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A Matter of Character (Sisters of Bethlehem Springs Series #3)

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  • Posted July 10, 2010

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    A Matter of Character

    A Matter of Character is the third book in The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series, and can easily be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone book. The cover picture on this book is kind of quirky and it captured my interest, and I was not disappointed. Daphne McKinley is pictured on the cover behind the wheel of her bright red McLaughlin-Buick car, which she has affectionately dubbed Mack.

    Living a somewhat quiet life in the small western town of Bethlehem Springs, not even Daphne's family knows about the secret life that she leads. That is, until a newspaper editor, Joshua Crawford, comes to town looking for the author who wrote less-than-flattering stories about his grandfather. Joshua does not believe that his grandfather is the villain portrayed in the novels, and he vows to keep looking for D.B. Morgan until the truth is told.

    Living in a small town means that Daphne and Joshua can't help but see each other often, and neither of them is prepared for the way their lives will be changed. I thoroughly enjoyed this redeeming story of God's love and how lives can be dramatically changed.

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

    Final book in Sisters of Bethlehem trilogy is sweetly romantic

    A Matter of Character by Robin Lee Hatcher is the third and final book in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series. Daphne McKinley loves her life in 1918 Idaho. She lives independently while spending plenty of time with her brother and sister-in-law and their two adorable children, and she just happens to secretly write dime novels about the Old West, including a villain called Rawhide Rick who she based on a real man she's heard stories about. Joshua Crawford has come to Bethlehem Springs seeking the author D.B. Morgan who has written several stories about his grandfather Richard Terrrell, aka Rawhide Rick, to force the author to retract the stories and to prove that Richard was a wonderful man of God, but when he meets Daphne his plan gets a little off track as he falls in love with her jubilant spirit and intelligence. A desperate illness throws the two together in enforced intimacy, bringing their hidden feelings to the surface. Can their romance survive the revelation that Daphne is the author of the books about Rawhide Rick or will a secret from Joshua's past destroy their growing relationship? Hatcher's writing is always a joy to read with strong handsome men, beautiful, intelligent women, and intriguing stories that pull them together and apart. I did think that the cabin scene happened a little too early in the story, because everything after that felt a bit stretched. This trilogy about Gwen, Chloe, and Daphne comes to a natural end with this volume filled with romance, faith, and humor.

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

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    A Matter of Character

    The book opens introducing Joshua Crawford as he lambasted a fellow reporter for misreporting the facts about his grandfather. After punching him and getting fired, he decides to show them that his grandfather is not the same man as portrayed in a series of dime store novels called The McFarland Chronicles. The author is D.B. Morgan from Bethlehem Springs, Idaho.

    Daphne Mckinley, an heiress who lives in Bethlehem Springs, cleverly hides behind the pseudonym, D.B. Morgan. Her villain in her dime store novel series is Rawhide Rick. She gets her information from a local named Griff. Not one soul in Bethlehem Springs knows that D.B. Morgan writes among them. The year is 1918 and though it was not unusual for women to write dime store novels, it is unusual for them to stray from romantic fiction. Daphne writes westerns. Joshua and Daphne will meet in the newspaper office of little Bethlehem Springs and eventually, Joshua does find out through logical deduction that Daphne is D.B. Morgan.

    Joshua is convinced that Daphne did his grandfather a great injustice by defaming him in her novels with untruths. He accompanies her to her sources and learns about his grandfather-the man he was before Joshua was born. It is a journey of learning for the two of them as neither of them are wrong. Robin Lee Hatcher cleverly intersperses Rawhide Rick or Richard Terrell's personal journal in between the chapters. When you are reading this book, you are actually reading two stories-Rawhide Rick's and Joshua and Daphne. At first, it confused me.

    I wondered if the chapters in italics was one of the McFarland Chronicles I was reading. Then, I realized it was both. I spent a couple of chapters confused before I understood and then I was still wrong when I got to the end of the book. As I closed the last chapter, I was glad I signed up to read it. It made me want to read all the books in The Sisters Of Bethlehem Springs series.

    The book brought to our attention the power of words. Daphne was historically correct in her information on Rawhide Rick and I don't think she was wrong to use a real character in her fictional dime store novel series. Joshua should not have lost his temper. He would have still had a job, but never would have met Daphne. Joshua had every right to get angry at how his grandfather was portrayed, but what both of them did not realize is the power of Rawhide Rick's complete story. He wasn't just a villain in the black and white sense, but lost in the grays were the stories of his life as Joshua knew him-an upright and honorable man who turned his life around.

    Nikole Hahn

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