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A Matter of Character (The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs)

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Although her family is wealthy, Daphne McKinley has moved to the small town of Bethlehem Springs, where she writes Wild West adventure dime novels under the pseudonym D. B. Morgan. Newspaper editor Joshua Crawford has put his life on hold until he can expose the lies that this Morgan fellow has written about the beloved, saintly grandfather who raised him. Once Daphne meets Joshua, it takes a while for her to decide to acknowledge her secret identity. After all, no proper lady would dare pen dime novels in 1918. But when Daphne discovers how serious Joshua is about clearing his grandfather's name, and how important it is to him, she tells the truth about her alter ego and accompanies Joshua on a fact-finding mission. The popular Hatcher has written another inspirational romance, peppered with Bible verses, which should be a big hit with her many readers. --Shelley Mosley

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Hatcher, Robin Lee (Author) Jun 2010. 400 p. Zondervan, paperback, $14.99. (9780310258070). Although her family is wealthy, Daphne McKinley has moved to the small town of Bethlehem Springs, where she writes Wild West adventure dime novels under the pseudonym D. B. Morgan. Newspaper editor Joshua Crawford has put his life on hold until he can expose the lies that this Morgan fellow has written about the beloved, saintly grandfather who raised him. Once Daphne meets Joshua, it takes a while for her to decide to acknowledge her secret identity. After all, no proper lady would dare pen dime novels in 1918. But when Daphne discovers how serious Joshua is about clearing his grandfather’s name, and how important it is to him, she tells the truth about her alter ego and accompanies Joshua on a fact-finding mission. The popular Hatcher has written another inspirational romance, peppered with Bible verses, which should be a big hit with her many readers. (Booklist)
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Product Details

  • Series: The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310258073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310258070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the third book in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series. The first two were A Vote of Confidence and Fit to be Tied.

Joshua has come to Bethlehem Springs to find D. B. Morgan. The author writes dime novels that portray his grandfather in a less than favorable light. No one else besides Joshua seems to care, but it matters very much to him. His grandfather was very important to him. He'll do whatever it takes to find the truth.

Daphne just happens to be the author Joshua is looking for, but she never meant to hurt anyone. Her stories of the man came from an honest source and she wants to believe that she's right. The problem is, even if she's right, she's come to like Joshua a great deal and doesn't want to see him hurt. Once she finally reveals the secret of her writing to her family, she comes clean to Joshua knowing that he may not like her much after that.

Finding the truth together will be painful for Joshua at first, but he'll learn to see that God's love covers any sins. He'll also see that Daphne is a gifted writer and should share her talent. He's falling in love with her, but there's the matter of the woman he's been intended to marry since childhood. The longer Joshua spends in Bethlehem Springs, the less he wants to return to St. Louis.

This was a great ending to the series. You'll still see Gwen, Morgan, Cleo and Woody, but their stories aren't really mentioned here, so you can safely read these out of order.
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I really enjoyed getting to know the main character Daphne McKinley. Being an author she was a woman after my own heart. However, she writes dime novels, which were looked upon as frivolous writing - not to be taken seriously. The nemesis in her books is loosely based on a character named Rawhide Rick. Because Daphne comes from a family of wealth she does not want anyone to know what she does in her spare time. So she holds this secret close to her heart.

Joshua Crawford finds out that the books written by D. B. Morgan aka Daphne, have portrayed his grandfather, Richard Terrell,(Rawhide Rick) in a not so favorable light. He sets out to find this D. B. Morgan and is determined to make him write a retraction. You can imagine his surprise when he finds out that the real author is Daphne. He is even more surprised to learn that his grandfather has a past that he did not know about - this was before Richard Terrell became a Christian.

Daphne and Joshua find that they both have to re-evaluate what is important to them in their lives. In the meantime they begin to have feelings for each other and this seems to go well until- Joshua's fiancée' enters the picture. I really enjoyed reading this book even though it was not my favorite genre. This is the third book in the series, but was great as a stand alone book. I would love to go back and read the first two. Looks like I found a new author to read!
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I love all of Robin Lee Hatcher's stories. She imbues her characters with such grace and warmth, and her romances are so precious and lovely. I am never uncomfortable with the level of intimacy and yet feel very drawn into the love between the characters. Robin draws strong females who are well-rounded, and their personal and very different gifts shine through each one. In addition, Robin always draws the focus to the hope we have in the Lord, showing us the way to a better life. Highly recommend all three of the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs stories. All three are different and all three a grand adventure!
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I have read a couple of books recently about gals who wrote dime novels, and loved them! So, when I saw that this book dealt with that theme, I decided to give it a whirl, and I love it....it was a charming story.
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This is one of my favorites of Robin's books. I loved this book! I think Daphne is my favorite character of hers. Robin's characters are so real. Daphne faces a dilemma and has to make some tough decisions about truth and honesty. I really enjoy the historical details Robin includes in her books. You really get a feel for the time period. This is the third book in a very satisfying series about three women of Bethlehem Springs. All strong,confident women who are brave enough to take on non-traditional roles. Daphne is such a fun character. There is one scene that is so funny but I can't really share the details without spoiling it. You will just have to read it for yourself. I am looking forward to re-reading the series.
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I don't read much fiction these days, compared to when I used to read at least 2-3 novels a week. But I can always count on Robin Lee Hatcher to deliver a delightful escape in the form of a great story.

I first discovered Robin about seven years ago. She was the first author I discovered who opened up her life and heart to her readers through the Internet, and I remember being so drawn to this sweet, godly woman who shaped her characters with such depth and realism.

Her newest novel, A Matter of Character, does not disappoint. I am always intrigued with stories about writers. Robin has crafted a compelling character in Daphne McKinley, an unlikely heiress living in the small town of Bethlehem Springs, Idaho. No one knows of her secret life as the author of a dime novel series based loosely on the adventures of Rawhide Rick, legendary around town for his less than scrupulous run as the town judge years earlier. But when Joshua Crawford comes to town, determined to clear the name of his grandfather, Daphne must come to terms with the power of her words. Together they seek the truth, even while the plot has them very much at odds with one another. Together they learn there's always more to every story than meets the eye.

A Matter of Character is the third and final offering in The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series, but it easily stands alone as a quick and easy read. Whether you're new to Robin Lee Hatcher, or a long time fan such as I am, you're sure to enjoy this well-crafted story. For an extra bonus, hop over to Robin's website and get to know this wonderful Christian and author.

(I received a review copy of this book)
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