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Product Details

  • Series: The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310258073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310258070
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #668,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

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)

More About the Author

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.

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Great final book in this Robin Hatcher series.
D. Good
Thankfully there are writers who write with an easy to read flow and with a freshness that captivates readers.
Marci L. Seither
I really enjoyed getting to know the main character Daphne McKinley.
D. J. Malone

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B.Morgan on August 12, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Malone on June 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Aken on May 31, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marci L. Seither on May 29, 2010
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The other day my mother in law asked me, "Do you read anything just for pleasure?"

I have stacks of newspapers and magazines. Piles of books and volumes of research material. I read all the time, but when she asked me that simple question I felt like someone who had just received a mild concussion and could remember their name.

"Umm...the last fiction book I read strictly for pleasure..?"I realized my coffee was gettting cold as I just stood there and stammered. "Probably not as often as I would like too."

Thankfully there are writers who write with an easy to read flow and with a freshness that captivates readers.

Robin Lee Hatcher is one of those writers.

A Matter Of Character is the third book in "The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs" series. While this is the first book I have read of Robins, it will not be my last. I enjoyed reading about what Idaho would have been like in 1918 and was thankful to have received an advance copy.

A Matter Of Character left me thinking about my own life and the questions that we find ask when we find ourselves at a crossroad.

What do we really want in life and am I really honoring the Lord with the gifts He has given me?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pacific Northwest Mommy on August 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is the third and final book in the Sisters of Bethlehem series, but if you haven't read the previous books you can pick up reading this one with no problem. It stands great on its own, and you can go back later and read the first two if you'd like. I've enjoyed all of books in this series, but this one is definitely my favorite. I loved that the heroine was a dime novelist writing under a male pseudonym, a common practice a century ago. In fact, Daphne reminded me a lot of one of my all-time favorite heroines from another Robin Lee Hatcher novel, Katie Jones in Catching Katie (HeartQuest). They could have been good friends, I'm sure! The picture on the cover is a fabulous depiction of the vivacious and spunky Daphne McKinley.

I'm kind of sad to be at the end of this series. Bethlehem Springs is the kind of place I like to visit in a novel, a small town populated with all kinds of wonderful characters who value faith and family. I think you'll enjoy visiting it, too. I highly recommend this series, as well as all of this author's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April A. Renn on June 19, 2010
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A MATTER OF CHARACTER by Robin Lee Hatcher is an Inspirational Historical set in St. Louis, Missouri and Bethlehem Springs, Missouri. It is a refreshing, historical with romance, understanding, faith, coming to terms with the truth of a loved one's life as a young man into adulthood. It is well written with depth and detail. It is the third and last in The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series, but can be read as a stand alone. The hero has a temper, and is out to find the truth about his grandfather, who has been written into a dime novel, not in the best of light. He is a villain. He learns the truth is not always want you want it to be and what you believe to be true. He also falls in love along the way, with the writter no less. The heroine is a determined, strong willed young women who writes dime novels under a man's name. She will also find that all is not as it seems and of course falls in love. This is a tender story of faith, romance, and family. If would highly recommend this story. If you have not read the other two in this series, I would also recommend reading them ( Book #1 A Vote of Confidence, and Book #2 Fit To Be Tied). This is a fast paced, page turning must read. A keeper. This book was received for review and details can be found at My Book Addiction and More and Zondervan.
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