Heart of Gold, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is an outstanding book. Set in Grand Coeur, Idaho, in 1864, this book is a historical romance that deals with issues surrounding the Civil War and how they effected those who lived in the West.
Shannon Adair and her father move from war ravished Virginia to Idaho against her better judgment. But her father feels called to serve as minister to a church there, so Shannon dutifully follows. Once there, she misses her home and friends, and she has difficulty with the idea of living with people who are loyal to the Union. When Matthew Dubois needs someone to care for his dying sister, Shannon feels compelled to use her nursing skills to do so. Still, she does not count on falling in love with Matthew or his family.
I greatly enjoyed this book. Shannon learned that she must judge individuals by their character, not by their allegiances. I also enjoyed the references to the Civil War, such as the group trying to rob the gold from the stagecoach and send it to support the Confederacy. I hadn’t considered such things before reading this story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves romance, the old west, or the civil war era.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.