A Matter Of Character by Robin Lee Hatcher

I adore Robin Lee Hatcher. She is an amazing story weaver. I loved this series, but it seems to me that she was tired of the story when she got to this one. It didn't grab as well as the others and you didn't just fall in love with the characters as much. Make no mistake, it was a great character study of Daphne McKinley as a turn of the century dime novelist. I fully appreciate the glass floor for female authors (especially of the kind Daphne wrote--shoot 'em ups of the wild west). However, I got so tired of her "struggle" concerning her "lie" about being a male novelist and writing about a real character, Rawhide Rick, exposing his cruel character.

I don't mind thin plots where you know where the thing is going. It is always fun to see how an author makes it happen. This storyline was completely clear what was going to happen on the last page before you get to the end of the second chapter. No need for a Spoiler Alert because you know I don't do that sort of thing. Suffice it to say, it was extremely predictable and the situations and circumstances were not greatly inspired. I was disappointed.

Robin is such an excellent author, I grade this on a different scale than for a first-timer. Which is why I was so disappointed. I give this one ** two stars out of five. She has done so much better in the past, and I expect great things in the future.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Matter Of Character

Zondervan (May 25, 2010)


Robin Lee Hatcher


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


It's 1918, and Daphne McKinley, heiress to a small fortune, has found contentment in the town of Bethlehem Springs, Idaho. But Daphne has a secret.

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.

Robin is conducting a contest for the new book. Join in the fun HERE.

If you would like to read the Prologue and first Chapter of A Matter Of Character, go HERE.

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