“Matters of the Heart” (a review & GA, ends 11/23/22)

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A young Irish émigré, destitute, sells her mother’s locket to procure passage to America, where she moves to Missouri to live with her widowed aunt Aideen. Another immigrant, this time from Finland, is dealing with PTSD after his hospital service in the Civil War. Hans and Katie are both looking for different, better lives. Can they wait long enough to hear the voice of the God who loves them; whose purposes and plans are sure?

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Matters of the Heart

Title: Matters of the Heart Series: Discerning God’s Best #3 Author: Heidi Gray McGill Publisher: Heidi Gray McGill Books LLC Release Date: July 26, 2022 Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Romance

She determines to champion the needs of others, no matter the fallout.

He’s determined to be his own man and make his own way. Will stubbornness keep them from discovering God’s best? Unconventional Katie empathizes with the widows and orphans of the Civil War who are searching for a place to call home in Shumard Oak Bend. But with no one to help her, she’ll need to do it secretly, a challenge she readily accepts. Katie’s taken charge before, and she’ll do it again, no matter whom she has to outwit to get the job done. Hans vows to stop doing everyone else’s bidding. But he follows orders when a pair of emerald green eyes, blazing red hair, and freckles that dance on the bridge of a pert nose conscript him to duty. Be his own man. Who is he kidding? Skunks don’t change their stripes. They leave disasters in their wake wherever they go, just like him. Overcoming personal obstacles and finding your true self doesn’t mean going it alone. Yet the answer isn’t always in the one you seek. True Christian Fiction. Relatable Characters. Life-changing stories.

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Heidi Gray McGill

Whether historical or contemporary, you will find Heidi Gray McGill‘s works to be true Christian Fiction, full of God’s redeeming love. Everything Heidi writes is purposeful. She believes in bringing a reader into the awareness of who God is to them and how He interacts with them on a personal level. She does this by crafting characters so relatable you feel part of who they are. Heidi reaches deep into the reader’s heart through masterfully written words and offers ways toward healing by seamlessly applying God’s Word throughout her stories.

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My thoughts

Matters of the Heart starts off with a bang. Both Hans and Katie are in situations not of their own choosing, and feeling a lot of pain as a result. Both think that, “if only I were doing” something different, their lives would be amazing! Katie’s desire is to open and run an orphanage for the women and children displaced by the Civil War. Hans would like to build and create with wood–and to get away from his sister-in-law’s bitter tongue.

Heidi Gray McGill has written a beautiful “but God” novel. Her characters have journeys ahead of them; physical, mental, and emotional, for sure, but also spiritual.

“When you are relying on your own strength, it’s fear. When you are relying on God’s strength, it’s reverence….The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Reverend Jenkins, “Matters of the Heart,” by Heidi Gray McGill

What a wonderful, thoughtfully written book. Heidi doesn’t rush her characters through either a romance, vocational paths, or their individual spiritual journeys. That makes them feel so real, so honest. I love how the author doesn’t try to tie everything up in a bow or rush the story. She includes real thoughts, real emotions, and honest struggles as she walks Hans and Katie (and the secondary characters) through their seasons of life. They feel so real; and their challenges on their roads to faith and life are those we can definitely imagine (or maybe, that we ourselves have even been through!).

Matters of the Heart will engage you, make you think (and laugh), and cause you to hope for a happy ending for its wonderful characters. And, I believe your faith will be encouraged and blessed. It’s a lovely book, and one I definitely recommend.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.