"He could've happily listened to her all day, enjoying the cadence of her speech and the spark of intelligence in her eyes. Eyes that had made him wonder-if only for a moment-if there wasn't something to his mother's story of finding the other half of one's soul in another person."
English newspaper reporter Molly McKinney has finally caught her big break. After convincing the editor of The London Guardian to hire her as a traveling reporter, Molly soon finds herself in the wilds of America. Her search for a story takes her to New York City, Philadelphia, and finally the Arizona Territory. However, the wild west isn't exactly what Molly expected and a captivating story proves harder to find than she anticipated. That all changes when she stumbles across Eduardo Byrd and finds herself working alongside him, as a ranch hand, at KB Ranch.
thoughts & feelings
Believe it or not this is my first time reading a novel by Sally Britton. I honestly had no idea that A Lady's Heart of Gold was the third in a series until I was about halfway through it. However, I am happy to report that I did not feel lost at all and understood everything in the plot line. So, if you find yourself wanting to read this story you can read it as a standalone or dive into the series from the very beginning. I'll include the series information at the bottom of the post if you want to begin with book one.
I really enjoyed all of the main and secondary characters in A Lady's Heart of Gold. They are all well-rounded and each have their own unique personalities, quirks, and background stories. I LOVE when authors are able to convincingly write characters that feel different. It rounds out the story so well and pulls me in even more. Sally Britton did an amazing job including different languages, accents, and speaking quirks seamlessly. She definitely gets extra points for keeping them all straight.
My favorite thing about this novel is that it is written in a dual perspective! You guys know that I am a sucker for getting to see both sides of a story and into the minds of all the main characters. Where Molly and Ed have such different backgrounds and life experiences the dual perspective adds layers that we (the readers) would miss out on otherwise. We get to see the "whys" for hesitations or withholding of information. As well as some of their inner struggles, both past and present. These "behind-the-scenes" moments made me love and understand each of the characters even more.
Steam Level: clean, kissing
Content Warning: historically accurate descriptions of Native American children removed from their homes, mention of abusive practices in the training of horses
Trigger Warning: mention of historically accurate views on race
Title: A Lady's Heart of Gold
Series: Hearts of Arizona #3
Author: Sally Britton
Hearts of Arizona Series
Silver Dollar Duke
Copper for the Countess
A Lady's Heart of Gold