A jilted bride desperate to save her family from ruin.
A bounty hunter seeking vengeance for a ravaged past.
An arduous trek toward justice–or redemption.
Silver Matlock and Jared Newman know traveling together is a bad idea. Bad for Silver’s already tarnished reputation in her small Colorado town. Bad for bounty hunter Jared’s secret, single-minded mission for revenge. But Silver is determined to track down the rogue who left her at the altar and stole the last remnant of her father’s fortune. And Jared’s in a hurry to hunt down the murderer who destroyed his family–even if Silver is too distractingly beautiful for comfort.
The pair takes off over mountain and desert, past bleak homesteads and raw mining towns, hot on the trail of the two villains who took what wasn’t theirs to take. Soon supplies dwindle, secrets emerge, and suspicion leave Silver and Jared at odds when they need each other most. To confront an enemy deadlier than desert rattlesnakes and rocky cliffs, Silver and Jared must learn to forgive and trust and face the question they haven’t dared voice: What happens next?
The Heart’s Pursuit was a quick, fun read.Â I’ll warn you that you have to suspend reality just a bit and let your imagination lead.Â It’s not practical to imagine that in the day and age of the story that a single woman would spend months traveling across the country with a single man with the intent of returning to her family and resettling into her old life.Â Even in the old west there were social understandings that were not easily thrown aside.Â If your imagination can get you past the improbable aspects of the story then I expect that you will enjoy the tale.
The characters were engaging and even though the villain was truly evil, his crimes were presented without all the gory details that can make a story dark.Â There were also some skillful elements in the storytelling where the author fed the reader details that set up false assumptions and yet those false assumptions still led the reader in the direction that the story was heading while also allowing for surprising twists to the plot.
All in all, The Heart’s Pursuit was an entertaining western adventure and romance.