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Wagered Heart Paperback – Bargain Price, June 3, 2008
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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
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Please note: Robin's faith-based fiction has been published from 1999 to present. She no longer recommends her older mass market fiction.
Top Customer Reviews
Sometimes a book just "grabs you." That was the case with Wagered Heart. From the first page I was enthralled with Bethany and her lady like ways BUT she is so unconventional. She is unafraid and grabs life by the bull horns knowing that her Father will take care of her. Sometimes causing her earthly father to cringe in fear for his lovely daughter's safety.
Bethany "wagers" with her best friend, Ingrid, that she will (not can) but will capture the cowboy , Hawk Chandler's attention, and rope him in to going to church. Ingrid, ever the conventional-let's-do-everything-by-the -book kind of person, doesn't think Bethany should wager being a preacher's daughter. But Bethany's heart has been "taken" by one look from the handsome cowboy, Hawk. She talks her best friend, Ingrid, into being her accomplice in seeking out Hawk.
Hawk is tough but a sweet heart beats under that tough exterior. Hawk has some issues of his own and tries to stay out of Bethany's sight. Not an easy feat!
I liked the unconventional way Bethany "gets" people to attend God's House (church). As the story unfolds . . .Bethany and Hawk face some challenges in their relationship with Vince, the arch enemy, who lies and deceives every way he can to obtain Bethany as his bride!
Then there's Ingrid and Rand. Another romance brewing alongside Bethany and Hawk's. Many loops and twists in this beautifully written story!
I enjoyed reading this 5 star grandtastic read. If you enjoy western frontier stories that incorporate faith and romance then this is a must read for you!
*I reviewed this book for Zondervan*
I'm sorry to say that this book was not it, mostly because the love story was a little over the top. Bethany was "in love" with Hawk almost from the word go, and reading about it over and over again just got on my nerves. Also, the middle of the book got a little too crazy for my taste with too many emotional changes happening in rapid succession--marriages, deaths, moving, etc.
It just wasn't the book for me...I don't think I can put it any plainer than that. Robin has rewritten several of her general market romances over the years with some being very good and others, like this one, falling a bit short. In the future, I may need to stick with her contemporary novels only because I've yet to read one of those that I didn't like.
Bethany has come to Sweetwater with her father to start his church. She meets an intriguing man and bets her friend that she can get him to come to church. The wager made in jest is forgotten as she falls for him.
Hawk is used to people judging him by his heritage. He starts to think that Bethany might be different, but when he hears about the wager, he's determined to get revenge. The problem is, he's falling for her as well. A warning to stay away from Bethany comes in the form of a beating. He ends up on Bethany's doorstep and the town gossips draw the wrong conclusions.
Hawk feels like he's doing the right thing by offering to marry her, but then he reconsiders when he sees what kind of life she'll have with him. He feels that she's much too good for him and tries to keep his distance for when she leaves.
There's an overzealous suitor for Bethany, and he'll do anything to get what he wants. There's also a lot of sadness in this book. Deaths, betrayal, scheming, etc. all come together in a kind of depressing way for much of the book. We get the happy ending, but it comes through a lot of turmoil. In the end, it's a good book, but keep the hankies ready just in case.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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