cover image The Heart’s Pursuit

The Heart’s Pursuit

Robin Lee Hatcher. Zondervan, $15.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-310-25927-5

The Old West lives again in this inspirational romantic adventure that takes readers from Denver to Wyoming to Nevada and back again. Jilted bride Silver Matlock hunts down her erstwhile fiancé, not for reconciliation but for justice—he made off with her father’s life savings. The spirited brunette enlists the help of likeable but conflicted Jared Newman, a bounty hunter bent on exacting revenge on his sister’s killer, if only he can find the perpetrator. Silver and Jared set out on an unlikely journey chasing down clues, avoiding disaster, learning to trust one another, and discovering the nature of true love. Themes of forgiveness, justice and mercy dominate the story and add to the characters’ depth. Hatcher (Where the Heart Lives series) treats readers to a rich sensory experience—you can taste the desert dust and smell the smoke and stench of a crowded gambling hall. The setting is as much a character as the people, sometimes carrying the narrative through weaker moments in the plot. This isn’t Hatcher’s strongest novel, but it will please her fans. [em]Agent: Natasha Kern, Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (May) [/em]