blog.

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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