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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Original edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781595544889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595544889
  • ASIN: 1595544887
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bestselling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 60 novels. Website: www.robinleehatcher.com Twitter: @robinleehatcher Facebook: robinleehatcher

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Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader's Choice, and many other industry awards, Robin is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 70+ novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

Robin is active on her Facebook Author Page where she loves to interact with readers. Please join her there: http://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher

For more information, please visit her web site at http://www.robinleehatcher.com

Please note: Robin's faith-based fiction has been published from 1999 to present. She no longer recommends her older mass market fiction.

Customer Reviews

Looking for an easy enjoyable read, I would definitely recommend this book.
I love that Hatcher's books feel real--her characters don't feel far-fetched and the story seems like it could really happen to people.
Amber Perry
My only negative thought about the book was that the "love story" seemed a bit slow and well...a bit more like an afterthought.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jeano on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
A Christian historical romance of the American Old West, Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher is a pleasurable and inspiring read. When Shannon Adair moves with her minister father, Delaney, to the Idaho Territory, her thoughts remain on the Civil War that is raging near her Virginia home. Shannon does not expect to fit into this frontier town with its saloons and street fights. She is disappointed to see the tiny parsonage where she will cook, clean and assist her father with pastoral duties. And her first impression of stage driver Matthew Dubois is anything but positive. When his sister and her young son come to live with him, Shannon is called upon to nurse the terminally ill Alice. Shannon's somewhat tumultuous relationship with Matthew must survive another persuasive suitor, stagecoach holdups, and her own pride. The story takes many twists and turns as Shannon's faith in God is tested and strengthened. The author weaves in historical facts of the 1800s, including Civil War anecdotes, into this romance. Her narration is lively and she builds up appropriate suspense that keeps the pages turning. I felt as if I knew the characters. I was there with Shannon when she played the church organ or fried chicken over the wood stove. Delaney's faith in the face of obstacles and his Scripture verses were inspirational. I enjoyed this ebook and recommend Heart of Gold to others.
I received this book free of charge from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed here are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By girlsmama on February 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
Well we have all had that feeling like a fish out of water, right? Like for instance you have just moved to a new place and everything just seems foreign, the people, the places, the way they do things. Well that is how the poor heroine Shannon Adair of Heart of Gold by Robin Lee Hatcher feels as she is starting a whole new life with her widowed father Reverend Delaney Adair as they are trying to get settled in Grand Coeur, Idaho, this rather -rougher -than- what -she's- used -to- type of place, so much different than where she was raised in Virginia. The setting is 1864 smack dab in the middle of the civil war and her Southern allegiances are strong. Her father feels firmly called to this new community of less refinement and sentiments both towards the union and the confederacy, but people he feels called to minister to; Shannon is not so sure. Thus begins her struggle to surrender to God in this new place.

Shannon soon finds purpose to her time in the gold mining town of Grand Coeur by drawing on her nursing skills honed back home in Virginia while tending to many wounded soldiers. But as there is no battlefield here, just a critically ill woman who has recently arrived in Grand Coeur herself, seeking to reconnect with her brother Matt Dubois and with her young son in tow, she is in need of much care and help caring for her son. Shannon immediately has compassion on this woman and a friendship is forged. Not at all impressed by her brother Matt Dubois at first, as his political views did not line up at all with hers, she is not immediately inclined to pay much notice of him, but as time goes on, her interest in Mr. Dubois grows as does his interest in her.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geni J. White on January 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
Rev. Delaney Adair, following God's leading, moves with his daughter, Shannon from Virginia to the gold-rush city of Grand Coeur, Idaho. Shannon resents leaving the South and believes her father mistakenly heard from God.

To clear his thinking, Rev. Adair occasionally talks to his late wife. A good man, berated for doubting the South would win the Civil War, he admits he's spoiled strong-willed and stubborn Shannon.

Shannon nursed wounded soldiers in Virginia. In Grand Coeur she nurses a young Yankee widow with cancer, Alice Jackson. Shannon cannot imagine friendship with Yankees because Yankee soldiers killed her fiancé, Benjamin.

Alice Jackson's brother, Matthew Dubois, transfers from his job as a Wells Fargo stagecoach driver to support Alice and her son Todd, although he's never stayed in one place more than a few weeks. He's slowly attracted to Shannon.

Joe Burkette, a Southern gentleman, also pursues Shannon. Which man will win and why? And will dangerous actions between Northern and Southern patriots kill romance?

Romance readers enjoy the genre pattern--boy meets girl, one of them doesn't like the other, they gradually change, then something drastic hinders their relationship. Robin Lee Hatcher captures readers with characters and situations true to the genre.

Hatcher includes Christian principles engagingly while bringing alive the setting and times of 1864 Idaho. Readers wonder if Rev. Adair's prayers will be answered. And will Shannon change? The characters decisions challenge readers to grow, also.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meredith Drake on February 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Robin Lee Hatcher's Heart of Gold is a love story set in the Civil War era. Shannon Adair moves with her father, a minister to an "uncivilized" area that is vastly different from her beloved Virginia where she grew up. Upon meeting Matthew Dubois, she is less than impressed. Matthew is a driver for Wells Fargo and has never thought of anything other than his career with his company. When Matthew's sister, Alice, sends word that she is ill and that she and her son, Todd, need him, Matthew takes some time to take care of her and Todd. Not realizing how serious his sister's illness is, he is shocked when he realized that she is going to die and that he will be left with Todd in his care. Having not seen his sister in years nor met Todd, Matthew adjusts to the idea of being a family man.
Shannon agrees to be a nurse for Alice and as she spends time in their household, Matthew and Shannon begin to have feelings for each other. Having been raised in the South, Shannon begins to learn that God has created everyone equal and that Confederate and Yankee pride don't mean as much as she first thought they did. Everyone suffers in war. People who Shannon thought were far different from her, come to be close friends who have a lot more in common than she first thought. Alice slowly gets Shannon to open up and they become friends. Shannon begins to love Todd and Alice encourages Matthew to marry Shannon, not only because she feels that Shannon will be a good mother for Todd, but because she sees that they love each other.
As Alice's life comes to an end, Matthew asks Shannon to be his wife. She is happy to accept, but after thinking things over, she begins to wonder if Matthew really loves her or if he is simply wanting someone to be a mother to Todd so he can continue his career with Wells Fargo.
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