Meet a Texas Ranger & a “debutante” in
A Matter of Heart
Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart.
Harrison Gable is a successful young lawyer with ambitions that match Jessica’s dreams. His warm, attentive manner and thoughtful gifts make her feel special.
Austin Todd, a former Secret Service agent, enjoys working now as a Texas Ranger cattle inspector. But after learning of forged gold certificates and missing printing plates, he’s drawn back into the world of intrigue and agrees to help solve the case. Jessica is drawn to his kind nature and the unspoken pain she sees in his eyes.
If Jessica follows her heart, where will it lead?
Introducing Jessica & Todd
Brief physical description
Jessica Atherton is a strikingly beautiful young woman with brown hair that is kissed with reddish highlights. She has dark hair and is a petite twenty-one year old.
The book cover handles this well.
Strengths and weaknesses –
Jessica’s weakness is that she’s been spoiled and pampered all her life. She’s used to getting what she wants. Jessica starts to see herself as others do and it begins to stir her heart to be something more than a pretty ornamental woman. Her strength comes in her fierce desire to change and be a better person – not so people will like her more, but so she can draw closer to God and be the kind of woman He would want her to be.
Austin’s weakness is his past. There was a lot of death in his past and he can’t seem to get beyond it. He blames himself for failing all the people he loved and it makes him unable to even contemplate new relationships. His strength is his determination and loyalty.
Your inspiration for the character
Jessica wasn’t always the one I figured to have carry the last book, however, as I worked her into the storylines, I found that she held a lot of potential. Then one day I heard a young woman give her testimony and her background sounded very much like Jessica’s character. The young woman was stirring in her comments about how spoiled she’d been and how much she had hurt others in her lack of concern. I thought to myself, “I need to incorporate that into Jessica and bring about a beautiful transformation.”
Austin just came about as I was developing Jessica. I asked myself who might be a good balance for her and one thing led to another. Both deal with their troubled pasts and blaming themselves for things that were their fault and things that weren’t. Together they will find a way to trust God and each other.
Background to the story
The Lone Star Bride series was born out of two other series – Striking a Match and Lane of the Lonestar. People kept asking me about some of the characters and I thought it would be fun to marry the two series together. A MATTER OF HEART is book 3 in the Lone Star Bride series. I wanted to use this story to not only tie up a series-long mystery, but also to develop Jessica and Austin’s romance and give an example of how God can heal all kinds of damaged people.
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