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Heart of the Matter Amanda Bodine's boss is sobossyThe hard nosed newspaperman will only assign reporter Amanda Bodine fluff pieces about dog shows She longs to prove herself with a serious front page story But then her own family becomes newsworthy Suddenly Ross Lockhart is sitting beside her at Sunday dinner interviewing her relatives And he almost seemslike part of the family Until she realizes he's after information that will tarnish the Bodine name Time to teach the boss about the real heart of the matter love

  • Paperback
  • 277 pages
  • Heart of the Matter
  • Marta Perry
  • 15 September 2014
  • 9780373814558

About the Author: Marta Perry

Marta Perry is a Pennsylvania based author of over 35 novels many of them inspirational romances She uses her rural Pennsylvania life and her Pennsylvania Dutch heritage in writing her books especially in her Pleasant Valley Amish series for Berkley Books and her new Amish set suspense series for HN BooksMarta and her husband live in a centuries old farmhouse in a uiet central Pennsylvania v



10 thoughts on “Heart of the Matter

  1. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first book for a light summer read Twice in a Lifetime in The Bodine Family series so I thought I would try this seuelBut this seuel had less summer sunshine less beach less Miz Callie and her compassion less Lindsay and her charmNot very often but occasionally I run across a Love Inspired book that makes me think the male romantic interest is suitable for a villain character than a romance The last such one I read was Lee McClain's Small Town Nanny Yes Heart of the Matter did have a couple different characters as the villainsIn Heart of the Matter Ross showed himself to be primarily cranky but also rude domineering enjoying intimidating others manipulative and cold hearted in not caring about the people C J and her grandma that he would hurt with his news story Not marriage material or even dating material for that matterAfter his cranky rude tirade he touched Amanda innocently on the arm I know I like my personal space than most people do but that just felt wrong to me intimidating repugnant He had not been invited into her personal space and had not earned the trust to be that close One does not earn such trust with shouted put downs and ultimatums I would not have reacted as nicely as Amanda did Probably would've just shrugged off his hand with the best look of disgust I could muster never mind that he was the boss But if he had persisted there are a few good self defense moves Not fallen for him He had jerk written all over him If he had been able to work through the issues to come to real resolution and reconciliation then possibly but for most of the book he just kept getting worse and worseA teen's negative attitude can't realistically be turned around so uickly in just one conversation It takes work on both sides of the issues and is bound to be much complicated than thatLikewise the lack of repercussions with CJ's landlord didn't seem very realistic to meMiz Callie gave out some very good and some very bad advice in this bookFirst the good You know perfectly well Manda that you rush right into doing things because they're good and that's a beautiful uality But maybe you need to take time to find out if they're the good things God has in mind for youThen the bad Amanda had said I love himMiz Callie's response Then you'll want him to have his heart's desire child That's what loving is even when it hurts Now admittedly Amanda took that advice into a different context but it wasn't a good one not when Ross's heart's desire was to get a news story that unnecessarily hurt other people CJ and her grandma I would say that it depends on what one's heart's desire IS If it is hurting themselves or others it's not good for them to persist in that and it's not good for others to enable that Enabling someone in a destructive path is not loving them It is not good not best not nourishing for someone's own soul to behave destructivelyIt would've been a interesting story if the ending about Amanda's dad had been different but probably the number of pages were too limited to discuss such a themeOne of the characters in this book came to sudden belief in God while listening to another person pray That stood out to me because I've had a friend tell me that she became a Christian because she listened to someone pray She'd tried to hold onto her beliefs amid doubts in her early adult years because of the verse But as for you continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of because you know those from whom you learned it 2 Timothy 314 She recognized the genuine faith of those from whom she'd learned the tenets of Christianity but as for herself believing she didn't truly believe until she heard a friend praying aloud for her She didn't believe but then suddenly hearing that prayer she did A beautiful thing and a beautiful storyIn Heart of the Matter though the character who came to faith overhearing a prayer seemed tenuous to me It seemed like this character now recognized there was a God becoming a deist but not that Jesus the Son of God died for our sinsAnd even if this character had become a Christian that does not mean that all the issues would suddenly resolve pleasantly They would take time to work through and there is the danger that the character would place faith in others his love interest or family rather than truly in God

  2. says:

    It was interesting to see Ned Bodine's saga continue and to find an additional piece of the puzzle I was surprised in how that came about I can empathize with Amanda's work struggles about which stories she was assigned and being taken for a fluff reporter rather than one with skills She does seem to be a good mentor to CJ I do wonder which makes the reporter the ruthlessness to pursue a true story even if someone gets hurt or the caring aspect for the human interest or some combination of the two I suspect it's a combination there are times when someone is going to be hurt by the truth but there are also times that a human interest angle can make a story intriguing to meI can't see Amanda liking Ross romantically given his behavior though he does develop a heart by the end and starts thinking beyond the next big story that will restore his journalism career to its former prestige Perhaps there might be hope for them in the future if his change of heart is a true one but not as uickly as it happened in this novel

  3. says:

    I did not have the benefit of having read the first book in this series but with the background provided in the story I didn’t miss much I liked he writing style and the portrayal of the characters The grandma in particular

  4. says:

    I'll be honest this book almost got 2 stars It was definitely not a favourite The 'hero' is portrayed as self serving and heartless for a good portion of the book Yes his back story was shared so you understood where he was coming from and he did eventually pull his head out of his bum and realise what was really important in life but when you the reader don't even LIKE the hero by the time the heroine realises she loves him ?There were 3 redeeming ualities in this book for me which boosted it back up to a 3 star rating#1 the very fact that I disliked Ross so much means that his character was well written and I'm a sucker for well written characters#2 Miz Callie I fell in love with this grandma when I read 'Twice in a Lifetime' and she's just as wise and spunky as ever in this book Key point of 'a ha' wisdom for me was when she asked Amanda if she had prayed about the good things she was trying to do and that we need to make a distinction between the good we want to do and the good God wants us to do#3 the family history aspect I love that the search for what happened to Ned Bodine is continued in this book and cannot wait to find out what happens next in their genealogical research

  5. says:

    Enjoyed the mystery behind the scenes of the characters Amanda and Ross both employees of a newspaper in the Coast Guard town of Charleston Tough hearted Ross has to prove he's worthy of a metropolitan paper while he's editing for a smaller one Amanda Bodine of the plentiful Bodines has her own points to prove as she tries to get reporter experience than barbeues and farmer's market news When Ross hears of rumors that the Bodines may be involved in a military scandal he uses Amanda to get near her family

  6. says:

    A fun work related Christian romance Easy to read

  7. says:

    Wasn't great but wasn't bad

  8. says:

    The 2nd book in the Bodine series still haven't found out what happened to Ned She's a great author I really like her style

  9. says:

    Another good read about the Bodine clan

  10. says:

    Amanda Bodine and her boss Ross Lockhart are at odds many times during the course of the book yet fall in love

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