February 01, 2009

The Plight of Mattie Gordon

By Jeanne Marie Leach

Announcing: just released in January as an audio book and MP3 download.

~Reviewed by Tammy Barley, author and reviewer

Warning: book recommendation follows -- if you don't read another book in the spring season that everyone says will get here eventually, do read this one. The following comes courtesy of Tammy Barley, who interviewed my ACFW bookseller-bud, Jeanne Leach.

This is one of the rare books that has made me laugh, cry, and lifted me to greater hope in the Lord.Mattie Gordon, a widow, is mother to Will and his men, a group of cattle drivers who bunk at the Gordon ranch between jobs. Or at least, she believes her son drives cattle…until bounty hunter Cyrus Braydon shows up with a poster that reads, "Wanted: Cattle rustling, horse theft, murder. William Gordon. Dead or alive."

Afraid for her son's faithless soul should he be captured and convicted of murder, Mattie quickly rides out, desperate to find Will and convince him of God's salvation before Cyrus tracks him down. In Boise City, Oklahoma Mattie meets Cyrus again. Her heart is pulled to the good man he is, leaving her conflicted since he is duty bound to stop her son. When Mattie discovers she is being followed, she has no choice but to share information that will enable her and Cyrus to find her son together, no choice but to trust the bounty hunter to protect her and to take Will alive.

"The Plight of Mattie Gordon," a short novel, is Jeanne Marie Leach's second Christian Western romance. I laughed over comical one-liners, enjoyed the unique storyline and a few pleasant twists. The plot and Mattie's character - one I strongly identify with as a mom - drew me. The theme of entrusting our children's faith to the Lord is powerful, not one I'll soon forget. If you enjoy Western romances or women's fiction that speaks to your heart, this is for you.

Back cover blurb:

Mattie Gordon’s ordinary life is turned upside down when bounty hunter Cyrus Braydon arrives on her doorstep showing a wanted poster for her son. WANTED: Will Gordon, Dead or Alive. Consumed with finding her son and making sure his soul is ready to meet eternity, Mattie embarks on a desperate race to reach Will before the bounty hunter finds him. The search forces Mattie to face her own inadequacies and realize some hard realities. The son she thought to be good, isn’t, and the bounty hunter she judged as evil is perhaps not so after all. In a strange twist of fate, she now must save Cyrus from Will’s venomous grasp. If she succeeds in helping Cyrus escape, will her son ever listen to her about Jesus’ forgiveness? If only she can muster enough faith to trust God for one more miracle. But which one…?

Just released on audio book and is now available at http://www.booksinmotion.com/THE_PLIGHT_OF_MADDIE_GORDON_By_JEANNE_MARIE_LEACH_p/-978-1-60548-174-6.htm

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