This is a fun historical romance novel -- the third in the Sisters of Bethlehem Series. I did not read the first two books in the series, but that didn't cause me any confusion while reading this book. However, I'm intrigued by the characters who were obviously the main players in those books and I want to go back and read A Vote of Confidence and Fit To Be Tied.
Robin has created this series about women in roles that are rather unconventional for their time, which is half the fun! The characters are strong in their abilities to use their God-given gifts and talents as He sees fits, despite what others say is 'proper', yet they still find ways to be endearing to those around them. The whole concept leads to quite a bit of controversy.
A Matter of Character will cause you to stop and think about stereotypes and perceptions of others based on certain pieces of information. Perhaps you believe you know someone well, but without understanding his or her whole life, you may be judgmental in ways that are incredibly shortsighted.
This is a fun read for a summers' day.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.
Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of A Matter Of Character, go HERE.