Daphne McKinley has kept a big one for three years, but when the arrival of a newspaper man from St. Louis threatens to expose it, she does whatever she can to keep that from happening.
I’ve been looking forward to reading the third book in Robin Lee Hatcher’s The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs series. I enjoyed the first two, A Vote of Confidence and Fit To Be Tied, however, something about the character of Daphne filled me with a great desire to read her story.
Set in Idaho at the height of 1918’s flu pandemic, A Matter of Character pits Joshua Crawford against D. B. Morgan, the elusive dime novelist who has smeared the name of his beloved grandfather. While Joshua searches for the miscreant—seemingly unknown to anyone in Bethehem Springs—Daphne does all she can to keep him from discovering the author’s true identity.
Interspersed throughout the book are journal entries by Joshua’s grandfather. It’s easy to see where they lead, but they make interesting reading.
Of the three books in the series, this was my second favorite—the first being A Vote of Confidence. But of the three heroines, I liked Daphne best. She’s sophisticated, yet down-to-earth and caring. I couldn’t quite warm up to Joshua, though he came across better in the second half of the book. Of course, her sisters-in-law, Gwen and Cleo (from the first two books), and their husbands make appearances.
If you’re ready to curl up with a satisfying historical romance, check out A Matter of Character.
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