Jul 10, 2010

A Matter of Character by Robin Lee Hatcher

A Matter Of Character
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Zondervan Books (Jun 15 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310258073
ISBN-13: 978-0310258070

In A Matter of Character, by award-winning author Robin Lee Hatcher, the year is 1918 and writing gritty dime novels simply isn't done by a woman. So Daphne McKinley—smart, pretty, talented—publishes her rough-and-tumble books under a male pseudonym. But when a newspaperman enlists her aid in restoring his grandfather's good name, Daphne finds herself re-examining the power of her words and reconsidering the direction of her life.

Description:  The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series delivers exactly what readers have been waiting for—smart, confident women who are not afraid to defy convention, live their own dreams, and share their lives if the right man comes along.

In A Matter of Character, book three in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series, it's 1918, and Daphne McKinley, heiress to a small fortune, has found contentment in the town of Bethlehem Springs. 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 Lee Hatcher is the author of sixty novels, including A Vote of Confidence, When Love Blooms, Wagered Heart, Return to Me, and Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by Library Journal. Winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, two RITA Awards for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin lives in Idaho.

Author Website: http://www.robinleehatcher.com


A Matter of Character is the third book in The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series, and can easily be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone book.  The cover picture on this book is kind of quirky and it captured my interest, and I was not disappointed. Daphne McKinley is pictured on the cover behind the wheel of her bright red McLaughlin-Buick car, which she has affectionately dubbed Mack.

Living a somewhat quiet life in the small western town of Bethlehem Springs, not even Daphne's family knows about the secret life that she leads. That is, until a newspaper editor, Joshua Crawford, comes to town looking for the author who wrote less-than-flattering stories about his grandfather. Joshua does not believe that his grandfather is the villain portrayed in the novels, and he vows to keep looking for D.B. Morgan until the truth is told.

Living in a small town means that Daphne and Joshua can't help but see each other often, and neither of them is prepared for the way their lives will be changed. I thoroughly enjoyed this redeeming story of God's love and how lives can be dramatically changed.

Disclosure: A special thanks to Zondervan for sending a review copy of A Matter of Character. I received no compensation for my thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. Like the sound of how this story develops. Thanks for this review. The cover is quirky!